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6 Environmental issues block port development projects in TN

7 Capt. Anand Chopra leads


Doehle Danautic from Mumbai

8/9 Modern aircraft carrier

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warships in US & Japan

Allcargo registers Rs. 992-cr. revenue


First warship built with indigenous steel

India’s first aircraft carrier born again

Voyage 2 Wave 28

CAMPUS NOTES Passing out ceremony at AEMA


ClassNK-IRS conduct ‘Inventory of Hazardous Materials training’

KOCHI Sagar Sandesh News Service


midst chanting of hymns from the Atharva Veda, Vikrant, India’s first aircraft carrier, decommissioned in January 1997, was reborn on Aug. 12, as Mrs. Elizabeth Antony, wife of the Defence Minister, Mr. A. K. Antony, christened the Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC) as ‘Vikrant’ meaning “courageous” or “victorious” in Sanskrit. In a colourful ceremony filled with traditional pomp and fervour at the Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) in Cochin, Mrs. Antony launched ‘Vikrant’ in the presence of Mr. A. K Antony; Union Minister of Shipping G. K. Vasan; Chief of Naval Staff Admiral D. K. Joshi; FOC in C Western Naval Command Vice- Admiral Shekhar Sinha; Commander-in-Chief Southern Naval Command Vice- Admiral Satish Soni; Chairman and Managing Director of CSL Commodore (retd) K. Subramaniam and other officials of the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Shipping. Page 13

Mr. Henning Gramann

An IHM expert so trained and certified by ClassNK Consultancy Service & IRS will enable prepare Inventory of Hazardous Material of ship MUMBAI Sagar Sandesh News Bureau


Commodore K. Subramaniam, CMD, Cochin Shipyard Limited; Mr. G. K. Vasan, Union Minister of Shipping; Mr. A. K. Antony, Defence Minister; Mrs. Elizabeth Antony; Mr. Vijay Chibber, Secretary, Shipping; Admiral D. K. Joshi, Chief of the Naval Staff, and Mrs. Chitra Joshi (From left to right) at the launch of IAC in Cochin on Aug. 12.

three-day expert training on ‘Inventory of Hazardous Materials’ (IHM) was jointly organised by classification companies ClassNK and IRS in Gujarat from Aug. 4 to 6. Page 15

Rs. 2,500-cr. expansion project

Dighi Port refutes reports of scaling down Dighi Port is being developed as a multi-purpose, multi-cargo, all-weather port with deep draught, direct berthing facilities and modern cargo handling equipments

MUMBAI Sagar Sandesh News Bureau


here is no downscaling of Dighi Port nor the project size as announced earlier and the port is on track towards the development of 5 berths with an investment of Rs. 2, 500 crores having a capacity of 30 million tonnes handling bulk, break-bulk and container cargo, said a company Press release. The Press statement came down heavily on a section of the Press that has reported downscaling of Dighi Port,

adding that it is incorrect and in fact it is not “Dighi Port” but it is “Dighi Industrial Area Township” which is being developed by the State Government as a part of Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMC) and National Investment & Manufacturing Zone (NIMZ) which are two separate projects. The development of Dighi Port is an actual plan of facilitating the role in the development of DMIC and it is the final node of DMIC which is the plan of the respective Prime Ministers of both the countries, i.e. India and Japan. Page 4


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rime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has announced that the Government will kickstart a number of new infrastructure projects including 8 new airports and 2 new sea ports in the coming months to enhance sluggish economic growth. In his address to the Nation from the ramparts of Red Fort on the occasion of 67th Independence Day, he said: “We will begin work on a number of new infrastructure projects in the coming months, which include 2 new ports, 8 new airports, new industrial corridors and rail projects.” More than 37,000 km of new highways have been built to facilitate travel and business, while more than 40 airports have been built or upgraded. He added: “Our growth will accelerate, new employment opportunities will be generated and there will be improvement in the infrastructure sector.” Dr. Singh pointed out: “A special cell has been set up to help big projects with clearances. The Cabinet Committee on Investment is working to remove hindrances in the way of stalled projects.” There had been good progress in the last 9 years in the infrastructure sector in areas such as ports, roads, railways, power, civil aviation and telecommunications, the Prime Minister stated.

Salute to Tricolour TUTICORIN Sagar Sandesh News Service


uring the Independence Day celebrations on Aug. 15, Mr. S. Natarajan, Chairman, V. O. Chidambaranar Port Trust, hoisted the National Flag and took salute from CISF, Port Fire Service, Port School NCC and Port School children. In his Independence Day message, the Chairman recalled the struggles and sufferings of our forefathers and the patriots who had contributed to attain freedom for the Nation.

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he 19-km Chennai PortMaduravoyal Elevated Road is of great significance in view of the development of a container terminal with a capacity of four million TEUs (twentyfoot equivalent units) of containers per annum, the port authority has said in an affidavit before Madras High Court. Filing a counter on Aug. 14 to a writ petition filed by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) seeking the quashing of the order of the Chief Engineer, PWD, Water Resource Organisation, Chennai Region (Government of Tamil Nadu), of Jan. 28, Mr. Sunilkumar Madabhavi, Chief Engineer, ChPT, submitted before the court that of the total traffic handled by Chennai Port for the last five years, 70 to 80 per cent cargo movement was by road, of which 60 to 70 per cent road-bound cargo was towards the south of the port (towards Maduravoyal due to its proximity to national highways). “Due to the congestion on city roads and due to commencement of Chennai Metro rail construction work, the southern gate of the port was open only for a

“If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever” - St. Thomas Aquinas

limited period during night hours for cargo traffic. Hence, completion of this project is vital for cargo movement to and from Chennai Port and the proposed dry port at Mappedu, without hindering city road traffic,” he submitted. The project is not only beneficial for the development of Chennai Port but would also help local traffic to use the corridor continuously as there are entry and exit ramps in the corridor for local traffic to reach the Madras High Court, Rajiv Gandhi Government Hospital and Central and Egmore railway stations and other major hospitals located en route the elevated road without passing through congested arterial roads inside the city, he said in the affidavit. It all started in March this year, when the Madras High Court ordered notice to the State

The estimated travel time from Chennai Port to Maduravoyal at a speed of 60 kmph would be 15 to 20 minutes, whereas the existing roads take more than two hours Government authorities and the Chennai Port Trust (ChPT) following a plea in the court by NHAI praying for a direction to the authorities to coordinate and take all steps to proceed with the Chennai PortMaduravoyal Elevated Corridor project and complete the same within a time frame. According to NHAI, the elevated project is the first of its kind in India with a length of 19 km. The NHAI, after obtaining necessary clearances, concurrences, no objection certificates and approvals had commenced the project in September 2010. It is to be completed by September 2013. The estimated travel time from Chennai Port to Maduravoyal at a speed of 60 kmph would be 15 to 20 minutes, whereas the existing roads take more than two hours.

Dighi Port refutes... From Page 1 Dighi Port is being developed by Balaji Projects Ltd (BIPL) under a 50-year Build, Own, Operate, Share and Transfer (BOOST) Concession Agreement signed with the Maharashtra Maritime Board, the Government of Maharashtra, to operate finance and maintain the port which is the first and the largest green field port development of Maharashtra. Dighi Port is being developed as a multi-purpose, multi-cargo, all-weather port with deep draught, direct berthing facilities

and modern cargo handling equipments with adequate stack yards and warehousing facilities and back-up areas with an ample land bank of approximately 1500 acres. The port is located on the banks of the Rajpuri creek. Further, two berths are ready for operations and can handle up to 10 million tonnes and three multi-purpose berths on the North Bank are under development and shall be operational by December, 2014. The same shall take the total installed capacity to 30 million tonnes when the port

Mr. Vijay Kalantri Chairman, Dighi Port

is ready by 2014 end. Dighi Port has already invested Rs. 1,500 crores for the project.

The alignment was finalised after taking into account all aspects of geometry, optimum utilisation of Cooum boundary and minimum acquisition of private land. The project, along the Cooum River, was mainly designed based on the requirements of the State to suit not only the port but also that of the general public. However, after a change in the Government in May 2011, there has been no cooperation from the various departments of the State Government with regard to land acquisition, rehabilitation and re-settlement of the project-affected families for reasons best known to them. The authorities concerned were not evincing any interest on this project and became averse to the same. By the Jan. 28 order, the PWD had urged the NHAI to obtain revised CRZ clearance and to carry out certain remedial measures such as drudging of 2 metres beyond the outer column and construction of retaining wall for a height of 3 to 5 metres in the extended portion.

