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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

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To fetch more foreign exchange

L & T secures orders from Qatar for hi-tech ships MUMBAI Sagar Sandesh News Bureau

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SHIPPING PORT

At last, Vizhinjam Port gets environmental clearance

LOGISTICS

Trailer Organisers Association enters own office building

Govt economic policy will ruin Major Ports, deplores workers forum

CAMPUS NOTEES

FACT to ship ammonia by barges through Inland water ways

NEWS

& T Shipbuilding, a subsidiary of Larsen & Toubro, has secured orders worth $154mn for six specialized commercial vessels, in the third-quarter of 2013-2014. It is stated in a Media release on Dec. 10 that the orders are from Halul Offshore Services Company W.L.L., Qatar, for design, construction, trials and commissioning of 2 Platform Supply Vessels (PSVs) & 2 Anchor Handling Towing, Supply and Standby Vessels (AHTSSVs) with 150 MT Page 4 bollard pull.

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Exporters assured of restoration of sops for cotton yarn CHENNAI Sagar Sandesh News Bureau

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ith the view to wooing the export community to get in more foreign exchange, the Textile Ministry has announced that it is desperately trying with the Government of India (Commerce Ministry) to get export incentives restored for cotton yarn. Addressing the gathering before presenting the Cotton Textiles Export Promotion Council (TEXPROCIL) awards here on Dec 7, Mr. K. Sambasiva Rao, Union Textiles Minister, said: “The Ministry has taken up the issue with the Commerce Ministry to include cotton yarn in the list of export items eligible for incentives and you can expect a good news very soon.” It may be worth recalling here that the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) had in September revoked incentives – a duty credit of 2.5% of Free On Board value for shipments to select countries under the Focus Market Scheme – for the export of cotton yarn on the ground that giving export incentives for a commodity that has export Page 14 curbs is conflicting.

Mr. A. Rajasekar, partner of Rajasekar Textile, winner of "Bronze Plaque" for the third highest exports of cotton fabrics (grey) in the Category I (export performance between Rs. 10 crores and Rs. 50 crores), receiving the award from the Union Textiles Minister, Mr. K. Sambasiva Rao.

Greener pastures awaiting ambitious seafarers MUMBAI Sagar Sandesh News Bureau

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he present day career crunch in Indian seafaring industry is not as bad as the career crisis in 80s

when certified Officers with Nautical and Marine Engineering COCs could not pursue a sea career and were forced to work on other areas, within or outside the maritime industry, declared Capt. Y. Sharma, Head,

Capt. Y. Sharma, Head, International Maritime Training Centre (IMTC - a part of Wilhelmsen Group).

International Maritime Training Centre (IMTC – a part of Wilhelmsen Group), while responding to questions from Sagar Sandesh on various happenings in the industry and his training institute in Mumbai. The Head of IMTC is pretty optimistic that the present crisis would be over and the industry will, in the long haul, see happy times again. Page 2


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As someone who had ventured into a career of seafaring in the early 70s, I have seen two distinct cycles of ups and downs. The extreme shortage of seafarers in the 70s traversed to extreme excess in the mid 80s. The situation reversed again in the early 90s, and another downward slide started in the late 2000s. I can say with great degree of conviction that career crisis of the mid 80s was far grimmer than what we are seeing right now. The profile of job-seekers today is largely those who have passed-out from public and private pre-sea institutions and are looking for training berths, while in the 80s it was such a tough situation that trainees who had completed their apprenticeship and obtained their COCs could not find sailing jobs. Those with superior COCs were sailing at junior ranks. Some of them whom I know had to hibernate in related industry jobs and wait for the cycle shift from bust to boom in the seafaring industry. The outbreak of the crisis then was the spike in the scrapping of vessels leading to diminution of fleet and lower requirement of manning. Some of them who were passionate about the sea career made spectacular lateral entry into the profession after biding their time in other job profiles. So the present state of limbo in respect of lack of jobs in seafaring industry is not a unique phenomenon. Job seekers today need to find innovative ways to sustain themselves and take a leap when the tide turns in their favour. In your view whether the opening up of Maritime Training post STCW 95 is the right decision? Let us not be skeptical about the motives in the opening up of the education and training sector to private players to ensure compliance with the STCW 95 requirements. Privatization move had its compelling reasons. Following the roll out of STCW 1978 when new course modules were added to the curriculum, the

Government-run institutes were woefully inadequate to meet the training demands. It took a 2-year waiting period for a seafarer to get enrolled into a course like Fire Fighting. So the decision was absolutely right to allow private institutes to offer their services. What could have possibly gone wrong is the effectiveness of the monitoring mechanisms for overseeing the performance of the training institutes. What was

in short) is in a way our flagship programme which we have been conducting with great success since our collaboration with IIM-A was formalized in 1999. This unique programme provides an opportunity for mid to upper level managers and executives, both ashore and afloat, to hone their managerial skills. The programme is especially useful for senior exseafarers who are now in

The extreme shortage of seafarers in the 70s traversed to extreme excess in the mid 80s; career crisis of the mid 80s was far grimmer than what we are seeing right now telling in the privatization saga was that the market could find its own equilibrium. Discerning candidates rejected the institutes that offered poor stuff forcing their exit, and some institutes, unwilling to invest in training infrastructure like simulator equipment, booted themselves out. So the open market system here plays the role of greatest leveller. Could you tell us why the Structured Shipboard Training Programme (SSTP) of yours was discontinued? IMTC’s SSTP, approved by DGS and successfully administered to about 400 deck cadets, is unfortunately in cold storage today. We were forced to call off the programme when DGS issued a diktat that SSTP would be administered only by the institutes where a cadet did his pre-sea training. It was those times when the DGS tied up with IGNOU for the B.Sc. Programme, which required the completion of six ‘semesters’ for award of a degree. The SSTP conveniently accounted for three of the six semesters, so it fell into the lap of the IGNOU-affiliated institutes. Since IMTC was not in any tie-up with such a pre-sea institute, our SSTP became a victim of the DGS order. It’s rather a pity, because as an employer, we had set the on board training standards that were far higher than the SSTP currently in use. Tell us about the “General Management for Shipping” programme organised by you in association with IIM Ahmedabad? The PGMS (as we refer to it

managerial positions ashore, and those currently sailing but intending to make a transition to the shore-side. Over 550 executives from both India and abroad have benefited from the programme. The reach of the course has been tremendously rewarding so far. Being the Head of a training institute, are you concerned about the shortening of the seafarers’ work tenure at sea? I would guess that seafarers (mostly Officers ranks) are shortening their sailing careers because of myriad shore opportunities available for them. They acquire additional qualifications by going for higher studies and exploring expanding opportunities in the industry. For the baby-boomer generation of seafarers, the shore-side options that existed were very limited. Apart from that, the life at sea is different now than what it was some 20 years ago - perspectives have changed too. It’s only natural. Houston Chronicle has rated Wilhelmsen as one of the top working places on Nov. 10. Could you share with us the principles and values that made the company a great place to work? The Norwegian corporate tradition of good governance, transparency and fair treatment runs deep in the management of the company. The company that is 152 years old has spiritedly cherished the values in its existence and unsurprisingly earning it an award.


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SHIPPING NYK orders for newbuilding of VLGC with Astomos Corpn. NEW DELHI Sagar Sandesh News Service

apan's Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) has concluded a time-charter contract for a new VLGC with Astomos Energy Corporation. The 83,000 cu m VLGC, built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), will be delivered to Kyoei Tanker in 2015 and chartered out to NYK. Upon delivery, the newbuilding will be assigned immediately to the service designated in the long-term contract with Astomos Energy.

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ECSA elects Thomas Rehder as new President NEW DELHI Sagar Sandesh News Service

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r. Thomas Rehder has been elected as the new President of the European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA), with Mr. Niels Smedegaard, President and CEO of DFDS, as Vice-President. According to an official statement from ECSA, Mr. Rehder thus replaces Mr. Juan Riva who had been at the helm of ECSA since June 2011. Since 1987, Mr. Thomas Rehder is Managing Partner at Carsten Rehder (GmbH & Co), where he also became responsible for the shipowning side of the business in 1996. Carsten Rehder presently operates 25 container vessels and five bulk carriers. He is also Chairman of the Maritime and Ports Committee of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce and Board member of Det Norske Veritas, Oslo.

Mr. Juan Riva (left), immediate past President of European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA), congratulating Mr. Thomas Rehder, who has been elected as the new President of the association during the Board meeting.

Before closing the meeting, ECSA members warmly thanked outgoing President Riva for his

contribution during these increasingly challenging times for the shipping industry.

These orders are secured at a time when the export order book position of many Indian shipyards is not so good and the orders also reaffirm the customers’ confidence in L & T capabilities for building high end “This is the 10th VLGC offshore support vessels. for Astomos, & NYK will The ships’ design, to be optimized using continue to reinforce its modern tools including CFD, complies with the close, long-term proposed latest marine environmental and crew accommrelationship with the LNG tanks are odation regulations. The PSVs are designed for energy company,” NYK nearing completion carriage of hazardous cargo like Methanol. said in a statement on The ships will be equipped with at China’s Sinopacific Dec. 6. Dynamic Positioning (DPs) capabili- ty Yard & will be installed in Astomos plays an and will be suitable for fire-fighting, a series of four 27,500 cu m emergency response, rescue and important role in the semi-refrigerated LNG/ Ethylene standby, offshore supply, oil LPG business, which is carriers building for Denmark’s recovery & related duties. Evergas. Each of the IMO Type C bilobe expected to continue to The PSVs will be tanks has a capacity of 9, 686 cu m. 2 of the grow, particularly as provided with tanks in each vessel will be supple- mented by a progress is made on new diesel-electric 3rd conical Type C cargo tank and a smaller LNG LNG projects in the US propulsion fuel tank on the deck of the vessels. and West Africa, and Mr. Carlos Guerrero, Manager - Gas Carriers, according to NYK. Bureau Veritas, said: “These tanks are pushing at “NYK will also the frontier of small scale LNG transportation. continue its efforts to They build on experience with ethylene reduce emissions by transportation and can carry LPG or LNG at 5 bar NEW DELHI providing stable pressure. That allows for the development of Sagar Sandesh News Service flexible ships which will meet the demands of the and economical ne of the leading new LNG trades which are constantly emerging.” energy transpinternational classificatMr. Ralph Juhl, Vice President, Evergas, ort serviion societies, Bureau Veritas (BV) is pointed out: “We are really pleased with the way ces,” it classing the world’s largest bilobe gas Sinopacific has built these world-beating tanks. added. tanks, stated a Media release on Dec. 6. The Our new ships have to work in the roughest seas

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AHTSSVs will be provided with advanced diesel-hybrid propulsion. The PSVs are to be delivered in the first quarter of 2015 and AHTSSVs in the last quarter of 2015. These orders are in addition to the order received last year from Halul Offshore for 2 PSVs and 2 AHTSSVs.

