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Jap car major Nissan inks 10-year accord with Ennore Port

In case the Ennore Port is unable to handle cars for some reason, Nissan and its alliance partner Renault can use the Chennai Port

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A Mr. M. A. Bhaskarachar, CMD, EPL (second from left), and Mr. Kenichiro Yomura, Managing Director and CEO, NMIPL, exchanging documents of the agreement in the presence of Mr. G. K. Vasan, Union Shipping Minister, in Chennai on July 20 as Mr. Atulya Misra, Chairman, Chennai Port Trust (extreme left) and Mr. N. Muruganandam, Joint Secretary (Ports), Ministry of Shipping (extreme right), look on.

fter utilizing the facilities of Ennore Port for the past three years for exporting its cars to different countries through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), Japanese car major Nissan on July 20 inked a 10-year agreement with the port management to continue with the export of cars. Page 2

Vasan announcing new tariff guidelines for ports on July 31 It would provide autonomy to the operators to fix market-driven tariffs The existing Tariff Authority for Major Ports (TAMP) regulations are detrimental to the growth of the sector MUMBAI Sagar Sandesh News Bureau

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he Shipping Ministry is all set to announce the new tariff guidelines for Major Ports in the country, which would provide autonomy to the operators to fix market-driven tariffs. According to official sources, Union Shipping Minister G. K.Vasan is expected to make the big announcement, which could create a level-playing

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field for both major and non-major ports in the country, on July 31 in Mumbai. It may be noted here that the Shipping Ministry, for the past few months, has been contemplating to come up with new set of tariff guidelines in response to many feed-backs received from the stakeholders that the existing Tariff Authority for Major Ports (TAMP)s regulations are detrimental to the growth of the sector. Page 2

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L & T awarded Rs. 2085-cr road project in Oman MUMBAI Sagar Sandesh News Bureau

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he transportation infrastructure business of L & T has bagged Omani riyal 135.6 million (Rs. 2, 085 crores) worth of road project from the Ministry of Transport and Communications, Sultanate of Oman, towards construction of the Al Batinah Expressway Package 4. The project is scheduled to be completed in 36 months and involves building a 50km, four-lane dual carriage expressway, two-grade separated interchanges, seven overpass, five wadi bridges and cross drainage works as per international standards. This order was won against stiff international competition and augurs well for L & T’s expansion in international infrastructure. L & T has been making significant strides in the areas of roads and bridges, both in the international and domestic markets, through its well-established capabilities in design, engineering, project execution and construction, quality and safety standards and on-time delivery, said a Press release.


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Besides, Inter-Ministerial Task Force on Draft Port Regulatory Authority Bill also suggested that the Ministry of Shipping should notify broad guidelines and rules in line with the international best practices. The Task Force also concluded that in the medium term, the Ministry of Shipping should take steps for amending the Major Port Trust Act 1963 so that tariffs at Major Ports are determined by competitive market forces. It is worth mentioning here that the traffic at non-major ports has grown faster than the traffic at Major Ports. Over the past five years, the traffic at Major Ports has grown by a CAGR of 4% while the traffic at non-major ports has grown at a CAGR of 14.6%. The low growth at Major Ports continued in 2011-12 and the traffic has decreased by 1.7% over the previous year. This trend has resulted in the proportion of traffic at Major Ports falling from 90% in 1995 to 61% in 2012. Conversely, non-major ports have increased their proportion of traffic from 10% to 39% during the same period. In a paradigm shift in its tariff

policies, the Shipping Ministry had announced about two months ago that port projects set up after April 1, 2013 are allowed to set market-regulated tariff. The sudden move by the Shipping Ministry came in the wake of recommendations from two panels - one headed by Mr. B. K. Chaturvedi, member (Transport), Planning Commission, and the second by banker Mr. Deepak Parekh, who strongly recommended deregulation of tariffs at ports controlled by the Union Government by leaving tariffsetting to market forces, and to bring them on par with those owned by coastal State Governments that already enjoy such freedom. Senior officials in the Shipping Ministry time and again for the past several months have been hinting at introducing new tariff guidelines to create a level playing field. According to the draft Port Regulatory Authority Bill, it seeks to regulate tariff rates at all major and non-major ports and to monitor performance standards of facilities and services offered at all ports in India. As per the draft

Bill, a Major Ports Regulatory Authority (MPRA) would subsume and replace the Tariff Authority for Major Ports (TAMP) while State Port Regulatory Authorities (SPRAs) would be created to regulate tariffs in non-major ports. According to EXIM analysts, the new guidelines will definitely provide a level playing field across the port sector in the country (including non-major ports) by allowing the port terminals to fix market-driven tariffs. Besides, it will also help the customers, in a larger way, the trade felt. TAMP was constituted in April, 1997 to provide for an independent authority - the Port Regulatory Authority - to regulate all tariffs, both vessel-related and cargo-related and the rates for the lease of properties in respect of major port trusts and the private operators located therein. There are 12 Major Ports in the country — Mumbai, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, Kolkata (with Haldia), Chennai, Visakhapatnam, Cochin, Paradip, New Mangalore, Murmagao, Ennore, Tuticorin and Kandla.

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According to the agreement, Nissan Motor India, a 100 % subsidiary of Nissan Motor Co Ltd, Japan, will use only the Ennore Port to export cars manufactured at its Oragadam plant, near Chennai, for the next 10 years. Mr. M. A. Bhaskarachar, CMD, Ennore Port Ltd., and Mr. Kenichiro Yomura, Managing Director and CEO, Nissan Motor India Pvt Ltd, signed the exclusive agreement in the presence of Union Shipping Minister G.K. Vasan. The agreement also elaborated that in case the Ennore Port is unable to handle cars for some reason, Nissan and its alliance partner Renault can use the Chennai Port, which is a 33 % stake holder of EPL. Besides, it was also clearly mentioned in the agreement that it can be terminated by both the parties with a notice of three months from either side. Addressing the gathering, the Union Minister of Shipping said: “Ennore Port has many firsts to its credit. It was the first Major Port under the Government of India to be corporatized. Initially, the port was conceived to handle only thermal coal for Tamil Nadu Electricity Board. However, its vast potential has been fully

appreciated by all the stakeholders and it is developing fast by way of commissioning one project after the other.” While congratulating the port management for focusing portrelated infrastructure projects in a discreet and professional manner, Mr. Vasan hoped that both EPL and Nissan will grow together to greater heights drawing strength from each other. The agreement, which assures sustained revenue for the country’s only corporate Major Port, has virtually blocked the Japanese car company from using other ports like Krishnapatnam and L & T’s Katupalli Port, which are located in the vicinity of Ennore Port. After entering into an MoU with Ennore Port in 2008 for export of cars, Nissan started exports from the port in September 2010. It may be noted here that Nissan, which was the first motor company to use Ennore Port as the export gateway for cars, has exported more than 2 lakh vehicles till date. As a gesture towards Nissan, EPL is providing special berth space for parking vehicles and will give the company the priority to use the newly developed marine facilities.

Besides, Nissan can enjoy concessions in the wharfage up to 60,000 units per annum, free parking space for the first 15 days and priority in handling of automobile units in the port. Addressing the Media during the signing ceremony, the CMD of EPL, stated: “The port has developed a general cargo-cumterminal on 35 acres, at a cost of Rs.140 crores, facilitating parking of 10,000 cars and it is the biggest car-parking yard amongst the Major Ports.” Commenting on the new step, the Managing Director and CEO, Nissan Motor India Pvt Ltd, commented: “It is a defining moment for Nissan in India as we begin a new chapter of business through this agreement with EPL.” This milestone completes our vision of making the Oragadam plant a strategic hub for both the domestic market as well as for exports through the support and successful partnership with Ennore Port, Mr. Yomura added. Besides other senior representatives from Chennai and Ennore ports and EXIM fraternity, Mr. N. Muruganandam, Joint Secretary (Ports), Ministry of Shipping, and Mr. Atulya Misra, Chairman, Chennai Port Trust, attended the ceremony.


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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

Pipavav Port upgrades infrastructure AHMEDABAD

MbPT to obtain environment clearance soon for cargo berth

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ujarat Pipavav Port, a unit of APM, has upgraded its infrastructure to be able to carry double stack high cube containers, bigger than the standard 20ft containers. Following the commencement of double stack container trains, Pipavav Port is now one of the two ports in India with this capability. The Indian Railways pioneered double stack movement in the country. “This will directly help the company in achieving more capacity utilization & can assist growth by increasing volume & connectivity. The commencement of the double stack high cube trains will be a game changer,” said Mr. Prakash Tulsiani, Managing Director at Gujarat Pipavav Port. Pipavav Port has double stack tail moving capabilities since 2006 but has limited purpose containers of a height of 8ft and 6 inches due to structures across the tracks on route. The Indian Railways and Gujarat Electricity Company (GETCO) have worked together to elevate or clear these structures in order to carry high cube containers with a height of 9 feet 6 inches – stacked one on top of another, the double

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stack rises to 19 feet over and above the flat wagon height. The very first double stack high cube container train left APM Terminals Pipavav on July 17 with a full load of 180 TEUs for CONCOR’s new double stack hub, Kathuwas in Rajasthan. The new service is strategically intended to benefit shippers, consignees, shipping lines, rail operators, ICDs and APM Terminals Pipavav for optimization of capacity, routing and overall savings on cost and fuel. Gujarat Pipavav Port has a rail line of 269 km with double stack capability.

Essar Ports net profit up at Rs. 101.4 crs. MUMBAI Sagar Sandesh News Bureau

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ne of the largest private sector port and company terminals in India, Essar Ports Ltd has posted a 48% jump in the consolidated net profit at Rs. 101.4 crs for the first quarter of Financial Year 2014 (Q1FY14) against the Rs. 68.5-cr net profit reported in the same quarter last year. The consolidated revenue increased by 22% to Rs. 403.7 crs for the quarter under review when compared to the consolidated revenue of Rs. 330.3 crs in the year-ago quarter.