Both berths on the South Bank are operational and are equipped with multi- purpose Gottwald Mobile Harbour Cranes for the efficient handling of cargo. The port plans to handle bulk and break-bulk cargo such as agricultural products, bauxite, clinker, coal, fertilizer and steel and liquid cargo at the South Bank. The port has handled over approximately 3.5 million MTs of cargo till date. Dighi Port is the final node of the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) and is developed as a multi-modal logistic hub. Setting up of an industrial city namely “Dighi Industrial City” near the port under the DMIC is on the anvil. Dighi Port will cater to a large

number of industrial clusters such as Dighi industrial area, Vile Bhagad, Pune, Nashik, Igatpuri, Sinnar, Roha and Chiplun Industrial region. Industrial clusters developed under the DMIC which have close proximity to Dighi Port are Vile Bhagad (Steel, Power and Project Equipment), Pune-Chakan (automobiles, agriculture, chemicals and ancillaries) and NashikSinnar (power, agriculture and ancillaries). It has also been proposed to include Dighi Port as a part of the Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC), a special purpose vehicle set up under the administrative control of the Ministry of Railways, detailed the Media release.


Wednesday, August 21, 2013


“If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever” - St. Thomas Aquinas

Major chunk of the plans stuck in TN

Environmental issues holding investment of Rs. 50,000 crs. in port development alone CHENNAI Sagar Sandesh News Bureau


nvestment worth over Rs. 45,000-50,000 crs is awaiting environmental clearances in the port sector alone with bulk of the plans stuck in Tamil Nadu, an ASSOCHAM study has revealed. Several PSUs and private sector firms have lined up fresh investment in multi-purpose and specialised ports. However, the maximum of environment clearances are pending in regard to Tamil Nadu and Gujarat, the study which analysed the official data suggested. “At a time when there is a real dearth of bankable investment projects, keeping the

Minimum Public Shareholding norms

projects in key infrastructure waiting does not speak well of the system involved”, said the Chamber’s spokesman. The data up to March, 2013 showed that a host of projects were pending green clearances for ports such as Kancheepuram, Udangudi, Vanagiri, Manapad and Cheyyar. Projects were also pending in states like Gujarat and Maharashtra. The ASSOCHAM study noted that the impact of slowdown in the international commodity trade is divergent on different ports. For instance, the average growth in cargo handled in Tamil Nadu ports has been quite

low between 0.2% and 3.2 %. With a coastline of 906 km, Tamil Nadu has three Major Ports in Chennai, Ennore and Tuticorin and 15 non-major ports including the L & T promoted facility at Kattupalli. Likewise in Andhra Pradesh, the average trend growth in cargo handled has been dismal in the past three years with

SEBI absolves Essar Ports from regulatory action

person with written submission of the same sent to SEBI on July 30. Sagar Sandesh News Bureau It said in the submission that the fter fully satisfied with the company in order to comply with reasons furnished by Essar Ports MPS norms had undertaken an Offer Ltd (EPL) on exceeding the June 3, for Sale (OFS) of 2.28-cr equity 2013 deadline of meeting the shares representing 5.33% held by Minimum Public Shareholding the promoters of the company. The (MPS) norms, Securities Exchange OFS sale is intended to increase the Board of India (SEBI) has revoked public shareholding to 20.96%. all the earlier directions pertaining Additionally, the company got the to the company in the MPS. SEBI’s nod to convert 52,666 Global MUMBAI


“I hereby revoke the directions issued vide the interim order June 4 against the company, Essar Ports Limited, its directors, promoters & promoter group, with immediate effect”, said Mr. Prashant Saran, Member, SEBI. The company had made personal & postal submissions citing administrative reasons behind the belated MPS compliance. Enunciating the causes in chronological order, Mr. Shailesh Sawa, DirectorFinance of Essar, and Mr. Manoj Contractor, Company Secretary, appeared and made submissions in

Depository Shares (GDS) held by Port of Antwerp International UK Limited that on conversion into equity share could be included as a part of public shareholding aiding the Indian port company to meet the MPS norms. The 52,666 GDS is equivalent to 1.74 crore equity shares constituting 4.07% of the paid-up equity share capital of the company on a diluted basis. The delay was encountered in GDS conversion. The delay with respect to the conversion of the GDS was mainly because of the approvals required by European-based Antwerp

2012-13 showing a decline of 1.9% and the previous two years showing a meagre expansion of less than 2%. While Maharashtra has been a little better, growth in the State has also dropped to 3.4% in 2012-13 from six per cent in the previous year, reflecting a slowdown in the economy. Ban on export of iron ore seems to have taken a toll on cargo performance at Goa ports where cargo traffic plummeted to 21 million tonnes in 2012-13 from 60 million tonnes in 2011-12. Karnataka managed to do well, while Kerala kept the falling trend. In a somewhat similar contrast, while Odisha managed to do well with 14% growth, West Bengal saw a let-down with about seven per cent drop in cargo handled from its ports. But Gujarat has registered growth with over 9-12%. Likewise, the State has done better in terms of capacity creation. The performance has been affected by slowdown as also the lack of business investment due to various reasons. The study said that India does not figure in world’s top 20

Port. It was also submitted by Essar that Antwerp Port is a Governmentowned port and the percentage of equity shares sold under the OFS was fixed on the basis of the equity shares that would come into existence following the conversion of GDS held by Port of Antwerp. Moreover, demat account was required for the credit of the equity shares subsequent to the conversion and Antwerp had to open a demat account. To open a demat account, Permanent Account Number (PAN) and certified copy of the PAN card are pre-requisites. The European port applied for PAN & obtained it on June 11 and demat account was opened on June 12, apparently leading to the GDS-equity conversion on June 20 constituting 25.03% of the paid-up capital in totality. EPL said it took sincere efforts to comply with the MPS norms but could not do so within the stipulated date due to various administrative issues which delayed the conversion of GDS. The company also represented that it is now compliant with the MPS norms and requested SEBI to drop the actions against it. “Considering the facts and circumstances of the case as submitted by the company and the fact that it has now complied with the MPS norms, I do not propose to initiate further action against the company”, concluded Mr. Saran on absolving EPL from regulatory action.

container ports while eight of these are in China with Shanghai being number one. Even as India’s global trade needs to become more competitive in terms of transaction costs, efficiency of Indian ports need to improve. The port efficiency has a major impact on transaction cost of shipping lines. Although Major Ports have improved their efficiency of operations over the last few years, the efficiency level of Indian ports is far from satisfactory when compared to several competing countries like China, said the ASSOCHAM paper. All the same average Turnaround Time for all Major Ports improved from 8.10 days in 1990-91 to 3.63 days in 200506.This time again increased steadily to 5.29 days in 2010-11. In 2011-12, the average TRT declined to 4.56 days and further to 3.94 days in 2012-13. The shipping industry is grappling with the slowdown in demand and the overall weak growth in advanced economies meant slower imports in developed regions. In 2012, imports grew at a modest 0.6%, a sharp fall from the 5.0% recorded in 2011.

Colombo port dares at Indian ports MUMBAI Sagar Sandesh News Bureau


orts in India cannot compete with the newly launched $500 million Colombo south port, said Rita O’ Sullivan, Country Director, Sri Lanka, Asian Development Bank (ADB). “There is Singapore and Dubai, but the Indian ports can’t compete with the new port that can handle big ships with 18,000 TEU capacity. Sri Lanka has a window of opportunity to get into and become a shipping hub with the opening of the new port with higher capacity ships coming to the port”, she said while speaking at the Sri Lanka’s Post-Graduate Institute of Management. The $500 million Colombo South Terminal as a part of Colombo port expansion project was dedicated to the country on Aug. 5. The port expansion project, started in 2006, was built in partnership between Sri Lankan Government and China Merchant Holdings International - designed to handle mega ships of over 18,000 TEU with 20-foot container capacity. The facilities at the new port will make it the only port in South Asia with deep water terminal for mega container ships. The main terminal was built by the private sector and the all three terminals each having 1200 m length and facilities to accommodate 3 berths alongside of the port can handle 75 million TEU per year, stated Chairman of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority Priyath Bandu Wickrama. Only the south terminal was declared open this day and the East terminal will be ready for operation in 2014, he added. All the construction activities are expected to be completed by the year 2020. Sri Lankan Government is implementing Colombo Port Expansion Project (CPEP) to meet the increasing demands of services in the international shipping industry in the Indian Ocean, said a Press release.


Wednesday, August 21, 2013


A sailing ship is no democracy; you don't caucus a crew as to where you'll go anymore than you inquire when they'd like to shorten sail. - Sterling Hayden

GE Shipping consolidated net profit grows to Rs. 245 crs.

81,600 dwt) - both the vessels are expected to join the fleet during H1FY16. The company has contracted to buy a 2005 built Medium Range (MR) of about 51,300 dwt product tanker with delivery in Q2FY’14. The revenue visibility for the balance part of FY 2013-2014 is around Rs. 305 crores. Crude tankers and product carriers including gas are covered to the extent of around 45% and 63% of their operating days respectively. In the case of dry bulk carriers, they are covered to the extent of around 24% of the fleet’s operating days.