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Mr. Riva commented: “During the last 2 years, the defense of our industry has proved to be a difficult task. I am, however, convinced that the new President will be successful in steering the ECSA ship through these troubled waters.” Making reference to the appointment of Mr. Patrick Verhoeven as the new SecretaryGeneral, as well as to recent changes in ECSA’s internal structure, Mr. Riva added: “In the course of these last few years, the ECSA platform had successfully been renewed and I have no doubt that it will act as an enabler for the years to come. The vessel has been well prepared for the future”. Following the ECSA Board meeting, Mr. Thomas Rehder said: "Many challenges still lie ahead but we can build on what we have achieved so far. More than before, we must express the contribution that shipping makes to society at large as an enhancer of the EU in international trade. Particular focus will be put on making the sustainability of shipping an ever more important aspect of our business.”

in the world so we wanted to build them tough & without a lot of deck clutter and exposed systems.” These bilobe tanks enable us to have a flat main deck and they give us much better carrying capacity compared to cylindrical tanks in the same size ship. We are pleased to work with Sinopacific & Bureau Veritas to break new ground in gas transportation. Building bigger than ever before is always a challenge and the strength of the tanks must be calculated correctly, especially to allow for the increased liquid sloshing. The vessels’ stability & damage stability were also a matter of additional efforts on the drawing board. Evergas is building the ships at Sinopacific to BV class for 2015 delivery to service the trade between Marcus Hook, Philadelphia and Rafnes in Norway. Evergas is a seaborne transporter of petrochemical gases and natural gas liquids.


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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

FACT to ship ammonia by barges through Inland water ways

All the bullet tankers are inspected and certified for continuous use by Bureau Veritas

tankers for tran- sportation of ammonia through rail. “Since we do not have rail connectivity at Udyogamandal, the entire ammonia requirement at Ambalamedu unit was met through road transport by tankers. Recently there have been some stringent restrictions by the authorities regarding road movement of ammonia during daytime following which we could not move the sufficient quantity to Ambalamedu. This forced FACT to look out for an alternative mode of transport”, stated a Media release on Dec. 4. The possibility of utilizing the ammonia bullet tankers owned by FACT by mounting them on a suitable barge and transporting ammonia through inland waterways was explored and found to be feasible. All the bullet tankers were inspected and certified for continuous use by Bureau Veritas, the certifying agency. FACT has awarded the contract for transporting ammonia to M/s Backwater Navigation Company and they have

mounted six bullet tankers on their barge, M V Hail Mary. The barge has been awarded class certificate by RINA, the international certifying agency. Each bullet has the capacity to carry 32 tonnes of ammonia. Statutory clearance has been received from Directorate of Port, Government of Kerala, Cochin Port and district authorities for transport of ammonia by barge through inland waterways. The maiden trip of the barge was flagged off at Udyogamandal in the morning of Dec. 4 by Mr. V. K. Anil, Director (Technical). Mr. Jaiveer Srivastava, Chairman and Managing Director, formally received the barge at Ambalamedu. Company Directors P. Muthusamy and V. Subramanian; General Managers, other senior officers, trade union leaders, etc. attended the function held at Ambalamedu. Works have already begun at FACT Engineering Works, Palluruthy, for the fabrication of one more ammonia barge.

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he Fertilisers And Chemicals Travancore Limited (FACT), a Government of India Enterprise, is embarking on ammonia shipment by barges through Inland water ways. The company has appointed M/S Backwater Navigation Company as barge contractor for the project. Initially ammonia manufa- ctured at Udyogamandal will be

transported to Amabalamedu unit of FACT using barge. This facility will also be utilized for transporting ammonia imported at Kochi Port to the production centres of FACT at Udyogamandal & Ambalamedu. FACT’s Ambalamedu unit requires about 500 tonnes of ammonia per day for production of FACTAMFOS. This was being met through rail wagons/ road tankers. FACT has eight ammonia bullet

Shreyas seeks shareholders’ approval to avail loan MUMBAI Sagar Sandesh News Bureau

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ransworld group’s Shreyas Shipping and Logistics Ltd. has sought the shareholders approval to borrow up to $100 million from banks and Financial Institutions (FI), stated a note on Dec. 11. The company is obtaining the consent of members via postal ballot voting process as per the relevant provisions of the Companies Act 1956 to empower the Board of Directors to avail bank and FI loans from time to time for the purpose of the company’s business. In this regard, Mr. Dharmesh Zaveri, Practicing Company Secretary, Mumbai, has been appointed by Shreyas as Scrutinizer for conducting the postal ballot process in a fair and transparent manner. The voting members are requested to read carefully the instructions printed overleaf of the postal ballot form and return the said form duly completed in all respects, in the enclosed self-addressed postage pre-paid envelope, so as to reach the Scrutinizer on or before the close of working hours on Jan. 10, 2014. The Scruitinizer will submit the report to the Chairman/Director after completion of the scrutiny and the results of the voting by postal ballot will be announced by the

Chairman/Director or by any such other person as may be authorized by the Chairman on Jan. 13, 2014 at 3 pm at the registered office of the company. The result of the postal ballot will be posted on company’s Transworld.co/Shreyas/ website, besides communicating it to the stock exchanges where equity shares of the company are listed. The result of the postal ballot will also be informed in the ensuing corporate governance report of the company. According to the financial results of Sept. 30-ending quarter, declared on Nov. 8, the long-term borrowings under noncurrent liabilities of the company declined to Rs. 76.67 crores against the long term borrowing of Rs. 89.80 crores in year ago quarter. Correspondingly, the long-term provisions made by the company jumped from Rs. 2.68 crores to Rs. 15.28 crores in the year-on-year period.


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IN & AROUND PORTS

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

At last, Vizhinjam Port gets environmental clearance The site is at the tip of the Indian peninsula near the international shipping route, which is hardly 18 km away, where about 100 vessels are sailing daily Vizhinjam is poised to become the trans-shipment hub of India with 18m natural draft with no maintenance dredging A dedicated cruise terminal will result in the transformation of Vizhinjam as the cruise hub of the country resulting in a quantum jump in tourism NEW DELHI Sagar Sandesh News Service

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he Expert Appraisal Committee of the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has granted environmental clearance for the proposed Vizhinjam Port. Reacting to the development in social media, Mr. Shashi Tharoor, Minister of State for Human Resource Development, and MP from Thiruvananthapuram, said: “This is the result of years of hard work by the State Government and MP to overcome various obstacles. Vizhinjam will be India's first 21st century port.” According to sources, the much awaited clearance was accorded at the 128th meeting of the Expert Appraisal Committee for Projects related to Infrastructure Development, Coastal Regulation Zone, Building/Construction projects held in New Delhi from Nov. 20 to 23. Numerous representations for and against the project were received by the EAC. The Chairman of the committee, during the 127th meeting checked whether any representations against the project were present and if they wished to make any further representations. At the meeting, the project developer and the State Government pleaded that the EAC should take note of the advantage of the mega benefit project development.

Kerala Government, during the meeting, stated that it was a Green Port project, incorporating all the modern environmental and ecological safeguards. As regards the issues on behalf of fishing community, the State Government stated that an additional fishing harbour with 500m additional berth, which could double the capacity of the existing fishing harbour, would benefit the fishing community immensely. The project will solely benefit the fishing community and the locality. Such mega development projects of immense consequences to the community have been subjected to judicial scrutiny in the environmental point of view in many important cases. The project developer stated that apprehensions in the petitions have been duly taken care of in the EIA report and the mitigation measures proposed would certainly take care of any genuine concern. Besides, Indian Navy and Coast Guard officials also made a presentation in support of the project and highlighted its strategic importance considering that the site is at the tip of the Indian peninsula near the international shipping route, which is hardly 18 km away, where about 100 vessels are sailing daily. The project developer in his presentation stated that this port located

near to the international shipping route should be a strong competitor to the Colombo Port, which at present is handling about 40% of the Indian trans-shipment cargo and Vizhinjam is poised to become the trans-shipment hub of India with 18m natural draft with no maintenance dredging, which can dock the largest (18, 000TEU) vessels. They also stated that a dedicated cruise terminal will result in the transformation of Vizhinjam as the cruise hub of the country resulting in a quantum jump in tourism. The proposal was examined by the EAC at its 127th meeting held in October. After deliberation, the EAC asked the developer to prepare a response subject wise on the issues raised during the public hearing and in the representations received subsequently. The major issues raised in the various representations include false data in FormI, presence of endangered species not given, site is in CRZ-I area, fishery and tourism related impacts not addressed /mitigated in final CEIA, difficulties in crossing the ship channel and to fish in deep sea, dredging might cause extensive damage and pollution and no specific parameters on tourism and impact on tourist was not studied.

