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The ongoing peak summer coupled with reviving Indian economy has resulted in power shortages in several states. In this background, Shri Alok Kumar, Secretary, Minister of Power along with Addl. Secretary Shri Vivek Kumar Dewangan made a whirlwind tour to Paradip Port for taking stock of domestic/imported thermal coal evacuation systems. Hon’ble Secretary was extended warm welcome by Shri P.L. Haranadh, Chairman, PPA at the Wet Basin and Ceremonial Guard of Honour was given by CISF Unit, PPA.
Shri Alok Kumar, Secretary, Ministry of Power conducted an inspection of the Port infrastructure and the modernization projects. Secretary also visited the PEQCTPL Hoper and Mechanised Coal Handling Plant to get the first hand experience of procedures in place and issues involved to augment coal supply through Paradip Port.
He chaired a review meeting on coal supply to power plants in which Chairman, Dy.Chairman and other officials of Paradip Port, Chief Freight Transportation Manager of East Coast Railway, NTPC Ltd., Chief Manager (Marketing & Sales), Mahanadi Coal Fields Ltd. & Coal India Ltd. and Senior officials from AP Genco, Tamilnadu Genco, and Karnataka Genco participated.
In the course of discussion, PPA Chairman informed that the Port is having capacity to unload 41 nos. of Thermal Coal rakes per day against the present supply of 31 rakes per day and the capacity is likely to be enhanced to 46 rakes per day by July, 2022 and 57 rakes per day by October, 2022. The representatives from various Gencos requested for supply of more Thermal Coal rakes highlighting their critical stock position. After taking the stock of the situation, Power Secretary instructed the concerned authorities to address the bottlenecks on priority basis. He instructed the railways to complete various ongoing projects like Electrification in new BOT Bulb and shifting of IFFCO on CONCOR’s MMLP. Railways has assured to compete the projects by July 2022. Secretary, Power also reviewed the rail connectivity projects like Sambalpur-Talcher dubbling work, Quadrupling work of Jharpada-Budhapank and Budhapank-Salegaon, Auto-signaling between Cuttack and Paradip. He also instructed both Railways and Port to prepare a Railway master plan jointly taking into account the traffic potential in the hinterland of the Port. He also the pendency of Thermal coal indents vide RCR mode with Railways. He instructed all the Gencos to utilise the capacity available at Paradip Port and increase volumes of Thermal coal in this financial year.
In the afternoon Power Secretary returned to Bhubaneswar after his visit to Paradip Port.
Paradip Port Authority bagged “ODISHA BEST EMPLOYER BRAND AWARDS 2022” under the Banner of World Leadership Congress held on 27th April, 2022 at Bhubaneswar. Dr.P.N.Bahekar, Secretary and Shri G.Edison, Traffic Manager, Paradip Port received the award. The certification is provided by the World Federation of HR Professionals. Shri P.L.Haranadh, Chairman and Shri A.K.Bose, Dy. Chairman have congratulated all HoDs for this notable achievement.
“Under Maritime vision 2030, the Paradip Port Authority will become a MEGA PORT and for this, employees, the stakeholders like exporters, importers will have to play a crucial role. Paradip is going to become one of Asia’s prominent Industrial Hub with large projects of around 10 thousand Cr. Port based industrialization is on the anvil. With the merger of Inland waterways of Mahanadi with Coastal water of the Bay of Bengal via Paradip Port, a huge potential for development has been created”, said Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, Hon’ble Union Minister of Ports, Shipping & Waterways, while addressing the Press, Employees and denizens of Paradip in a meeting held at the newly inaugurated Biju Convention Centre.
As the Nation is celebrating Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, Shri Sonowal was quite happy to note that the Paradip Port Authority which came into existence post-independence has achieved tremendous success and created its own identity. Apart from the employees, the local population has also extended its whole hearted support. Shri Sonowal also thanked Shri Naveen Patnaik, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Odisha and Govt. of Odisha for its support in development of Paradip Port. In future also they should continue this type of support so that Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi's vision of a strong and Atma Nibhar Bharat is realised. In the spirit of Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas, through Sabka Prayas the efforts of several line ministries were synchronised for the holistic and speedy development of the nation, Hon’ble Prime Minister on 15th August 2021 announced the PM Gati Shakti National Master Plan worth Rs. 100 Lakhs Cr. Gati Shakti aims to provide systematic, multi modal connectivity to various economic zones for seamless movement of people, goods & services resulting in efficient conduct of logistics and economic activities.