MUMBAI Sagar Sandesh News Bureau


reat Eastern Shipping Company Ltd (GE Shipping) has reported a rise in consolidated net profit to Rs. 244.98 crs in the first quarter of financial year 2014 (Q1FY’14) against the consolidated net profit of Rs. 180.99 crs posted in Q1FY’13. The consolidated revenue declined to Rs. 919.44 crs during the quarter under review when compared to the consolidated revenue of Rs. 976.60 crs in the year-ago quarter. The consolidated Earnings Before Interests Taxation Depreciation Amortization (EBITDA) rose to Rs. 523.98 crores in Q1FY ’14 when compared to the corresponding quarter EBITDA of Rs. 460.72 crores last year. For the results declared Q1FY’14 quarter, the EBITDA margins grew to 56.99% against the previous review quarter EBITDA margins of 47.18%, Return on Equity (RoE) rose to 15.04% from 11.88% and Return on Capital Employed (RoCE) was slightly up at 10.08% from 9.54%. During the quarter the company delivered its 1998 built general purpose

Greatship revenue product carrier ‘Jag Parwar’ to the buyers. The company delivered its 1999 built Aframax crude carrier ‘Jag Leela’ in Q1FY14. The company sold and delivered its 1997 Handymax dry bulk carrier ‘Jag Ravi’ to buyers. The company contracted to buy a 2004 built medium range of about 47,000 dwt product tanker with delivery in Q2FY’14. The company sold and delivered its 1981 built General Purpose product carrier ‘Jag Preeti’ to the buyers. The company has contracted to buy a 1994 built very large gas carrier of about 49,300 dwt with delivery in first-half of the financial year 2015. The company has placed an order for 2 new building Kamsarmax dry bulk carriers (about

The revenue visibility for the balance part of FY 2013-14 for GE’s offshore subsidiary company Greatship is around Rs. 998 crores. Platform Support Vessels and Anchor Handling Tug cum Supply Vessels are covered to the extent of around 67% and 85% of their operating days respectively. ROVSVs and MPSSVs have coverage of around 79% and 72% for the balance part of FY 2014. In the case of jack-up rigs, they are covered to the extent of 93% of the operating days. Subject to the statutory approvals, the company proposes to buy back its own equity shares, up to an extent of Rs. 279 crores at a price not exceeding Rs. 279 per share.

GE Shipping buying medium range product tanker MUMBAI Sagr Sandesh News Bureau


he Great Eastern Shipping Company Limited (GE Shipping) has signed a contract to buy a medium range product tanker of about 51,300 dwt. The 2005-built vessel is expected to join the company’s fleet during the second quarter of 2014 financial year. The company’s current fleet stands at 28 vessels, comprising 20 tankers (8 crude carriers, 1 product tanker, 1 LPG carrier) and 8 dry bulk carriers (1 Capesize, 3 Kamsarmax and 4 Supramax with an average age of 9 years aggregating 2.32 mn dwt. The current book excluding this vessel stands at 5 vessels comprising 2 new building Kamsarmax dry bulk carriers, 1 new building medium range product tanker, 1 second hand 2004built medium range product tanker and 1 second hand 1994- built very large gas carrier, said GE Shipping.

Pakistan-BangladeshCeylon-Conference (IPBCC) – Europe Committee (Eastbound Management Committee) and was also Chairman of IndiaMaritime Association in the UK. In December 2006, Capt. Anand Chopra successfully established SCI’s office in the USA. In January 2008, he returned to Mumbai where he continued to head SCI’s liner operations in totality as Executive Director till superannuation on June 30, 2012.

Capt. Anand Chopra leads Doehle Danautic liner & NVOCC business from Mumbai forward to working closely with Daniel and his team to drive the aggressive DDI agenda globally.” Capt. Chopra began his career in shipping in the year 1969. He was appointed as Captain in the year 1979, managed various ships and joined the SCI’s shore service in 1983. He held various positions as Technical and Cargo Superintendent and later on held key positions commercially and operationally in-charge of liner services, break-bulk

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hipping service provider Doehle Danautic India (DDI) has appointed Capt. Anand Chopra as Director to lead the liner and NVOCC business vertical from Mumbai for DDI. He will be responsible for expansion of DDI’s freight forwarding and logistics businesses. Announcing the appointment, Mr. Daniel Chopra, Managing Director of Doehle Danautic India, said: “Capt. Anand Chopra transfers into his role from an internationally laden shipping background and vast experience in shipping businesses specialising in movement of project cargo and sensitive cargo across the globe and he is credited with successfully launching and managing SCI’s businesses across the USA, Europe, Far East, Middle East and Africa. It gives me an immense sense of pride to have Capt. Chopra on my team” Commenting on his new role at Doehle Danautic, Capt. Anand Chopra stated: “I am most excited about my new role. The scale of business opportunity is

The first Indian national to hold the position of Chairman of India-PakistanBangladesh-Ceylon-Conference (IPBCC) – Europe Committee (Eastbound Management Committee) and was also Chairman of India- Maritime Association in the UK. truly exciting and humbling. My international stint spanning over 5 years across the globe helped me gain transnational and regional perspective and propelled into me intercultural management skills, while also learning to handle extremely diverse set of clients and their different requirements. I look

services and bulk and tanker service of SCI. In 2003, he was posted as Regional Manager at SCI’s London office where he was in-charge of SCI’s container services and was also responsible for monitoring all SCI vessels in the European region. He became the first Indian national to hold the position of Chairman of India-

Owns, operates and maintains one of the largest shipping networks in India, with a global reach and broad capabilities Doehle Danautic India Pvt Ltd. owns, operates and maintains one of the largest shipping networks in India, with a global reach and broad capabilities. Prior to the merger, Danautic Ship Management, as it was called then, originally came into operations in 2001. On Oct. 1, 2006, Danautic Ship Management merged with one of the world’s leading shipping service providers - the Peter Doehle Group and the company was rechristened as Doehle Danautic India Pvt Ltd. Today, Doehle Danautic India caters to a wide spectrum of services to 26 + principals worldwide, said a Press release.


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The 5 biggest pride of US Navy


ircraft carriers serve the purpose of serving as transportable air stations. These naval ships constitute an integral part of a nation’s naval fleet, considering that they help bridge gap between stationary air stations and urgent requirement of aircraft during wartime emergencies. These ships are generally the largest war ships of a country’s naval fleet, as they double up as both war ships and aircraft carriers. At present, it is reported that there are nine countries which possess these biggest ships as a part of their fleet, while the US Navy operates the largest fleet of such vessels. Similarly, in terms of size and operational capacity, it’s the United States’ fleet of aircraft vessels that take the pick of the crop as the world’s biggest aircraft carriers. I. USS Theodore Roosevelt: Put into operation in the late-1980s, as a part of the Nimitz Class of aircraft ships, the Theodore Roosevelt has a displacement of 1, 17,200 tonnes.

The vessel played a very important role during the Gulf Wars.

IV. USS John C. Stennis: Put into operation in the year 1995, this aircraft carrier was named after a prominent Senator of the country. The aircraft carrier has a displacement of 1, 16,400 tonnes and measures almost 333 metres lengthwise, with a breadth of almost 77 metres and a draft of 11.3 metres.

V. USS George H.W. Bush: Named for the George Bush Sr., the US President during the Gulf War, the aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush was launched in the year 2006.

The aircraft ship, which was built specifically to honour the contribution of its 41st nation-head, has a displacement of 1, 14,000 tonnes.

II. USS George Washington: Commissioned in the year 1986, the USS George Washington has a total displacement of 1, 16,700 tonnes. The vessel is capable of holding 85 fighter planes, while offering speeds exceeding 30 knots. The vessel’s power comes through four propellant engines powered by two nuclear reactors. III. USS Harry S. Truman: With a displacement of 1, 16,400 tonnes and aircraft holding area of 4.5 square km, the USS Harry S. Truman features third in this compilation.

The carrier was commissioned in the year 1998 and is powered by two nuclear reactors powering four propellant engines.

These naval ships are the pride of United States’ Navy. Each of these aircraft ships listed here boast of a rich contribution to the nation and its high-flying naval history, while ensuring the nation’s well-being at times of deepest crises.

Russia in the queue


hile Japan has unveiled its largest warship since World War-II, a shipyard in France is building the Vladivostok, a Mistral-class helicopter-carrying amphibious assault ship, under a contract with the Russian MoD. The French shipbuilders recently began to attach the stern of the ship to the main section of the hull. The operation should be completed by late August. Under the contract between France and Russia, the Vladivostok must be delivered to the Russian Navy 36 months after being laid down. The laying-down ceremony took place in February 2013. It is yet to be decided as to which of the several Russian Navy fleets

the Vladivostok will be as The initial plan was that it Fleet; in fact, some of the port of Vladivostok, wh already been upgraded to Following the sacking o Serdyukov, the Russian would be very useful as pa squadron in the Mediterr together from ships pr Northern, Baltic and Blac Navy. The geopolitical situat clearly requires the stre Pacific Fleet. But the rule


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Japan’s biggest warship since World War-II


apan unveiled its biggest warship since World War II on Aug. 6, a US$1.2 billion helicopter carrier aimed at defending territorial claims, drawing criticism from regional rival China which accused its neighbour of “constant” military expansion.