MPA lowers costs for Singapore-flagged ships The new annual administrative fee scheme will come into force from Jan. 1, 2014 NEW DELHI Sagar Sandesh News Service

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he Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore has announced a new annual administrative fee scheme which will mean lower costs for Singapore-flagged ships starting from Jan. 1, 2014. Under the Singapore Registry of Ships, qualifying ships will pay an annual fee of S$600 ($478) per ship "instead of making payments on a per transaction basis," the MPA said.

"The majority of ship owners will pay less in total fees if they opt for the Annual Adminis trative Fee scheme," it added. In addition, MPA also announced 20 more signatories to its Green Pledge, an environmental initiative which was launched in 2011. Signatories pledge "their commitment to promote clean and green shipping in Singapore." To date, there are around 60 signatories to the three

programmes under the pledge the "Green Ship Programme, Green Port Programme and Green Technology Programme," the MPA added. As of end November, 96 Singapore-flagged ships have been recognized as Green Ships under the Green Ship Programme and more than 1, 900 vessel calls have enjoyed port dues concessions under the Green Port Programme, the MPA pointed out.

Regarding the issues raised by the opponents on Nov. 23, project developer reviewed the representations during the meeting and informed that all the concerns have been addressed in the CEIA report and subsequent submissions. Based on the detailed response, the EAC at its 128th meeting recommended for grant of Environmental/ CRZ clearance with 25 conditions, including obtaining of “Consent for Establishment” from State Pollution Control Board and subsequent submission of the same with the Environment Ministry before start of any construction work at the site, intensive monitoring with regular reporting six monthly on shore line changes to the Regional Office, MoEF, strict utilization of the capital dredged material for reclamation of berths, development of additional fish landing centre for upliftment of fisheries sector, guaranteeing minimum disturbance to fishing activity, development of rail connectivity parallel to the harbour road on elevated structures without affecting the entry to the existing harbour, bringing out a special tourism promotion package for the area in consultation with the State Government and implement the same along with the project.

KoPT secures Rs. 1, 500-crore support to meet dredging expense MUMBAI Sagar Sandesh News Bureau

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he Union Cabinet has approved the proposal for extension of financial assistance to Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) to meet the dredging expenditure incurred by the port for maintenance of the river/channel. This will make transactions through the port commercially viable for the port users. The scheme of financial assistance to KoPT towards dredging will be continued for a total amount of Rs. 1, 501.35 crores for the period from 2012-13 to 2015-16, with effect from April 1, 2012. The extant policy for awarding the dredging work in other Major Ports will be followed in respect of the dredging work to be carried out in Kolkata Port. An 'on account' payment up to 90 per cent of the amount payable towards financial assistance during the previous year may be made to the port in the following years in equal quarterly installments based on audit certificate for the previous year, according to a Press release.


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“No wind serves him who addresses his voyage to no certain port.” - Michel de Montaigne

Paradip Port to create container cargo infrastructure The continuous growth in the performance of the port year after year is the testimony of our commitment, ability and delivery Once the LNG terminal is commissioned, Paradip Port Trust would earn the distinction of being a major natural gas hub of eastern and central India PARADIP Sagar Sandesh News Service

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aradip Port Trust has initiated the process of establishing containerized cargo handling infrastructure, said PPT Chairman Sudhansu Sekhara Mishra. Speaking on the occasion of Port Day celebrations, he added that PPT is in the process of selecting a partner for the construction of a multipurpose berth for container handling. “There was demand from the Government of Odisha for installation of such facility. Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik also advised us to take steps in this regard. The management of industrial units of the State had made a similar request. PPT has taken steps in the right direction in the overall interest of the State and port as well. The containerized cargo handling facility would provide a massive boost to the port traffic���, the Chairman stated. The port continues to make rapid strides achieving the second position among the country’s Major Ports in cargo handling.

We have registered 30% growth in cargo handling during this year compared to the same period of last year. PPT achieved the number two position in cargo handling. We have achieved 106 million tonnes of capacity, which is the highest

Adani Hazira Port obtains coveted ISO certification AHMEDABAD Sagar Sandesh News Service

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dani Hazira Port Private Ltd, a subsidiary of Adani Ports & SEZ Ltd, the biggest port in the country, has obtained the distinguished ISO certification for exemplary environmental, quality and occupational health and safety management at its terminal in Hazira Port in Gujarat. The Indian Register Quality Systems has conferred the ISO 9001:2008, 14001:2004 & OHSAS 18001:2007 certification on Adani Hazira Port Pvt Ltd, thus paving way for global recognition in the world of maritime trade. “The dedication and spirit of each and every employee of Adani is responsible for obtaining this certification. We are pleased to receive the reputed ISO mandate and we will ensure that all our functions are of global scale. Hazira Port is set to

emerge as a suitable destination for container traffic and such certifications are the step in the right direction,” said Capt. Anil Kishore Singh, COO – Adani Hazira Port Pvt Ltd. Adani Hazira Port Pvt Ltd operates two container berths, 3 multi-purpose berths and will shortly commence handling of liquid cargoes.

ADANI GROUP The Adani Group is one of India’s leading business houses with revenue of over $8.7 billion. Founded in 1988, Adani has grown to become a global integrated infrastructure player with businesses in key industry verticals - resources, logistics and energy. The integrated model is well adapted to the infrastructure challenges of emerging economies. It is stated in a Press release that Adani lives

among all the Major Ports of India. The continuous growth in the performance of the port year after year is the testimony of our commitment, ability and delivery, he pointed out. Mr. Mishra noted that Paradip Port

Trust and GAIL (INDIA) Ltd. signed an MoU last month in the presence of Minister of Shipping G. K. Vassan for setting up an LNG terminal at the port. There would be an investment of Rs. 3, 108 crores in the first phase of the proposed LNG terminal while in the second phase there would be a further investment Rs. 2, 500 crores. Once the LNG terminal is commissioned, Paradip Port Trust would earn the distinction of being a major natural gas hub of eastern and central India, he declared. On the occasion of observance of Port Day, the Chairman performed the traditional Kalas Puja and handed over the sacred Kalas to the Sadhavas who set sail on board a traditionally decorated boat. Mr. Mishra also inspected the port marine crafts. The Deputy Conservator of Paradip Port, Capt. G. P. Biswal, also graced the occasion. The Chairman felicitated Mr. Debasish Das, Odisha’s first Chess Grand Master. Mr. Sambit Patra was also honoured for his expertise in various languages.

Exemplary environmental, quality and occupational health and safety management Adani is developing and operating mines in India, Indonesia and Australia as well as importing and trading coal from many other countries

and works in the communities where it operates and takes its responsibilities to society seriously. The group protects biodiversity in ecologically sensitive areas like Mundra and undertakes initiatives to reduce CO2 emissions. Adani delivers benefits to the customers and customers’ customers. Resources means obtaining coal from mines and trading; in future it will also include oil and gas production. Adani is developing and operating mines in India, Indonesia and Australia as well as importing and trading coal from many other countries.

Currently, it is one of the largest coal importers in India, besides having extensive interests in oil and gas exploration. Extractive capacity is scheduled to increase from 4 MMT of thermal coal in 2013 to 200 MMT per annum by 2020. Logistics denotes a large network of ports, Special Economic Zone (SEZ) and multi-modal logistics - railways and ships. Adani owns and operates three ports – Mundra, Dahej and Hazira in India. The Mundra Port, which is the largest port in

India, benefits from deep draft, first-class infrastructure and SEZ status. Adani is also developing ports at Mormugao, Visakha patnam and Kandla in India. Energy involves power generation and transmission and gas distribution. Adani is the largest private thermal power producer in India. Its power generation capacity is expected to increase from current 7, 300 MW to 9, 280 MW by the end of FY14. Currently Adani is developing six power projects across Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.


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Bureaucratic bungling adds fuel to plight of marine bunkering

I Mr. Chandan Samaiyar, Country Head, Glander International Bunkering; Ms. Josephine Goh, Area Sales, Manager, DNV Petroleum Services Pte Ltd, Singapore; Capt. V. K. Gupta (moderator of the session) and Capt. Sanjay Kumar, Joint General Manager, Chartering and operations (Tankers), Essar Shipping Ltd. (from left to right) at the ‘Emerging Trends and New Thinking in Marine Fuels Management’ session of the conference.

Mr. Milind Phadke, Director, Kline & Co; Mr. Umesh C Grover, CEO, INSA (moderator) and Mr. Ashish Khanna, Senior Marine Sales Manager, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (left to right), at the ‘Marine Lubricants’ session

t is surprisingly strange that India, despite being 16th Maritime State in the world and one of major maritime powers in the Asia-Pacific region, has not shown enough zeal in developing the bunkering terminals and pipelines for ship fuelling at Indian ports, deplore speakers at the conference on ‘Outlook for Bunkering and Marine Lubricants in India’ in Mumbai on Dec. 5, organised by Hinode. Notwithstanding the infrastructure constraints like storage, delivery and capacity issues, on policy matters there is a ping-pong rally between Ministry of Shipping and Ministry of Oil and Natural Gas in dealing with matters involving bunkering and marine lube oil issues with industry players made to hop from department to department of the Ministries to get things done, rue the voices at the conference. A plea has already been made to set up a dedicated bunkering cell under Ministry of Shipping to avoid the merrygo-round in approvals, regulation, relaxation, taxation, compliance, etc., laid down by the Government. Bunkering cell is the need of the hour to overcome the stumbling blocks in achieving 4 million metric tonnes bunkering volume in 3 years from now. A dedicated cell is needed to streamline and clarify umpteen number of issues like VAT, simplification of customs documentation and reducing the regulatory distortion dogging the industry. The conference had enthusiastic participation from delegates like Mr. R. C. Bhavnani, Global Marketing, Viswalab, Singapore, who, besides making a presentation on the topic, ‘Exotic Contaminants in Marines - What Shipowners/ Managers Can Do’, took his chances from the audience side during Q & A session engaging other panelists on global issues concerning bunkering. The only woman delegate at the conference, Ms. Josephine Goh, Area Sales manager, DNV Petroleum Services Pte Ltd, Singapore, made her presentation on ‘Fuel Trends and Challenges’. Mr. M. V. Ramamurthy, President (Shipping), Reliance Industries Ltd., moderated a session on ‘Impurities and Quality Shortfalls/ Offshore Bunkering’. Mr. Ashish Khanna, Senior Marine Sales Manager, HPCL spoke on ‘Marine Lubricants-Indian Scenario’.