Earnings Before Interests Taxation and Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) rose by 21% to Rs. 327.9 crores vis-à-vis the EBITDA of Rs. 271.3 crores made in the review quarter of the previous year. During Q1FY14, the company registered 11% growth in cargo volume, handling 14.08 million tonnes of cargo against 12.65

million tonnes of cargo handled in Q1FY13. The group has won the bid for development of 3 iron ore berths with a combined capacity of 23 MMTPA at Visakhapatnam for a period of 30 years. Industry stalwarts like Mr. Michael Pinto, Dr. Jose Paul and Mr. N. C. Singhal joined the Essar Ports as independent directors. Mr. Pinto is a former Secretary of Shipping, Government of India, Mr. Paul is former Chairman of Murmogao Port Trust and former acting Chairman of JNPT, and Mr. Singhal is the founder of the erstwhile Shipping Credit and Investment Company of India Ltd (SICICI). With the induction of high profile personalities, the company further intends to make the Board more effective and broad-based.

he proposed 4.5 MTPA multi-purpose cargo berth at Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT), to be built at an estimated cost of Rs. 696 crores, would soon get the environment clearance, replied the port management while responding to the pre-application queries from the prospective applicants. In order to create facility to handle bigger ships carrying multipurpose cargo, MbPT has decided to develop an offshore

In order to create facility to handle bigger ships carrying multi-purpose cargo, MbPT has decided to develop an offshore multi-purpose cargo berth at a provisional cost of Rs. 696 crores under PPP-cum-DBFOT mode multi-purpose cargo berth at a provisional cost of Rs. 696 crores under PPP-cum- Design Build Finance Operate Transfer (DBFOT) mode. The port management has replied to the pre-application queries raised by bidders on the various modalities of the project. Besides the assurance to secure the environmental clearance for the project at the earliest, MbPT also responded to a posse of questions including the cargo berth. To a question on the type of cargoes to be handled, it said that handling of containers, coal and cruise are not allowed and all other general cargoes can be handled. Due to limitation of storage area, DBFOT operator should take into consideration the space availability while bringing in the

Adani Ports to start coal terminal in Goa MUMBAI Sagar Sandesh News Bureau

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dani Ports and SEZ Ltd (APSEZ) is planning to commission a coal handling terminal of about 5 million tonnes capacity at the Mormugao Port in Goa by this fiscal. The project, won by the Adani group firm in 2009, is delayed by about 2 years as it was originally planned to be commissioned during 2011-12 itself. APSEZ has the permission to operate the coal handling berth till May 15, 2040. The company had stated in a raising exercise that by the fiscal 2014, it prospectus for a just completed fund- is planning to commence operations of

the coal handling terminal with one berth at the Mormugao Port. The fund raising of about Rs. 1,000 crs was completed by the company last month by placing about 2.5% shares to institutional investors. The coal handling terminal project is part of expanding the capacity of the Mormugao Port in Goa on account of growing demand for coal in the region. During the last fiscal, coal and coke imports at the Mormugao Port increased by over 8% at 7.79 million tonnes (MT) though the port had witnessed a steep decline of about 55% in its overall cargo

cargo. The total back-up storage area required as per the proposed cargo to be handled is 76825 sq.m with area available at berth being 44,000 sq.m. and open area available at Gamadia complex being 35000 sq.m respectively. Any further requirements /modifications on storage facility may be dealt at RFP stage. When asked by applicants whether 4.5 MTPA offshore multi-purpose cargo berth and the harbour wall berth cargo project at Indira Dock would vie for the same cargo type, the port answered that two projects may compete for the same cargo type. However, DBFOT operators for the projects will be selected as per the guidelines issued by the Government of India. When quizzed about who is responsible for capital dredging in the manoeuvering, the port stated that capital dredging in the manoeuvering is the responsibility of successful DBFOT operator and maintenance dredging would be undertaken by MbPT. The cargo will be allowed through the existing orange gate and Eastern expressway can be used for evacuation of cargo except for over dimension cargo, it added. The sale of tender document is till Aug. 1 and the last date for submission of the filled-in the same is 1100 hours of Aug. 2.

traffic at 17.69 MT. The coal handling terminal project is coming up at the existing Berth No 7 at an estimated investment of Rs. 400 crs and is being developed through the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) mode. The terminal will have the capacity of handling minimum 4.61 MT per annum of coal & it will have a new coal handling berth of about 300 metres along with mechanised handling & back-up facilities. Its capacity can get expanded to 10 MTPA, depending upon the demand in future. Development of the coal handling terminal project at the Mormugao Port is part of Adani Ports' plans to have a pan India presence. Last year, the Adani group firm had handled a total cargo of 91 million tonnes, registering a growth of 40%.


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Chennai Port plans CFS at Thiruvottiyur to ease congestion in future Though the port management had tried every possible option to solve the Sagar Sandesh News Bureau congestion conundrum, it had failed and the f the efforts of Chennai Port delay weaned away its loyal users to other management in setting up a Container ports in the region to meet their export Freight Station (CFS) for “Seal deadlines and other obligations. Verification” of export containers at Due to sudden plunge in container Thiruvottiyur Parking Yard, located within a few km distance from the port’s main entry point, materialize as anticipated it would drastically reduce traffic congestion that sullied the port’s reputation among the trade. According to sources in Shipping Ministry, the Inter Ministerial Committee (IMC) for consideration of proposals for setting up of ICDs/CFSs, said to be the top body for such infrastructure projects, has approved the Chennai Port’s CFS project subject to concurrence of Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC). Speaking to Sagar Sandesh, a senior official from the Ministry, said: “Getting volumes and overall business due to clearance from the IMC is a first major step congestion, the port management started towards setting up the facility and the exploring options to bring more volumes CBEC is expected to give its concurrence and during one such meeting with top very soon, given the need for such a facility officials it has emerged that setting up a to arrest congestion in Chennai Port for the CFS at Thiruvottiyur would reduce unnecessary lining up of trailers at benefit of EXIM trade.” With the road connectivity projects like Madhavaram, some 20 km away from the EMRIP and Elevated Expressway from the port, for just seal verification. port to city outskirts, Maduravoyal, moving Under the prevailing system, all the at a snail’s pace, Chennai Port, for the past export trailers carrying “Out-station few years, has been struggling with Stuffing Containers” and Chennai Customs congestion of container-laden trailers. Overtime Basis Factory Stuffing Containers CHENNAI

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have to line up at CWC, Madhavaram, for Customs formalities including the seal verification. EXIM trade also felt that for a simple process of seal verification (which can be easily done anywhere near the port entrance), trailers are forced to spend almost a day due to unnecessary accumulation of all vehicles at one point. “Since the location of the seal verification point remains far-away from the port, all export trailers first need to line up here (Madhavaram) and once the process of verifying the seal and taking print out of Shipping Bills with the Let Export Order (LEO) are done, they have to drive another 10 km on a busy road used by public transports as well as motorists, to join another queue to enter the port premises for delivering the containers,” said a trailer driver. Most of the drivers, who were waiting at CWC for seal verification, strongly suggested that the process should be shifted near the port so that they don’t have to wait and all the formalities could be completed in one go in a single queue. Thiruvottiyur Parking Yard, which has been now used as a parking space for trailers moving towards Chennai Port, could be converted into a CFS for “Seal Verification” of export containers once the Customs Department notifies the area and allocates manpower. Besides, the CFS project, which was primarily conceived to reduce long waiting hours for export trailers, would also bring about Rs. 10 crores as revenue to the port annually.

Asia’s largest, modern box terminal at Tuna soon AHMEDABAD Sagar Sandesh News Service

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tender will be floated shortly to invite bids for the construction of a modern container terminal at Tuna. The cost of the project is expected to be approximately Rs. 4000 to 6000 crs & it will take 3 years to complete it, according to official sources. At present the container terminal at Jawaharlal Nehru Port is considered India’s largest & world’s No 26, & the proposed terminal at Kandla will be bigger than that and considered to be Asia’s largest container terminal. “It will have jetty approximately 2.2 km long and it will be the most modernized and different from the existing terminals. We are planning and working on the feasibility report”, said a senior officer on a condition not to reveal identity. The proposed project will be cost-effective as railway transportation of containers from Tuna will reduce road transportation. The draught of sea at Tuna is 18 metres and hence ships such as Panamax would be able to come all the way to the port. For the year ended March 31, 2013, Kandla Port handled cargo throughput of 93.63 MMT's from 6008 ships.

dock master to find out the exact cause of the incident. Deputy Chairman and senior port officials have visited the location and inspected the damage. On July 24 at about 1012 hours, the vessel M.V. Nand Heera, belonging to M/s.Tag Offshore Ltd., under the agency of M/s. Argosy Shipping Agency Pvt Ltd., was secured at Indira Dock lock gates awaiting to transit the lock gate. At about 1115 hours, the vessel suddenly started moving on its own breaking all its mooring and banged into the Rim Bascule Bridge damaging it to some extent. There was, however, no injury or loss of human life onboard or ashore. There was no oil spill or pollution caused due to the impact. The vessel had minor dent and suffered scratches on her bow, said a Press release on the incident.

