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Prime Minister Modi Lays Foundation Stone Highway Projects Worth over Rs 14,000 crore in Bihar New Delhi Port Wings News Network rime Minister Shri Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of nine highway projects in Bihar on 21 September 2020. He also laid foundation of ‘Har Gaon Optical Fibre Cable’ for Internet Services to connect all villages of Bihar. Chief Minister Shri Nitish Kumar presided over the virtual function, which was attended by Union Ministers Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad and Shri Giriraj Singh, Bihar Governor Shri Fagu Singh, Deputy Chief Minister Shri Sushil Kumar Modi, Union MoSs Shri R K Singh, Gen (Dr) V K Singh (Retd), Shri Ashwini Kumar Chaube, Shri Sanjay Dhotre, Ministers from the State, several MPs, MLAs and senior officers from the Centre and the State. Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said, "today is an important day for expediting the infrastructure development and economic activities in Bihar." He said, history has witnessed that only that nation progresses, which invests heavily on infrastructure. Today, Highways are being constructed at double the earlier speed. Investment on road construction has also been increased five times. He said, Bihar is one of the biggest beneficiary of this infrastructure development. The projects in today’s programme will also connect all major cities in the State. He said, while making plans for road development in Bihar, the government has given due

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weightage to construction of bridges over the rivers. As a result, 17 river bridges are being made in Bihar. He said, due care is being given towards developing multi-modal transport system in the country. He said the Government has announced to spend more than Rs 110 Lakh Crore

on infrastructure in the coming 4-5 years. Out of this, projects worth more than Rs 19 lakh crore are allocated for the development of Highways alone. The Prime Minister said Bihar is also benefiting from these efforts to expand the infrastructure related to road and connectivity. Under the Prime Ministers Package announced in 2015, over 3000 Kms of National Highway were proposed. In addition, under the Bharatmala Project, a six and a half kilometer national highway is being constructed. Today in Bihar, the work on the national highway grid is going at a fast pace. There are 5 projects underway to connect East and West Bihar with four lanes and 6 projects underway to connect North India with South India. Chief Minister Shri Nitish Kumar

said, apart from the PM’s package also, the Centre is contributing to State’s infrastructure. He praised the Prime Minister’s efforts for upliftment of the State. He also complimented the Centre for speedily completing the Highways and bridges in the State. He, however, requested for consideration of the need for a direct route between Buxar and Varanasi. The Chief Minister also pointed out the need for uniformity in NH width for smooth flow of traffic. Shri Nitish Kumar said, the government is doing all that is possible to increase per capital income of the people in the State. Underlining the importance of maintenance of roads, he also said that roads and bridges have been made part of the public grievance system. He said that large scale plantation of trees would be done along the National Highways in order to protect the environment. Union Minister of Law and Justice, Electronic and Information Technology and Communications Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad said that it is a historic day for Bihar as two major projects related to physical and digital infrastructure are being inaugurated. Shri Prasad said that Har Gaon Optical Fibre Cable for Internet Services project of Union Department of Telecommunication will be implemented by Common Service Centres (CSCs) of Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. This will be very important in providing e-services in rural areas. Union Minister of State for RTH Contd. on page -2

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Funds to Boost Agriculture Exports New Delhi Port Wings News Network s a part of implementation of the Agriculture Export Policy, a number of States have finalized their respective Action Plans identifying various infrastructure gaps affecting agricultural exports, Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, Shri Piyush Goyal, said in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha on 18 September 2020. Shri Piyush Goyal said: "To address these gaps, the States can avail assistance under the Trade Infrastructure for Export Scheme (TIES) of Department of Commerce and under various existing Schemes of Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare; Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying; Ministry of Food Processing Industries etc." The Government has introduced a comprehensive Agriculture Export Policy (AEP) to harness export potential of Indian agriculture and raise farmers’ income. Department of Commerce has taken several steps to implement AEP at State/ District level. State specific Action Plans, State Level Monitoring Committees (SLMCs), Nodal agencies for agricultural exports and Cluster Level Committees have been formed in a number of States. Country and product-specific action plans also have been formulated to promote exports. A Farmer Connect Portal has been set up by APEDA for providing a platform for farmers, Farmer-Producer Organizations (FPOs) and cooperatives to interact with exporters. Buyer-seller Meets (BSMs) have been organized in the clusters to provide export-market linkages.

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Bills Billed as `Anti-Farmers'

he BJP government at the Centre passed two contentious agriculture Bills, on Friday in the Lok Sabha despite the opposition as well as long-time BJP ally Shiromani Akali Dal terming it an `anti-farmer' move. Minister of Food Processing Industries and the only SAD representative in the Modi government, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, resigned from the Union Cabinet, protesting against the Bills, alleging the Bills to be detrimental to Punjab's agriculture sector. Opposition parties including Congress, Trinamool Congress and Revolutionary Socialist Party opposed the Bills on the grounds that they were `anti-farmer.' Slamming the government, Congress leader Gaurav Gogoi said: "This government has been eyeing, how they can take the farmers' land to benefit their capitalist friends, whether it is the Land Acquisition Act, whether in the industrial system through weakening the labour courts and now this threepronged attack on the Indian agricultural system through the two bills on farming.." Out of the three Bills, Lok Sabha, through voice vote, passed the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020 and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020. The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill was passed earlier in the week. Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said the Bills are not going to override the Minimum Support Price mechanism, and adequate protection of land ownership was in place to protect farmer interests. They will now be tabled in Rajya Sabha and will become laws after the Upper House passes them. The government has said these reforms will accelerate growth in the sector through private sector investment in building infrastructure and supply chains for farm produce in national and global markets. They are intended to help small farmers who don’t have means to either bargain for their produce to get a better price or invest in technology to improve the productivity of farms. The Bill on agri market seeks to allow farmers to sell their produce outside APMC 'mandis' to whoever they want. Farmers will get better prices through competition and cost-cutting on transportation. However, this Bill could mean states will lose 'commissions' and 'mandi fees'. The legislation on contract farming will allow farmers to enter into a contract with agri-business firms or large retailers on preagreed prices of their produce. The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020, seeks to remove commodities like cereals, pulses, oilseeds, edible oils, onion and potatoes from the list of Sample essential commodities. TEXT This will end the imposition of stock-holding limits except under extraordinary circumstances. Farmers in Punjab have organised a three-day protest against the Bills. Badal, too, tendered her resignation after the Bills were passed. Congress terms the Modi government's move a conspiracy to defeat the Green Revolution.

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on developing the infrastructure for betterment of people’s life. He said, today’s Bihar is a great example of co-operation between the Centre and the State. The Prime Minister had declared a special package for significant infrastructure development of Bihar in the year 2015. This included 75 projects worth Rs 54,700 crore, of which 13 projects have been completed, work is undergoing at 38 and others are in DPR/Bidding/ Sanction stage. With the completion of these projects, all rivers in Bihar will have bridges conforming to 21st century specifications, and all major NHs will stand widened and strengthened. Under the PM’s package, total number of bridges over river Ganga will become 17, with lane capacity of 62. This way, on an average, there will be a bridge over rivers in the State at every 25 kilometres. These include four-laning of 47.23 km Bakhtiyarpur-Rajauli section of NH-31 (pkg-2) at a cost of Rs 1149.55 crore, four-laning

of 50.89 km Bakhtiyarpur-Rajauli section of NH-31 (pkg-3) at a cost of Rs 2650.76 crore, four-laning of 55 km Ara-Parariya section of NH30 on EPC Mode at a cost of Rs 885.41 crore, four-laning of 60.80 km Parariya-Mohania section of NH-30 on EPC Mode at a cost of Rs 855.93 crore, four-laning of 49 km Narenpur-Purnea Section of NH131A on HAM Mode at a cost of Rs 2288 crore, six-laning of 39 km Patna-Ring Road PKG-I (KanhauliRamnagar) of NH 131G on EPC Mode at a cost of Rs 913.15 crore, construction of a new 14.5 km fourlane bridge (Parallel to existing MG Setu) with its approaches across river Ganga on NH-19 at Patna at a cost of Rs 2926.42 crore, construction of a new 28.93 km 4-lane bridge across river Kosi on NH-106 with 2-Lane paved shoulder on EPC mode at a cost of Rs 1478.40 crore, and construction of new 4.445 km 4-Lane bridge (parallel to existing Vikramashila Setu) across river Ganga on NH-131B at a cost of Rs 1110.23 crore.