The ceremony to showcase the 248-metre (810-feet) vessel came as Shinzo Abe’s conservative Government, which took office last December, considers ditching the nation’s Pacifist Constitution and beefing up the military. Japan plans to use the helicopter carrier, named Izumo, expected to go into service in 2015, to defend territorial claims following maritime skirmishes with China, which has demonstrated its own military ambitions in recent years. “We express our concern at Japan’s constant expansion of its military equipment. This trend is worthy of high vigilance by Japan’s Asian neighbours and the international community,” China’s Defence Ministry has said. “Japan should learn from history, adhere to its policy of self-defence and abide by its promise of taking the road of peaceful development.” The unveiling ceremony took place on the 68th anniversary of the US atomic bombing of Hiroshima - a date clash, which Tokyo said was coincidental. The Japanese-built carrier can accommodate nine helicopters and is expected to play a major role in disaster and rescue missions, as well as defending sea lanes and sovereignty claims, according to the Defence Ministry. The Navy’s biggest vessels currently are a pair of smaller helicopter carriers. Last month, the Chinese Coast Guard entered waters disputed with Japan for the first time, upping the ante in a festering row over ownership of the Senkaku Islands, which Beijing also claims and calls the Diaoyus. The rocky islands are located in rich fishing grounds in the East China Sea and are believed to harbour vast natural resources below their seabed. The incursion came as Japan’s Defence Ministry recommended establishing amphibious units and acquiring surveillance drones, similar to the US Marines, to protect its claim on outlying islands.


will be assigned to upon completion. as that it would serve with the Pacific e of the coastal infrastructure in the tok, where the fleet is based, has aded to accommodate the ship. acking of Defence Minister Anatoliy Russian MoD said the Vladivostok ful as part of the resurrected Russian Mediterranean, which has been put hips previously assigned to the and Black Sea fleets of the Russian

al situation in the Russian Far East the strengthening of the decrepit the rule of thumb in Russia is that

Tokyo is also locked in a separate territorial dispute with Seoul. Japan’s well-funded and well-equipped military is referred to as the SelfDefense Forces, and is barred from taking aggressive action. Any move to beef up the military would require Constitutional change. A possible overhaul of the Constitution imposed on Japan by the United States and its allies after WW-II has stirred strong emotions among Japan’s neighbours. They have long maintained that Tokyo has never come to terms with its militaristic past, including the brutal 1910-1945 occupation of the Korean peninsula. The ceremony in Yokohama, attended by Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso, was held as tens of thousands gathered for remembrance ceremonies in Hiroshima to mark the 68th anniversary of the US atomic bombing of the Western Japanese city. Tokyo said the jarring timing was coincidental and that (Tuesday-Aug. 6) had been chosen because of favourable ocean tides and an auspicious date. Last year, China commissioned its first aircraft carrier as part of a military build-up that has alarmed its own regional neighbours as Washington ramps up a focus on Asia. The country’s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, went into service in September in a symbolic milestone for China’s increasingly muscular military. However, the vessel still requires a carrier group including destroyers, frigates and submarines while fighter jets need more training to be operational, according to Navy officials. China has also generated concern with double-digit rises in its annual Defence Budget - set at 10.7 per cent for 2013 - with experts saying that their actual military spending is substantially higher than the publicised totals.

whenever several military units compete for new weaponry, the unit that is territorially closer to Moscow usually wins. The latest examples of that rule being borne out include deliveries of the new S-400 air defence systems, aircraft, tanks and other weaponry.


Wednesday, August 21, 2013


“The line between disorder and order lies in logistics…” - Sun Tzu

Allcargo registers Rs. 992-cr. revenue Claims to be among the top 3CFS operators in Chennai and amongst the top five at JNPT and Mundra (by total volume including captive CFS) MUMBAI Sagar Sandesh News Bureau


ntegrated logistics solutions company, Allcargo Logistics Ltd. had recorded a consolidated total revenue of Rs. 992.2 crores for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 (Q1FY14) as against Rs. 975.2 crores total consolidated revenue reported in the previous quarter of March 31. Earnings Before Interests Depreciation Taxation Amortisation (EBIDTA) has increased 19% to Rs. 101.6 crores during the quarter under review when compared to the Rs. 85.3-crore EBIDTA logged in the preceding March quarter. The Profit After Tax after minority interest zooms 130% to Rs. 38.7 crores for the quarter ended June 30 against the Rs. 16.8 crore PAT in the preceding

March quarter. The company has three major lines of businesses including MTO, CFS & ICD and Project and Engineering Solutions businesses.

MTO PERFORMANCE The total revenue reported under the Multimodal Transport Operations (MTO) involving Non-Vessel Owning Common Carrier (NVOCC) related to Less than container Load consolidation and Full container Load forwarding witnessed 4% expansion in total revenue of Rs. 811 crores in Q1FY14 against Rs. 781-crore revenue made in the previous March quarter. Earnings Before Interest Taxation (EBIT) saw a 104% jump to Rs. 37 crores against Rs. 18-crore EBIT of the preceding quarter.



The CFS facilities are located near JNPT, Mundra and Chennai ports. Allcargo claims to be among the top 3CFS operators in Chennai and amongst the top five at JNPT and Mundra (by total volume including captive CFS). The total capacity of the CFSs at the end of June 30 was 4, 85,000 TEUs per annum. The ICDs are located at Dadri and Pithampur (Indore) and have a total capacity of 88,000 TEUs per annum. The total revenue for the quarter ended June 30 was Rs. 72 crores as against Rs. 86 crores for the quarter ended March 31- a decrease of 16%. EBIT was Rs. 21 crores for the quarter ended June 30 as against Rs. 25-crore for the quarter ended March 31.

P & E solutions segment provides integrated end-to-end project, engineering and logistics services through a diverse fleet of owned and rented special equipment like hydraulic axles, cranes, barges, reach-stackers and ship to carry ODC/OWC cargos as well as project engineering solutions across various sectors. The total revenue for the quarter ended June 30 was Rs. 102 crores as against Rs. 99 crores for the quarter ended March 31 - an increase of 3%. The EBIT rose 198% to Rs. 21 crores for the quarter ended June 30, as against Rs. 7 crores for the immediate preceding quarter.

Around 50% of infra projects have not made much progress MUMBAI Sagar Sandesh News Bureau


Mr. Shashi Kiran Shetty, CMD, Allcargo Logistics Ltd., receiving entrepreneurship excellence award in the logistics and hospitality sector from Union Agricultural Minister Sharad Pawar at the ‘Maha entrepreneurs’ award function in Mumbai on Aug. 9. ‘Maha entrepreneurs’ award is jointly instituted by Maharashtra Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (MACCIA) and IBN Lokmat to honour the noteworthy contributions of individuals and organisations across the sectors from the State of Maharashtra.

ut 569 infrastructure Central sector projects, 277 projects are running behind the schedule, Minister of State (independent charge) for Statistics and Programme Implementation Srikant Kumar Jena informed Lok Sabha in a written reply. The total cost of the 569 projects aggregates to Rs. 150 crores and the reasons for the delay in implementation are law and order problems, delay in land acquisition, rehabilitation and resettlement problems, fund constraints, delay in forest and environmental clearances, right of way issues, delay in supply material, contractual issues, etc. The Minister said in respect of key infrastructure projects executed by Ministries of Railways, Road Transport and Highways, Shipping, Civil Aviation and Power, the planning Commission, in consultation with the Ministry concerned, prepares the annual/quarterly targets, especially in respect of more

critical areas of performance. High-level performance reviews against these targets are carried out on quarterly basis. He stated that the target dates for completion of infrastructure projects costing Rs. 150 crores and above are fixed by the project approving authorities. These projects are monitored closely by the concerned Ministry with respect to the target dates of completion. A standing committee has been set up in each Ministry to fix responsibility for cost and time overruns, where cost overruns are over 20% and time overruns of over 10%. The Statistics Ministry monitors the Central sector infrastructure projects costing Rs. 150 crores and above on the basis of information uploaded by the project implementing agencies on the Online Computerised Monitoring System (OCMS) of the Ministry. Over the years, projects having time overruns have decreased from 62% in 1991 to 49% in 2013, the Minister added.