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n recognition of its excellence in cargo handling and logistics performance, Paradip Port in Odisha is conferred with the ‘Major Port of Year Award’ for the year 2012-13. Mr. Sudhanshu Sekhara Mishra, Chairman, Paradip Port Trust, received the award at a function organised by Shipping Times at the 5th SCOPE International Conference and PPT Chairman Mishra (right) receiving ‘Major Port Exhibition – 2013 at Chennai Trade Centre, Chennai. of Year Award’ for 2012-13 year The port’s operational performance, year-on-year growth, infrastructure development, connectivity and state-of-the art facilities were considered by a jury headed by Capt. S. Bhardwaj, Professor-Emeritus, AMET University, as parametres of the coveted award. It may be mentioned here that Paradip Port Trust handled 56.55 million tonnes of traffic during 2012-13, which was the second highest-ever throughput achieved by the port in 51 years.

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S. Korean & Chinese yards dominate boxship building NEW DELHI

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ontainership building is dominated by South Korean and Chinese shipyards, which together accounted for 86% of the capacity on order at the start of July. South Korean yards have contracts for 1.76m TEU, while Chinese yards have just over a million TEU on their order book. However, until now the two key building nations have been largely focused on distinct size sectors & have displayed differing delivery performance versus schedule. The graph of the month shows that containership building has become increasingly dominated

by South Korean & Chinese yards, with Japanese shipyards in particular losing market share. Generally, South Korean yards specialise in building large, technically advanced boxships.

The average vessel size on order in South Korea is 11,174 TEU, while 76% of contracted vessels are of 8,000+ TEU. In May, Hyundai Heavy Industries in Ulsan took an order for a series of

CMA CGM’s weekly PDS from Sept. 18 MUMBAI

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ound the world ‘Panama Direct Service’ (PDS) of CMA CGM would be changed to weekly from fortnightly from Sept. 18 onwards, said a company Press release. The weekly service is likely to offer an extensive coverage of the trade with 20 ports of call. Thanks to its integration in CMA CGM global network, the upgraded PDS will serve 15 different markets such as Australia, New Zealand, South Pacific Islands, Central & South America, the Caribbean, North America (USEC), North Europe, the Baltic, Mediterranean, North Africa, Black sea, etc. The port rotation of the PDS includes: Tilbury

(Wednesday)-Rotterdam (Thursday)Dunkirk(Saturday)-Le Harve(Sunday)-New York (Tuesday)-Savannah (Friday)-Kingston (Monday)-Cartagenia (Wednesday)-Papeete (Tuesday)-Lautoka (Monday)-Noumea (Thursday)-Sydney (Monday)-Melbourne (Wednesday)-Tauranga (Tuesday)-Napier (Thursday)Lyttelton (Friday)-Panama Canal-Manzanillo, Panama (Sunday)-Kingston (Tuesday)Savannah(Friday)-Philadelphia (Monday)-Tilbury. It will also offer the fastest transit from Australia and New Zealand to Europe, a serious advantage to reefer shippers. Furthermore, UK Tilbury Wednesday call will now allow fast delivery to final destinations for time-sensitive cargo such as fresh products, added the Press release.

MSC to call Hazira from August MUMBAI

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he Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC) would extend its coverage to port of Hazira in Gujarat from early August 2013. According to an official communique, it will be covered by a fixed-day, weekly feeder with the following rotation: Nhava Sheva, Hazira, Mundra and Nhava Sheva. All exports from Hazira will be trans-shipped at Mundra to connect the five mainline services calling weekly at Mundra namely the IPAK,

ISES, South Africa, East Africa and Red Sea services. Imports destined to Hazira on the IPAK, ISES and East Africa services will be connected via Nhava Sheva. Hazira imports on

the South Africa and Red Sea services will be connected via Mundra, the communique said. The coverage of Hazira underlines MSC’s commitment to the Gujarat trade as it now offers connectivity to 3 gateway ports in the State namely Mundra, Pipavav and now Hazira. MSC, the world’s second largest container line, constantly endeavours to introduce new services and upgrade its service levels to cater to increasing volumes and demands of new trade lanes, the communiqué added.

18,400 TEU ships, while the first of Maersk’s 18,270 TEU Triple E vessels has just been delivered by Daewoos Okpo shipyard. In comparison, Chinese shipyards have thus far tended to focus on relatively smaller and simpler containership designs the average size of boxship order in China is a significantly smaller 5,108 TEU. Just 27% of boxships on order in China are of 8,000+ TEU, compared to 49% of the overall containership order-book. In the very large size sectors, Chinese yards are reportedly keen to start contributing heavily, but without a proven track record of prompt delivery, they may find it difficult to compete with the wellestablished South Korean players. Overall rates of non-delivery (comparing start year delivery schedules with actual deliveries) have been falling since 2009. However, rates differ significantly between countries. In the 1st half of 2013, South Korean yards have been delivering ahead of schedule,

particularly in the larger sizes where they are dominant. Last year their rate of non-delivery was 14%, falling from 19% in 2011. Meanwhile, so far this year, Chinese yards have a nondelivery rate of 33%, the same as in full year 2012, but a better performance than 2011 when less than half of their scheduled new build capacity hit the water. Globally just 67 boxships of 0.45m TEU remain on the order from pre-2009. As such, overall rates of non-delivery may well continue to fall. The fact that South Korean shipyards are delivering ahead of schedule so far in 2013, and that their orderbooks are dominated by very large capacity containerships, has had a significant impact on annual delivery projections. This is despite the stubbornly higher rate of non-delivery in China. The overall 2013 full year delivery forecast has been driven up to 1.55m TEU which, if reached, would represent the largest ever year for containership deliveries.

NYK holds meet on safe, efficient operations

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were asked to devise countermeasures against collisions, blackouts & fatalities, among other accidents, for the entire NYK fleet. Those attending were also encouraged to continue to give attention to safety awareness measures and safe operations. The NYK Group intends to continue these annual conferences & seminars in order to ensure the safety of all NYK-operated ships. The company actively strives to keep shipping operations safe for the entire NYK fleet, including NYK Group affiliates, ship-management companies, ship owners and marine & land-related parties.

YK hosted safety promotion three-day conferences for ship owners and ship-management companies based inside and outside Japan as part of NYK’s two-month Remember Naka-no-Se Campaign. 33 participants from 19 overseas ship-management companies attended a session Remember Naka-no-Se at the NYK head office in Safety Campaign Tokyo on July 2 & 70 participA 2 month annual campaign ants from 30 ship owners and started in an effort to learn ship-management companies from the mistakes that led to a in Japan attended a session at 1997 oil spill from an NYK the same location on July 10. VLCC when the vessel A 3rd session was held on July touched bottom at Naka-no-Se 17, when 49 participants from in Tokyo Bay. From July, the 24 ship owners gathered. At month when the incident the conferences, safe & effici- occurred, top management and ent operations were stressed. other staff visit NYK-operated Using accident statistics ships to ensure the over the past 5 years, through implementation of safe ship fiscal 2012, the participants operations.


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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

Greater loading flexibility with GL’s new RSCS notation conditions. This notation allows for route dependent container stowage schemes that take into account the variance in sea conditions on particular sea lanes. It is built around the realistic determination of route specific loads on the deck containers and their lashing systems and will enable container lines to carry more cargo, Sascha Wienberg (SEC), Igor Protsenko (Interschalt), Daniel Abt (GL while accelerating cargo Cargo Stowage & Securing Expert), Capt. Dirk Trampe, Chief Mate operations in ports and Lisa Helmers, Werner Teichmann (Head of Reederei Offen's Nautical maintaining a higher degree of loading Department) and Klaus Müller (GL Surveyor) – From left to right. flexibility. "We have worked closely with GL to NEW DELHI develop and bring this notation into effect Sagar Sandesh News Service on our vessels. It will give us increased eederei Claus-Peter Offen has commercial flexibility on several routes, implemented Germanischer Lloyd's while at the same time enabling our (GL) Route Specific Container vessels, regardless of size, to maximise Stowage (RSCS) notation on the first of its vessels. This begins a roll out of the system their loading capacity for their individual which will initially cover a dozen ships of routes," said Teichmann. "Safety is of its fleet. The newly introduced class course our paramount concern and the notation, the first of its kind, allows new RSCS notation from GL allows us to operators to load more containers on deck, take advantage of this increased flexibility, accelerate cargo operations in ports and while maintaining the same high level of maintain a higher degree of loading security for our vessels and their cargo," flexibility, while at the same time he added. "Shipping is becoming increasingly maintaining required safety levels. Daniel Abt, GL Cargo Stowage & specialized, with owners designing vessels Securing Expert, and Klaus Müller, GL to their particular needs. In operations, Surveyor, presented a class certificate with however, we identified the potential for the new notation added to Werner operational procedures which would be Teichmann, Head of Reederei Claus-Peter tailored to a particular sea state and route," Offen's Nautical Department onboard the said Jan-Olaf Probst, GL's Global Ship MV Maersk Surabaya in Hamburg. Type Director. "Our analysis shows that It is said in a Press release that GL departing from the traditional load rules developed the new class notation for route for unrestricted service on a typical Asia dependent container stowage, based on to Europe route, for example, will allow long-term statistical data on wave operators to implement more flexible

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weight distribution and increase real container weights." With the new class notation GL offers container lines a tailor-made container stowage and loading plan for an individual vessel & its particular route. It is available for all GL classed container vessels, but requires lashing software which will assist the cargo planner, as well as the crew, in providing safe stowage and lashing. When applying this scheme, the cargo arrangement will enable heavier boxes to be loaded on the upper tiers of deck stacks, more units loaded on the outer stacks and even an additional tier of empty containers where line of sight is not affected.

Reederei Claus-Peter Offen The ship operator Claus-Peter Offen (founded in 1971) is based in Hamburg, and is one of the world's largest suppliers of modern container ship tonnage. It has 91 container vessels in service; most of them are chartered under long-term contract to leading shipping lines. The company currently has a workforce of approximately 4,500 people on shore and at sea.