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Port Wings News Network he US Federal Maritime Commission is reviewing the container shipping market for possible non-competitive practices after container rates to the US Atlantic and Pacific coasts set new records in the week to Sept. 17, reports Platts. The US shipping industry regulator said in a statement on Sept. 16 that it was increasing its scrutiny of the three major container shipping alliances — THE Alliance, 2M Alliance and Ocean Alliance — in response to “unusual circumstances and challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic.” Specifically, the FMC said it was reviewing what kind of notice must be provided to the regulator when there are blanked or canceled voyages. Container carriers have canceled more than 400 voyages this year after the coronavirus pandemic created a major disruption in global trade, particularly in the FebruaryMay period.

“If there is any indication of carrier behavior that might violate the competition standards in section 6(g) of the Shipping Act, the Commission will immediately seek to address these concerns with the carriers. If necessary, the FMC will go to federal court to seek an injunction to enjoin further operation of the non-compliant alliance agreement,” the commission said. The canceled sailings earlier this year created a major backlog in cargoes and a shortage of available carrying capacity, particularly for trade lanes from China to the US. This coincided with a shift in US consumer spending away from services and toward goods, a large amount of which are manufactured in Asia. Platts Container Rate 13 — North Asia to West Coast North America — increased to $3,800/FEU on Sept. 15, the highest level since the assessment was launched in 2017. Platts Container Rate 5 — North Asia to East Coast North America — also climbed to a new record of

$4,350/FEU in the week to Sept. 17. According to media reports, China summoned carriers on Sept. 11 to discuss measures to regulate the sharp rise in trans-Pacific rates, advising them to discontinue any further blank sailings. Pressure from government regulators could also discourage shipowners from implementing many of the further general rate increases (GRIs) announced for Oct. 1, a US-based logistics specialist said. “We’ve maybe seen the top of the market, and the tipping point,” the specialist said. “Rates will level but not tank.” The Port of Los Angeles saw all-time high container volumes in August at 961,833 twenty-foot equivalent units, or TEUs, up by 12% from the same month last year, the port announced on Sept. 15. Loaded imports were up by 18% on a year-on-year basis, while loaded exports were down by 10% over the same period.

SCI To Set Freight Rates For India-Maldives Direct Service In Line With Market Mumbai

Port Wings News Network tate-run Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) will “review” the rates for shipping cargo containers/bulk cargo from India to Maldives as its prepares to launch a direct cargo service between the two countries from September 21, linking Thoothukudi and Kochi with Kulhudhuffushi and Male, says a BusinessLine report. Munshid Ali, owner of Kozhikodebased exporting firm Ceekey Global Trading, told an online trade meet organised jointly by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FCCI) and SCI on Tuesday that despite the close proximity between the two countries, the freight rate for shipping a cargo container from India to Maldives was $850-1,000. GETACCESS TO PREMIUM PORTFOLIO CONTENT FOR 14 DAYS In comparison, the container

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Continued from page -1 Gen (Dr) V K Singh (Retd) informed that these projects carry a Road length of about 350 kilometers, involving construction value of Rs 14258 crore. He said, these roads will enhance better connectivity, convenience and economic growth in and around the State. Movement of people and goods to and from the State will also improve substantially especially with the neighbouring States of Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and West Bengal. He said, better roads lead to savings in time and fuel and as well lower emission of pollutants. These project will decongest roads and the enroute towns contributing to improved road experience. Deputy Chief Minister Shri Sushil Kumar Modi said, these projects are part of PM’s package of Rs 1,25,000 crore announced four years ago. While there was only one river bridge in Bihar earlier, now there will be 17 bridges over rivers in the State. He said, the State government is working hard

shipping freight was one-third or even lower to Colombo and Dubai. “We can’t compete with products imported into Maldives from China unless the freight rate is reduced,” Ali told the trade meet. “We will review the rates; it can’t be outside of the market, it has to be as per the market only,” said Inderjeet Nagar, Senior Sales Manager, SIC. Nagar also assured the traders that SCI will pass on the benefits it would get from VO Chidambaranar Port Trust and Cochin Port Trust by way of lower port charges to the traders. M Beena, Chairperson, Cochin Port Trust, said that there is a huge potential to raise India’s exports to Maldives. India is currently ranked fourth in the import basket of Maldives with a 9.7 per cent share. Goods moving to Maldives gets

transhipped through Colombo or Dubai. “The direct shipping service between India and Maldives presents an opportunity to save on precious foreign currency,” she said. It creates the possibility of transhipping cargo originating from the west coast of India at Cochin Port for onward movement to Maldives apart from tapping into the huge cargo volumes destined for Maldives from Kerala. The service will deploy a container-cum-break-bulk vessel that can carry 200 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) and 3,000 tonnes of break bulk cargo, with a round voyage of 10 days. SCI will start the service with one ship, and plans to add more vessels when more cargo is generated, said General Manager BK Tyagi. The service is expected to add Beypore port at Kozhikode in Kerala and Chennai port to its itinerary later.


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Businesses & Economic Activities Move Towards Normalcy: FIEO Chief Sharad Kumar Saraf linoleum along with some New Delhi agri, plantation and meat Port Wings News Network & dairy products besides esponding to the monthly export iron-ore were in positive figures, FIEO President Mr Sharad territory showing signs Kumar Saraf said that August 2020 of further revival with exports show similar trends as in July 2020 few showing impressive with a double-digit negative growth of 12.66 double-digit growth. percent at USD 22.70 billion. As the businesses President FIEO expressed his concern and economic activities are inching towards normalcy, Mr Sharad Kumar Saraf added over yet again dip in figures from labourthat exporters have started receiving a lot of intensive sectors of exports, which directly enquiries and orders from across the globe or indirectly impacts employment generation in the country. FIEO President helping many sectors to show further reiterated that there is a improved export performance, need to analyse imports as well, as which is likely to get better and such a steep decline in imports may better in next few months. The hamper the industrial recovery in start of business activities across the coming months. major economies like the US, FIEO Chief reiterated that the EU, Canada, Japan, South Korea, growing enquiries and orders from Australia and New Zealand has new buyers and destinations shows also helped in bringing back the immense opportunity for Indian tempo to the sector, said Mr Saraf. exports. Hence, there is an urgent FIEO Chief, however, said that integration in the global Mr. Sharad Kumar Saraf, and immediate need for a special support package for exports, which supply chain is yet another key President, FIEO is facing huge liquidity challenges for the revival of the exports sector. Mr Saraf is of the view that the focus due to the stoppage of MEIS benefits and now should also be on important FTAs and IGST refund now. Creation of a long-pending multilateral agreements to further give a boost demand of Export Development Fund with to our exports and withstand the competition 1% percent corpus of the total value of exports coming from smaller countries like Vietnam, during the last fiscal and addressing "risky Bangladesh and Malaysia. Further with China exporters" issues apart from quickly deciding seen with a sense of skepticism, this has come on RoDTEP rates are some of key concerns, which should be immediately considered to as an immense opportunity for India. 14 out of the 30 major product groups were give a much-needed boost to the exports sector in positive territory during August 2020. Mr and the overall economy and make India a key Saraf added that the exports during the month player in the global supply chain in the years to for emergency and essential items apart from come. Mr Saraf also exuded confidence that as some labour-intensive sectors including export performance is improving and with due drugs & pharmaceutical, jute manufacturing support from all the stakeholders, we can bring including floor covering, carpet, plastics & exports back on track by the end of the year.