In order to become a super power our new generation should undergo new innovation thought process, start-ups, connectivity, industry, science and technology. There should be coherent approach between the teaching community, parents and students. Shri Sonowal launched “Vidya Ashribad Scheme” for the local school students belonging to the marginalized section of the society who are being provided with study kits comprising of school bags, shoes and other accessories. Hon’ble minister also launched the “Baristha Kalyan Yojana” under which the inmates of Maa Santoshi Old Age Home were provided utility kits.
Shri P.L.Haranadh, Chairman, PPA in his welcome speech, outlined about the prospects of various projects like 2nd exit-cum-road flyover (Gati-Shakti Project), Sewerage Treatment Plant, creation of Aayush Garden, Paradip College Boy’s Hostel, Container Scanner which were inaugurated by the Hon’ble Minister. Shri A.K.Bose, Dy.Chairman, PPA was also present on the occasion.
Commencement of Vessel Construction activities at Paradip Port , April 18, 2022, The Chairman, Paradip Port, Shri P.L Haranadh, IRTS inaugurated Vessel construction activities at Paradip Port Slipway with the Keel Laying Ceremony of a Pilot Boat. The Boat is being constructed by Sadhav Offshore Engineering Pvt Ltd. (SOEPL), which has taken the slip way on lease through an e-auction process by the Port in November 2021.
Since the Slipway was built around 30 years ago only small boat repairs have been carried out from time to time.
Sadhav plans to enhance and use the infrastructure for Vessel Construction aside from Boat repairs. The company is engaging Professionals and experts in the field to design and build high quality sea going vessels that will be recognized the world over.
"Odisha has a very rich Maritime tradition, and so we felt it is important for us to revive the business of Ship Construction and Repair in the state, as it would not only provide high employment opportunity but will also revive the Odia pride in their rich cultural traditions", said Devahuti Choudhury, Director, Sadhav Offshore Engineering.
Inspired by the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi is declaring 21st June the International Day of Yoga as a build up to the main event PPA conducted Yoga Session for its employees. The programme was organised in association with the local branch of Art of Living at Smruti Udyan where employees participated in common Yoga protocol sessions. Shri P.L.Haranadh grace the occasion as Chief Guest. Similarly PPA CISF Unit and children of Port Trust UP School participated in separate Yoga sessions.
In the joint association of Paradip Port Authority and Major Ports Sports Control Board, 43rd All India Major Ports Volleyball and 17th Beach Volleyball Championship 2021-22 kicked off this evening at Gopabandhu stadium. The event will come to an end on 15th April. Gracing the occasion as Chief Guest Shri A.K. Bose, Dy. Chairman, said that after two years of the pandemic, the stage has given an ample opportunity to the Major Ports Community to interact among themselves about their well being. It will develop brotherhood among the Port fraternity. He advised all the players to play in sports spirit and avoid any kind of untoward incident. Shri Bose took the salute in the march past by participants.
Organising committee Secretary Dr. D.P. Sethy gave the welcome speech and Vice-chairman Shri Babul Sikdar and Chairman Shri D.N. Sondhi spoke on the occasion. PPA Sports Council Secretary Ranjan Rashmi Beura and Advisor Rabi Das conducted the programme.
On the occasion, students of Saraswati Shishu Vidya Mandir sang the opening chorus and artists from Sagarika Kala Niketan and Saraswati Shishu Vidya Mandir performed in the cultural programme. Saraswati Shishu Vidya Mandir Host Troupe and Paradip District Judo Team and Karate team performed demonstrations. Around 120 participants from seven major ports are participating in the sports extravaganza. Today’s opening match held between PPA & Mormugao Port Authoriy.
Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways along with Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) is organizing Waterways Conclave 2022 on 11th-12th April in Dibrugarh, Assam. Along with aspirations of PM Gati Shakti National Masterplan, Waterways Conclave aims for speedy development of Multimodal projects in North-eastern region to energize the economic activities and augment employment generation. There is a potential to upsurge in regional trade and investment through collaboration. New possibilities for cooperation in waterways sector between the nations shall be generated. FICCI is the industry partner for the two-day conclave.