TVS LSLbags spare parts warehousing contract from Hindustan Motors CHENNAI Sagar Sandesh News Bureau

VS Logistics Services T Limited (TVS LSL), India’s leading end-to-end supply

chain solutions provider, has bagged the spare parts warehousing contract from Hindustan Motors Limited. According to a Media statement, with this contract, TVS Logistics will be responsible for managing the end-to-end warehousing solutions in parts distribution centre (PDC) for Hindustan Motors Limited at its Tiruvallur plant near Chennai. The outsourcing of warehousing activity will allow Hindustan Motors to focus on service quality, product management, reduction in lead time of order execution and improving stock accuracy. TVS LSL’s customized fulfillment of end-to-end solutions will ensure uninterrupted availability of spare parts across the country for Lancer, Pajero, Cedia, Montero, Outlander and Lancer Evolution (Evo X) range of vehicles from PDC Hindustan Motors’ Tiruvallur plant. Commenting on the occasion, Mr. P. Vijayan, Chief Operating Officer of Hindustan Motors’ Chennai car plant, said: “We are glad to have the services of TVS Logistics for our warehousing solutions and for distributing spare parts and tools across the nation for our key products. With their high level of expertise at the automobile logistics sector, we are confident that TVS LSL will add value to our business. We are looking forward to building a long working relationship between the organizations.” Mr. R Shankar, Chief Executive Officer - India, TVS Logistics Services Ltd., stated: “Warehouse Management Solutions is one of the many specialized services that are being offered by TVS Logistics and we are delighted to offer this service expertise to Hindustan Motors. We consider this as a beginning of a new partnership that will go a long way in extending our value additions in the entire supplychain business for them.” TVS LSL will provide Hindustan Motors with expertise and project management capabilities in order to improve warehousing activities, focusing on optimizing inventory, reduction of lead times in order execution and improving stock accuracy. TVS LSL will be responsible for implementing the required technological solutions that would be required to support the complete end-to-end supply chain ensuring maximum flexibility and real time visibility of inventory.


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

SHIPPING Hapag-Lloyd returns to profit in 2nd quarter NEW DELHI Sagar Sandesh News Service


apag-Lloyd, one of the world’s major players in moving containerized cargo, returned to profitability in the second quarter of the current financial year, as the group reported a profit of EUR 20.9 million for the months April to June 2013 (Q2 2012: EUR -7.3 million). According to the latest data released by the company on Aug. 7, the operating result of EUR 66.7 million was more than twice as high as last year’s figure of EUR 30.8 million. Although intense competition led to unsatisfactory rate levels, substantial cost cuts & a slight drop in the bunker consumption price were the main factors behind the positive net result, a Press statement from the company has revealed. The intense competition in the second quarter meant that, unlike last year, it was almost impossible to implement announced rate increases on the market. As a result, the average freight rate of USD 1,499/TEU was down on last year’s figure (USD 1,594/TEU). The transport volume, on the other hand, rose by 2.3 % to 1.39 million TEU (previous year: 1.36 million TEU). Commenting on the positive figures, Mr. Michael Behrendt, Chairman of the Executive Board of Hapag-Lloyd, said: “Rate increases are indispensable in order for liner shipping companies to return to a sound earning situation. While we managed to implement small rate increases at the start of July, it is still not enough. Further rate increases have been announced.” Revenue in the first half of 2013 was largely stable at EUR 3.358 billion (previous year: EUR 3.395 billion). The average freight rate was disappointing with USD 1,522/TEU for the first six months, which was USD 17 below last year’s already unsatisfactory level. The transport volume rose by 1.2% to more than 2.7 million TEU in the first half of the year. Investments of EUR 463.6 million were made in the first half, with most of the funds going towards ships and containers. Longterm financing has already been secured for the vessels on order and all the investments in containers which have been made are planned. Hapag-Lloyd is striving for a positive operating result for the full year 2013, the management concluded on an optimistic note.

A sailing ship is no democracy; you don't caucus a crew as to where you'll go anymore than you inquire when they'd like to shorten sail. - Sterling Hayden

High speed internet facility for CMA CGM crew onboard MUMBAI Sagar Sandesh News Bureau


amping up the internet speed for its worldwide crew on board, one of the largest global shipping lines, CMA CGM has roped in maritime satellite connectivity company, Marlink to provide WaveCall standardized Kuband VSAT upgrade that would enhance internet experience for CMA CGM crew. The VSAT technology by Marlink would replace the existing 200 MB per month fleet broadband package to a 5 GB per month usage plan. WaveCall will be installed on over 35 CMA CGM vessels, including the CMA CGM Marco Polo, CMA CGM Alexander Von Humboldt and CMA CGM Jules Verne, one of the largest container vessels in the world. As CMA CGM's fleet covers global trade routes, extensive Ku-band coverage is a key requirement when choosing WaveCall. Following the cost-effective 5 GB per month upgrade data plan the crew onboard would experience a significant increase in email, web browsing and voice calling compared to the erstwhile 200 MB/month fleet broadband package. Improving onboard communication is

important for CMA CGM's commitment to meeting the new IMO Maritime Labour Conventions, which among other important aspects of life on board, will establish new standards for crew facilities, including communications. An important part of this is the XChange solutions platform, which provides enhanced control and management of connectivity as well as a comprehensive set of internet-café like crew communications features. Specially developed to meet communications requirements of CMA CGM crew members, a WiFi service over five access points per vessel will be established with XChange, allowing crew

Essar Shipping records Rs. 523-cr. revenue current quarter as compared to 27% in the corresponding quarter of previous year. The uring Q1FY2014, Essar shipping business registered a Shipping Limited (ESL) turnover of Rs. 325.80 crs, has registered a consolidated EBITDA of Rs. 99.59 crs & revenue of Rs. 523.18 crs net profit of Rs. 3.63 crs after Earnings Before Interests providing for depreciation of Tax- ation Depreciation Rs. 40.90 crs as against a Amortization (EBITDA) of turnover of Rs. 460.77 crs, Rs. 229.07 crs and Profit EBITDA of Rs. 119.24 crs & After Tax (PAT) of Rs. 19.14 net profit of Rs. 17.24 crs crs as against the after providing for consolidated revenue of Rs. depreciation of Rs. 44.73 crs 925.18 crs, EBITDA of Rs. Mr. A. R. Ramakrishnan in the corresponding quarter 252.06 crs & PAT of Rs. 53.90 crs reported during the corresponding of the previous year. Commenting on the results of the shipping quarter of the previous year. business, Capt. Anoop Sharma, Director & Commenting on the results, Mr. A. R. CEO, SEA Transportation Business, pointed Ramakrishnan, Managing Director, said: “The reduction in revenue was mainly due out: “Shipping industry continues to face to scale down of logistics services done challenging times on freight rates and reduced availability of cargo quantities. through Essar Logistics Limited (ELL). However, the company is fully focused on This was in line with the plan of Essar leveraging long term contracts and managing Shipping Limited to focus on its core high operating costs effectively along with EBITDA margin business activities viz. Sea specific measures for interest cost reduction Transportation and Oilfields Services.” being pursued. These will strengthen the The EBITDA margin on a consolidated performance of the company in the coming basis has increased to 44% during the months and help improve profitability”. MUMBAI

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to connect to the internet using mobile devices and laptops in the privacy of their own cabins. Using XChange, CMA CGM is able to provide crew services at prices similar to shore-based connectivity, without increasing its own communication spend and can easily rebill crew. "CMA CGM is the world's third largest shipping company so we are committed to the welfare of our 2,500 seafarers permanently at sea," commented Mr. Ludovic Gerard, Executive Vice President-CMA Ships, CMA CGM. "Our desire to meet the increasing demand from our crew members for reliable, low-cost internet access on board was a primary driver for choosing VSAT from Marlink and combining it with XChange, which offers full control of the network." "The upgrade project follows CMA CGM's positive experience on its vessel CMA CGM Magellan, which for the past two years has been using VSAT connectivity supplied by Marlink, so we're delighted that they have decided to roll WaveCall out for over half the fleet and across its largest vessels," said Mr. Tore Morten Olsen, Head of Maritime Services at Astrium Services alias Marlink. "The WaveCall solution provided is an attractive entry point for VSAT. Services can be upgraded easily so CMA CGM's future connectivity requirements for crew and operational communications can be efficiently addressed."

During the quarter under review, the oil field services business registered a turnover of Rs. 173.52 crs, EBITDA of Rs. 113.33 crs and net profit of Rs. 11.57 crs.