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SOP For Purchase/Chartering Of Tugs By Major Port Trusts

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Port Wings News Network he Shipping Ministry will blacklist Indian tugboat owners from participating in vessel hiring tenders floated by major port trusts if they fail to replace a foreign built tug initially offered for work on winning the contract with an Indian built tug within 18 months of starting the charter, according to a BusinessLine report. This is one of the key stipulations written into the standard operating procedures (SOP) issued by the Shipping Ministry for procurement/chartering of tugs by major port trusts to support the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ and ‘Make in India’ initiatives and in turn boost local yards. In case none of the bidders in a tender is in a position to provide Indian built tugs, then the bidders shall be granted the option of offering an alternative tug meeting the operational requirements of the port, on the condition that the tug initially offered is substituted with an Indian built tug as per the Approved Standardised Tug Design & Specifications (ASTDS) not later than 18 months from the date of commencement of the charter, failing which the party shall be liable for appropriate penalties as laid out in the tender, according to the SOP issued by the ministry. “Such defaulting parties shall thereafter be barred from participation in further tenders for chartering of any type of vessel for all ports under the Ministry of Shipping,” it said. Major port trusts are barred from floating global tenders for procurement or chartering of tugs of less than ₹200 crore. In the case of hiring of tugs, the charter agreements should be for a minimum of seven years. The ministry will issue ASTDS to help major port trusts expedite implementation of the ‘Make in India’ policy. The ASTDS shall be developed by the Indian Ports Association (IPA) through

Cochin Shipyard Ltd for a certain number of variants (initially about 5 types), based on the recommendations of a Standing Specification Committee (SSC), covering Outline Specifications, General Arrangement, Basic Calculations, Basic Structural Drawings, Key System Drawings and other Construction Standards. This will be technically vetted by the SSC and ‘Certified in Principle’ by the Indian Register of Shipping. Ongoing charter contracts will continue till the tenure ends. The SOP, though, is silent on the status of some 400 tugs owned by local firms and operating under the Indian flag but built outside India. These tugs would be excluded from participating in the upcoming tenders of major port trusts, rendering them redundant with resultant impact on lenders who would be wary of funding tug purchases due to policy uncertainties. This is expected to trigger a backlash from Indian fleet owners who will be forced to seek legal remedy if their existing foreign-built, Indian flagged tugs are not treated on par with prospective Indian built tugs in public tenders. “The existing Indian flagged tugs (built overseas) should not be treated any differently. The government should clarify that existing Indian flagged tugs are treated on par with prospective Indian built tugs because any order like this can only be prospective, it cannot be retrospective. If that doesn’t happen, the fleet owners may be forced to approach the courts,” said a shipping industry consultant. “The direction to procure or charter tugs that are only made in India should not be at the cost of existing Indian flag tugs which are operating in the major ports. For many years, the government has been harping on the need to expand the Indian flag fleet and today it cannot suddenly change its stance to say Indian built tugs will be given preference over Indian flagged tugs. Overnight, the existing players cannot be put to a disadvantage,” the consultant added.

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Essar Port's Vizag Terminal Cargo Throughput On The Rise

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Port Wings News Network ssar Ports’s Vizag Terminal has seen a 72% increase in cargo volumes in August compared with April’s figures, as a reflection of the economic recovery in the country. Between April-August 2020, the terminal achieved a 10% rise in cargo throughput handling 5.55 million tonnes, up from 5.06 million tonnes in same period last year. “These green shoots in the pick-up of economic activity are signalling a return to a

robust a n d thriving economy, albeit in phased manner,” said Rajiv Agarwal, CEO and Managing Director, Essar Ports. “The beginning of resumption in global demand, especially in the steel sector, has helped our Vizag terminal to score a higher cargo handling turnaround in these challenging times,” he added.

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Port Wings News Network he implementation of APM Terminals’ standard Terminal Operating System (TOS), Navis N4, at APM Terminals Mumbai is expected to lead to significant operational efficiency gains. The introduction of the Navis N4 system opens the way for a host of improved customer interfaces that will be rolled out on the website, https://www.apmterminals.com/Mumbai. These include track and trace, with the potential to set email alerts for containers. It also makes live truck turn times available on the website, to assist customers with planning container pick-ups and dropoffs. APM Terminals Mumbai will furthermore be able to share terminals data at individual container level. Girish Aggarwal, Chief Operating Officer at APM Terminals Mumbai, added: “We are constantly striving towards improving our customer’s experience as they engage with the terminal and we see N4 as an effective tool to enable a host of features. This should help us provide significant enhancements in the interactive tools for the customers while helping us drive efficiencies.”

Located in the Nhava Sheva’s Jawaharlal Nehru Port, APM Terminals Mumbai is India’s busiest container terminal. The facility handled more than 2 million teu in both 2018 and 2019. Girish Aggarwal, Chief Operating Officer at APM Terminals Mumbai, added: “We are constantly striving towards improving our customer’s experience as they engage with the terminal and we see N4 as an effective tool to enable a host of features.

This should help us provide significant enhancements in the interactive tools for the customers while helping us drive efficiencies.” Located in the Nhava Sheva’s Jawaharlal Nehru Port, APM Terminals Mumbai is India’s busiest container terminal. The facility handled more than 2 million teu in both 2018 and 2019.

World’s First CNG Terminal Project At Bhavnagar Port Gets Approval New Delhi Port Wings News Network Rs 1,900-crore investment to set up the world’s first Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) terminal at Bhavnagar Port gets the Gujarat government's approval, an official statement said. The Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has given her government's nod for the letter of intent (LoI) and it will be handed over to the consortium of companies to develop the CNG terminal, it added. The Rs 1900-crore proposed project will be developed jointly by UK-headquartered Foresight Group, Mumbai-based Padmanabh Mafatlal Group and a Netherland-based consortium. The Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Foresight Group to set up this port terminal at the Vibrant Gujarat Summit held in January 2019, the government release said. In-Principle approval was given by the Gujarat government in November 2019, and

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now with the issuing of LoI, the private players will have to take all the necessary permission before starting the work, it said. Apart from the CNG terminal, the investors would also develop a Ro-Ro terminal (for rollon/roll-off ships), liquid cargo terminal and container terminal at Bhavnagar port with a cumulative investment of Rs 1,900 crore. The proposed CNG port terminal will have a capacity of 1.5 million metric tonnes per annum (MMTPA). The GMB manages the existing port at Bhavnagar, having a capacity to handle 3 MMTPA cargo. The new terminals would take the overall capacity to 9 MMTPA, the release said. While the consortium would invest Rs 1,300 crore in the first phase, Rs 600 crore will be invested in the second phase. To develop CNG and other terminals on the north side of the existing port would require major modifications in the existing infrastructure, including dredging in the water channel of the port basin, construction of two lock gates and off-shore infrastructure for CNG transportation, the release said.


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VOC Port Invites Industry To Set Up Units On Its Land Tuticorin Port Wings News Network O Chidambaranar Port Trust (VOCPT) in Thoothukudi, one of the 12 major ports and second largest port in Tamil Nadu, has invited industries to set up port-led units at the vast land base available with the Port Trust, reports BusinessLine. Plots totalling 1,680 acres are available for lease on a long-term basis at a nominal lease rent for setting up the industries, according to an Expression of Interest (EoI) issued by VOCPT. The port trust has a land bank of 4,427 acres and is in the process of acquiring more land from the Tamil Nadu government to facilitate and develop port-led industries. Sagarmala Scheme As part of the Sagarmala Port-led development program, Tuticorin SPEEDZ (Tuticorin Smart Port Employment & Economic

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Development) has been set up to allot land to investors to set up industries in areas such as marine food processing, grain mill products, apparel, chemical products, nonmetallic mineral products, structural metal products, general purpose machinery, auto components and oil, the EoI said. Land possession will be given within a short period. VOC Port has taken up the process for environment clearance for land to promote industries. The land will be allotted on lease basis, the EoI said. Connectivity Advantage One of the big advantages of the VOC port is its connectivity through road, rail and air to its hinterland. The National Highway NH-45B connects the port with Madurai, Chennai and various parts of the country. Further, NH-7A connects the port with Tirunelveli and directly to Trivandrum and Bengaluru. The port is also connected

through a broad-gauge railway line with southern parts through Madurai, Trichy, Chennai and Bengaluru. The nearest airport is in Thoothukudi, which is about 20 km from the port. The port, which is an artificial harbour protected by two breakwaters and is connected to deep water by a dredged channel, has developed a handling capacity of around 70 Million Tonnes per annum. There is a plan to deepen the channel and the harbour basin to handle the vessels for drafts up to 15.5 m, the EoI said. VOC Port is getting power from Tangedco and the port also has solar energy and wind energy units. In addition, VOC Port plans to set up a 5 MLD Desalination plant for supply of potable water to the proposed industries. Power and water can be provided by the port at a prevailing rate during the implementation of the projects, the EoI said.

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Port Wings News Network hri Mansukh Mandavyia, MoS, Shipping, Govt. of India on 19 September 2020 had an interaction with DG, Indian Coast Guard in New Delhi about the rescue operations of 'MT New Diamond'. MT New Diamond is a very large crude carrier. On 3rd September 2020, the ship caught fire off the eastern coast of Sri Lanka, resulting in the death of a Filipino crew member.