Germanischer Lloyd Germanischer Lloyd (GL) offers classification services of plan approval, inspection and certification of materials and components as well as technical assessments of ships in service. GL is dedicated to providing high quality services, which ensure the safety of life and property at sea, and minimise impacts on the marine environment. As a classification society GL is particularly strong in the classification of container ships, multi-purpose vessels, tankers, bulk carriers, high-speed ferries, cruise ships, mega yachts and sports boats. GL's experts serve as advisors to governments, the IMO, flag and port states. The group is committed to a smarter, safer and greener future of shipping.

Maersk Line wins 3 China Freight Industry awards NEW DELHI Sagar Sandesh News Service

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aersk (China) Shipping Co., Ltd. bagged 3 awards at the 10th China Freight Industry Awards Ceremony held in Shanghai. Maersk Line received awards in the category – ‘Best 10 Comprehensive Service Carrier’, ‘Best 3 Container Lines in Asia-Europe Trade’ and ‘Best 3 Container Lines in the Asia-South America Trade’. Matt Ma, Sales General Manager of Global Forwarder East China, received the award on behalf of the company.

The China Freight Industry Award Ceremony is a well-known award ceremony in China's freight industry hosted by China Shipping Gazette, a Chinese trade magazine focusing on the latest shipping, logistics and port developments. This annual event has grown as a benchmark for the appraisal of logistics providers in terms of several aspects of their business, including their management skills and service quality. Winners are voted by readers of one of the industry’s leading media outlets, the China Shipping Gazette and high-profile industry professionals. Over 300 companies attend the ceremony each year.

GE Shipping to buy VLGC MUMBAI Sagar Sandesh News Bureau

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he Great Eastern Shipping Company Limited (GE Shipping) has signed a contract to buy a Very Large Gas Carrier (VLGC) of about 49,300 dwt (73,800 cbm). The 1994 built vessel is expected to join the company’s fleet during the first half of 2015. The company’s current fleet stands at 28 vessels comprising 20 tankers including 8 crude carriers, 11 product carriers, 1 LPG carrier and 8 dry bulk carriers comprising 1 capesize, 3 kamsarmax and 4 Supramax with an average age of 9 years aggregating 2.32 million dwt, according to a Press release.

Rotating from Singapore, Port Klang, Brisbane, Sydney, Auckland, Tauranga, Brisbane PL, ANL & Hanjin & back to Singapore, the Shipping have teamed up service includes: to offer a new weekly service Weekly calls & fast transits covering Asia, Australia and from New Zealand to major New Zealand. To be launched on Sept. 1, Southeast Asian ports via Port the New Zealand-Asia Express Klang and Singapore; Weekly calls and fast (NAX) will operate through a Vessel Sharing Agreement transits between New Zealand (VSA), with the 3 partners and Brisbane; Weekly calls from each contributing 2 container ships & allocating a combined Southeast Asia to Brisbane and capacity of up to 2,200 TEU Sydney; Connections through for every weekly sailing. NEW DELHI

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Southeast Asia for the Indian Subcontinent, Middle East and European destinations. “The NAX will provide more competitive options to shippers moving dry and reefer cargoes between New Zealand, Australia, Asia and beyond; particularly New Zealand reefer exports destined for key Asian markets,” the VSA partners said in a joint announcement. “We are confident that trade between these markets will continue to expand and we look forward to supporting their growth with our new service offering.” The NAX will commence its first southbound sailing from Singapore on Sept. 2, and the first northbound sailing from Auckland on Sept. 24.


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aunched by late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi 24 years ago to ease the congestion of Mumbai Port, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) has completed 24 years of its successful sailing and will be stepping into the Silver Jubilee year in 2014. At the valedictory function of the 24th anniversary on July 5, Union Shipping Minister G. K. Vasan didn’t fail in his duties to recall the contributions of Ms. Anna R. Malhotra (the first chairperson of JN Port in 1989); former Chairman and Shipping Secretary Michael Pinto; former Chairman L. Radhakrishnan; Trade Union Leader Shanti G. patel and former Deputy Chairman Maya Sinha who took the port to glorious heights.

JNPT has maintained a strong liquidity position and has no indebtedness as on date

Following are the snippets of the 24th anniversary function held in Mumbai.

Leap off from legacy issues

Mr. Vishwapati Trivedi, Shipping Secretary, Ministry of Shipping: Regulatory and legacy issues would be deregulated to attract private investment in infrastructure building of shipping industry. The deregulation of TAMP is a good example to cite. One should shed the negativism of our rupee depreciation as cheaper rupee has made our exports of services as well as products cheaper in the global markets. Meltdown and downturn are not too negative as every financial crisis is followed by an emergence of new world order in economy and industry. Postdepression, UK seized the opportunity

to position itself as a global insurance and banking provider in 1930s and 1940s. Even Indian aircraft insuring until recently was done in UK. Amid the difficult times, the Ministry of Shipping was able to envisage Rs. 25, 000crore investments in 32 projects through private investment. I congratulate JNPT for its 24 years of service to the nation and the economy.

Major thrust to State’s economy

Mr. Milind Deora, Minister of State for IT, Telecom and Shipping: The port is providing a major fillip to Maharashtra’s economy. The port is touted to be handling 60% of the country’s container cargo grossing 4.2 million TEUs. The port has given the right way of access to Maharashtra for trans-harbour linkage project of Mumbai. The Ministry has taken up an array of reformative steps like deregulation of TAMP and introduction of estate policy to provide relief to the tenants of Mumbai Port Trust.

Indebted to Ministry

Mr. N. N. Kumar, Chairman, JN Port: The port is deeply indebted to the Shipping Ministry for allotment of land to the Project Affected Families (PAFs). State Minister of Shipping, IT and Telecom Milind Deora is one of the youngest members of 15th Lokh Sabha representing the South Mumbai constituency who is striving every nerve for the growth of the constituency that has both rich and poor population. patron

JNPT honours port patrons

As a token of honour and recognition, the container operators at the port were awarded with mementos for their unflinching support towards promoting the port traffic. Maersk Line India Pvt Ltd and Hyundai Merchant Marine India Pvt Ltd respectively received awards for the highest containers handled by a shipping line. Seabird Marine Services Pvt Ltd walked away with the award for the highest import delivery of containers to a CFS from JNPT. Ultratech Cement Ltd got the award for maximum throughput handled at shallow draught berth by a consignee. Pacific International Lines Pte Ltd took the award for maximum containers handled at

shallow draught berth by a shipping line. JM Baxi & Co received the award for maximum liquid cargo handled by vessel agent. Award for the highest non-PSU liquid cargo stored and handled by a tank farm operator went to Ganes Benzoplast Limited.

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JNPT – smooth, stea sailing into Silver Jubi

Container Corporation of India grabbed the award for handling ICD traffic of 0.87 million TEUs and Nhava Sheva International Container Terminal (NSCIT) Ltd also took the same category award for handling 1.04 million TEUs container traffic. Gateway Terminal India Pvt Ltd bagged the award for handling 2.01 million TEUs of container traffic. Bharat Petroleum was bestowed with an award for handling 5.88 million tonne liquid cargo and the company also got an additional award for contributing towards the overall development of JNPT.

Brief history

The country’s leading container cargo port was conceived in 1965 to ease the congestion of Mumbai Port and was launched by late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1989 at the sprawling 2,584 ha site in Mumbai. The port had at its helm India’s first woman IAS officer Ms. Anna R. Malhotra as Chairman who ably guided the port throug the nascent years of its growth. The port shares a common harbour channel with Mumbai Port up to Jawahar Dweep channel. It is protecte by Elephanta Island, which acts as a natural break water f JN Port. The port is in a strategic position to service the landlocked northern and north-western regions of India a caters to international trade on key maritime routes including imports from and exports to the Middle East, United

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States and other international destinations. Further, JN Port enjoys a good hinterland connectivity both by rail and road which gives it a natural competitive advantage to cater to the needs of cargo transporters effectively and promptly. In July 1997, JNPT entered into a licence agreement with Nhava Sheva International Container Terminal Limited (NSICTL) for developing a container cargo handling terminal. Thereafter, in August 1999, JNPT entered into a licence agreement with Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) for the development of a twin-berth liquid bulk cargo handling terminal. In August 2004, JNPT entered into a licence agreement with Gateway Terminal Indian Private Limited (GTIPL) for redevelopment of its existing bulk terminal into a container terminal. JNPT also has a self-owned and operated container terminal Jawaharlal Nehru Port Container Terminal (JNPCT). The volume of traffic handled by each licensee in 2012 is NSICTL (1.4 million TEUs), GTIPL (1.89 million TEUs) and BPCL (6.6 million tonnes). The volume of traffic handled by JNPCT in the fiscal year 2012 was 1.02 million TEUs. In fiscal year 2012, JN Port handled 65.73 million tonnes of cargo (including container cargo, liquid bulk cargo, break bulk cargo and dry bulk cargo) as compared to 64.32 million tonnes of cargo in fiscal year 2011. The cargo terminal operations at JN Port are supported by a well-developed infrastructure with modernized technological standard of operations and facilities. JN Port is directly connected with 28 other container freight stations operating in and around JN Port. It provides various services and facilities pertaining to the handling of diverse types of cargo including container cargo, dry bulk cargo, break bulk cargo and liquid cargo. JN Port also provides other value-added port services like container freight stations and facilitation of rail handling in fiscal year 2012 - handled 55.60% of the total container cargo traffic handled by all Major Ports (in terms

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of TEUs), thus making it the leading port in India for handling of container cargo in that period. This is based on the aggregate amount of container cargo traffic handled at Major Ports in terms of TEU.