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Proactive steps Mr. Chandan Samaiyar, Country Head, Glander International Bunkering: More than being a regulator, the Ministry of Shipping should take proactive steps to set up bunkering cell to avoid the drudgery of dealing with every department in the Ministries of Shipping and Natural Gas. When barges are available for moving the parcels, the industry is bogged down by the grey areas in interState sales of marine fuel. The industry has to go through a painful procedure for floating of bonded stock other than Mundra Port as the entity is identified under the SEZ not warranting it to follow such procedure. This presents a bizarre scenario where one port is pushing for bunkering industry while the other port gives it a least priority. On VAT exemption, the industry seeks a similar treatment meted out to aviation industry. If 100% exemption of VAT on bonded supply to aviation industry is allowed, why can’t the same be extended to shipping industry? The bunker export documentation is also a major area of agony where bunkering industry is asked to follow the same documentation process of oil exports. Why can’t the self-declaration mechanism of Singapore be followed in India to alleviate the hassle?

Fuel quality Mr. Umesh Grover, INSA: Bunker forms direct part of operational expenditure (opex) and lube oil the indirect component on opex of the ship operators. Out of the 42 members of INSA, 2 or 3 of them are in great difficulty and any additional expense in fuel is set to hit profitability of the companies. Lube oil prevents corrosion and keeps the engine in good condition. Therefore there could be no compromise on quality and quantity of fuel and lube oil.

Global demand Mr. Milind Phadke, Director, Kline & Co: As many as 40% of 1.6 million tonne of global demand in lube originate and terminate in Asia. It is a kind of industry where the whole world is a play ground with no regional disparity. It is a single industry that is highly cyclical with high competition and low demand. There are issues of profitability, technology and meeting compliance norms of SOx, NOx and Co2.


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Marine fuel industry leads for setting up of a edicated bunkering cell nder Shipping Ministry Mr. Richard D’Souza, Vice President, Matrix Bharat Pte Ltd; Mr. R. C. Bhavnani, Global Marketing, Viswalab, Singapore; Mr. David Birwadkar, Vice President, Fleet Management, The Great Eastern Shipping Co Ltd., and Capt. Kapil Dev Bahl, Director, Murray Fenton India - Technical Division of Bibby Shipmanagement (left to right) - at the session on ‘Impurities and Quality Shortfalls/ Offshore Bunkering’.

Mr. V. Ramamurthy, President (Shipping), Reliance Industries Ltd., moderating and speaking at the opening session of the conference.

The SOx and NOx emissions are getting tighter. However, to improve fuel efficiency and emission control norms, there are opportunities for multiple technologies to achieve 90% reduction in Nitrous Oxide (Nox) and Sulphur Oxide (SOx). The soot formation due to SOx, Nox and Co2 emission in the engine exhaust system could be erased with scrubber technology and waste heat recovery system, but companies ponder over long payback period leading to slow rate of adoption. Global marine engine oil consumption will grow at 1.3% per year to reach 1.8 million tonnes by 2022.

FUEL COST Capt. Sanjay Kumar, Essar Shipping Ltd: As fuel cost represents up to 78% of voyage/ operating cost, the main consideration for owners when purchasing bunkers is managing the cost at reasonable price based on current market conditions and further maintain quality, quantity and reliability of fuel. Bad fuel can cause engine damage, besides leading to operational problem. Concerns of ship owners also range to safety, health hazards, insurance and PNI club overage, emission norms and environmental problems. Challenges ahead are poor freight markets, high oil price, large invoices, stretched credit lines, increased differential between grades, coping with ECA, segregation

(comingling and pipelines), size of tanksrange and flexibility and availability of LS fuels. Almost all the bunkers are bought and sold in accordance with sellers’ terms and conditions. Terms and conditions are invariably written in sellers’ favour. Though there have been many attempts to get more buyers’ favourable terms accepted, notably Fuelcon contract from Bimco, no real success has been achieved. In practice all bunker suppliers sell on the basis that their own barge figures are final and binding. The Asian region is the largest lube market with 35% share at 13.5MMTPA. Regulations like Sox, Nox, ECA and limitation of Co2 environmental impact under regulations are identified as one of the main drivers of future lube industry. The new engine design for low SFOC, energy recovery devices and emission control equipments present as technologies driver and thirdly the variable steaming lube oil feed rate optimization, multi-fuel operations and speed optimization under operation driver are set to boost the industry. I would like to conclude with these points viz., regulations, technologies and operating modes govern the future of shipping. The emission regulations are going to have a major impact on the global petroleum industry in terms for availability and cost of suitable fuels. Ship owners have four main options with respect to Sox emission rules viz., exclusive use of distillate fuels, mixed use of residual and distillate fuels, use of residual fuels with exhaust gas Sox abatement technology and use of alternative fuels/ energy sources. The ECA is not going to go away. There will be more local implementations and new ECAs in the future. Most fuels can be used if you know what you are dealing with. Different blends of different types of fuel can lead to additional quality problems like increased cat fines level, increased average density, ignition and combustion problems, instability and chemical contamination.

CAT FINES ISSUES Mr. David Bidwakar, Vice President, The Great Eastern Shipping Co Ltd: The cat fines are hard abrasive particles that, if not reduced by suitable means either ashore or onboard the vessels by an efficient fuel treatment, can cause increased and at times severe wear in the engine. Fuel pumps,

delivery valves, fuel injectors, piston rings and liners are the usual victims. In extreme cases, cat fines find their way into the stuffing boxes, piston rods, especially those not surface-hardened and may also be severely affected. So removal of cat fines plays an important role in running ships safely and economically.

TECHNICAL ISSUES Low speed transportation is the need of the day in today’s dull market. In our case this requires some modifications in the way we operate vessels and maintain our machinery. Advantages are well known but let us see the practical problems. In the main engine, large fuel injection components allow sizeable cat fine particles into the cylinders. Cylinder lubricating oil is minimally applied to the liner surface and doesn’t wash cat fines away hence frequent maintenance is very essential. Comparatively problems are not faced in medium and high speed. This is mainly due to the smaller gaps between fuel injection equipment and the method of cylinder liner lubrication, which washes the walls of the cylinders with more frequency, lessening the chance of cat fines being embedded. Presently maximum vessels are on slow steaming hence once again removal of cat fines has paramount importance. With increase in requirement of lowering the sulphur content with respect to IMO Regulation No 14 more blending of different oil components are required to optimise the sulphur content and this leads to increase in cat fines. New technology such as onboard fuel analysis and alpha lubricator for slow steaming should be part of new shipbuilding projects.

BUNKER SUPPLIER Owners and operators need a fuel supplier whom they can trust. New generation of fuel supplier who puts quality, value and service excellence as utmost priority will be the preferred supplier. Customers are provided with a full specifications analysis in advance of any physical delivery, prior to the usual testing procedures conducted by an external fuel quality inspection company.

PLEA FOR ASSN. Capt. Kapil Dev Bahl, Director, Murray Fenton India (Technical

Services Division of Bibby Shipmanagement): It’s high time we form a Bunker Industry Association with stakeholders including refineries, ship owners, suppliers (agents), ports, surveyors including labs and logistics providers including barge operators. Our present growth status is compared to bunkering volume of countries like Singapore at 40 million tons pa, Fujairah 15 million tons pa and Rotterdam at 13 million tons pa; the Indian volume stands at 2million tons pa that is less than 1% of world turnover. The issues hindering the growth could be identified as infrastructure, logistics, shore tanks, dedicated bunkering facilities for ship/ barge, dedicated bunker barges and tax structure (VAT surcharge) not treated as deemed export like ATF. We have procedural issues like shipping bill, Customs and Excise, bonded (duty free for FG vessels), duty paid (coastal vessels), grant of licence by port authority, wharfage, quantity (refining capacity), quality issues defined buy MARPOL Annex VI specs compliant bunkers constituting a very minor percentage of refined quantity product standardization by BIS and issues regarding cost of refining comparable to international standards. In Ship-To-Ship (STS) operations India is not like Singapore and Customs has not yet been able to agree on demarcation of STS area. We need Customs to come up with Customs Notified Area in port. Some 5 to 6 years it was an issue of bunkering barges, but now River Sea Vessel Act can take care of that.

CUSTOMS POWER Mr. Richard D’ Souza, Vice President, Matrix Bharat Pte Ltd: In the outer anchorage bunkering in Mumbai there are cropping up of Customs issues pertaining to demarcation of jurisdiction. We are working with the authorities to sort this out. We are striving for round-the-year outer anchorage bunkering subject to fair weather condition. It should be mentioned here that River Sea Vessel (RSV) is a great support to oil companies in the trade. To test the bunkering samples, we need test labs and at present only Mumbai has a lab. Very soon we would be meeting Customs higher officials on the matter of Customs Notified Area (CAN) for outer anchorage bunkering.