Union Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways and AYUSH Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Shri Nitin Gadkari and Chief Minister of Assam Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma will address the conclave .
Waterways Conclave 2022 will also be attended by various stakeholders in the waterways ecosystem such as Policy Planners, Senior Government Officials, Domestic and International Investors, Sector Experts, Infrastructure players, Vessel Owners and Operators, Cruise Tourism industry, Cargo Passengers, Representatives of Major Ports well as the Governments of Maritime States in the country. The conclave shall be addressed by dignified speakers on both the days. The conference is backed up with special sessions.
59th National Maritime Day was celebrated at PPA in the Wet Basin of the PPA’s Marine Site office, where, Shri P.L. Haranadh, graced the occasion as Chief Guest.
At the meeting, Shri Haranadh spoke about the rich Maritime Heritage of the Nation in ancient times. The state of Odisha also has a rich Maritime History which reflected by celebration of Port Day on the auspicious of occasion of Kartika Purnima. He spoke in length about the future prospects of PPA to be become the mega Port in the country. He hoped that by 2030, PPA will have half a billion rated capacity, with capacity augmentation and mechanisation of existing berths, is quite achievable. As part of green initiatives, LNG green filling stations will come up which will promote green economy in the locality. By 2025, one million trees coverage will be undertaken in the periphery so that there will be drastic reduction in the carbon footprint. Under Maritime vision 2030 a world class signal station will come up within next two years. Praising the spirit and innovations shown by PPA employees, he appealed everybody to work on Mission to make PPA the No.1 Port in the country. He hoped that with the benchmarking, PPA has set in the recent years will definitely boost its prospects to be a global Port.
Addressing the gathering, Shri A.K.Bose, Dy.Chairman, PPA stressed on sustainable shipping through cost reduction and seamless movement. Shri Y.K. Singh, DIG, Coast Guard also spoke about the Maritime heritage of the country.Capt. Ram Prasad Yadav, Master, MV Decan Pride was felicitated on the occasion for his tireless service and stellar contribution to the Indian Maritime Industry. Coinciding with the observations of National Maritime Day competitions like heaving line throw and rope climbing were held. Winners of the different competitions were also awarded on the occasion.
Capt.A.C.Sahu, Dy. Conservator, PPA gave the welcome speech and Er.Babul Sikdar, Sr.Marine Engineer offered Vote of Thanks.
Shri Sarbananda Sonowal emphasises important contribution of seafarers during the tough COVID times in making country self reliant and keeping global supply chain operational.Union Minister for Ports, Shipping & Waterways Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has emphasised the important contribution of seafarers during the tough COVID times in making country self reliant and keeping global supply chain operational.Congratulating all stakeholders of maritime fraternity at the 59th National Maritime Day celebration function he said that inspite of the huge challenges our Indian seafarers courageously continued to keep India’s Flag flying high throughout the world. He said the role played by Indian seafarers in keeping the global supply chain operational can well be gauged from the fact that even during the height of COVID-19 Pandemic more than 2,10,000 Indian seafarers served on Indian and Foreign ships in 2021.
He said this also ensured that Indian and global trade and commerce activities continued unhindered. Shri Sonowal said with our Indian seafarers working throughout the world in pandemic times, we set an example for the world of our rich ancient Indian ethos and philosophy of Vasudaiva Kutumbakam or the entire world is one family .
Shri Sonowal said Prime Minister has announced that India will achieve net zero targets by 2070. Accordingly, this year’s National Maritime Day theme of ‘Propelling Indian Maritime Industry to Net Zero’ is apt. He said in the Maritime Industry, India has always championed the cause of environmental protection, whether it is implementation of Global Sulphur Cap or IMO greenhouse gas emission regulations on domestic ships or committing to Conference of Parties to UNFCC to reach Net Zero by 2070.He said in pursuance of attaining the dream of Prime Minister and as espoused through Maritime India Vision, 2030 he was confident that India would lead the world through the Maritime sector in the years to come.