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JNPT’s total income increased from Rs. 1,023.59 crores in fiscal year 2008 to Rs 1, 447.32 crores in 2012. The operating income of JNPT increased from Rs. 890.82 crores in fiscal year 2008 to Rs. 1,167.15 crores in 2012. The operating ratio and profit after tax margin for fiscal year 2012 was 57.19% and 42.63% respectively. JNPT has maintained a strong liquidity position and has no indebtedness as on date. The bidding process for the Rs. 8, 000-crore fourth container terminal project is underway. The State of Maharashtra has a coastline of around 653 km, with 2 major ports viz. Mumbai and JNPT and 48 non-major ports and only 13 of them handle cargos.

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LOGISTICS

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

DHL weekly services from Chennai, Nhava Sheva to Shanghai The newly introduced LCL services from India guarantee that the cargo will be available in DHL global forwarding's Shanghai warehouse within 72 hours upon the ship’s arrival in Shanghai MUMBAI Sagar Sandesh News Bureau

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he two new Less than Container Load (LCL) services offered by DHL from India to China are expected to match the needs and expectations of the customers particularly in retail and automotive component sectors. It is said in a Press release that the company has launched weekly services from Chennai and Nhava Sheva to Shanghai. The new direct services offer substantial savings in transit time as it takes 17 days between Nhava Sheva and Shanghai and 15 days between Chennai and Shanghai. “Our new services once again demonstrate our commitment to strengthen our network and support the needs of our

customers. By expanding our service offerings geographically we ensure a timely and controlled delivery of door-to-door services which include pick up at origin,

consolidation and deconsolidation along with customs clearance”, said Mr. Thomas Tieber, CEO-South Asia, DHL Global Forwarding. The newly introduced LCL services from India guarantee that the cargo will be available in DHL global forwarding's Shanghai warehouse within 72

hours upon the ship’s arrival in Shanghai. All LCL services are accompanied by DHLs first-class IT solutions such as DHL Track & Trace and other tools to allow full visibility throughout the whole supply chain. The company also facilitates insurance services to customers as a value-added service. DHL’s Shippers Interest Insurance (SII) covers losses or damages of all cargo transported by DHL as well as transportation costs. The company currently operates the world’s largest LCL network with more than 2 lakh cubic metres of LCL freight handled annually via 45,000 point-pairs, with more than 3,000 weekly point pairs from 49 Asia pacific terminals sailing to 63 destinations terminals in South Asia Pacific.

Logwin spreads its wings in Kolkata, Chennai Many large industrial companies in India have their headquarters in Kolkata MUMBAI Sagar Sandesh News Bureau

lobal logistics service G provider Logwin has expanded its network of location in India. The company has opened an office in Kolkata in the east of the country near to the border with Bangladesh, said a Media release. The new office in Kolkata is situated in the centre of the city, from where the company would coordinate and organise international air and sea freight transportation for its customers in a wide variety of industries. “We expect the new airport to provide an even greater boost to the region’s already growing economy,” stated Mr. Vijay Nair, Country Director at Logwin in India. The new office means that Logwin is even closer to its customers. Many large industrial

Chennai’s economic performance is likely to almost treble in the next 10 years

companies in India have their headquarters in the city. They manufacture among other things engineering components, electrical equipment, cables,

leather, textiles, pharmaceutical and chemical products as well as cars. In addition, Kolkata is one of the largest IT hubs in India, he added. In Chennai in the south of India, Logwin has relocated to a new building and thereby increased the surface area at its disposal. There the company has opened a transit warehouse for its

customers’ products. The new location is close to the international airport and has a good motorway connection to the Port of Chennai, the second largest in the country. Many of Logwin’s Indian and multinational customers have their headquarters in the vicinity. “The city’s economic performance is likely to almost treble in the next 10 years,” remarked Mr. Dharmarajan, Branch Manager at Logwin in Chennai. “Our new location enables us to provide the best possible assistance to our customers with their growth.” The driver of growth is industry. Chennai is one of India’s leading hubs for computer technology and hardware. Around one third of the country’s car industry is situated in the State of Tamil Nadu, of which Chennai is the capital.

JM Baxi sees gentle growth, revival in projects & logistics

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e are observing a gentle growth and regeneration of industrial capital expenditure which we closely see in our projects and logistics vertical and we hope to see continued growth in the same”, said Mr. Krishna B. Kotak, Chairman of professional shipping and integrated logistics company JM Baxi group in the newsletter on the business trends review of April-June period. “The oil and gas sector may see some changes which could lead to a revival in a sector which for the past two years has almost been stalled. We seem to be entering a phase of a gradual change away from the negative to positive. It could almost be a repetition of the period of 1997/1998 and the period of 2003/2004. We have positioned ourselves to be ready for the future, let us continue to do what we are good at”, he stated.

EVERY PROBLEM HAS AN OPPORTUNITY Ship owner principals are under enormous pressure of untenable circumstances - low freight rates or charter rates, lower asset pricing for ships and high costs in terms of fuel and finance. Trade customers are faced with their own challenges of a global economic crisis leading to declining prices and declining markets. In the mining sector across, almost all commodities, a severe regulatory and environmental-led slowdown is witnessed. Above all is the woefully lacking infrastructure. With every problem there is an opportunity and this is the time for us to put our hands up to be counted be firmly entrenched with our principals and our clients”, Mr. Kotak said and added: “We will ride out this storm together. Even they know that we too are faced with similar problems as theirs. We shall stay committed to our principals and customers, cut and manage our costs, innovate and make our own future”. Baxi’s Chairman extolled the Government of India’s commit ment to enhance infrastructure. “The Ministry of Shipping is working feverishly to encourage PPP’s in the port sector. Whilst there are major ambiguities and confusion such as TAMP and its role and land policy bottlenecks, yet we will see some interesting action on both the coasts of India. Agricultural produce trade is continually beating trends with rice, wheat, maize and cotton leading the export trades trend and import of edible oils and pulses briskly going up. The inland movement of containers and balancing of containers at various inland locations is an opportunity waiting to be tapped”, he pointed out. The company is keen on continuing Programme Reach Out (PRO) that aims to foster the spirit of getting close to the customers, besides serving the purpose of emerging as knowledge organizat ion and to be innovative and productive, he concluded.


NEWS

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

Indian brain behind WMU & pillar of IMO is no more

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MO Secretary-General Emeritus Dr. C.P. Srivastava, KCMG, Secretary-General Emeritus of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), has died in Italy at the age of 93. Mr. Koji Sekimizu, IMO Secretary-General, expressed his sincere condolences to the Indian Government and Dr. C.P. Srivastava’s family members, and also the condolences of the entire IMO membership and staff. Dr. Srivastava was born on July 8, 1920 and was educated in Lucknow, India, (obtaining BA, MA and LLB degrees). He started his career as a Civil servant in the Indian Administrative Service in India, serving as the District Administrator in Meerut and Lucknow, and then went on to the post of Joint Secretary to the Indian Prime Minister's Office of the late Lal Bahadur Shastri from 1964 to1966. “It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of Dr. C.P. Srivastava, the longest-

serving Secretary-General of the Organization,” Mr. Sekimizu said in a statement released to Media. “Dr. C.P. Srivastava was a truly great Secretary-General who established the World Maritime University and placed IMO's work on technical cooperation in a central position in the work of the Organization, in order to promote the implementation of IMO Conventions on a truly global scale,” he stated. During Dr. Srivastava’s tenure as Secretary-General, from 1974 until his retirement on Dec. 31, 1989, IMO increased its membership considerably. Dr. Srivastava was well known for his relentless efforts to make IMO known to the developing world and for encouraging developing countries to join the “rich men’s club”, as IMO was often referred to at the time. This shaped the structure of the Organization’s membership to its present status, whereby twothirds of the 170-strong membership (and three Associate Members) is represented by developing countries, making a significant contribution to IMO.

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Dr. Srivastava’s leadership of IMO is associated with the success of the 1978 Tanker Safety and Pollution Prevention (TSPP) Conference, and the development and adoption of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), 1978, the International Convention on Maritime Search and Rescue (SAR), 1979, the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against the Safety of Maritime Navigation (SUA), 1988, and related Protocol for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against the Safety of Fixed Platforms located on the Continental Shelf and many other treaties and Codes. Dr. Srivastava will be remembered for his visionary and pioneering role and his ceaseless efforts in the establishment of IMO’s global educational institutions, including the World Maritime University (WMU), in Malmö, Sweden, and the International Maritime Law Institute (IMLI), in Malta.