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LOGISTICS

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

Pennar bags coal storage, warehousing contract

Asis Logistics to increase authorised capital to Rs. 75 crores Primarily engaged in the business of advising, documentation and follow up, customs clearing, forwarding and transportation related to foreign trade MUMBAI Sagar Sandesh News Bureau

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s per the postal ballot results declared on Dec. 2, Asis Logistics Limited (ALL) has got the members’ consent to increase the authorised capital from Rs. 3.25 crores to Rs .75 crores and secondly got the approval to shift the registered office from one city to another within the State of Maharashtra. A company statement on the outcome of postal ballot said:‘As per the scruitinizers report as submitted by Mr. Manish L Ghia, Practising Company Secretary, we wish to inform you that members of the company have passed the resolutions with requisite majority through postal ballot process.’ The first resolution being ordinary resolution u/s 94 and 16

of the Companies Act, 1956 to increase the authorised capital of the company from Rs. 3.25 crores to Rs. 75 crores and consequent alteration to the capital clause and special resolution u/s 146 (2) of the Companies Act 1956 for shifting of Registered Office from one city to another city within the State. The company had reported a total income of Rs. 19.87 crores for the September-ending quarter and a loss of Rs. 3.14 crores for the same period, according to a Media release on Nov. 14. ASIS is primarily engaged in the business of advising, documentation and follow up, customs clearing, forwarding and transportation related to foreign trade. The company attributes

reasons for non-filing of total income from operations for the period of June quarter of 2013 and September quarter of 2012 to the scheme of arrangement that has been approved by the High Court of Bombay and the High Court of Gujarat. Accordingly the effect of the scheme is considered in the results for the quarter and six months ended Sept. 30. Consequent on the merger, the results are not fully comparable with the corresponding periods of the previous year and with previous quarter of the current year. Regarding the update on change in Directorate, Mr. Rahul Kishore Mohatta has resigned from the Directorship of the company with effect from Nov. 22.

‘Capabilities in custom designed structural engineering and ability to execute projects to the satisfaction of the customers are the main drivers to win repeat orders from many reputed customers’ MUMBAI Sagar Sandesh News Bureau

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yderabad-based Pennar Engineered Building Systems (PEBS) and Pennar Enviro, subsidiaries of Hyderabad-based Pennar Industries, have bagged orders worth Rs. 70 crores for engineering and construction project. Out of the total 5 projects of PEBS, 3 projects are in the logistics and warehousing sector. The company has received repeat order from UltraTech Cements for coal storage shed at its Rajshree facility near Gulbarga, Karnataka. The total area envisaged is 40, 350 sqm. Pennar warehousing sector project includes building of warehouse for EFC logistics near New Mumbai covering an area of 11, 000 sqm. Orders have also been received from PM Projects for a factory building near Pune, Maharashtra, for a total area of 3, 650 sqm. In the non-logistics area, the company has signed up for L & T Metro, Hyderabad, for eight metro rail station buildings for Hyderabad Metro Rail and building of aircraft hangar covering an area of 6, 945 sqm at Bidar, Karnataka. Commenting on the orders, Mr. P. V. Rao, Managing Director of PEBS, said in a Press release on Dec. 10: “PEBS Pennar’s capabilities in custom designed structural engineering and ability to execute projects to the satisfaction of the customers are the main drivers to win repeat orders from many reputed customers and we are confident of achieving our growth target set for the year.”

India’s warehousing sector to grow at 18% till 2017 The growth momentum will be driven by Government policy initiatives and greater private sector participation It isn’t just four walls and a roof anymore; now players are adopting new technologies and efficient inventory management to make warehousing more effective Sagar Sandesh News Bureau

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he warehousing industry in India, valued at Rs. 74, 500 crores in FY 2013, has been growing at 15% for the past three years. The industry will grow to about Rs. 1.44 lakh crores and the growth momentum will be driven by Government policy initiatives and greater private sector participation. The unorganized sector will continue to dominate, currently accounting for 92% of the industry, according to a report released by ValueNotes. Supply chain management in India has been lagging behind its peers across the globe. Over the past three years, warehousing has grown at a pace of 15%.

The warehousing industry in India was valued at Rs 74, 500 crores for FY 2013. Of this, the unorganized sector still holds the dominant share of 92%. Going forward, the industry will grow to Rs 1.44 lakh crores by 2017. Factors such as the introduction of GST (Goods and Service Tax), the adoption of the PPP model (Public Private Partnership) and the National Policy on Storage and Handling will contribute to the growth of organized warehousing in India. The GST, for example, is expected to be rolled out in the 2014 fiscal. The primary objective of the tax is to remove the cascading effect of ad hoc Central and State level taxes. In the case of warehousing, the implementation of GST

will reduce the price difference by making all regional tax liabilities the same and this is likely to lead to a homogenous growth of the industry. Policy initiatives such as these have led to an interest among private players in the industry. By the end of 2013, private sector

“Many industry participants have gained a new perspective on the role played by warehousing. It isn’t just four walls and a roof anymore; now players are adopting new technologies and efficient inventory management to make warehousing more effective. The focus has

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By the end of 2013, private sector companies such as GATI, Blue Dart and Adani Logistics are expected to add 35 million sq. ft. worth of space

companies such as GATI, Blue Dart and Adani Logistics are expected to add 35 million sq. ft. worth of space, which will be worth approximately Rs. 2, 750 crores. This shows the potential for the industry to grow in the near future.

shifted from reducing costs to increasing profits, and the next 3-5 years will represent a critical inflection point in the growth of warehousing,” said Mr. Aniket Pargaonkar, Project Manager (Consulting) at ValueNotes.


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LOGISTICS

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

Trailer Organisers Association enters own office building The organisation would work for the betterment of logistics services for Chennai Port and always remain a voice for the trailer owners and organisers Mr. Ennarasu Karunesan, Director & CEO, DP World Chennai, appealed to the leadership to desist from resorting to flash strikes or any other form of agitations that could prove detrimental to the growth of container handling operations CHENNAI Sagar Sandesh News Bureau

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railer Organisers Association, one of the important associations in Chennai having members from trailer owners and container movement organisers fraternity, moved into their own office building located at S. N. Chetty Street, Royapuram, on Dec. 12. Mr. D. Jayakumar, former Speaker, Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly and MLA from Royapuram constituency, inaugurated the new building housing the office of Trailer Organisers Association in the presence of Mr. Ennarasu Karunesan, Director & CEO, DP World Chennai, and Mr. P. Dhanraj, President of the Association. Welcoming the guests, Mr. M. M. Gopi, Secretary of the Association, said that it was a dream come true for the organisation, which was

struggling for want of its own office premises for more than a year. While congratulating the members and well-wishers, he promised that the organisation would work for the betterment of logistics services for Chennai Port and always remain a voice for the trailer owners and organisers. Addressing the gathering after inaugurating the building, Mr. Jayakumar stated that the State Government is extending all possible help to the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) which is executing the Chennai-Ennore Port Connectivity road project (formerly Ennore Manali Road Improvement Project- EMRIP) from Chennai Port up to northern suburbs of Chennai. With the cooperation of the State Government, the Rs. 600crore road project saw the light of the day and now about 80 per cent of work has been completed so far, he added.

He also urged the association as well as other logistics players, linked to EXIM trade with Chennai Port, to bring to his notice the difficulties, if any, for early solution. While congratulating the association and its members for moving into their own office premises, Mr. Ennarasu Karunesan appealed to the organisation leadership to desist from resorting to flash strikes or any other form of agitations that could prove detrimental to the growth of container handling operations in Chennai Port. Underlying the prevailing condition in the port-bound logistics trade where many trailer owners find it difficult to get good and trained container lorry drivers for their vehicles, he wanted the Association Secretary to think strongly about dealing with the scarcity of trained drivers for the industry at the earliest.

CCHAA conducts coaching class for Custom brokers

Mr. D. Jayakumar, former Speaker, Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly, greeting Mr. M. M. Gopi, Secretary of the Trailer Organisers Association. Also seen (from left) are Mr. Ennarasu Karunesan, Director & CEO, DP World Chennai; Mr. A. V. Vijayakumar, Managing Director of Paramount Shipping Services Pvt Ltd; and Mr. G. Raghu Shankar, Executive Director, International Clearing & Shipping Agency (I) Pvt. Ltd.

Reacting to his request, Mr. Gopi replied that the organisation has plans to start a training academy for trailer drivers soon and would seek the State Government’s as well as local MLA’s help to set up the facility on the outskirts of Chennai. Besides other representatives from different unions, Mr. A. V. Vijayakumar, former President of Chennai Custom House Agents Association (CCHAA) and

Railway revenue up 13.27% in April-November MUMBAI Sagar Sandesh News Bureau

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ith a view to giving more awareness about the rules and regulations to aspiring Custom House Agents, the Chennai Custom House Agents Association conducted an Educational Free Coaching Class on Dec. 7 at association premises for members (candidates) who are all appearing for the written examination for Regulation 6 under Customs Brokers Licensing Regulations, 2013 (CBLR) to be held on Jan. 31 2014. According to CCHAA official sources, more coaching classes (every Saturday, 3 to 5 pm) have been planned by the association and for the benefit of the candidates more faculties would be roped in to take these classes in the coming weeks.

Mr. P. S. Krishnan, President, CCHAA, inaugurated the coaching class along with Mr. R. N. Sekar, Vice-President, Mr. D. Muralitharan, Chairman, Education Sub-Committee, Mr. R. Mohan, Co-chairman, and Mr. B. Murugan, Executive Committee member. Mr. Krishnan, who welcomed the candidates, requested them to attend all the classes and wished them success in the written exam. Mr. Lakshmi Narayan, an eminent consultant on Customs Brokers Licensing Regulations, briefed the aspiring candidates during the first coaching class, which was attended by a large number of members.

Managing Director of Paramount Shipping Services Pvt Ltd; and Mr. G. Raghu Shankar, Chairman, Shipping Committee, Southern India Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) and Executive Director of International Clearing & Shipping Agency (I) Pvt. Ltd, attended the ceremony and wished the association great success in future.

he total approximate earnings of Indian Railways on originating basis during from April 1 to Nov. 30 were Rs. 89, 339.64 crores compared to Rs. 78, 871.47 crores during the same period last year, registering an increase of 13.27 per cent. The total goods earnings had gone up from Rs. 54, 482.80 crores during April 1 –Nov. 30, 2012 to Rs. 60, 150.41 crores during April 1 – Nov. 30, 2013, registering an increase of 10.40 per cent. The total passenger revenue earnings during April – November 2013 were Rs. 24, 523.69 crores compared to Rs. 20, 423.28 crores during the same period last year, registering an increase of 20.08 per cent.