The ship was at that time about 65 kilometres east of Sri Lanka in the Sangaman Kanda Point. At the time, the ship was carrying 270,000 tonnes of oil from Kuwait to the Paradip refinery in India, with 18 Filipino and five Greek crewmembers on board. The cargo was loaded on 23rd August 2020 at Mina al Ahmadi and was due to arrive at Paradip on 5th

September. The ship was chartered for the voyage by the Indian Oil Corporation. After burning intermittently for almost a week, the fire was reported to be extinguished by 11th September, 2020. Indian Coast Guard's timely action resulted in NO Oil Spill and minimal damage. It was indeed one of the biggest rescue operations in the maritime history of the world.

MANSA Elects Hiren Ved as New President Mumbai

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Port Wings News Network aritime Association of Nationwide Shipping Agencies (MANSA) has elected a new executive committee for the term 2020-22 with Mr Hiren Ved to preside over the committee for 2020-21 and Captain Ram Iyer for 2021-22. The current Executive committee presided by Captain Amit Wason will hand over the charge to the new team at the virtual annual general meeting to be held on September 30. “We will promote a unified voice of the ship-agents in particular and maritime fraternity in general with the policy makers and regulators for seamless functioning of the trade,” said Hiren Ved, President – Designate for the year 2020-21. “The global trade is set to see a major shift towards Asia with India being the focal point. It is paramount to ensure a safe and sustainable future for shipping and vessel operations at Indian ports and Team Mansa is committed & continues its endeavours for same in close cooperation with Ports, terminals & Govt authorities and other stakeholder associations,

whilst ensuring safeguard stated objectives of MANSA and business interest of our constituent member companies said Captain Ram Iyer, President – Designate for the year 2021-22.

Apart from Mr. Hiren Ved of Parekh Marine Services and Captain Ram Iyer of Seahorse Ship Agencies, other members of the 12-member executive committee for the two-year term includes Mr. R.Subramanyam Swamy of Sai Shipping and Mr.Vijayendra Parvateneni of Maxicon Shipping Agencies ,Yogesh Shah of

Seabridge Marine Agencies, Sanjay Dalvi of Atlantic Global Shipping, Anshuman Baruah of MSC Agency (India), Rajnish Khandelwal of K. Steamship Agencies, Mousumi Guha of United Liner Shipping, Sushil Mulchandani of JM Baxi & Co, Captain Jasbir Singh of Omega Shipping Agencies Mayur Singh of Shaan Marine Services. M r . R.Subramanyam Swamy and M r. Vi j a y e n d r a Parvateneni will hold the offices of Vice Presidents during the twoyear period from 2020-2022. Established in 1977, Maritime Association of Nationwide Shipping Agencies – India (MANSA), members account for 85% of the cargo handled at all ports across the country. The association gives a powerful voice to the grievance of ship agents and addresses their issues to enhance the working and business environment besides good relationships with the Government, Customs, port authorities and administration.

JNPT Celebrates ‘Hindi Pakhwada’ With Great Enthusiasm and Dedication Mumbai

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Port Wings News Network awaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), India’s premier container port, observed Hindi Pakhwada with great zeal following all the preventive measures amended by the Department of Official Language, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India in wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Hindi Pakhwada is celebrated in JNPT to motivate employees to promote the use of Hindi and create awareness as part of the ongoing initiatives. Every year JNPT organizes various competitions for employees, their families and school children on the occasion of Hindi Pakhawada. This year due to the pandemic only essay writing, Hindi typing, letter writing, and story writing competitions were conducted virtually. Port officials and employees a c t i v e l y participated in all these competitions. Today, Hindi is one of the widely spoken languages around the world and the first language of more than 520 million people. On the last day, September 14, an award distribution ceremony was held where Shri Sanjay Sethi, IAS, Chairman, JNPT handed over the prizes to the winners of the Hindi competitions. The Hindi Pakhwada Diwas celebration ended with a speech on the importance of Hindi, from Shri Sanjay Sethi, IAS, Chairman, JNPT. Speaking during the event, JNPT Chairman, Shri Sanjay Sethi said, “We should feel proud of our own language and Hindi Diwas holds a

lot of significance in the country and unites the Indian population”. Further he encouraged all employees of JNPT to implement Hindi language in their day to day communication to promote the language and maintain JNPT’s leading position in this regard. The Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) at Navi Mumbai is the biggest container handling Port in India accounting for around 52% of the total containerised cargo volume, across the major ports of India. Commissioned on 26th May 1989, in less than three decades of its operations, JNPT has transformed

from a bulk-cargo terminal to become the premier container port in the country. Currently JNPT operates five container terminals: the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Container Terminal (JNPCT), the Nhava Sheva International Container Terminal (NSICT), the Gateway Terminals India Pvt. Ltd. (GTIPL), Nhava Sheva International Gateway Terminal (NSIGT) and the newly commissioned Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals Private Limited (BMCTPL). The Port also has a Shallow Water Berth for general cargo and another Liquid Cargo Terminal which is managed by BPCL-IOCL consortium.

Swachhata Pakhwada 2020 at Paradip Port Trust Paradip

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Port Wings News Network he Paradip Port Trust (PPT) began the observance of “Swachhta Pakhwada”, as per instructions from the Ministry of Shipping, Govt. of India. It started with a Swachhata Pledge administered by Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT to HoDs and Dy.HoDs at the Portico in front of PPT Administrative Building. Due to COVID-19 Guidelines, different Head of Offices and that staff took pledge in their respective office premises maintaining social distancing norms. On the occasion, Shri Roy flagged off a Mechanical Road Sweeping Machine with Make in India concept. This Road Sweeping machine will be plying on routes outside the Harbour area under the supervision of Shri M R Sutar, Executive Engineer, PPT. The PPT has already drawn

up a detailed Action plan for the period, as part of Swachhta Pakhwada viz., awareness drive among workers and staff of all Departments & Divisions of PPT, swachhata awareness hoardings and digital display at important locations in the township, with special emphasis on the theme “Maintain cleanliness,

Eradicate Corona”. Due to the corona crisis and Unlock guidelines, social distancing is being given special emphasis in various events to be undertaken during the Pakhwada period.


Sep. 23rd - 29th Issue

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Maersk Triples Profits Despite Covid

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Port Wings News Network he good news is that container shipping looks like it will weather the coronavirus crisis. The even better news is that COVID-19 has accelerated and solidified a new, more resilient business formula for the industry, says a report in American Shipper. On 19 September 2020, the owner of the world’s largest container line, A.P. MollerMaersk (APM, Copenhagen: MAERSK-B), posted stronger-than-expected results for the second quarter — the very quarter the coronavirus was peaking. File Photo M a e r s k ’ s experiences during the outbreak confirm that liner alliances and consolidation are paying off, allowing capacity to be much more actively managed to match demand, supporting rates. The crisis has also confirmed the value of digital spotbooking platforms. “Since it has worked so well for us [during the outbreak] why should we change that?” said APM CEO Soren Skou during the conference call, referring to active capacity management. “That will be our approach going forward. In my view, this is a structural change.” Digital spot booking platforms will likewise be the new normal. “A version of a [digital] spot product will be ‘table stakes’ in two to three years.” Skou maintained. The winning formula for container shipping that has emerged: consolidate capacity; toggle capacity in line with demand; go for profits not market share; split exposure between spot and period contracts; push spot customers toward digital booking platforms; and use spot booking data to more accurately toggle capacity in line with demand to further enhance earnings.

STRONG QUARTERLY RESULTS APM reported net income of $443 million for the second quarter of 2020, almost triple net income of $153 million in Q2 2019. Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) totaled $1.7 billion in Q2 2020, 8% above the consensus estimate of $1.58 billion. Projected full-year EBITDA is $6 billion-$7 billion, topping the consensus

estimate of $5.8 billion. In the ocean segment, Q2 2020 revenue was $6.57 billion, down 8.7% year-on-year due to a 15.8% volume decline offset by a 4.5% freight rate increase. Costs fell faster than revenues — down 16% to $5.16 billion due to lower bunker and time-charter costs. Consequently, Maersk’s Q2 2020 ocean EBITDA increased 26%, to $1.36 billion. Three months ago, Maersk predicted second-quarter demand could fall by 20-25%. As it turned out, demand was down 20% in April, but by a lesser amount thereafter. Demand is down this month by the mid to high single digits, reported Skou. Maersk “blanked” (canceled) more than 166 sailings in Q2 2020. “Tight capacity deployment led to a decrease in capacity that was slightly more than the decline in actual volume, as we expected the decline in