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rogressively increasing its infrastructure along the coast of Gujarat under the operational control of headquarters in the Gandhinagar, the Indian Coast Guard has launched Pipavav Station. It is the 8th station to be commissioned on the coast of Gujarat by the Government of India’s maritime coastal security watchdog agency. Ms. Anandiben Patel, Minister of Revenue, Disaster Management and Urban Development, Gujarat Government, unveiled the station at the inaugural function on July 12. Inspector General Kuldip Singh Sheoran TM, the Commander Coast Guard Region

(NW), and senior officials from the Pipavav administration witnessed the commissioning ceremony. The newly added station is a part of the ongoing efforts by the Coast Guard to strengthen its coastal security along the Indian coastline. The station at Pipavav also aims to augment patrolling along the south Gujarat coast and prevent illicit activities such as infiltration, smuggling and illegal fishing. The newly added station would also strengthen the security umbrella over Gulf Khambat. The Pipavav Station would function under the administrative and operational control of Commander Coast Guard region NW through district headquarter

US rescue swimmers, Chinese seafarer are winners Both men overcame the effects of cold, fatigue and ingesting sea water to deliver 14 crew members of HMS Bounty to safety

Dr. Srivastava was well known for his relentless efforts to make IMO known to the developing world and for encouraging developing countries to join the “rich men’s club”, as IMO was often referred to at the time

2013 IMO AWARD FOR EXCEPTIONAL BRAVERY AT SEA

Ms. Anandiben Patel, Minister of Revenue, Disaster Management and Urban Development, Gujarat Govt, unveiling the plaque at the commissioning ceremony of Pipavav station by Indian Coast Guard on July 12

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swimmers from the United States of America, for saving the lives of 14 crew members from the tall ship HMS Bounty, and, posthumously, to a seafarer from China who died trying to save the life of a ferry passenger. The IMO Council, meeting for its 110th session in London, has decided that the 2013 Award will go to Aviation Survival Technician Second Class Randy J. Haba and Aviation Survival Technician Third Class Daniel J. Todd of the United States Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, nominated by the Government of the United States, for saving the lives of 14 crew members from the tall ship HMS Bounty, during Hurricane Sandy. The Council also agreed to bestow the 2013 Award posthumously on Mr. Jinguo Yang, a crew-member on the ferry Tong Chang Qi Du 11, nominated by the Government of China, who gave his own life whilst trying to rescue a person in distress on the ferry, after it had collided with the cargo ship Shun Qiang 28. According to a brief from IMO, Aviation Survival Technicians Haba and Todd were despatched on board two Coast Guard Rescue Helicopters, CG6012 and CG-6031, from United States Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, responding to a distress alert from HMS Bounty, during the predawn hours of Oct. 29, 2012. After flying through the outer bands of Hurricane Sandy, in strong winds and torrential rain, they encountered the ship, partially submerged with a large debris field, surrounded by life rafts. Rescue Helicopter CG-6012 was the first to arrive at the scene, and AST Haba was lowered into the stormy waters. He spent an hour battling strong currents and 10-metre waves, in the wind and rain, taking survivors from the life rafts to the waiting rescue basket, overcoming exhaustion and fatigue. At one point, he was engulfed by a huge wave that knocked his mask off, severely restricting his vision and further hampering his tremendous efforts. AST Haba demonstrated the utmost determination and perseverance, performing two more rescues without the use of a mask. He exhibited exceptional strength and endurance throughout the entire rescue. Rescue Helicopter CG-6031

arrived 30 minutes after CG-6012, and AST Todd was immediately deployed into the turbulent sea to begin the task of reaching another life raft. He began retrieving each of the survivors from the raft and delivering them to the rescue basket. Whilst he was assisting the second survivor into the rescue basket, a large wave toppled the life raft containing the four remaining survivors. Todd immediately secured a handhold on the sea anchor to stabilize his position. His strength and ingenuity expedited the rescue of the six survivors and his action saved valuable time. This enabled him to reposition himself to a second life raft, containing three additional survivors, whom he also successfully rescued. Both men overcame the effects of cold, fatigue and ingesting sea water to deliver 14 crew-members of HMS Bounty to safety. On March 15, 2012, the ferry Tong Chang Qi Du 11 collided with the cargo ship Shun Qiang 28 on the Yangtze River. The ferry’s hull was damaged and it started sinking with 33 persons on board, 31 of whom were subsequently saved during the search and rescue operation and transferred to a rescue ship. One passenger was trapped in his truck, which had been severely damaged in the collision. One of the rescued crewmembers, Mr. Jinguo Yang, 55, jumped back onto the sinking ferry and attempted, unsuccessfully, to prize open the jammed door of the truck in order to rescue the trapped passenger. Unfortunately, the ferry lost its stability and capsized. Mr. Jinguo Yang was unable to save the passenger’s life; indeed, in trying to do so, he lost his own. Although he had the opportunity to escape at the last moment, he chose instead, at the cost of his own life, to stay and attempt to rescue the trapped passenger. The IMO Council unanimously endorsed the decision of a Panel of Judges that these were the worthy recipients of the Bravery Award for 2013, from a total of 34 nominations, received from 10 Member States and two non-governmental organizations in consultative status with IMO. The Council also decided that, of the other nominees or groups of nominees, six should receive Certificates of Commendation and 12 should receive Letters of Commendation. The awards ceremony will take place at IMO Headquarters on Nov. 25, at the end of the first day of the 28th Assembly of IMO.


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PIRACY

It is piracy, not overt online music stores, which is our main competitor. - Steve Jobs

Somali piracy has fallen to its lowest level since 2006 As of June 30, Somali pirates were holding 57 crew members for ransom on 4 vessels Surge in kidnappings at sea and a wider range of ship types being targeted is a new cause for concern in a region already known for attacks against vessels in the oil industry and theft of gas oil from tankers NEW DELHI

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omali piracy has fallen to its lowest levels since 2006, focusing attention on violent piracy and armed robbery off the coast of West Africa, the International Chamber Commerce (ICC), International Maritime Bureau (IMB)’s global piracy report, has revealed. According to latest reports, worldwide, the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) recorded 138 piracy incidents in the first six months of 2013, compared with 177incidents for the corresponding period in 2012. Seven hijackings have been recorded this year compared with 20 in the first half of 2012. The number of sailors taken hostage also fell dramatically - down to 127 this year from 334 in the first six months of 2012, the report said. In the Gulf of Guinea, in addition to a

rise in piracy and armed robbery –31 incidents so far this year, including four hijackings – IMB reports a surge in kidnappings at sea and a wider range of ship types being targeted. This is a new cause for concern in a region already known for attacks against vessels in the oil industry and theft of gas oil from tankers. “There has been a worrying trend in the kidnapping of crew from vessels well outside the territorial limits of coastal states in the Gulf of Guinea,” said Mr. Pottengal Mukundan, Director of IMB, which has monitored world piracy since 1991. “In April 2013, nine crew members were kidnapped from two container vessels, one of which was 170 nautical miles from the coast. Pirates had used mother ships, some of which were smaller off-shore supply vessels hijacked by pirates to conduct the attacks. There continues to be significant under-reporting

of attacks – a phenomenon highlighted by the IMB year on year. This prevents meaningful response by the authorities and endangers other vessels sailing into the area unaware of the precise nature of the threat,” he added.

GULF OF GUINEA Armed pirates in the Gulf of Guinea took 56 sailors hostage and were responsible for all 30 crew kidnappings reported so far in 2013. One person was reported killed and at least another five injured. Attacks off Nigeria accounted for 22 of the region’s 31 incidents and 28 of the crew kidnappings. Mr. Mukundan applauded the signing of the Code of Conduct concerning the repression of piracy, armed robbery against ships and illicit maritime activity in West and Central Africa June 2013 by the Heads of the West and Central African countries.

EU stepping up efforts to help Somalia stabilize NEW DELHI

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he European Union is stepping up its efforts to help Somalia stabilize itself while continuing with its counter-piracy operations off the Somali coast. “We need to continue to disrupt and deter the pirates until the conditions ashore mean that Somalia can look after its territorial waters,” said a senior EU official on the sidelines of a Press meet on July 16. “The number of pirate attacks has diminished dramatically,” stated Nick Westcott from the EU’s External Action Service. The fight against piracy will continue, he said, but EU’s long-term resolution is to put in place a Government that can ensure law, order and security in Somalia. “This is a growing focus of activities,” he said. The EU aims to reach an agreement with the international community on a new deal for Somalia at a conference in September. “The new deal compact is designed for fragile states. It’s a

document enabling the [Somali] Government to set out priorities to re-establish Government in the country and the international community to commit itself to support those priorities,” he added. The compact is currently being negotiated in Somalia. According to figures from the EU’s counter-piracy operation force (EU NavFor) website, pirate attacks were down to three thus far in 2013 compared with 35 in 2012 and a high of 176 in 2011. In the last six months, a senior EU source said 21 suspect pirates had been captured, six pirate action groups followed and disrupted and one confirmed attack. “This is the lowest period of activity since the start of Atalanta [the EU’s mission],” said the source. Currently, 54 hostages and one ship are held by pirates. “We can’t be complacent about this tactical success,” he cautioned. Asked if there was a need for fewer ships and less equipment in these circumstances, the source said that the number of ships was “probably at the right level.” There

are currently between four and six ships in the area. “ISR assets are very effective. You can’t support operations without good ISR. We do, it works and we don’t want to reduce them at the moment,” he noted. As for ships, “the frigate is still the standard we need and it works well,” he pointed out. Another EU source said there were about 25 ships in the area at any one time from a range of countries and all acted as a deterrent to pirates. The different countries coordinate the ship deployments through an informal anti-piracy working group. In this context, there is also an IT tool where countries in the region can express a request (e.g. for items such as radar or night vision goggles) and countries from the EU and other parts of the world can make offers. Overall, Westcott said the EU had spent nearly €1 billion (US $1.3 billion) in Somalia in various forms, including security and humanitarian aid, over the last four or five years.

“This should be translated soon into action on the water,” he remarked. “If these attacks are left unchecked, they will become more frequent, bolder and more violent. Cooperation and capacity building among the coastal states in this region is the way forward and urgently needed to make these waters safe for seafarers and vessels,” he opined.

SOMALI CLAMPDOWN Meanwhile, in East Africa’s Gulf of Aden and Somalia, eight piracy incidents including two hijackings were recorded in the first six months of 2013, with 34 seafarers taken hostage. IMB attributes this significant drop in the frequency and range of attacks by Somali pirates to actions by international navies, as well as preventive measures by merchant vessels, including the deployment of privately contracted armed security personnel.

