Category Archives: Shipping

Maersk commences port operations at Ennore, Tamil Nadu

Maersk has begun its port operations at Ennore (Kamarajar port), offering connectivity between Far East Asian ports of Tanjung Pelepas (Malaysia), Busan (South Korea), and Xingang (China), as well as Indian ports of Chennai, Krishnapatnam, and Visakhapatnam. The company also celebrated the maiden call for its existing ‘Chennai Express’ service at the new container terminal in Ennore port, which is about 15 miles north of Chennai. “The rising global trade to and from India is leading to congestion and moving to new ports that offer quicker turnaround and better service is crucial. Port Ennore has the potential to be the new gateway to South India, and Maersk is geared up to support our customers move their cargo to and from anywhere in the world. Moreover, we can also help our customers with intermodal transport options for end-to-end connectivity across the region, backed by our fleet of trucks and train facilities,” said Steve Felder, Managing Director – India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives, Maersk.

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Government to re-model cargo evacuation system at ports

Throwing a lifeline to container freight station (CFS) operators, the government is working on an alternative cargo evacuation model to replace the direct port delivery (DPD) scheme. The new system will restore the role of these intermediaries in the supply chain backed by an e-marketplace for truck trailers. “We are now trying to remodel our cargo evacuation system with the CFS as the fulcrum,” said Gopal Krishna, Shipping Secretary, Ministry of Shipping, in adding, “We are going back to the thinking that was prevalent in the late 1980s when this concept started that the CFS should take the burden of being the first repository of the boxes and thereafter cargo will move.”

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Bangladesh to utilise Kolkata & Haldia as transhipment ports

India has urged Bangladesh to use Kolkata and Haldia ports for transhipment purposes. The initiative will reduce coastal shipping rates and boost bilateral trade, thereby shifting cargo from the costly land route, and create an opportunity for Bangladeshi garment exporters to reach European and American markets avoiding congestion at the Chittagong port. The proposal was reiterated at a ministerial meeting in Dhaka recently. Indian customs authorities have already cleared the deck for Bangladesh to use Haldia as a transhipment port. However, Bangladesh is yet to approve the same. At the crux of the proposal is the growing need to augment handling capacities on either side, keeping in tune with growing trade volumes.

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Cargo traffic on Ganga waterway to surge by 21.89 mt by 2021: Gadkari

Union Minister & Minister of Water Resources and Ganga Rejuvenation, Nitin Gadkari has informed that The National Waterway 1 on river Ganga is expected to see 21.89 million tonnes (MT) of cargo traffic in the next two to three years. “This will be on the back of government measures to promote inland water transport in the country,” he said. Besides, 13 standardised state-of-the-art ship designs have been drawn as part of efforts to boost river transport and remove any ambiguity on vessel sizes that can sail on Ganga, he added. “We have taken a slew of steps to promote inland water transport, which has been neglected so far. A study has projected traffic at 21.89 MT on National Waterway 1 (NW-1) by 2021,” Gadkari said. The cargo traffic on NW-1 was 5.5 MT in 2017-18. Currently, various projects underway on NW 1 have the terminal capacity of 13.62 MT and these include Varanasi, Haldia and Sahebganj multi-modal hubs, the minister further said. With the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) coming up with 13 vessel designs, this move would serve as an enabler for domestic shipbuilding industry working on inland vessels and open huge possibilities for cargo and passenger movement on NW-1. Source: PTI

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MOS to take proactive measures for JNPT

To review the overall development of JNPT and cull out solutions to the challenges and create seamless facilities for the stakeholders, Sanjay Bandopadhyay, IAS, Add. Secretary, Ministry of Shipping (MOS), visited the port arena and held discussions with the JNPT chairman and other senior officials. The ministry is keen to focus on expansion of JNPT and development of various infrastructure projects such as SEZ, dry ports, road connectivity and harnessing modern technology to create positive environment for the trade. MOS is also concentrating on digitisation which can help Indian ports to be at par with the international markets.