Allcargo to hold EGM on Sept 30 to remove Gati MD

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Port Wings News Network ahendra Kumar Agarwal, the managing director of Gati, is not ready to step down from his position even after one of India’s largest logistics players, Allcargo, acquired a near 47 per cent stake in the company this year, according to a BusinessLine report. Agarwal now owns a mere 0.29 per cent (unencumbered) stake in Gati and the rest of his 6-8 per cent stake is pledged with the lenders. The issue has snowballed into a legal wrangle. On September 4, the Supreme Court (SC) allowed Allcargo to go ahead with an EGM to oust Agarwal. The meeting will be held on September 30. A single-bench judgment of the Bombay High Court (HC) had earlier ‘refused’ to grant status quo against the meeting and Agarwal’s position when Allcargo decided to remove him. Agarwal then appealed to the division bench of the HC, which stayed the meeting. When the matter reached the SC, a bench comprising Justices Rohinton Nariman, Navin Sinha and Indira Banerjee stuck to the core principle of law, which says that any shareholder can call an EGM by giving prior notice, and altered the division bench order of the HC to allow Allcargo to hold the proceedings. The SC, however, has said that the decision taken at the meeting will be effective only

after settlement on other legal proceedings. “A board meeting may be called within the next four days in order to consider all the agenda items. “Thereafter, AGM/EGM, that is to be held, may be held after giving the requisite statutory notice. Resolutions that are passed at the AGM/EGM qua the re-election or removal of MK Agarwal as Director/Managing Director, respectively, will not be given effect and will be subject to further orders that may be passed in the pending proceedings in the arbitration appeal in Bombay,” the apex court said in its order dated September 4. Fulfilment of SPA According to court documents seen by BusinessLine, Agarwal had challenged Allcargo’s move to remove him on the ground that Allcargo had not yet fulfilled the share purchase agreement (SPA) since all the shares, including those taken by the lenders and shares subject to court restraint, are yet to be acquired. His claim is that until all shares are actually acquired, the transaction is not complete. Allcargo has argued that the removal is backed by its rights as a shareholder under company law. With regard to the SPA, Allcargo has argued that it was completed on January 28, 2020. “Even assuming that whether completion of SPA took place is still arguable, Agarwal has no vested right either in law or in SPA to continue as the MD,” Allcargo has told the court.

volumes to be steeper,” acknowledged APM CFO Patrick Jany. Carriers have added that capacity back. Skou said that as of now, Maersk has more capacity deployed in the trans-Pacific market than it did at this time last year. Capacity reductions in Q2 2020 helped prop up rates. Rising rates in the spot market — which accounts for about half of Maersk’s business — brought up the overall average. Decreases in the Bunker Adjustment Factor (BAF) due to declining fuel costs have brought contract rates lower. Some contracts adjust BAFs monthly, some quarterly. ACTIVE CAPACITY MANAGEMENT When the coronavirus struck, the initial reaction among analysts and executives was to compare potential outcomes to the aftermath of the global financial crisis. But container lines are behaving much differently now than they did then. According to Skou, “In 2009, the thinking at Maersk, and I think of the whole industry, was that if you had a network you would have to keep sailing it and filling it up at all costs. We lowered prices in order to fill the network. Obviously, that approach has now completely changed. “In 2009, we went after market share. This time, we are focusing on profitability. We have been saying that for a couple of years and the

pandemic has just strengthened our resolve. DIGITAL SPOT-BOOKING PLATFORMS The other big structural change is the move to online spot bookings via platforms such as Maersk Spot. According to Jany, Maersk Spot has gained further traction and accounted for over 40% of the company’s Q2 2020 spot volumes. “We see plenty of potential for expansion and eventually it will be close to 100%,” said Skou. “The complication right now is how to implement it in the U.S., where there are rules to file with the Federal Maritime Commission that we need to resolve. “The big benefit for us is that it’s a commitment product. That means the customer makes a booking and actually has to show up with a container or pay a penalty. That, of course, makes it easier for us to plan utilization. We can avoid situations where we risk ‘rolling’ [pushing back loadings of] our customers when we get it wrong. “There’s also a cost benefit to us because the customer is doing all the work in terms of getting a price online, making a booking and doing the documentation,” said Skou, who added, “Frankly, I think it would be very strange if our industry did not develop in this [digitalization direction], just like we have already in business-to-consumer industries.”

Direct Cargo Ferry Service Between India and Maldives Begins New Delhi Port Wings News Network inister of State (Independent Charge) for Shipping, Shri Mansukh Mandaviya and Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation of Maldives, Ms Aishath Nahula, jointly e- launched a direct cargo ferry service between India and Maldives on 21 September 2020. During its maiden voyage, a vessel with a capacity of 200 TEU and 3000 MT of break bulk cargo will sail from Tuticorin to Kochi today, from where it will proceed to Kulhudhuffushi port in North Maldives and then to Male port. It is scheduled to reach Kulhudhuffushi on September 26, 2020 and Male on September 29, 2020. This ferry service, being operated by the Shipping

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Corporation of India, will run twice a month and will provide a cost effective, direct and alternate means of transportation of goods between India and Maldives. Speaking on the occasion, Minister of

State (Independent Charge) Shipping, Shri Mandaviya noted that this service is another milestone in the comprehensive bilateral relations between India and Maldives. He mentioned that this direct cargo service will further cement the close ties between India and Maldives by enhancing people-to-people contact and boosting bilateral trade.

The Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation of Maldives, Ms Aishath Nahula expressed deep appreciation for the launch of the service as reflective of the close ties of friendship and cooperation between India and Maldives. The launch of this service concretely fulfils the commitment made by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi during his visit to Maldives in June last year and the announcement made by External Affairs Minister Dr S. Jaishankar during his virtual meeting with the Foreign Minister of Maldives on August 13, 2020. The senior officials of the Ministry of Shipping, Ministry of External Affairs of India and officials of Maldives were also present.


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Vessel Position at Terminals - (23.09.2020 To30.09.2020)

Sep. 23rd - 29th Issue

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CITPL - Chennai

CCTL - Chennai ETA

ETD

Service

Vessel Name

Voy

Agent/Line

Calling Ports

ETA

ETD

Service

Vessel Name

Voy

Agent/Line

25/09

26/09

CCG

MESSINI

106W

EMC

Cochin, Nhava Sheva, Mundra, Jebel Ali, Bandar Abbas, Dammam

22/09

23/09

ADHRCL

THANA BHUM

287W/287E

RCF

22/09

23/09

CI3

WAN HAI 516

W050/E050

WAN

Port Kelang(North port), Singapore, Shanghai

24/09

25/09

MD1

BOMAR FULGENT

04688W/04688E

WAN

Krishnapatnam, West Port Klang , Singapore, Cailan, Busan, Ulsan, Shanghai, Ningbo, Yantian

28/09

29/09

CI3

OOCL ZHOUSHAN

224W/224E

OIL

Port Kelang(North port), Singapore, Shanghai

25/09

26/09

PIC-2

SSL KRISHNA

22

SHR1

22/09

23/09

SIF

SPIRIT OF MUMBAI

39

MSC1

Colombo

24/09

25/09

COST

TCI SURYA

732

TSL

Port klang

23/09

24/09

ECC

SSL CHENNAI

163

SHR1

Kattupalli

Calling Ports

VCTPL, Vizag ETA

ETD

Service

Vessel Name

Voy

Agent/Line

Calling Ports

ETA

ETD

Service

Vessel Name

Voy

Agent/Line

Calling Ports

23/09

24/09

MDM

BELLATRIX I

1687E

BTL

Colombo

22/09

23/09

ECS

ASIATIC DAWN

22

HMM

Kolkata Kakinada, Haldia, Paradip

24/09

25/09

FME

SUEZ CANAL

20006E

TSL

22/09

23/09

TCS

VERMONT TRADER

012W

ECS

Port Klang, Singapore, Manila, Pusan, Shanghai, Hong Kong

23/09

24/09

CCG

NEYYAR

14

SIM

Cochin, Nhava Sheva, Mundra, Jebel Ali, Bandar Abbas, Dammam

24/09

25/09

VKS

ASIATIC DAWN

22

SSL

25/09

26/09

MDM

BOMAR FULGENT

04688E

WHL

WAN

Tuticorin, Cochin, Pipava, Kandla, Jebel ali

25/09

26/09

CVK

MSC JANIS 3

XA036A

MSC

Krishnapatnam, West Port Klang , Singapore, Cailan, Busan, Ulsan, Shanghai, Ningbo, Yantian