Board recast The company has reorganized its Board by adding 3 industry stalwarts, Mr. Michael Pinto, Capt. B. S. Kumar & Dr. N. C. Singhal as independent directors. This will strengthen the company’s corporate governance capabilities and provide focused guidance to the management for sustained growth. Mr. Pinto, IAS, (retired) is a former Secretary (Shipping), Government of India, and former Chairman of Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust. Capt. B. S. Kumar has several

The Board now has an ideal mix of competencies in the fields of maritime industry, governance, finance, strategy and risk management that will add substantial value & give a new direction to the company decades of experience in the maritime industry - both domestic and international. Mr. N. C. Singhal is the founder of the erstwhile Shipping Credit & Investment Company of India Ltd. The Board now has an ideal mix of competencies in the fields of maritime industry, governance, finance, strategy and risk management that will add substantial value & give a new direction to the company.


Wednesday, August 21, 2013


“News is what somebody somewhere wants to suppress; all the rest is advertising.” - Lord Northcliffe

Coast Guard rescues 1, 231 lives from sea in one year Every year, the NMSAR Board recognizes the SAR efforts of merchant mariners, Government owned vessels and fishermen MUMBAI Sagar Sandesh News Bureau


t was divulged at the XII National Maritime Search and Rescue Board (NMSARB) meeting held in Mumbai on Aug. 8 that as many as 1, 231 lives were saved by the rescue operations of Indian Coast Guard during the last one year. Of the total precious lives saved, 542 were rescued by Indian Coast Guard independently and the remaining 689 lives in coordination with fishermen, merchant mariners and other resource agencies. The NMSARB meeting was chaired by Vice Admiral Anurag G Thapliyal, AVSM, Director General, Indian Coast Guard. In his opening address, the

Myanmar keen to beef up naval ties with India

Stress on the need for strengthening the cooperation mechanism between various resource agencies for efficiently undertaking search and rescue.

Chairman highlighted the various initiatives of Indian Coast Guard for improving search and rescue infrastructure, services and support. He also stressed on the need for strengthening the cooperation mechanism between various resource agencies for efficiently undertaking search and rescue in the Indian Search and Rescue Region. The meeting also focused upon enhancement of AIS-SB Update Rate, Low Cost AISSART for fishermen, Safety of Inter Island Ferry, Berthing of Rescued Vessel post Search and Rescue Operation etc. Every year, the NMSAR Board recognizes the SAR efforts of merchant mariners, Government owned vessels and fishermen. MV Pacific Skipper

was awarded the Indian Coast Guard SAR Award for Merchant Vessel for saving 18 precious lives. Indian Coast Guard SAR Award for Fishermen was awarded to fishing boat man Mandir from Indo-Pak IMBL in Gujarat for saving six crew. The Essar SAR Award for Government owned SAR unit was awarded to Coast Guard interceptor boat ICGS C-150, Mumbai, for saving 14 precious lives from three different incidents at sea. Indian Coast Guard, being the nodal agency for Maritime Search and Rescue, has rescued a total of 6, 033 lives by coordinating 1, 845 Search and Rescue missions by conducting 1,626 air sorties and 1 756 ship sorties since its inception.

Vice Admiral Anurag G Thapliyal, AVSM, Director General, Indian Coast Guard, chairing the XII National Maritime Search and Rescue Board meeting in Mumbai on Aug. 8.

Admiral DK joshi Chief of the Naval Staff (Right) receiving Vice Admiral Thura Thet Swe Commander-in-Chief Myanmar Navy MUMBAI Sagar Sandesh News Bureau


n a bid to strengthen naval ties with India, Vice Admiral Thura Thet Swe, Commander-in-Chief, Myanmar Navy, undertook a four-day trip to New Delhi towards the close of last month. In his itinerary, he met the Navy top brass including Admiral D. K. Joshi, Chief of the Naval Staff; Mr. R. K. Mathur, Defence Secretary; and Air Marshal Arup Raha, Vice Chief of Air Staff. During the visit he discussed various proposals to further strengthen the Navy- to- Navy cooperation in operations, training and material support and also proposed to take the existing relationship to another plane and promote capacity-building and

capability enhancement, said an Indian Navy personnel. Interacting with media, Admiral Joshi said: “Myanmar is one of our closest neighbours. We share a land border as well as a maritime border with them. On the Navy-to-Navy front we have had extremely cordial relations.” Admiral Joshi added that the Indian Navy is looking forward to taking the existing excellent interaction to the next level. Admiral Thet Swe reemphasised the special relationship between the Myanmar Navy and the Indian Navy. On July 30 and 31, the Vice Admiral visited the Southern Naval Command, where he visited naval training schools and facilities in Kochi followed by Admiral’s visit to Eastern Naval Command.

Another inshore patrol vessel joins Coast Guard The vessel is equipped with the most advanced and sophisticated navigational and communication sensors and equipment KOCHI Sagar Sandesh News Service


he Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) Rajveer, a 50-m inshore patrol vessel (IPV), the seventh in the series of eight IPVs designed and built by M/s Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE), Kolkata, was commissioned on Aug. 10 in Visakhapatnam. Mr. R. K. Mathur, Defence Secretary, commissioned the vessel in the presence

of Vice-Admiral Anurag G Thapliyal, Director General, Indian Coast Guard; Inspector General SP Sharma; Commander, Coast Guard Region (East) and other senior dignitaries from the Central and State Governments. According to official sources, the vessel is equipped with the most advanced and sophisticated navigational and communication sensors and equipment.

The ship is propelled to a maximum speed of 31.5 knots by three MTU 4000 series diesel engines of 2720 KW capacity at 2100 rpm each, coupled with three 71s2 Rolls Royce Kamewa jets. At economical speed of 14 knots, it has an endurance of 1500 nautical miles. The special features of the ship include an integrated bridge system (IBS), integrated machinery control system (IMCS) and an indigenously built 30 mm gun mount with fire control system. The ship is designed to carry one rigid inflatable boat and two geminis for search and rescue, law enforcement and maritime patrol.

ICGS Rajveer, manned by five officers and 30 men under the command of Commandant Rajeev Ranjan, will be based at Visakhapatnam under the administrative and operational control of the Commander, Coast Guard District Headquarters No. 6, Visakhapatnam. The ship, on joining the Coast Guard fleet, will enhance Coast Guard’s capability in furthering its mandate of maritime safety and security, environmental protection and coastal security on the eastern sea board, said a senior CG official.


Wednesday, August 21, 2013


“News is what somebody somewhere wants to suppress; all the rest is advertising.” - Lord Northcliffe

Blast & blaze submerge Indian Navy submarine MUMBAI Sagar Sandesh News Bureau


n explosion resulting in a major fire took place on board INS Sindhurakshak, a Kilo class submarine of the Indian Navy, shortly after midnight on Aug. 14. Fire tenders from the naval dockyard as well as the Mumbai Fire Brigade were immediately pressed into service. However, due to damage suffered as a result of the explosion the submarine has submerged at her berth with only a portion visible above the surface. A total of about 18 persons were on board the submarine at the time of the accident and efforts are on to ascertain the safety of the personnel and salvage of the submarine. A board of inquiry is being instituted to investigate into the causes of the accident. As many as 16 fire tenders at around 3 am from

Mumbai Port Trust and Mumbai Fire Department were pressed into service to bring the raging blaze under control. The Fire Brigade jointly carried out the fire-fighting operation with Navy Fire Brigade to extinguish the fire. Thick smoke billowing up from the smoldering submarine could be witnessed at many parts of South Mumbai. The cause of the fire was not known. It is reported that 18 crew members were trapped on onboard and the Navy is making all-out efforts to rescue them. Some of the crew members, who jumped overboard to escape the inferno, suffered injuries and were admitted to the INHS Aswini Naval hospital at Colaba in Mumbai. INS Sindhurakshak was sent to India (Mumbai) from Russia in May of this year to undergo repair works. In a similar fire accident in 2010 a crew on board lost his life.

India’s first aircraft... From Page 1

In addition, a multitude of Navy officers, yard workers and a few members of the Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL), the manufacturers of the indigenous warship grade steel, were also present. At the launch, marking the end of Phase- I of the project, the imposing ramp of the 37,500 tonne Short Take off but Assisted Recovery (STOBAR) Carrier boasted the indigenous design and build capabilities of the country. The ship has attained its designed length of about 260 m and is almost at its maximum breadth of 60 m. The main landing strip is ready. Over 80% of the structure, containing about 2300 compartments, has been fabricated, over 75% has been erected, all the major machinery such as the two LM2500 Gas Turbines developing a total power of 80 MW, the diesel alternators capable of producing about 24 MW and the main gear box have been fitted. Soon after Vikrant floated perfectly upright, she was launched out into the Ernakulam Channel in a pontoon-assisted precision manoeuvre. Vikrant was moved out of the building dock to be positioned in the refitting dock where the next phase of outfitting will be completed. Describing the occasion as a ‘momentous’ one, Mr. Antony said: “Today’s launching of the IAC marks just the first step in a long journey, but at the same time, an important one.” He said it was indeed a proud moment for the country to witness our efforts at achieving self-reliance in the field of warship design and construction,

Mr. G. K Vasan, Union Minister of Shipping, addressing the gathering during the launch ceremony

as only a very few advanced countries in the world possess the capability to design and build aircraft carriers. Mr. Antony added that we must continue the process of strengthening indigenous capability towards securing our maritime interests. “Our Navy must continue to maintain high operational readiness at all times to ward off any likely misadventure against our national interests,” he stated. The Defence Minister urged the Indian industry to participate whole-heartedly in ship building programmes and further consolidate our strength in this field.