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Maersk Line enables paperless trade between India and Nepal

Maersk Line has announced the deployment of Electronic Cargo Tracking System (ECTS) to enable paperless trade between India and Nepal. Steve Felder, Managing Director, Maersk Line (India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives), said, “This is a continuation of Maersk line’s focus on digitisation to enable paperless trade across the globe. Addressing our customer needs is paramount and this system will tremendously aid in this process. We will continue to focus on creating a climate of ease of doing business to ensure seamless trade in the region through our integrated logistical offerings.” ML is the first liner to adopt this paperless mode of trade facilitated by Asian Development Bank and Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) against the conventional one-time bottle seal. This is also the first time it has been at done at Indian port transshipping to other countries such as Nepal thus getting rid of documentation hurdles.

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JNPT organises training programme on port management

With port modernisation and expansion of capacities urging to meet emerging demand, it is essential that the port management and port staff are equipped with latest knowledge and technical advances for meeting the new challenges. JNPT organised a seminar on ‘Dredging Strategy and Technology for Ports’ at JNPT Antwerp Port Training and Consultancy Foundation Training centre. Officials from Mumbai Port, V.O. Chidambaranar, Visakhapatnam, Kolkata, Haldia Dock Complex, Paradip, JNPT, Cochin, Chennai, Deendayal Port took part in the five days seminar. Stefaan Jozef Ides, a trainer from Belgian Port, conducted the training workshop. The aim of the workshop was to take an overview of the modern dredging techniques and their application to create new port infrastructure and maintain port access using the best available dredging technologies and strategies.

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Maersk Line moves heavy-lift cargo from India to China

Maersk Line has successfully moved the largest ever break-bulk cargo at 103 ft in length and weighing over 16 tonnes from Krishnapatnam to Tianjin, China. The break-bulk cargo consisting of windmill blade was moved on its weekly service, Chennai Express, using 13 flat racks. The delicate shipment of windmill blade, meant for wind farms, was a time bound cargo and had to be loaded on to an earliest available vessel. Steve Felder, Managing Director, Maersk Line (India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives), said, “There was seamless co-ordination between our team, the customer and the terminal operator to overcome infrastructure challenges and help deliver this delicate and expensive cargo to China.”

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Govt frees ships from transshipment permits for Indian entities

The government has done away with licensing requirement for ships chartered by citizens of India or a company incorporated in India or a cooperative society registered in India for transportation of EXIM containers for transshipment purposes. Welcoming the decision, Maersk has said that it will bring greater competition to the feeder market. Julian Bevis, Senior Director, Group Relations, Maersk South Asia, said, “The announcement made by the Ministry of Shipping to relax the Indian cabotage law enables global shipping lines to carry EXIM containers along India’s coast. This will bring greater competition to the feeder market which in turn would benefit local importers and exporters. Indian ports would also benefit as this positive change would allow them to compete for container traffic currently handled in adjacent regional hub ports. Maersk acknowledges the effort made by the Indian government to bring a constructive end to an issue that has been the subject of discussion for many years in India. We believe, that the change is a clear evidence of India’s resolve to bring reform to its logistics sector and thereby, enhance its ease of doing business and cost competitiveness ratings.”

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Safmarine to ship 80 Cryogenic tanks to the US

Safmarine will be delivering 80 Cryogenic tanks for Cryolor Asia Pacific from India to Charleston, USA, by December, 2018. The company will be working on a behemoth project for Cryolor Asia Pacific. Low availability of low bed trucks along with the height of rail over bridges has been a constant challenge in the smooth flow of OOG shipments via the Kattupalli port in Chennai. To overcome this, Safmarine undertook a feasibility study to determine the best possible route to facilitate smooth flow of the OOG shipment. The detailed study enabled the team of experts at Safmarine to successfully overcome the infrastructure hindrances posed by rail over bridges to transport OOG shipments from the port. Safmarine also sourced requisite low bed trucks for this movement. Bimal Kanal, Managing Director, Safmarine India, said, “With an advantageous shorter transit time our customers can look forward to new levels of improvement in their entire supply chain.”

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