The approximate revenue earnings from other coaching amounted to Rs. 2, 515.81 crores during April - November 2013 compared to Rs. 2, 061.53 crores during the same period last year, an increase of 22.04 per cent. The total approximate numbers of passengers booked during April – November 2013 were 5, 662.38 million compared to 5, 695.10 million during the same period last year, showing a decrease of 0.57 per cent. In the suburban and non-suburban sectors, the numbers of passengers booked during AprilNovember 2013 were 3, 027.88 million and 2, 634.50 million compared to 2, 958.80 million and 2, 736.30 million during the same period last year, showing an increase of 2.33 per cent and a decrease of 3.72 per cent respectively.


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NEWS

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

Vasan commissions ICGS Rajdhwaj The IPV is equipped with the most advanced and sophisticated navigational and communication sensors and equipment In 2013 alone, the Indian Coast Guard has apprehended 359 foreign sailors and 61 vessels for entering into country’s territorial water CHENNAI Sagar Sandesh News Bureau

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he Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) Rajdhwaj, 50-metre Inshore Patrol Vessel (IPV), the 8th in the series of eight IPVs designed and built by M/S. Garden Reach Shipbuilders Engineers, Kolkata, was commissioned in Chennai on Dec. 11 by Mr. G. K. Vasan, Union Minister of Shipping, in the presence of Vice Admiral Anurag G Thapliyal, Director General, Indian Coast Guard and Inspector General S. P. Sharma, Commander, Coast Guard Region (East). Speaking to reporters after the commissioning ceremony, Mr. Vasan said: “In 2013 alone, the Indian Coast Guard has apprehended 359 foreign sailors and 61 vessels for entering into country’s territorial water. Out of them, 275 were Sri Lankan

nationals and 51 deep-sea fishing vessels were seized from them.” He added that due to sustained efforts by India Navy, Coast Guard, Directorate General of Shipping, Ministry of External Affairs and other agencies, many of Indian sailors, who were held captive by Somalian pirates, have been released. The Union Government has been taking firm efforts on the issue of release of the remaining eight Indian seafarers (seven from MV Asphalt and one from MV Albedo) who are languishing in the captivity of pirates. It may be noted here that over 340 Indian seafarers from different ships were held captive by Somali pirates since 2007 and sustained efforts by the Government of India over the past few years have resulted in phased release of many and now only eight Indians are in the pirates’ captivity.

The Shipping Minister also revealed that Indian Navy had apprehended more than 120 Somalian pirates who are currently facing trials in the appropriate courts of law. Terming the recent reports of piracy incidents off the West Coast of Africa as matters of concern, Mr. Vasan stated: “We will take all necessary steps to ensure that the interest of ships and sailors are protected.” According to CG officials, the IPV 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 7152 Rolls Royce Kamewa Jets. At economical speed of 14 knots, it has an endurance of 1500

Appeal to permit father to perform last rites of his child Captain facing piracy charges in Togo should be allowed on compassionate ground to bury his 11-month-old son NEW DELHI Sagar Sandesh News Service

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n behalf of the unfortunate family of Capt. Sunil James, an Indian seafarer who is in the custody of Togo police since July, on charges of aiding piracy on his vessel, the Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme (MPHRP) has written to the President of Togo to kindly request his support to allow him, without any further delay, to return to India and perform the last rites of his son, Vivaan, who died on Dec. 2. According to information available, Capt. Sunil James, Master of MT Centurion, has been in detention on charges of aiding piracy on his vessel. The MPHRP understands fully the seriousness of these charges and that they must be faced but sadly, his 11-month-old son lost the battle of his life and the little body of his son has been in morgue now for more than a week as the family awaits the return of the father to perform the last rites. No man should have to bury his son but it is a humanitarian need for a man to be there with his family during this traumatic time and to lay his baby son to rest. Therefore, MPHRP has requested the Government of Togo, all the involved stakeholders to allow Capt. James on a humanitarian ground to

be with his wife and family and be allowed to grieve and bid farewell to his young son. MPHRP is also inviting its maritime partners, especially those with influence in Togo, to join them in this humanitarian call. A copy of the letter has also been sent to Mr. Koji Sekimiz, Secretary General of the IMO. Commenting on the humanitarian call, Mr. Chirag Bahri, MPHRP Regional Director South Asia, said: “We appeal to International Maritime Organisation (IMO), Government of Togo and international maritime community to assist the family in this hour of need. Whatever be the charges, it is utmost important for an individual to be with his family and perform the last rites of their son.” MPHRP is a pan industry alliance of ship owners, ship managers, maritime unions, insurance and welfare responders who are working together to assist seafarers and their families with the humanitarian aspects of a traumatic incident caused by pirate attack, armed robbery or being taken hostage, etc. Meanwhile, the family members of Capt. James also met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh a few days ago to seek his intervention to secure early release of the Indian seafarer from the Togo prison.

Union Minister for Shipping G. K. Vasan (centre) on board after commissioning the Indian Coast Guard ship Rajdhwaj in Chennai on Dec. 11. The other dignitaries on board (left to right) are Rear Admiral (retd) A. K. Verma, CMD GRSE Ltd.; Vice Admiral Anurag G Thapliyal; Director General, Indian Coast Guard, Inspector General S. P. Sharma and Commander, Coast Guard Region (East) and Commandant (JG) V. K. Parmar, Commanding Officer, ICGS Rajdhwaj

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 (RIB) and two Geminis for search and rescue, law enforcement and maritime patrol. ICGS Rajdhwaj is manned by five officers and 30 men under the command of Commandant (JG) V. K. Parmar. The patrol vessel will be based at Kakinada under the administrative and operational control of the

Commander Coast Guard District Headquarters No-06, Visakha patnam. The ship 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. Besides others, Naval Officerin-Charge (Tamil Nadu and Puducherry) Commodore Amar K Mahadevan, Chennai Port Trust Chairman M. R Atulya Misra and Garden Reach Shipbuilders Engineers’ CMD Rear Admiral (retd) A. K. Verma attended the commissioning ceremony.

Ailing crew evacuated from ship

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n a swift operation, the India Coast Guard vessel evacuated one crew from MV Shandong Hai Tong in position approximately 80 nautical miles south of Kakinada in severe rough weather conditions on Dec. 10. According to sources, Coast Guard Remote Operating Station, Vizag, had received distress call on VHF from MV Shandong at 11pm on Dec. 9 that one crew was suffering from severe stomach ache and requires immediate evacuation from the ship. Acting on the SOS call, Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) Rajtarang was sailed with despatch from Kakinada in the dark hours and effected communication at 0730 hrs on Dec. 10 with the ship. Despite very rough weather conditions due to severe cyclone ‘Madi’ prevailing in Bay of Bengal, the vessel lowered her boat and evacuated the crew successfully from the merchant ship at about 0800 hrs on Dec. 10. The crew was subsequently taken to Kakinada and handed over to local agent/ concerned authorities for medical treatment/ hospitalisation and further necessary action. The Coast Guard ships and aircraft have been responding swiftly to distress calls from sea, thus living up to the motto “we protect,” a Media statement from the headquarters further said.


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NEWS

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

Govt economic policy will ruin Major Ports, deplores port workers federation This is bound to happen as the Major Ports are now in an unhealthy competition with private ports that have come up on both the West and East Coasts with the sole motive of profit

While the hands of the Major Ports are fettered, the private ports are at liberty to fix their tariff charges and make changes as per the prevailing market conditions locally and globally

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he country’s top port workers federation feels that the new economic policy of the Union Government would ultimately ruin the Major Ports. Participating in a discussion on the Government of India’s new economic policy and its impact on the Major Ports, organized by Kandla Transport and Dock Workers Union to mark its 50th Golden Jubilee year at Kandla, Mr. P. M. Mohmed Haneef, General Secretary of All India Port and Dock Workers Federation (AIP & DWF), who had specially come from Chennai, said that many a major port is in bad shape as a result of the discriminatory new port policy of the Central Government. This is bound to happen as the Major Ports are now in an unhealthy competition with private ports that have, of late, come

up on both the West and East Coasts with the sole motive of profit. The Major Ports are governed by rules and regulations and even their tariff is decided by the newly created Government agency, the Tariff Authority of Major Ports. While the hands

of the Major Ports are fettered, the private ports are at liberty to fix their tariff charges and make changes as per the prevailing market conditions locally and globally. And there is constant interference of the Government in the day-to-day working of the Major Ports which, though are supposed to be autonomous as per the Major Ports Trust Act of 1963 by which they were created, they are not, he said adding that the new models of BOT and PPP under which port services are increasingly privatized are proving failure. Suggesting a solution, he urged the Government to have a re-look at the damaging new economic policy and permit Major Ports to work as per provisions of MPT ACT 1963, if the Government of India desires that the Major Ports should survive and serve the nation with their glory they were having in past.

