Shipping ministry to issue tenders for roping in consultant for Colachel port by March

Shipping ministry to issue tenders for roping in consultant for Colachel port by March 
Mumbai, February 17: Shipping ministry will issue tenders for appointment of a consultant by March for the proposed transhipment port at Colachel in Tamilnadu, said Shri Nitin Gadkari, union minister of shipping and road transport, Wednesday. 

Colachel in Tamil Nadu, Sagar in West Bengal and Wadhawan at Dahanu in Maharashtra will be the three new Greenfield ports on the Indian coast, he said at an interactive session on ports and shipping at the Make in India event at BKC.

“We have already initiated investments worth Rs 80,000 crore for mechanisation, modernisation and computerisation of ports under Sagarmala project,” he said.

Colachel is being promoted as transhipment hub because of deep drought of 18.5 metres as compared to Vizhinjam in Kerala, N. Muruganandam, Managing Director, Indian Ports Association told the audience.

Vizhinjam was also mulled to be promoted as a transhipment hub to capture the container business. Several international ports like Singapore and Jebel Ali have more than one transhipment hubs.

Gadkari also pointed out that the Cabinet has recently approved a 20% subsidy for shipbuilding, which will boost the ship building industry, apart from sanctioning of infrastructure status for the shipbuilding industry.

Gadkari also pointed out the inland waterway bill will shortly get Rajya Sabha nod, paving the way for of 111 river ports. 


Inland Waterways to be the game changer in industrial development - Nitin Gadkari 
Union Minister for Shipping Shri Nitin Gadkari today emphasized on the need to reduce logistics cost, which would be imperative for the success of Make in India initiative. He was speaking at Sectoral Seminar on ‘Opportunities in Shipping and Port Sectors’ as part of the Make In India Week in Mumbai.

Shri Gadkari apprised the participants that a lot of initiatives including mechanization, modernization and capacity addition have already been undertaken in the Port sector with a massive investment of Rs. 80,000 crore. Similarly an Indian Port Rail Company has been established with a thrust on rail road connectivity. He informed the participants that 3 new ports i.e. Vadhavan (Maharashtra) with draft of 18 mtrs , Sagar (West Bengal) with draft of 14.5 mtrs and Kolachel (Tamil Nadu) with draft of 18.5 mtrs are being developed.

Shri Gadkari said there was a renewed focus on developing Inland Waterways which is globally recognized as fuel efficient, cost effective and environment friendly mode of transport. He said work was also underway to use LNG as bunker fuel which would reduce the overall cost for the sector On the river Ganga, the Shipping Ministry is building three multi-modal hubs at Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, Sahibganj in Jharkhand and Haldia in West Bengal. He said there is a proposal to build 2,000 water ports over the next 5 years.

Mr Amitabh Verma, Chairman, Inland Waterway Authority of India said that one of the reasons for inland waterways not being optimally tapped was due to the focus of post Independent governments on speed – which led to higher allocations in roads and railways development.

The Shipping Minister Shri Nitin Gadkari appealed to the private sector to come forward to develop Cruise Tourism, Light Houses and Islands which hold immense tourism potential. 


Shri Nitin Gadkari launches website of Maritime India Summit 2016 
Shri Nitin Gadkari,  Minister of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways launched the Website for Maritime India Summit at the Ports and Shipping seminar at Make in India (MII) Summit today. The Maritime India Summit is scheduled to be  held in Mumbai in April this year.  The user friendly website launched today will facilitate investors and participants to access detailed information about the summit, including registrations. Launching the website Shri Gadkari said, “A strong maritime sector will create economic growth and jobs.  Realizing this potential is duty towards the nation. I am committed to bring the sector into focus; to achieve our goal of port led economic development”
Maritime India Summit 2016 (MIS 2016), is the maiden global summit being organised by the Ministry of Shipping in April,  to unleash the potential of Indian Maritime Sector. The summit will be inaugurated by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on 14 April 2016 at the Bombay Convention and Exhibition Centre in Mumbai. MIS 2016 will comprise of an Investors’ Summit on 14–15 April 2016 , along with exhibition and demo sessions spread over three days. The Republic of Korea is the partner country for the MIS 2016 and will be represented by a high level ministerial and business delegation. More than 50 other maritime nations have also been invited to attend the Summit

 As a precursor to the MIS 2016 roadshows have been organised in Kolkata, Chennai and Hyderabad. The next roadshow is scheduled in Ahmedabad on 23 February 2016. The Ministry of Shipping showcased the potential of growth in the maritime sector at Make in India Week. The launch of the website at MII Summit witnessed an enthusiastic participation by policy-makers, industry experts, corporate captains and Ministry of Shipping officials. Shri Gadkari has urged the potential participants/exhibitors to register themselves online and avail the early bird discount till 10th of March 2016.

About Maritime India Summit 2016:

 This flagship  initiative of the Shipping Ministry  aims to provide a unique platform for participants to explore potential business opportunities. It  will showcase exciting investment opportunities in the maritime sector including Shipbuilding, Ship Repair and Ship Recycling, Port Modernization and New Port Development, Port-based Industrial Development, Port-based Smart Cities and Maritime Cluster Development, Hinterland Connectivity Projects and Multi-Modal Logistics Hubs, Inland Waterways and Coastal Shipping for Cargo and Passenger movement, Dredging, Lighthouse Tourism and Cruise Shipping and Renewable Energy Projects in Ports. An exhibition along with exclusive demo sessions will showcase the latest technology, products and services as well as help disseminate knowledge about the latest development in Maritime Sector. It will provide a platform to interact closely with leading global Maritime oganisations to explore business opportunities and create awareness amongst stakeholders about the emerging trends and opportunities in Maritime Sector.

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