Speaking on the occasion, the Union Shipping Minister pointed out: “By launching this great warship, which is one of the most important ships for the Indian Navy, Indian ship building has demonstrated its technical capability and expertise.” The design and construction of the Indigenous Aircraft Carrier was sanctioned by the Government in January 2003. The keel of the ship was laid on Feb 28, 2009 by Mr. A. K. Antony. Vikrant marks a special feather in indigenous defence capabilities - this being the first ever aircraft carrier to be designed by the Directorate of Naval Design of the Indian Navy, the first warship to be built by Cochin Shipyard Limited and the first warship to be built entirely using indigenously produced steel. The construction of the ship is a truly pan Indian effort with active participation of private and public enterprises. The steel has come from SAIL’s plants in Rourkela in Orissa, Bokaro in Jharkand and Bhilai in Chattisgarh; the Main Switch Board, steering gear and water tight hatches have been manufactured by Larsen and Toubro in its plants in Mumbai and Talegaon; the high capacity air-conditioning and refrigeration systems have been manufactured in Kirloskar’s plants in Pune; most pumps have been supplied by Best and Crompton, Chennai; Bharat Heavy Engineering Limited (BHEL) is supplying the Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS); the massive gear box is supplied by Elecon in Gujarat; the tens of thousands of electrical cable is supplied by Nicco industries in Kokatta and Kolkatta is also where the ship’s

anchor chain cable is manufactured. Vikrant will be capable of operating an aircraft mix of the Russian MiG-29K and LCA (Navy) fighters being developed indigenously by HAL. Its helicopter component will include the Kamov 31 and the indigenously developed ALH helicopters. The ship’s ability to sense and control a large air space around it will be enabled by modern C/D band Early Air Warning Radar, V/UHF Tactical Air Navigational and Direction Finding systems, jamming capabilities over the expected Electro Magnetic (EM) environment and Carrier Control Approach Radars to aid air operations. Long Range Surface to Air Missile (LR SAM) systems with Multi-Function Radar (MFR) and Close-In Weapon System (CIWS) will form the protective suite of the ship. All weapon systems onboard the carrier will be integrated through an indigenous Combat Management System (CMS), being manufactured by Tata Power systems. The ship’s integration with Navy’s Network Centric Operations will provide force multiplication. The seamless hull and smooth lines of the ship stand testimony to the high production standards of Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL). CSL, a mini Ratna PSU, has earned a reputation for quality construction and timely delivery. Till now, CSL had the distinction of building the largest ship in India, i.e., 93,500 tonne Aframax tankers. However, this complex integrated construction project enabled by a Rs. 200crore infrastructure augmentation plan involving large cranes,

workshops and heavy duty machinery has seen the shipyard maturing into a competent warship builder. Vikrant will now enter the second phase of construction which will see the outfitting of the ship, fitment of various weapons and sensors, integration of the gigantic propulsion system and integration of the aircraft complex (with the assistance of M/s NDB of Russia). The ship will then undergo extensive trials before she is handed over to the Indian Navy by around 2016-17.


It may be recalled here that at the time of attaining our Independence, our visionary leaders saw the centrality of a powerful Navy and set us on the right course by envisaging an aircraft carrier-centred Indian Navy. INS Vikrant, India’s first aircraft carrier, was acquired from Great Britain and commissioned on March 4 1961. In its 36 years of glorious service INS Vikrant was at the centre of action in the 1971 operations for liberation of Bangladesh. Having seen many years of service as a CATOBAR (Catapult Assisted Take Off but Arrested Recovery) carrier working an angled deck and operating Sea Hawks, Alizes and Seakings, INS Vikrant was transformed into a STOVL carrier to operate Sea Harrier jump jets. INS Vikrant was decommissioned on Jan. 31, 1997. With the launch of IAC ‘Vikrant’, the Indian Navy is well on its way to demonstrate its comfort with the practiced art of trapped landings and angled deck operations.


ExIm Trend Exim bank presents Rs. 263-cr. RTGS receipt to FM

Developed countries and advanced developing countries must open their markets for products from - Anna Lindh the developing world, and support in developing their export and import capacity.

The bank is active in financing R & D, innovation and creative industries

NEWS IN A NUT-SHELL China Cosco retiring 13 aged vessels hina Cosco Holdings will get rid of 13 aged vessels as part of a move to restructure the company's shipping fleet. China C Cosco announced to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange that it will decommission and disassemble 13 old ships, including four container vessels totalling11, 207 teu and nine dry bulk carriers totalling 553,535 dwt. It added that the approved restructuring plan is not expected to have “any material impact on the business and financial condition of the company.”

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r. T.C.A Ranganathan, Chairman and Managing Director, Export-Import (Exim) Bank of India, presented a Real Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) receipt of Rs. 263 crores to Union Minister of Finance P. Chidambaram. The RTGS amount represents balance of net profit to the Government for the financial year ended March 31, 2013. The bank has made a post-tax profit of Rs. 742 crores for the financial year 2012-2013. In the past five years, the bank has transferred Rs. 919 crores as balance of net profit to the Government. Exim bank’s paidup capital is entirely subscribed by the Government of India. Exim bank in conjunction with ECGC offers buyer’s credit under the Government of India’s National Export Insurance Account (NIEA), under which the bank finances project exports

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Mr. T.C.A Ranganathan, Chairman and Managing Director, Exim bank, presenting the balance of net profit RTGS receipt of Rs. 263 crores to Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram. Also seen are Mr. Sriram Subramaniam, Regional Head, Exim bank’s New Delhi Office, and Mr. David Rasquinha, Executive Director, Exim bank

from India on medium to long term basis to foreign governments and Government-owned entities. The bank is active in financing R & D, innovation and creative industries which have huge potential in diversifying India’s export basket. The bank has separate groups

Chidambaram unveils FAQ booklet on service tax MUMBAI Sagar Sandesh News Bureau

nion Finance Minister P. Chidambaram has released a booklet containing Frequently Asked U Questions (FAQ) on Service Tax Voluntary Compliance Encouragement Scheme, 2013 in New Delhi in the presence of Revenue Secretary, Chairperson and other members of Central Board of Excise & Customs and media. The booklet contains clarifications on doubts and queries about the scheme. For ease of reference, the statutory provisions and the VCES Rules containing the VCES forms are also included in the booklet. He also released a Logo of Service Tax Voluntary Compliance Encouragement Scheme, 2013 on the occasion. Speaking at the event, he said the scheme offering “no penalty, no interest,” provides one time opportunity to the defaulters to come clean. He further added that over 10 lakhs defaulters have been identified. The Minister said that 1400 defaulters have already filed their declarations amounting to Rs. 650 crores. He further hoped that the scheme will result in substantial disclosure by non-filers. The Minister exhorted the service tax assessees to make use of this golden opportunity and pay their tax dues to avail immunity from interest, penalty and other proceedings. He further said that the FAQs released today are based on inputs received from various agencies and quarters and would be of immense use for the compliers. Service Tax Voluntary Compliance Encouragement Scheme announced by the Finance Minister in his Budget speech came into effect on May 10. The objective of the scheme is to encourage disclosure of tax dues and compliance of Service Tax law by the persons who have not paid service tax dues for the period from October, 2007 to December, 2012, either on account of ignorance of law or otherwise. On payment of the tax dues relating to the said-period there will be complete waiver of interest, penalty and other proceedings/ consequences.

for supporting small and medium enterprises and rural grassroots business initiatives. It has put in place a Technology and Innovation Enhancement and Infrastructure Development (TIEID) fund of $500 million exclusively for MSMEs by partnering with banks/FIs.