Other speakers Messrs G. M. Krishnamurthy (Chennai) Leonard Rodrigs (Goa), Chinmoy Roy (Kolkata) and Rajan Shinde (Mumbai) endorsed the views of Mr. Haneef. Kandla Port Trust Chairman Dr. P. D. Vaghela said that his port has initiated a number of projects on its own and under PPP & BOT, while declaring that the future of Kandla Port Trust is absolutely secure. Besides the debate, the cultural programme presented by the Women Wing of the union at Gopalpuri Port Colony drew praise from everyone, especially from guests outside Gujarat. Then there was a general meeting of workers where the attendance of women was remarkable. Speaking in the meeting Mr. Haneef said since the bargaining capacity of port unions and federations had reduced on

Navy Day observed on Dec. 4 On the historic day in the year 1971, missile boats of the Indian Navy with their lethal and powerful missiles attacked Karachi harbour, paving the way for a great victory for India MUMBAI Sagar Sandesh News Bureau

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he Eastern Naval Command observed the Navy Day on Dec. 4. On the historic day in the year 1971, missile boats of the Indian Navy with their lethal and powerful missiles attacked Karachi harbour, paving the way for a great victory for India. On this occasion, all the personnel of the Eastern Naval Command re-dedicated themselves to the service of the country and to protecting the vast maritime boundaries and the national assets off the Eastern seaboard. The Eastern Naval Command paid homage to service personnel who made the supreme sacrifice in various actions including the 1971 War. A floral wreath was placed by Vice Admiral Anil Chopra, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, and Eastern Naval Command at the Navy War Memorial. Wreaths were also placed by Mr. Solomon

Arokiaraj, Collector and District Magistrate, Visakhapatnam, and Mr. B. Shivadhar Reddy, Commissioner of Police, Visakhapatnam. They were joined by President Navy Foundation Vice Admiral (retd) A. V. R Narayan Rao and Zilla Sainik Welfare Officer Capt. (retd) Satya Prasad. They were joined by 120 NCC cadets who also paid their respects to the martyrs. A 50-man Guard of Honour was paraded on the occasion, and on arrival, the Commander-in-Chief proceeded to the War Memorial in slow march with the wreath bearers marching in front. The guard performed the ‘Salami Shastra’ followed by ‘Shok Shastra’ and the Commander-in-Chief placed the floral wreath. While the bugler sounded the ‘Last Post’, a twominute silence was observed. With the guard reverting to the ‘Salami Shastra’ position, the bugler sounded, ‘Rouse’ heralding the end of the ceremony.

account of high reduction in the number of port workers at the Major Ports the recently concluded wage revision was best settlement. He said that the Major Ports workers get their wage increase from Jan. 1, 2012. Referring to the pensioners’ pending issue, he categorically stated that it would be resolved immediately through a special committee set up for the purpose. He also observed that the federation would not hesitate to approach the Supreme Court if the issue is not settled justly. Earlier welcoming the guests, Mr. Manohar Bellani, senior port trustee and General Secretary of the union, pointed out that his union, formed on Nov. 27, 1963, has always been a fighter for labour cause right from its inception. What else could be a proud instance that our bloodshed agitation in 1966 led to the formation of Kandla Dock Labour Board under the Dock Workers Employment Act 1948 and has been ceaselessly maintaining its position as number one union in membership during the past three decades. We are true voice of workers at Kandla. While the programme was conducted by Mr. Seema Mohan and vote of thanks was proposed by Mr. Lalit Varyani, those who toiled hard to make the two-day celebrations grand success included Messrs Satyanarayan, Jusuf Sumar, Hira, Dhuva, Jivraj Maheshwari, Mahesh Gadhavi, Mahesh Akhani, Mukesh Vasu and Kamlesh.

- D. V. Maheshwari


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ExIm Trend

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.

Customs directive to importers IEC number should be given as a prefix to the MUMBAI Sagar Sandesh News Bureau importer name without using any special characters he Customs Department has made name & full or brackets. For example “0XXXXXXXSejal Glass style address of Indian importers mandatory for Ltd” should be entered in the importers name submission of manifest to customs. In the absence column in the IGM cargo details. It also advised to of Indian importer’s name, Customs does not allow refrain from using prefixes like/s, m/s, M/S etc. the filing of import manifest and container will not while providing importer’s name. be allowed to be discharged in Indian port. The IEC To adhere to the above instructions all B/L are code of importer has to be declared with customs. required to have the Indian consignee details Hence the Bill of Lading (B/L) must display the same. mentioned either in the consignee column or as the For cargo destined or trans-shipped at ports in First notify Party. Further, the Indian consignee India, all bills of lading are required to have the IEC details should again be mentioned in the cargo code of the Indian consignee mentioned in the B/L. description with the IEC code as the prefix to the According to Custom’s directions, all shipping agents, container agents & importers who are involved importer name. It can be obtained from the website in filing Import General Manifest (IGM) including http://dgft.delhi.nic:8100/dgft/IecPrint. Nonfiling of supplementary and amendments are compliance of the said instructions shall lead to levy advised to provide Import Export Code (IEC) of the importer whose name is figuring in the B/L along of penalty by Customs’ authority which shall be on merchant’s account. with the importer name in the cargo description.

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AEPC welcomes WTO Bali trade package NEW DELHI Sagar Sandesh News Service

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pparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) has applauded Mr. Anand Sharma, Union Minister of Commerce & Industry, for the historic WTO Bali trade package. In a statement, Dr. A. Sakthivel, Chairman, AEPC, said: “Our countrymen, garment exporting community and the entire textile fraternity of India is proud of you for your frank and upright positioning of India’s concern in the area of food security to our people as well as support needed

Union Government is ready to provide incentives to the corporate companies for training programmes,” Mr. Rao added. Earlier, while welcoming the gathering, Mr. Manikam Ramaswami, Chairman of TEXPROCIL, thanked the Minister for resolving several long-pending issues such as TUF loans, transparent sales policy through e-auction of cotton by the Cotton Corporation of India and stable policies that encourage competitiveness. He also thanked the DGFT for enabling electronic export documentations and making the process much more transparent and transaction cost free, allowing TEXPROCIL to cocreate policies for export promotion of textile products. During the event, the Union

Exporters assured of... From Page 1 Given the quality and capacity of Indian companies for exporting more cotton to new markets, why our exporters can’t get a good market share in Japan, which imports cotton mainly from China, Mr. Rao added. It may be noted here that Japan imports about 96 % of cotton from other countries and of them, over 85 % are imported from China alone. The Minister also wanted the corporate sector to support the skill-building measures of the Government not only in textiles but also in all sectors as the need for the skilled people in the country could reach 75 million in 2025. “When it comes to providing skills, I prefer the corporate sector to Government agencies. The

for Least Developing Countries (LDCs) for all-round growth.” “Your vision of having a strong India through Fundamental Rights to our people was well demonstrated and understood by the members of the Bali Ministerial meeting. It will be a game changer for the India’s trade and will be a great facilitator and support to exporters in India, he added. Dr. Sakthivel further stated: “India’s growing presence in the field of cotton manufacturing has been acknowledged worldwide and your support to some of the LDCs in the growing of this vital fibre would go in a long way in the positive image of country. The garment industry salutes you for your leadership role in the Bali Ministerial meeting.”

Minister distributed a total of 57 awards and also released the market report on Japan and Korea. Every year, the Council recognizes the role played by exporters by giving out awards in different categories. This year, the Council gave away 57 awards, in 13 different categories including the coveted gold trophy for the highest global exports, common to all categories. While Welspun Global Brands Ltd received “Special Gold” award for securing highest global exports in the year 2012-13, Alok Industries received “Silver” and Trident Ltd received “Bronze” trophy. Vardhaman Textiles, Arvind Ltd, Winsome Textiles, Loyal Textiles, GTN Textiles, Premier Textiles, Paramount Textiles, Kikani Exports, Lahoti Overseas and Nagareeka Exports were among the other recipients of the coveted TEXPROCIL awards.

NEWS IN A NUT-SHELL MSDS must for hazardous cargo

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MA CGM in its customer advisory note has alerted that effective from Dec. 1 all hazardous cargo being handled at Khalifa Bin Salman Port in Bahrain shall require the submission of relevant Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS), along with the hazardous cargo manifest, to the planning and cargo control team. This good practice is being enforced in keeping with efforts to improve preparedness to deal with any emergencies involving hazardous cargo and to make the port a safe place for all its users.

Neutral budget for UK shipping hailed

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nternational accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens has said that the UK Government’s Autumn 2013 Statement is good news for the shipping industry in that it ensures the continuation of a stable tax regime. The Statement is fairly neutral for shipping, although some of the measures may be of interest to shipping groups. For example, capital gains tax will be payable on future gains made by non-residents disposing of UK residential property from April 2013. The Government will continue to tackle tax avoidance on the part of large businesses exploiting international tax rules.

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corpio Bulkers has announced 5 more Kamsarmax newbuilding contracts for $157m. The 82, 000 dwt ships will be built at HudongZhonghua Shipbuilding with deliveries stretching from the third quarter of 2015 to early 2016. The order is the latest in a contract spree from the Oslo-OTC listed owner, and follows orders for eight vessels a couple of weeks ago, a trio at the end of last month and 10 vessels in early November. Scorpio Bulkers now has 52 vessels on order, predominantly in Asian yards, comprising 28 ultramaxes, 21 kamsarmaxes and three capesizes.

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ITC, the Tehran-based company that is the biggest owner of supertankers, said it is hopeful that last month’s agreement between Iran & world powers will eventually lead to an easing of sanctions on its fleet. The US and European Union said on Nov. 24 that they would ease sanctions against Iran in return for concessions over its nuclear program. “We hope that the recent developments reached on political levels will ease restrictions on our fleet and will smooth business grounds for those who are willing to work with us,” NITC Chairman Ali Safaei said.

Remote control RTGs for HK terminal

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ongkong International Terminals (HIT) has signed an agreement with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Machinery Technology Corporation (MHIMT) to install remote-control operations for the 29 Rubber-Tyred Gantry cranes (RTGs) at HIT’s Container Terminal 9. The project is the first of its kind outside of Japan. “HIT and Mitsubishi have maintained a long business relationship dating back 24 years ago when Mitsubishi first provided HIT with bridge cranes and subsequently rail-mounted gantry cranes,” said Mr. Kazuo Iida, President and CEO of MHIMT, at the contract signing ceremony.