27/09

28/09

CCG

MESSINI

106W

EGI

Cochin , Nhava Sheva, Mundra, Jebel Ali, Bandar Abbas, Dammam

29/09

30/09

FME

ZANTE

081W

RCL

Port Klang, Singapore, Manila, Pusan, Shanghai, Hong Kong

24/09

25/09

C13

WAN HAI 516

50

27/09

28/09

ACS

HYUNDAI PRIVILEGE

74

HMM

28/09

29/09

SHTL

MAERSK KENTUCKY

2025

MSK

NCT, Krishnapatnam

Kakinada Container Terminal ETA

ETD

Service

Vessel Name

Voy

Agent/Line

Calling Ports

22/09

23/09

KAK>HAL

MCP SALZBURG

44

SCI

Halida, Colombo

30/09

1-10

KAK>INIXZ

TCI SURYA

732

BOTHRA

25/09

26/09

KAK>CMB

OEL SINGAPORE S

SV037R

SAMSARA

Halida, Colombo

NSICT - Mumbai ETA

ETD

Service

Vessel Name

23/09

24/09

MESAWA

23/09

24/09

23/09

24/09

Voy

Agent/Line

Calling Ports

CPO NORFOLK

CCA

Mundra, Nhava Sheva, Valencia, New York, Norfolk, Charleston, Savannah, Freeport

BMM

HAZEL

PRD

INDUS

CONTI CORTESIA

MSC

Mundra, Nhava Sheva, Valencia, New York, Norfolk, Charleston, Savannah, Freeport Nhava Sheva, Mundra, Port Qasim, Singapore

25/09

26/09

MIDAS

EM ASTORIA

CCA

26/09

27/09

INGWE

MSC LUCY

MSC

26/09

27/09

GIX

CAPE MORETON

PRD

Port Elizabeth, Durban, Port Louis, Jebel Ali, Mundra, JNPT, Colombo

27/09

28/09

IEX

BEA SCHULTE

SBG

Colombo, Damietta Piraes Rotterdam, London

27/09

28/09

MECL

MAERSK SEBAROK

MSK

Mundra, Nhava Sheva, Valencia, New York, Norfolk, Charleston, Savannah, Freeport

28/09

29/09

MWE

MAERSK BENTONVILLE

MSK

APM Terminal - Mumbai ETA

ETD

Service

Vessel Name

23/09

24/09

TIP

26/09

27/09

24/09 23/09

Voy

Agent/Line

Calling Ports

MOL GRANDEUR

ONE

Jebel Ali, Mundra, Hazira, Nhava Sheva

FM3

MAERSK TANJONG

MSK

Pipavav, Hazira, JNPT, Jebel Ali,Salalah,Port Said,Mersin,Ambarli Port,Izmlt Korfezi,Novorosslysk

25/09

MINA

CMA CGM RACINE

CCA

Pipavav, Port Klang, Singapore, Shangai, Ningbo, Xiamen

24/09

ME3

SANTA CRUZ

MSK

Port Qasim, Nhava Sheva, Pipavav, Colombo, T.Pelepas,Tanjung, Singapore, Hong Kong, Ningbo, Pusan, Kwangyang, Qingdao, Dalian, Xingang

26/09

27/09

CIX3

OOCL HAMBURG

APM

Jebel Ali, Mundra, Hazira, Nhava Sheva

23/09

24/09

CWI

E R FRANCE

TWF

Pipavav, Hazira, JNPT, Jebel Ali, Salalah, Port Said, Mersin, Ambarli Port, Izmlt Korfezi, Novorosslysk

26/07

27/09

NMG

OEL JUMEIRAH

SMM

Pipavav, Port Klang, Singapore, Shangai, Ningbo, Xiamen

26/07

27/09

ASX

SIMA GISELLE

ONE

Jebel Ali, Mundra, Hazira, Nhava Sheva

As the data is received by us, sometimes even at the eleventh hour by telephonic messages from the concerned Steamer Agents, there is every likelihood of last minute changes in the data published for which and also for the printing errors occuring the Management of Port Wings is not responsible or liable.

Colombo

ETA

ETD

Service

Vessel Name

Voy

Agent/Line

Calling Ports

28/09

29/09

CHX

Venetia

040E

Maersk & Safmarine

Ennore, Krishnapatnam, Visakhapatnam, Tanjung Pelepas, Xingang, Qingdao

26/09

27/09

Maersk Shuttle

Maersk Kentucky

2026

Maersk & Safmarine,XCL

"Hapag ,ONE,COSCO"

27/09

28/09

IEX

E.R Los Angeles

005W

Colombo, Damietta Piraes Rotterdam, London

27/09

28/09

COASTAL

SSL Chennai

161

Colombo

EXX

X-Press Godavari

20017

Kolkata Kakinada, Haldia, Paradip

25/09

26/09

KR Opens LNG Fueled and Bunkering Simulation Center

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Port Wings News Network he Korean Register (KR) has announced the establishment of a new LNG Fueled and Bunkering Simulation Center (KR LSC). The new facility is located at KR’s headquarters in Busan and officially opened on 15 September. Following the opening ceremony, a memorandum of understanding was signed between KR and Transgas Solution (TGS, CEO LEE Jae-ik) agreeing to build an Operator Training Simulator (OTS) system which will be used to training operators of LNG-propelled ships and for ship-to-ship bunkering. The KR LSC has been established to facilitate industrial growth across the LNG propulsion and bunkering sector based on KR’s long-standing high level expertise with LNG technology. The use of LNG as a ship fuel and demand for bunkering is expected to increase as a result of the International Maritime Organization's regulations to reduce SOx, which came into effect at the beginning of this year, and with the strengthening of GHG emission regulations in the future. The KR LSC will provide comprehensive technical services relating to LNG operations, including not only the customized trial and optimal operations for LNG fuel supply and bunkering systems but also conducting the detailed risk analysis for liquefied gas for ships propelled by eco-friendly fuels such as LNG, hydrogen, and ammonia. KR will also collaborate with TGS to develop practical education and training programs for shipping companies, shipyards, and equipment companies, for example by combining the use of an Operator Training Simulator (OTS) and Virtual Reality (VR)

based on a real-time simulation of the LNG vessel fuel processes. Dr. HA Tae-beom, EVP of KR’s R&D Division, said at the signing ceremony: “KR is already renowned for providing world's best technical services for structural strength assessment, temperature distribution analysis, and thermal stress analysis of LNG carriers. We will increase competitiveness by providing high-quality LNG technology services to our customers – shipping companies and shipyards around the world.” MR. LEE Jae-ik, CEO of TGS, said: “I welcome this collaboration with KR, our

work to develop advanced education and training using the Operator Training Simulator (OTS) is hugely important, and underpins our commitment to training LNG experts across the maritime sector and engineering industry.” Meanwhile, KR has been procuring test technology for LNG-propelled ship engines and aftertreatment devices through the Greenship Equipment Testing and Certification Center (TCC) established in Gunsan in 2015. The newly established KR LSC will provide unified LNG technical services adding simulation technology and enabling the implementation of a pretreatment device for LNG fuel propulsion.


Sep. 23rd - 29th Issue

US Tariffs On China Illegal, Says WTO Chennai

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Port Wings News Network World Trade Organization panel ruled on 15 September 2020 that Trump administration tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods are illegal, vindicating Beijing even if the United States has all but incapacitated the WTO’s ability to hand down a final, binding verdict, according to a AP report. The decision marks the first time that the Geneva-based trade body has ruled against a series of high-profile tariffs that President Donald Trump’s government has imposed on a number of countries — allies and rivals alike. Trump has repeatedly claimed that the WTO treats the U.S. unfairly. The ruling, in theory, would allow China to impose retaliatory tariffs on billions’ worth of U.S. goods. But it is unlikely to have much practical impact, at least in the short term, because the U.S. can appeal the decision and the WTO’s appeals court is currently no longer functioning — largely because of Washington’s single-handed refusal to accept new members for it. In its decision, the WTO’s dispute settlement body ruled against the U.S. government’s argument that

China has wrongly engaged in practices harmful to U.S. interests on issues including intellectual property theft and technology transfer — and it quickly drew criticism of U.S. trade representative Robert Lighthizer. “This panel report confirms what the Trump administration has been saying for four years: The WTO is completely inadequate to stop China’s harmful technology practices,” Lighthizer said in a statement. He said the United States had presented “extensive evidence” of China’s intellectual property theft and the WTO has offered no fixes for it. “The United States must be allowed to defend itself against unfair trade practices, and the Trump administration will not let China use the WTO to take advantage of American workers, businesses, farmers and ranchers,” he added. The Chinese ministry of commerce said the ruling was “objective and fair” and called on the U.S. to respect it. The U.S. tariffs target two batches of Chinese products. Duties of 10% were imposed on some $200 billion worth of goods in September 2018, and were jacked up to 25% eight months later. An additional 25%

duties were imposed in June 2018 against Chinese goods worth about $34 billion in annual trade, targeting industrial products and items like airplane propellers, water purifiers and motorcycles. The Trump administration has justified the sanctions under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974, once a common tool used by the U.S. government to impose sanctions and recently revived by Trump. The U.S. argued that China’s actions had amounted to “state-sanctioned theft” and “misappropriation” of U.S. technology, intellectual property and commercial secrets. Trade lawyer Mark Herlach, a partner with the firm Eversheds Sutherland, said there has been a longstanding controversy over whether the 301 law is consistent with WTO rules. “It’s not surprising that a WTO panel didn’t like what the U.S. was doing,” he said. The WTO panel ruled that the U.S. measures violated longstanding international trade rules because they only applied to products from China, and that Washington had not adequately substantiated its claim that the Chinese products hit with the extra duties had benefited from the allegedly unfair Chinese practices.