Piratesrelease 24 Indian sailors MUMBAI Sagar Sandesh News Bureau

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ndian Chapter of Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme (MPHRP) has cheered and welcomed the release of the 24 Indian crew-members onboard of Turkish tanker MV Cotton that was hijacked and freed by the Nigerian pirates. The Turkish tanker along with its crew was taken hostage by Nigerian pirates off Gabon coast in the West Africa region in the middle of July. There were no news about the vessel and the fate of its crew before it was released. MPHRP Regional Director of South Asia Chirag Bahri, while welcoming the release, said Nigerian piracy has affected many seafarers and families of South Asian region. Many

seafarers fear to join ships that sail in the piracy-affected West Africa region. MPHRP stands by all the seafarers and their families of MV Cotton, he stated. According to a Press release, one of the family members voiced happiness: “We are thankful to

MPHRP for showing us the right direction during this difficult and unfortunate incident. We look forward to meet with our loved ones soon”. It is reported that no seafarer was injured and the company, V Ships, has already briefed the families on the release of the crew.


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NEWS

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

Land ownership row takes both Port, Govt officials to police

Though PPT is in physical possession of the 6,382-acre patch of contiguous land, the irony of the fact is that the said land is legally still owned by the State Government PARADIP Sagar Sandesh News Service

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he unsavory tug of war between Paradip Port Trust and the State Government over ‘land ownership’ has apparently reached a flash-point. In a controversial twist to the longstanding conflict, authorities of both the warring agencies have lodged complaints and countercomplaints with the local police station. Dispute over ownership of the land triggered the row as construction of a community building in a slum settlement by the Government-run urban local body was opposed by the Port Trust.

Situation turned surcharged as port officials flanked by Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel marched towards Balijhari slum colony where the construction of a community centre building was going on under Paradip municipality auspices. The port officials claimed the construction site as their land and demanded the suspension of work while describing the project construction as unlawful. However, the port officials retreated from the spot as slumdwellers registered their protest. The municipal authorities maintained that the construction site was a Government land.

It is an arbitrary and illogical move on the part of the PPT to stop a public utility project like community hall for slum-dwellers – Collector

Jagatsinghpur Collector Satya Kumar Mallick told this reporter: “The land where the municipality was carrying out construction did not belong to PPT as claimed by them. It is owned by Kujang tehsil with land record of rights. The port has no business to do with the said patch of land.” “As the port authorities tried to stop the Government agencies from discharging their duty, an FIR has been lodged with the police. It is an arbitrary and illogical move on part of the PPT to stop a public utility project like community hall for slumdwellers”, he added. Paradip Municipality Executive Officer Sharada Prasad

Panda stated: “Over one thousand families have been rehabilitated in Balijhari slum settlement in Balijhari since long. The whole patch of land is owned by the Government. It does not come under the port premises. The port officials are unnecessarily dragging their feet to stop public utility project for poor and underprivileged people”. PPT Chairman Sudhansu Sekhara Mishra, however, refused to comment on the issue. “As this is a contentious issue, it is not wise to speak on the matter”, he informed this reporter. Paradip Police station Inspector Shiba Shankar Mahapatra stated: “Police are in

receipt of complaints both by Paradip municipality and PPT. The contents of the FIRs are being investigated. We are yet to register a case in this connection”. Though PPT is in physical possession of the 6,382-acre patch of contiguous land, the irony of the fact is that the said land is legally still owned by the State Government. The official transfer of land in favour of the Major Port is yet to be materialized for multiplicity of factors. The disagreement dates back to May 18, 1966 when PPT was accorded the status of country’s eighth Major Port under Major Port Act, 1963.

US Coast Guard accepts HHI ballast water treatment system NEW DELHI Sagar Sandesh News Service

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yundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (HHI), one of the world’s biggest shipbuilder and a leading marine engine manufacturer, on July 25 announced that its electrolysisbased ballast water treatment system, HiBallast was accepted as Alternative Management System (AMS) by the United States Coast Guard. According to a Media statement from Hyundai, the US nod comes after the company

won type approval from the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 2011. According to the Standards for Living Organisms in Ships' Ballast Water Discharged in U.S. Waters, Final Rule, it is mandatory for all new ships built from December 2013 coming into and going out of US ports to install approved ballast water treatment systems. Hyundai Heavy believes the US Coast Guard’s acceptance of HiBallast as AMS will play a positive role for the company to

It is mandatory for all new ships built from December 2013 coming into and going out of US ports to install approved ballast water treatment systems

win more HiBallast orders for ships operating on US routes, the statement further read. The Ulsan, South Koreabased company, is also aiming to win the US Coast Guard’s approval for another ballast water treatment system, EcoBallast, by the first half of 2014. This system sterilizes seawater by using ultraviolet rays. Ballast water is seawater used to stabilize the ship when loading/unloading cargo and to maintain optimal vessel

speed. The seawater can contain bacteria, local plankton, mud and sand from the unloading port where the ballast water has been taken in. As the ballast water is released, it can have an impact on the marine ecosystem. The HiBallast system not only treats seawater by filtering and sterilizing bacteria and plankton through electrolysis, but also sterilizes 8,000 cbm of seawater per hour with small power consumption. Its modularized design makes it easy to be installed on vessels.


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ExIm Trend Rupee-based Indo-Pak bilateral trade mooted

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

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.

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he trade between India and Pakistan should be done in rupees and not in dollars to enhance the bilateral trade and economic cooperation between the two countries, said Mr. Imran Sohail, who was leading a 9member delegation of Jhang Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Pakistan. Speaking at an interactive session organized by PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, he stated that improving economic ties will help in resolving larger issues and political relations should not affect the prospective business ties between the two countries. He also expressed the hope that India will be granted Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status soon and proposed that the travelling between India and Pakistan to be made easy with the grant of multiple entry visas to multiple cities. Since Pakistan is facing energy crisis, he said that

India could help Pakistan to meet its power needs. Mr. Zirgham Raza, First Secretary (Trade), High Commission of Pakistan, pointed out that both the governments are working on technical aspects to facilitate bilateral trade between the countries including issues related to visas, opening of bank branches and standardisation of products. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Alok B. Shriram, Vice-President, PHD Chamber, said although both the governments are taking concrete steps to enhance bilateral trade, the business communities of both sides still face problems like uncertainty of payments and ambiguity over the continuity of trade relations."There is a need to address these gaps and create a more conducive environment for bilateral cooperation," he added. He further noted that the recent effort by Pakistan to move to a negative list regime will present enhanced bilateral trade opportunities in many sectors.

Liberalised packing credit plan for exporters mooted Gold imports plunged by over 80 per cent in June NEW DELHI Sagar Sandesh News Service

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he Commerce Ministry has suggested to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to liberalise packing credit scheme for exporters and has urged the apex bank to ensure that small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have access to foreign currency loans from banks for exports to encourage shipments from the country. In a letter to RBI Governor D. Subbarao, Commerce Secretary S. R. Rao mentioned: "We would request that RBI's special export credit refinance to support PCFC (packing credit in foreign currency) (and it) may be enhanced from 50 to 100 per cent." The scheme, he said, should be liberalised "to the maximum extent possible through greater refinance margins. It should enhance the overall quantum of refinance available and bring in long term stability to this policy, so as to encourage better export finance planning by both the exporters and concerned banks." He further stated that the RBI's special refinance window for PCFC by way of US dollarrupee swap facility has been extremely well received by the exporters and commercial banks.

The SME sector is also needed to be encouraged, Mr. Rao said, urging the apex bank to ensure that the sector has access to foreign currency loans for exports from Indian banks at a ceiling of LIBOR plus 200 bps. India's trade deficit widened to USD 20.1 billion in May due to high gold imports while exports declined by over a per cent, raising concerns about economic recovery. The deficit gap was at USD 16.9 billion in May last year. According to latest information, gold imports plunged by over 80 per cent in June as Government measures including a hike in customs duty tapered demand. The current account deficit narrowed down to 3.6 per cent of GDP in the January-March quarter but totalled a record 4.8 per cent for the full 2012-13 fiscal.

NEWS IN A NUT-SHELL

India’s handicrafts Onion exports likely to be banned export is zooming T

Union Minister of Textiles Dr. Kavuru Sambasiva Rao inaugurating the 6th edition of Indian Fashion Jewellery and Accessories Show (IFJAS 2013) in Uttar Pradesh

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he Indian handicrafts export is racing to reach $ 5billion from $3.34 billion, said Union Minister of Textiles Dr. Kavuru Sambasiva Rao at the inauguration of the 6th edition of the Indian Fashion Jewellery and Accessories Show (IFJAS 2013) in Uttar Pradesh. "But my ambition is much more. If the Government simplifies various procedures and takes the decisions quickly without any red-tapism and gives some financial help to those artisans providing them basic requirements like shelter to live, foodgrains at affordable prices, facilities to children, regular training etc, then there will be no limit for the growth of the cottage industry", he added. Dr. Rao stated: “India has the capacity to cater to all segments of the market viz. high, middle and low end. India has capacity of presenting a variety of raw material bases, designs and prices to suit every dress and style. In fact, buyers now prefer to alternate fashion jewellery and accessories rather than alternating their costumes which are expensive". The Textile Minister also urged the exporting community to innovate and improve their techniques and technology of manufacturing along with improving their designs and presentation of products. “We have to learn from our competitors various aspects of designs, manufacturing, finishing and presentation,” he remarked. A trend book on Indian Fashion Jewellery and Accessories Spring Summer and Autumn Winter collection was released by him at the function. The IFJAS 2013 has around 205 exhibitors and the product range on display include hifashion jewellery, semi precious jewellery, stones, scarves, shawls, hand bags, clutch purses, belts, wallets, neck ties, beads, crystals, head & hair accessories, fancy fashion footwear, tattoos and bindies. Ms. Zohra Chatterji, Textiles Secretary, and Mr. S.S. Gupta, Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), also graced the occasion with their presence.

aking into considera tion the steep rise in onion prices that could further push up food inflation, the Government of India may ban export of the commodity to improve domestic supply and keep rates under check. It is learnt that the Centre is keeping a close watch on onion prices and is thinking of various options including ban on onion export to control prices.