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CAMPUS NOTES

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

The 5-point mantra to tackle technical snags at sea

Mr. Lalatendy Acharya, Assist. VP, Ambuja Shipping, urging students to gain and display wisdom by nurturing knowledge from information. MUMBAI Sagar Sandesh News Bureau

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arine engineering cadets should always remember the 5 fundamentals in problem solving of a ship, said Mr. Lalatendy Acharya, Assistant VP, Ambuja Cements, while offering his prudent piece of advice at the MERI-IME technical paper competition at the Marine Engineering and Research Institute (MERI) in Mumbai. It

CUSTOMS EXCHANGE RATES Indian Rupees equivalent to one unit of foreign currencies will be as follows : With effect from December 6, 2013

Currencies Australian Dollar Bahrain Dinar Canadian Dollar Danish Kroner EURO Hong Kong Dollar 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 56.50 168.60 58.60 11.45 84.85 8.05 224.55 51.40 10.20 102.30 49.80 6.10 16.95 9.65 69.40 17.30 62.30

Export 55.15 159.35 57.15 11.10 82.90 7.90 212.05 50.10 9.90 100.05 48.65 5.75 16.00 9.35 67.55 16.35 61.30

The rate of exchange of Indian Rupees equivalent to hundred units of foreign currency are as follows : Currencies Import Export Japanese Yen 61.10 59.65 73.45 Kenya Shilling 69.20

is strength, integrity and water tightness on the hull side and vibration and lubrication on machinery side - the elementary essentials to be analyzed and for practicing engineer, it is about the resolving mechanical problem of any moving object that has a lot to do with lubrication and vibration, he added. Marine engineers should also learn to come up with economically viable solutions bearing in mind the cost and finance involved in addressing the ship engineering challenges, than producing mere technical papers. In particular, they should be conscious of the Cost Benefit Analysis of solutions that always remain uppermost on the minds of management, he stated. After witnessing some 5 presentations made by marine engineering cadets of various colleges in Mumbai, Mr. Acharya propounded his know-how on how to exhibit one’s erudition at technical paper competitions. The enviable act of demonstrating one’s wisdom should emanate from the evolution of knowledge built by acquiring right kind of information, he noted. “I saw a lot of information sharing and very little display of knowledge and wisdom’, he remarked. He used the rain water analogy to buttress his point. Availability of information is akin

to availability of pouring rain water and gaining knowledge is similar to gathering required water in a pail. Finally, wisdom is all about how to use the water for various activities, he advised the students. Mr. Ranjith Singh, CTO,

save every rupee for the company by resorting to good operational practices like fuel conservation, he said and added how such practices not only mitigate carbon emissions, but also save money to the management that could utilize the savings for CSR activities like

Mr. Ranjit Singh, Chief Technical Officer, Essar Shipping, presenting the first prize to MERI cadets at the MERI-IME Technical Paper Competition, as Mr. Henry, Summer Energy Pvt Ltd, Mr. Vinod Dhanker, MD, Quadrant Maritime (on the left), and Mr. Rajeev Prakash (second from right), Deputy Director of MERI, look on.

Essar Shipping Ltd., who presided over as Chief Guest of the competitions, made an appeal to the cadets to uphold integrity and professional ethics, besides frugal deployment of technology for minimum down time of ships in operation. On the commercial aspect, cadets should strive to

training and job creation to uplift underprivileged people. Mr. Vinod Dhanker, MD, Quadrant Maritime Private Ltd., observed that for engineers it is not enough to open the tool box to fix the fault but they should also be good at public relation skills. Besides academics,

students should also get involved in sports and other extracurricular activities to become an all-round personality. During technical paper presentations the presenters should maintain unfaltering rapport with the audience, pointed out Mr. Henry of Summer Energy Pvt Ltd. Cadets K. K. Mandal, Sudhakar, Nagendra Singh, Paritosh V Manjrekar and Vivek Sriraj Tedala of GE Institute of Maritime Studies made a presentation on ‘Air bubble lubrication system’. They termed the lubrication system as s ship’s magic carpet. Cadets Anubhav Kumar, Ankit Kumar Singh, Nitish Kumar Singh, Vikrant and Rahul Kumar et al of MERI exhibited their presentation on ‘Reducing environmental impact on ship building, maintenance and dismantling’. Their paper focussed on the use of light-weight material and fire-retardant material in shipping and self-cleaning biocide coatings for ships. They further touched upon the Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP). Cadets Aritra Gupta, C. R. Junaid, K. Srinivas and M. Kasiviswanath of Anglo Eastern Maritime Training Centre made their presentation on LNG and Duel Fuel engine adoption to meet the emission compliance norms of Marpol Annex 6. Their paper also discussed the DF technology of company like Wartsila. MERI was adjudged as winner followed by GE Maritime that was ranked as runner-ups of the competitions. The team II of MERI and Anglo Eastern were declared as second runner-ups of the competitions.

399 Navy, CG cadets pass thro’ INA portals KOCHI Sagar sandesh News Service

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t an impressive passing out parade held at the Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala, as many as 399 cadets of the Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard passed through the portals of the INA, on successful completion of their training. This parade marked the commissioning of the cadets of the second B Tech graduate course (85th Indian Naval Academy Course) into the Indian Navy. The passing-out cadets belonged to the four passing-out courses of the Autumn Term 2013, viz., the 85th Indian

Naval Academy Course (INAC), the 85th Integrated Cadet Course (ICC), the 16th Naval Orientation (Extended) Course and the 17th Naval Orientation (Regular) Course. Also graduating and marching shoulder-to-shoulder with their male counterparts were 28 female cadets from the Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard. The parade was reviewed by the Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral D. K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM, ADC. After the ceremonial review, Admiral Joshi awarded medals to several meritorious cadets. The Flag Officer Commanding-

in-Chief, Southern Naval Command, Vice Admiral Satish Soni, PVSM, AVSM, NM and, the Commandant, INA, Vice Admiral Pradeep Chauhan, AVSM & Bar, VSM, were also present at this momentous occasion. All the passing-out cadets took an oath of Allegiance to the Constitution of India, which was administered by the Deputy Commandant and Chief Instructor, INA, Rear Admiral G. V. Ravindran. The ‘Presidents Gold Medal’, for the cadet adjudged first in the overall order-of-merit of the INAC course was

awarded to Squadron Cadet Captain Kiran T Anil, ‘Chief of the Naval Staff Gold Medal’ for the cadet adjudged first in overall order-of-merit for the Naval Orientation (Extended) Course was awarded to probationary Sub Lieutenant Avijit Mishra. Probationary Sub Lieutenant Kritika Sharma was awarded the ‘Chief of the Naval Staff Gold Medal’ for the cadet adjudged first in overall orderof-merit for the Naval Orientation (Regular) Course and also the ‘Flag Officer Commandingin-Chief (South) Gold Medal’ for being adjudged the best female cadet of the course.


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Postal Registration No. MA/140/2012-2014 Posted at Patrika Channel, Egmore, RMS, Chennai / BPC, Madurai. Licensed to post without prepayment - Licence No. TN/WPP-115/SR/2012-2014, Released every Saturday. Posted on Saturday / Monday / Tuesday Board members. Through this speech I am duty bound to convey my thanks to my former GM late Mr. T. S. Rajan & Mr. E. J. D’sa (retired) for all their able guidance & support that they extended to me during their tenure. My special heartfelt thanks go to the present Regional Manager, Mr. A. V. Pradhan, for bringing me to this august stage to receive this precious award. I also extend my thanks to Mr. S. Sampath, GM, Mumbai, & to my former colle- ague late Mr. Lawrence D’sa with whom I have worked for 20 years & my present colleagues Mr. J. N.Patel & Mr. H. S. Ghuge who are working with me since my inception”. Mrs. Krishnan also thanked all the Regional Managers, General managers, Managers (Sub-Offices) of all locations and Principal Surveyors, LAR’s and colleagues in Mumbai, Chennai, Vizag, Kolkata, Colombo, Overseas Offices and all departments in the Head Office for extending assistance and cooperation to her while discharging her duties. She offered special thanks to her husband for remaining a source of support and strength in the advancement of her career.

December 18, 2013

Class NK honours Indian executive for dedication MUMBAI Sagar Sandesh News Bureau

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n a fitting tribute to the notable years of service of an Indian staff to the company, Class NK management honoured the employee by conferring the commendation certificate at the 114th anniversary function held at the head office in Japan on Nov. 15. The recipient of this honour is none other than Mrs. B. Krishnan, Mrs. B. Krishnan, Manager (Admin), ClassNK Mumbai Manager (Admin), Office, receiving the ‘commendation of longtime Class NK Mumbai service’ at the 114th anniversary, commemorating Office, who received the foundation of the Society in Japan on Nov. 15. the certificate of commendation for having of ClassNK were non-exclusive completed 28 years of dedicated surveyors to her former employer Ericson and Richards. service to the company. In her reply to the felicitations at She joined the company’s Mumbai office on Feb.1. 1986, but the commendation ceremony, she noticeably had a closer association said: “I would like to express my since 1979 with the company when highest gratitude to Mr. N. Ueda, Capt. S. B. Aga and Mr. T. S. Rajan Chairman and President, and to all

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r. T. S. N. Murthy, Deputy Chairman, New Mangalore Port Trust (NMPT), has bagged the winners’ trophy in golf with the maximum points of 40 on a stable ford format in the category of 10-18 handicapped held in Mysore on Dec. 7 and 8. The tournament was organized by Vishwamanava Golfers Association, an independent body of like-minded golfers belonging to JWGC, Mysore, with the motto of developing universal brotherhood among golfers and to keep the spirit of the game. About 250 players participated in the 2-day tournament sponsored by the members of Vishwamanava Golfers Association under the chairmanship of Mr. Thimmappa Gowda with Mr. Srinivas Gowda as Secretary and Mr. Somesh Gowda the treasurer.


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