DP World Dubai Joins Hands With Israeli Firm Dover Tower In Bid For Haifa Port Chennai Port Wings News Network P World and Dubai Customs signed a slew of MoUs with an Israeli company called DoverTower, which has broad investments, including coownership of Israel Shipyards in Haifa and the Port of Eilat located on the Red Sea. The announcement came a day after Israel and the United Arab Emirates signed an historic agreement to normalize ties, and marks a big development in trade and economic collaboration. The agreements are seen as first step to develop ports, free trade zones and an enhanced trade infrastructure. The companies said they would continue to explore opportunities to develop trade links between Israel and Dubai. One of the specific first initiatives announced by DoverTower is a plan to collaborate on a joint venture that

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will bid for the privatization of the Port of Haifa in northern Israel. "The MoUs will contribute to the efforts to tap economic and trade cooperation opportunities, and facilitate development-oriented linkages between the two countries,” said His Excellency Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Chairman and CEO of DP World, in the prepared statement released after the singing of the MoUs. "I believe that this agreement is just the beginning of mutual and long collaboration and more agreements will follow between DP World and DoverTower across different industries,” the statement quoted Shlomi Fogel, who is the owner of DoverTower Group, shareholder of Israel Shipyard port in Haifa and partner of Eilat Port. "This is a great honor to work and collaborate with HE Sultan bin Sulayem. I'm proud of our mutual friendship and vision to create a strategic partnership that will

positively impact the global trade and economy while strengthening the commercial relationship between the state of Israel and the United Arab Emirates. ”Israel has been working to modernize its ports through privatization efforts. The country previously made an agreement with China’s Shanghai International Port Group to develop a new terminal due to open in 2021 in Haifa. DP World and DoverTower said they will also examine opening a direct shipping line between the Red Sea port of Eilat and Dubai’s Jebel Ali, the Middle East’s largest transshipment hub. Israel’s Globes news outlet reports that Fogel, who has broad business investments, also has developed extensive relationships in the Arab world and has been pushing forward to leverage the newly announced agreements with Dubai and the UAE.

Korean Register Issues World’s First Cyber Security Class Notation to HHI for Very Large LPG carriers Chennai

Port Wings News Network he Korean Register (KR) has presented Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) with the world’s first Cyber Security (CS Ready) class notation for a very large liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carrier. The presentation took place at KR’s Headquarters in Busan on 18 September, in the presence of Hyundai LNG Shipping (HLS, President & CEO, LEE Kyu-bong), Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI, President & CEO, HAN Youngseuk) and, Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering (KSOE, CEO, KWON Oh-gap). Hyundai LNG Shipping is the owner of the very large LPG carrier built by HHI which is scheduled for delivery later this month. KR granted the notation after completing successful document and field

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inspections, which included Kongsberg Maritime's ship alarm and monitoring system (AMS) and Hyundai Global Service's Integrated Smart ship Solution (ISS). This is the first time the KR cyber security notation has been awarded to a very large LPG carrier, the notation is issued to newbuilding ships that have successfully passed 49 inspection items in a total of 12 categories, including risk and asset management, cyber incident response and recovery. The four companies have been collaborating on joint research and developments for the past eight months, while working to apply and verify KR’s cyber security Rules for newbuilding ships. HHI and KSOE have built a cyber security network encompassing the main systems, conducting risk assessment and vulnerability diagnosis for cyber security threats and KR has carried out and completed cyber security

inspections across the network. As part of the comprehensive technological testing, KR conducted its first MITRE ATT&CK based penetration test to verify the safety of the cyber security system. “Through our collaboration with KSOE, we will continue to procure preemptive technology and to build smart ships with industryleading differentiated cyber security systems, in today’s world, we must deliver ships which are fully certified for maritime cyber security,” added Mr. KIM Jae-eul, HHI Executive Vice President, CTO. Newbuilding vessels increasingly need cyber security notation as the application of digital technologies such as advanced automation and integrated control systems become more common, in addition, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) is expected to strengthen its demands for cyber security risk management as from 2021.

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NEWS - BITS Maersk To Cut Jobs In A Major Revamp

Maersk, which handles about one in five containers shipped worldwide, has been under pressure from investors to speed its transformation from an unwieldy conglomerate, according to a Reuters report in Business Standard. The company sold its oil and gas assets in 2017 to Total as part of efforts to become a more streamlined company focused on its container and in-land logistics business for large customers such as Walmart and Nike. The integration of its Damco freight forwarding business and Africa-focused carrier Safmarine will take place by the end of this year, with its Hamburg Sud operation also affected by the shake-up, the email said. "Simplifying the organisation will regrettably impact jobs due to duplicate roles and roles that will no longer be needed," Chief Commercial Officer Vincent Clerc said in the email. Maersk declined to comment on the internal email. The email gave no detail on the number of job cuts or employees affected. Hamburg Sud will remain a separate brand but its back office will be rolled into that of Maersk, Clerc said in the email.

Admiralteiskie Verfi Shipyard Starts Assembling Major Equipment On Two Trawlers For RFC Admiralty Shipyards JSC (Admiralteyskie Verfi, part of the United Shipbuilding Corporation) has started assembling trawling, cargo handling and mooring equipment on two trawlers being built for Russian Fishery Company, Kapitan Vdovichenko and Mekhanik Maslak, RFC says in its press release. The trawlers of Project CT-192 will feature the state-of-the-art equipment for waste-free processing and freezing of fish; storage and transportation to ports; produce of fish oil, pollock roe, minced meat and fish meal. The vessels will have fish processing and flour-grinding plants, for preserving of 60-80 tonnes of fish fillets, 80 tonnes of minced surimi meat and 250 tonnes of fish meal daily. RFC is one of the largest producers of Alaska Pollock globally, one of the three leading Russian producers of wild white fish. The Company’s large fishing vessels are well suited to work in all fishing areas and under all climate conditions. They are equipped with modern fishing and processing equipment from leading international suppliers that enables the vessels to harvest different types of seafood. Strategic goals of the Company involve increasing the output of high value-added products due to fleet modernization, building of new, state-ofthe-art super-trawlers and coastal processing plants. The primary fishing species are Alaska Pollock and Pacific Herring.

Reconstruction Of Klaipeda Seaport Breakwaters To Increase Competitiveness Of Economy In Lithuania

Reconstruction of the symbol of Klaipeda Seaport – the breakwaters - has been officially launched, Port of Klaipeda on 18 September. These breakwaters, protecting the Seaport from sea waves, were constructed more than a century ago. Reconstruction of the breakwaters and capital dredging of navigation channel up to 17 metres will open the access of the largest vessels entering the Baltic Sea. "This project is highly significant both to Klaipeda Seaport and the entire country. The Seaport is one of the most important driving force of the economy of Lithuania. The highly developed Seaport generates income to the State budget and promotes the regional economy viability. I am glad to mention that even during this very complicated period Klaipeda Seaport remains the leading port of the Baltic countries. In order to remain on top we must adapt constantly to changing market conditions, invest into the Port development and improvement and create conditions to open the sea gates for the large vessels“, told the minister of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Lithuania Jaroslav Narkevič. The total value of reconstruction works is approximately EUR 49 million (including VAT). EU Cohesion Fund will finance this project as well. This reconstruction is significant from the viewpoint of the Seaport competitiveness and ecology. "This project will allow to dredge the Port channel up to 17 metres and to accommodate the largest vessels capable to enter the Baltic Sea. It means the new possibilities both for Klaipeda Seaport and the competitiveness of the economy of Lithuania“, told Algis Latakas, director general of Klaipeda State Seaport Authority.