Cotton exports plummet by 36%

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ndia's cotton exports are estimated to have plummeted by 36 per cent to 9.14 million bales in the first 11 months ended June of the current marketing year, a latest USDA report said. The country had shipped 13.91 million bales of cotton in the August-June period of the 2011-12 marketing year. One bale contains 170 kg of cotton. The cotton marketing year runs from August to July.

Los Angeles Port suffers set-back

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he Port of Los Angeles, the nation’s largest container port, reported a 7.2 per cent year-over-year decline in June cargo volume. Imports in June fell 7.2 per cent year-over-year to 353,930 20-footequivalent units. Exports fared worse, diving 15 per cent from 174,418 TEUs to 148,203 TEUs. Total loaded imports and exports dropped 9.8 per cent in the month to 476,528 TEUs, from 528,348 TEUs in June 2012.

China's top refiners to skip gasoil exports

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hina's top two refiners -- China Petroleum and Chemical Corp, or Sinopec, and PetroChina - plan to skip gasoil exports in August and likely in September as well, market sources said. The country’s top refiner Sinopec, which has no gasoil exports scheduled for Q3, is said to have exhausted its gasoil export quota. PetroChina, the second largest refiner and accounts for just a fraction of China's total gasoil exports, is also said to have no gasoil for export in August and is unlikely to have any in September either.

OOCL Christens newbuild boxship

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OCL celebrated the delivery and christening ceremony of its newbuild 13,208 TEU containership at Geoje Island in South Korea on July 18. Leased to NYK Line of Japan, the vessel was named by Sponsor Ms. Madeleine Sands as the m.v. NYK Hermes. By embracing innovative designs and the latest green technologies, OOCL is committed to introducing efficient and environmentally friendly vessels to the shipping community. This vessel is the sixth of the ten 13,208 TEU-sized containerships ordered by OOCL from Samsung Heavy Industries. The NYK Hermes will serve the Asia-Europe trade on the LP4 service in a 77-day round trip.


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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

THINK TANK

Some people make things happen, some watch things happen, while others wonder what has happened. - Gaelic Proverb

Triple-E opening the doors to the world of shipping NEW DELHI Sagar Sandesh News Service

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n a couple of months, Sept. 2329, the second vessel in the Triple-E series which is to count a total of 20 ships, will be sailing to Copenhagen. To celebrate this event, Maersk will offer the public a view of the large, new and innovative container ship and at the same time opens the doors to the world of shipping with a multi-media exhibition located next to the ship. All visitors will be invited into an interactive landscape illustrating how goods are brought to us from all corners of the world, how the cutting-edge technology of the Triple-E takes the environmental benefits to a new level and what it feels like to be the captain of the largest container ship the world has ever seen. In short, the planned exhibition demonstrates how Maersk Line is bringing you the world. “We are very excited to open our doors and show the Triple-E vessel, it is a great opportunity for us to interact with our stakeholders and share our passion about facilitating trade,”

CUSTOMS EXCHANGE RATES Indian Rupees equivalent to one unit of foreign currencies will be as follows : With effect from July 19, 2013

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

Import 55.35 161.45 57.65 10.60 78.60 7.70 70.40 213.70 47.30 10.00 90.55 47.45 6.20 16.25 9.10 63.65 16.55 59.65

Export 53.95 152.55 56.25 10.25 76.85 7.55 66.10 201.15 45.90 9.70 88.45 46.35 5.85 15.35 8.85 62.05 15.65 58.65

The rate of exchange of Indian Rupees equivalent to hundred units of foreign currency are as follows : Currencies Import Export Japanese Yen 60.30 58.80

The 20 Triple-E vessels will operate in a loop on the world’s busiest trade lane, carrying cargo between eight ports in Asia and six in Europe said Maersk Line CEO Søren Skou.

What is Triple-E The Triple-E is a unique class of container shipping vessels currently being built at the DSME Shipyard in Okpo, South Korea, and will be delivered to Maersk Line over the next two years. The “E” in the class name refers to the most important design characteristics of these ships: Economy of scale, Energy efficiency and Environmentallyimproved performance. The 20 Triple-E vessels will operate in a loop on the world’s busiest trade lane, carrying cargo between eight ports in Asia and six in Europe. They will be gradually phased into this route over the next two years, replacing smaller and less efficient vessels. The Triple-E class container ships will be the largest container ships in the world, with a container carrying capacity of 18,000TEU. Each vessel is estimated to cost $190m. Maersk Line signed a $1.9bn contract with DSME in February 2011 to build 10 Triple-E class vessels. The deal included two options for 10 additional vessels each. The total value of the contract, including the option, is

$5.7bn. It is considered to be the single largest contract value in the shipbuilding industry. The option for 10 more vessels was exercised in June 2011. The first 10 vessels are scheduled to be delivered in 2013

Seas. The new ships are designed to cruise at a top speed of 23kt. The navigation bridge and accommodation areas will be relocated to five bays forward. The engine room and chimney will be moved six bays back. These modifications will result in creation of space for 1,000 more containers. In all, the new vessels will carry 2,500 more containers compared to Emma Mærsk. The vessels will also be the most energy efficient. They will have the lowest carbon dioxide (CO2) footprint by emitting 20%

The Triple-E class container ships will be the largest container ships in the world, with a container carrying capacity of 18,000TEU and 2014, and the second set of 10 in 2014 and 2015. The Triple-E class is an improved and modified version of Emma Maersk, the largest active vessel in the world. Emma Maersk can carry 15,500TEU. The improved vessel will have a U-shaped hull so more containers can be accommodated at lower levels. Unlike Emma Maersk's 22 rows across its width, the TripleE vessels will have 23 rows, accommodating an additional 1,500 containers. The 165,000t vessel will have a length of 400m. The beam will be 59m and draught will be 15.5m. The height above baseline will be 73m, one metre higher than the highest ship Allure of the

less CO2 per container shipped when compared to the most efficient container vessel available currently. Optimised design will allow the vessel to cruise with the maximum possible load at speeds prevailing in the industry.

will be used to run a generator. It will trim down fuel consumption and CO2 emission by about nine per cent. The cost of installing a waste heat recovery system on each Triple-E vessel will be around $10m.

Propulsion & engine power The Triple-E class vessel will have a twin skeg propulsion system, with two slow running ultra-long stroke engines. Each engine will drive a separate propeller. Each engine will produce 43,000hp and weigh 910t. Each will consume 168g bunker oil per KWH produced. Each of the two propellers will be of 9.8m diametre and have four blades. The smaller the number of blades, the less the resistance will be, while the larger diametre propellers will produce more pushing power. The two engines and two propellers combination will generate further savings of four per cent energy when compared to a combination of one engine and one propeller. The vessels will be fitted with

In all, the new vessels will carry 2,500 more containers compared to Emma Maersk The waste heat recovery system will capture the exhaust gas from the engine and use it to run the turbine to produce mechanical energy, which in turn,

two Shaft Generator Motors (SGM) with a rated capacity of 3MW each. The motors will act as variable power generation units.


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Acidic discharge leads to death of fish aquatic species ‘The water body is heavily polluted. It is most likely that effluents discharged by nearby industrial units have resulted in large scale mortality of fish’ PARADIP

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ater bodies located on the fringes of a fertilizer plant in Paradip have turned into graveyard of aquatic species mainly fish following suspected acidic discharge. There are reports of fish and aquatic species dying along the water bodies and creeks close to the fertilizer plant. The polluted water bodies and creeks owe its connectivity to Mahanadi River System. Fisheries personnel rushed to the spot to gauge the gravity of the situation as traditional inland fishermen have squarely blamed the nearby Paradip Phosphates Limited (PPL) for the en masse death of fish.

‘The PPL has no role to play in the contamination of nearby water bodies. Our safety mechanism is foolproof’

“There is visible presence of toxic liquefied substances in the Patakana creek. The water body is heavily polluted. It is most likely that effluents discharged by nearby industrial units have resulted in large scale mortality of fish. We are investigating whether the nearby PPL fertilizer plant is accountable for the incident. But it is concluded beyond doubt that industrial effluents led to death of fish aquatic species”, commented Jagatsinghpur District Fisheries Officer Gyan Ranjan Samal. The Joint General Manager (Personnel and Administration), Mr. Prafulla Kumar Panda, said: “The PPL has no role to play in the contamination of nearby water bodies. Our safety mechanism is foolproof. There

has been no leakage in gypsum pipelines connected to phosphoric acid plant. There were instances of rupturing of pipelines in the past. But the pipelines are now in perfect condition and are entirely leak-proof”. However, fishermen communities differed from the version given by the plant authorities. “There are marked signs of asphyxiation on the dead fish. The death is not on a large scale. Acidic discharge by the fertilizer plant has led to fish death”, maintained Mr. Sankhanad Behera, an environmentalist. “From time to time, this phenomenon of en masse dying of fish is being reported. Effluents from the nearby

fertilizer plants have become the messenger of death for fish and aquatic animals in the water channels and creeks near the Paradip Port town”, he charged. “In the past, we had drawn the attention of local officials. But the plight of fishermen community remains the same”, he concluded. “We are paying a heavy price for industrialization spree in Paradip Port City. The fertilizer

plant has dealt a severe blow on our livelihood stakes. The latest acidic discharge has annihilated fish population in the water bodies”, observed Harekrushna Majhi, an inland fisherman. “The fisheries personnel have been directed to ascertain whether the acidic discharge affected the fish and aquatic lives”, stated Mr. Surajit Das, Additional District Magistrate, Paradip.

New Website of D.G. Shipping, Mumbai A new website dgshipping.gov.in has been launched by the Directorate General of Shipping, Mumbai, with effect from July 22, 2013. The DGS has requested all the stakeholders to login and use the new website, as the existing website will soon be deactivated.


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