Hanung wins Rs. 360-cr. toys export order from US MUMBAI Sagar Sandesh News Bureau


tuffed toys manufacturing company, Hanung Toys &Textiles Ltd (HTTL) has informed BSE that the company has bagged an export order worth $60 million (Rs. 360 crores) from a leading US buyer. The company has signed the export order tie-up with the US buyer for exporting value added home furnishing to the extent of $60 million to be completed within three years. HTTL is an India-based company focusing on manufacturing and exporting of toys and home furnishings under brand names ‘Splash’ and ‘Play-n-Pets’. The company operates in the dual segment of stuffed toys and home furnishings. The toy factory of the company is at Noida SEZ in India. The company also has Shanghai subsidiary in China. The company is promoted by the promoters and promoters’ group including Hanung Processors Pvt Ltd (13.36%), Abhinav International Pvt Ltd (10.30%), Ashok Kumar Bansal (9.97%), Hanung Furnishing Pvt Ltd (9.4%), Glofin Investment and Finance Company Pvt Ltd (8.64%), Anju Bansal (7.12%), Ashok Kumar Bansal (HUF) (4.97%), C K Software Pvt Ltd (3.86%), Hanung Infra & Power Ltd (2.74%) and Abhinav Bansal (0.01%) - all aggregating to a total of 14.64% stake of the company. Crimson Financial Services Ltd in the public category of shareholding holds 1.24% stake in the company.

growing energy costs and major political and societal pressure in terms of their environmental performance. There are new and stricter air quality standards and regulations coming online. They understand themselves that there is an economic gain to be had by turning 'green'. The EU-funded project GREEN EFFORTS ('Green and effective operations at terminals and in ports') is analysing port and terminal processes in detail with a view to developing new solutions reducing energy consumption while promoting the use of cleaner energy at container, roll-on roll-off (ro-ro) and inland waterway terminals.

Top Greek ship owner put behind bars reek ship owner Victor Restis has been imprisoned pending trial on money laundering and embezzlement charges, amid G public anger over corruption. Restis, who owns a shipping fleet and has a stake in Greece's top-selling newspaper, is being investigated over bad loans of up to 500 million euros from First Business Bank (FBBank), in which his family owned a majority stake until it was wound up this year. Restis denied any wrongdoing when he appeared before a Prosecutor to respond to the charges of money laundering and felony-degree embezzlement against the state.

Security guards strike hits oil export triking security guards again halted loadings at S Libya's two largest crude oil export terminals, Es Sider and Ras Lanuf, after operations had resumed briefly following a twoweek outage. The port outages, coupled with strikes and protests at other oil installations, have caused the worst disruption to the North African OPEC member's oil industry since the civil war in 2011. The two ports have a combined export capacity of around 600,000 barrels per day. On the whole, around 15 crude and oil product tankers were waiting outside the two ports, according to Windward, a maritime analytics services company.

World’s largest box ship crosses Suez Canal


gypt's vital waterway Suez Canal witnessed on Aug. 9 the crossing of Maersk McKinney Moller, the world's largest container ship to continue its first voyage from the Far East to Europe. The 400 m-long Danish Vessel breaks the record of the Emma Maersk container ship by adding 16% to the height. Maersk McKinney Moller welcomed onboard canal senior officials and the head of the Suez Canal Authority Mohab Mamish, who checked the ship's workflow and praised the capacity of the Egyptian waterway and its employees to receive such ships. In February, Emma Maersk faced mechanical problems at the Suez Canal northern entrance after a water leak in the engine room.

Engg. exporters turn to African countries oncerned over decline in exports, engineering exporters in India are focusing on exploring business opportunities in C African countries to beat the slowdown in the Western and European markets. EEPC Chairman Aman Chadha said that although trade between India and Africa is increasing more needs to done in order to boost engineering exports to that region. According to Additional Secretary in the Commerce Ministry D. S. Dhesi huge potential exists between the regions to enhance trade and investment. India's engineering exports fell by 9.26% to USD 4.22 billion in June. In May, it was down by 3.15%.


Wednesday, August 21, 2013


Anyone who refuses to speak out off campus does not deserve to be listened to on campus. - Theodore Hesburgh

6th batch DNS passing out ceremony at AEMA

Cadets told to uphold their passion for the profession MUMBAI Sagar Sandesh News Bureau


uly 31 marked yet another proud moment for Anglo Eastern Maritime Academy (AEMA) that witnessed the passing out of its 6th Diploma in Nautical Science (DNS) cadets. The occasion was graced by Chief Guest Dr. B. Chitra, Controller of Examinations, Indian Maritime University; Guests of Honour Mr. S. S. Khan, Secretary General, Maritime Union of India, and Mr. Abdul Gani Serang, General Secretary, National Union of Seafarers of India, and parents of the cadets. The event started with the Principal Capt. Pawan Gupta’s welcome address followed by a scintillating cultural extravaganza by the cadets showcasing their musical and elocution talents. Dr. Chitra gave valuable inputs to the young officers on how to keep their passion for the profession high and Anglo Eastern traditions alive with

CUSTOMS EXCHANGE RATES Indian Rupees equivalent to one unit of foreign currencies will be as follows : With effect from August 2, 2013

Currencies Australian Dollar Bahrain Dinar Canadian Dollar Danish Kroner EURO Hong Kong Dollar Kenya Shilling Kuwait Dinar New Zealand Dollar Norwegian Kroner Pound Sterling Singapore Dollar South African Rand Saudi Arabian Riyal Swedish Kroner Swiss Franc UAE Dirham US Dollar

Import 55.85 166.65 60.05 11.00 81.85 7.95 72.20 221.50 49.40 10.45 94.05 48.45 6.40 16.75 9.45 66.55 17.10 61.55

Export 54.35 157.45 58.50 10.70 79.95 7.80 67.85 208.15 48.00 10.15 91.90 47.40 6.05 15.85 9.20 64.75 16.15 60.55

The rate of exchange of Indian Rupees equivalent to hundred units of foreign currency are as follows : Currencies Import Export Japanese Yen 63.00 61.50

Capt. K. N. Deboo, Mr. Abdul Gani, Capt. Pradeep Chawla, Dr. S. Chitra, Mr. S. Khan, Capt. Pawan Gupta, Capt. Vinay Singh with Mr. Nagi (Left to right) posing for a photograph on the occasion of the passing out of its 6th Diploma in Nautical Science (DNS) cadets.

commitment and sincerity. Mr. Khan dwelt at length on his maritime experience for the benefit of the budding cadets. Mr. Serang, who highlighted the activities of the union and its

benefits, stressed on the importance of dignity of labour and job pride. Capt. Sarat Kumar read the course report and Capt. R. Janardhanan, General Manager,

QHSE from AESM, Singapore Office, presented his insights into how life skills are imperative to cadets going on board. Capt. Pradeep Chawla, Managing Director, Group QHSE

and Training, AESM, called upon the cadets to create a name for themselves by virtue of their profession that lasts for posterity. Later in the day, best cadets were honoured with mementoes at the passing out ceremony. Saurabh Chahar walked away with the award for best all-round cadet of the year. Best officer like qualities award was bagged by Gaurav Chaudhary and best academic performance award was won by Dinesh Singh. Other category of awards including ‘best navigator’, ‘best watchkeeper’ and ‘best shipmate’ were taken by cadets Sahil More, Sawai Singh Rathore and Bhupinder Singh Jaiswal respectively. Nagi Maninder Singh was presented with a special award for being the first certified deck officer from AEMA. He was from DNS Batch 01, 2009-2010. The events concluded with a vote of thanks and National Anthem.

ClassNK-IRS conduct... From page 1.

The training was divided between 2 days theory and 1 day practical. Theory classes were held at Bhavnagar and practical class on IHM was held at ship breaking yard at Alang. Classes were handled by Mr. Henning Gramann, MD GSR Services, and Mr. Akira Aoyagi, Chief Adviser, ClassNK Consulting Service Co Ltd. The training programme was conducted against the backdrop of IMO Hong Kong Convention (HKC) that mandates ships to be sent for recycling will be required to carry an Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) which will be specific to each ship. Governments will be required to take effective measures to ensure that ship recycling facilities under their jurisdiction comply with the HKC. As per the HKC all existing ships will require IHM of the vessel approved by Ship’s Class within 5 years of HKC coming into force. On June 27, the European Commission endorsed a comprehensive text of the new ship recycling regulation agreed by the European Parliament to be formally adopted by the end of 2013. According to the new rules, the installation or use of certain hazardous materials on ships will be prohibited or restricted. These hazardous materials include asbestos, ozone-depleting substances, PCBs, PFOS and anti-fouling compounds and systems. Each new European ship (or a ship flying a flag of the third country calling at EU port or anchorage) will be required to have on board an inventory of hazardous materials verified by the relevant administration or authority and specifying the location and approximate quantities of those materials.

In short ship owners intending to operate in European waters will need to get IHM for such ships owned by them much earlier than that envisaged by Hong Kong Convention. The cost of preparation of the IHM today would be in excess of $ 25000 per ship depending on the type of vessel. Ships intend to go for recycling yards already require such a list before taken up for recycling. In the very near future such lists will require Class approval Ship recycling yards providing “one stop service” for green ship recycling in order to get ships from environmental conscious owners will greatly benefit by preparing the IHM by their own sponsored experts providing "Ship Recycling Plan”. An IHM expert so trained and certified by ClassNK Consultancy Service & IRS will enable to prepare Inventory of Hazardous Material (IHM) of ship which can be described as specific information on the actual hazardous material present on board. Such IHM complying with HKC requirements will be acceptable to the EU also.


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