CUSTOMS EXCHANGE RATES Notification No.88/2020 (N.T.) ALL RATES PER UNIT

FOREIGN CURRENCY Australian Dollar Bahraini Dinar Canadian Dollar Chinese Yuan Danish Kroner EURO Hong Kong Dollar Kuwaiti Dinar New Zealand Dollar Norwegian Kroner Pound Sterling Qatari Riyal Saudi Arabian Riyal Singapore Dollar South African Rand Swedish Kroner Swiss Franc Turkish Lira UAE Dirham US Dollar Japanese Yen (100) Korean Won (100)

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RATE (INR) Import Export 54.75 201.90 56.70 11.05 11.85 88.20 9.70 249.15 50.60 8.25 96.90 20.90 20.30 55.05 4.65 8.45 82.40 10.15 20.75 74.60 71.50 6.45

52.45 189.50 54.75 10.70 11.45 85.10 9.35 233.80 48.35 7.95 93.55 19.60 19.05 53.20 4.35 8.20 79.15 9.55 19.45 72.90 68.85 6.05

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DP WORLD Supports P&O Ferrymasters To Enable Smarter Flows of Trade Chennai

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Port Wings News Network &O FERRYMASTERS has announced the launch of an advanced track and trace service for its container customers, making it the first major logistics business in Europe to introduce the technology. Its parent company, DP World, the Dubai- based provider of worldwide smart end-to-end supply chain logistics, is supporting the service as part of concentrated efforts to accelerate the digitisation of the global supply chain, and to enhance the capabilities of digital platforms. The service will allow customers to receive real-time updates on the precise location of their goods as they are transported by rail, road and sea. This innovation improves efficiency, reduces costs and increases the speed of information exchange. The new track and trace system is designed to advance the digitalisation of trade and significantly improve customers' visibility of the supply chain. The technology is being introduced this month and is expected to be extended to more than half of the company's 4,000-strong fleet of 45 foot containers by the end of the year, with the aim of completing the roll out by the end of 2021. Thorsten Runge, Managing Director of P&O Ferrymasters, said: "We are at our best in solving complex logistical challenges for

our customers and this next step in our digital journey will enable the faster and smarter exchange of information across Europe. Our customers can continue to rely on us to invest in new platforms to make trade flow and provide a door-todoor logistics service. "Track and Trace is being introduced with the support of our parent company, DP World, which aims to lead the transformation of the

global logistics industry by building joined up, standardised, digital systems. DP World's vision is to lead the digitisation of world trade, increasing efficiency, transparency and control, and building new ways of enabling trade." P&O Ferrymasters has been working in partnership with the leading Swiss enabler of transparent digitalised supply chains, Nexxiot, on the project. Stefan Kalmund, Chief Executive Officer of Nexxiot, said: "Visibility, efficiency and predictive capabilities are all key drivers for data driven organisations

who are seeking improved reliability, trust and accountability. As one of our most innovative clients, P&O Ferrymasters can now access the business intelligence they need for full fleet coordination, improved efficiency and business process automation." The new system follows a series of steps forward in P&O Ferrymasters' services in the last 12 months, including the opening of a new 17,000 square meter warehouse facility in Rotterdam and commencing operations at DP World's London Gateway logistics park. The company has also launched new connections between Budapest, Duisburg and Rotterdam, and between Oradea and Lodz. P&O Ferries is a leading pan-European ferry and logistics company, last year sailing 27,000 times on eight major routes between Britain, France, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Holland and Belgium. Together with its logistics business, P&O Ferrymasters, the company also operates integrated road and rail to countries across the continent including Italy, Poland, Germany, Spain and Romania, Turkey and facilitates the onward movement of goods to Britain from Asian countries via the Silk Road. P&O Ferries is part of DP World, the leading provider of smart logistics solutions, enabling the flow of trade across the globe.

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Abu Dhabi Ports’ Smart Container Initiative to Cut Emissions by Half Chennai

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Port Wings News Network s part of its ongoing digital transformation drive, Abu Dhabi Ports has launched the Smart Container Initiative that will house its digital solutions in a resilient, safe and optimised ecofriendly mobile environment. Powered by clean energy, the solar-panelled steel and aluminium smart container uses environmentally friendly technologies such as in-row cooling, renewable energy and efficient space allocation that will reduce Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) by more than 20 percent and will slash carbon emissions by half. T h e prefabricated containerised data centre runs a wide range of mission-critical applications, including port and terminal operation systems, visitor passes, and other digital customer services. Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Abu Dhabi Ports Group CEO said: “Abu Dhabi Ports’ Smart Container Initiative reflects our commitment to devise and accelerate sustainable eco-friendly digital transformation solutions that not only advances the economic and technological prowess of the emirate but also falls in line with the Sustainable Development Goals

(SDGs) put forward by the United Nations. “Global maritime organisations need to reassess traditional ways of conducting business and to seek out sophisticated alternatives especially during times of economic upheaval. “We are committed to investing in ultra-modern green and clean technology and innovative digital infrastructure that ensures business continuity at all times.” Dr Noura Al Dhaheri, Head of Digital Cluster and CEO of Maqta Gateway, Abu Dhabi Ports said: “Adding value across our port operations while maintaining the highest safety standards for our data is imperative in creating a successful streamlined service. “This initiative to deploy a mobile data centre is another important step in our continued effort to provide agile and scalable end-to-end smart services to all our stakeholders and customers whilst ensuring business continuity.” A crucial element in Abu Dhabi Port’s digitalisation success lies in its ability to offer differentiation through hybrid cloud architecture. Its adaptation enables Abu Dhabi Ports to respond faster to digital demands, control costs and provide more competitive pricing to its customers.

New Rail Link Between Oslo And the Port Of Gothenburg

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Port Wings News Network new weekly rail shuttle service has commenced, providing Oslo and Norway with a rapid, dependable, climate-smart link to the largest port in Scandinavia. The service is can transfer 2,000 trucks from road to rail, with a resulting reduction in carbon emissions of over 700,000 kg per year. “Somewhat boastfully we usually say that we are the largest port in Norway thanks to the substantial flows of Norwegian import and export goods that pass through the Port of Gothenburg. This potential is set to increase even further with a highly skilled rail operator that is bringing a much sought-after solution to market," said Claes Sundmark, said Claes Sundmark,” Vice President, Business Area Container, RoRo & Rail at the Gothenburg Port Authority. The new shuttle service has been launched by the Norwegian rail operator Cargonet and it will initially operate once a week in each direction between Oslo and the Port of Gothenburg. “Our experience is that demand for an environmentally friendly transport solution between Oslo and the Port of Gothenburg has increased in recent years. With our broad range of services we can ensure effective transport to and from all the major cities in Norway and we are extremely pleased that we can now offer our customers this service all the way down to Gothenburg,” said Erik Røhne, Cargonet chief executive. The 580-metre train arrives at the Port of Gothenburg from Oslo on Wednesday afternoon carrying Norwegian export goods for loading onto ships and onward transport

to various parts of the world via the extensive Port of Gothenburg service network. That evening the train is loaded with import goods bound for the Norwegian market, reaching Oslo next morning. This is equivalent to having 2,000 fewer trucks each year operating on the extremely busy E6 motorway between Gothenburg and Oslo. The switch from road to rail will result in a reduction in carbon emissions of 724,000 kg. “We began operating tentatively last week and we have had a great response from the market. We have noticed how many are looking for dependable, climate-smart solutions and there is every opportunity to increase traffic volumes on this route in the future,” said Mikael Grankvist, Product Manager at Cargonet. World-class freight levels by rail At present around 60 per cent of container volumes to and from the Port of Gothenburg are transported by rail. This figure puts the Port of Gothenburg among the top rail freight ports in the world. Investments include an expansion of the double-track Port Line system and the Arken Combi Terminal, which have already had a significant impact on reducing the number of trucks on the roads in the Gothenburg area. The new rail-sea transshipment terminal at the port, the Svea Terminal, is currently in the start-up phase. “The demand for rail transport is continuing to grow, and a further increase will help us achieve our highly ambitious climate goal of reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 70 per cent by 2030. It is a natural progression for us to continue investing offensively in rail services in partnership with our terminals and rail operators,” said Claes Sundmark.

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