The Minister further elaborated that share of Indian seafarer in world shipping has shown an increase of 25% between 2016 and 2019.
He said the Indian cruise industry, is growing rapidly due to multiple government interventions in the last 3 years. Over the next decade, the Indian cruise market has the potential to increase by 8 times driven by rising demand and disposable incomes, he added.Shri Sonowal also appreciated the tremendous contribution made by maritime community and informed that the Government is promoting ‘Ease of Doing Business’ to reduce logistic costs and facilitate shipping and is working towards making Indian maritime sector attain the foremost position in the world.
Today’s event was started by flagging off Walkathon by Minister of State Shri Shantanu Thakur at Safdarjung Tomb in the morning . On this occasion senior officials of the Ministry, DG Shipping, Port officials and about 600 trainee cadets from Maritime institutes located in the NCR MTI, teaching faculties as well as Merchant navy officers from NCR region were also present.
National Maritime Day Celebration assumes special significance as it was exactly 103 years back when history was created, on 5th April 1919, SS Loyalty, first Ship under Indian Flag, set sail from Mumbai to London.
Paradip Port achieved highest record of cargo handling of 116.13 million metric tonnes during the financial year 2021-22 ,surpassing the previous best achieved during the year 2020-21 by around 114.55 million metric tonnes.
During this financial year the Iron Ore traffic dropped by around 30% due to international market conditions and poor demand for iron ore export. Despite that Paradip Port could register cargo handling by improving its performance in other commodities. Paradip Port handled 38% more thermal coal coastal shipping this year by putting in place improved operational protocols. A number of rakes handled in Mechanical Coal Handling Plant (MCHP) have improved by 25%
The port operating surplus improved by a remarkable 10% and operating margin has improved to 60%. The Operating ratio of the organization has improved to its best figure of 40%. During this financial year Paradip Port changed to Paradip Port Authority as per the new Major Port Authority Act of 2021.
The Major Port Authority Act transformed the management model of the port and strengthen the ports to serve the customers better and contribute towards nations economy
During this financial year Paradip Port has commissioned 2 (two) important projects namely Development of New Coal import terminal at a cost of Rs. 650 Crores with capacity of 15MMTPA. This terminal is equipped with world class cargo handling systems and can improve import of coal and other dry bulk cargo through Paradip.
Mechanization of 3 berths in the EQ for handling thermal coal coastal shipping at a cost of Rs.1440 crores. This terminal with a capacity to handle 30 MMTPA and equips Paradip to meet the entire demand of thermal coal coastal shipping of southern India.
During 21-22 Paradip Port has surpassed the target set of 109 crores for capital expenditure (IEBR) and achieved Rs.121 crores. To improve the port connectivity Haridaspur Paradip rail connectivity around 82 kms at cost of Rs.3200 crore has been commissioned which resulted in direct connectivity from Iron ore mining to Port.
The Major Port is celebrating the 7th year of Sagarmala Programme inaugurated by Hon’ble Prime Minister in March 2015. The Sagarmala Programme was launched with objectives of promoting port led economy development, augmenting port capacity, port connectivity and to reduce the logistic cost of EXIM cargo.
During the last 7 years Paradip Port have commissioned the Projects worth of Rs.3200 crores under Port modernization. The clean cargo and container terminal with capacity of 5 MMTPA was commissioned at a cost of Rs.430 crores. The new Iron export terminal with a capacity of 10 MMTPA become operational at a cost of Rs.740crores. A new coal import terminal and coastal shipping coal terminal has also been commissioned during the current financial year at a cost of 2090 crores.
Under the Sagarmala Programme port based industrialization is also one of the pillars under port led industrialization. A Multi Modal logistic park at a cost of Rs.200 crores over 100 acres of land is under development. Paradip Port has allocated land for setting up 2 nos of Pellet plants and POL Tank Terminal at a cost of Rs.7000 crores. A new Tank Terminal for Numaligarh Refinery Ltd. for transportation of crude at cost of Rs.1500 crores is being set up.
Paradip Port is in the final stage of awarding of most prestigious Western Dock project of 25 MMTPA capacity with a cost of Rs.3000 crores. This Western Dock will enable the Paradip Port to handle Cape size vessels.
Coastal community development is one of the major pillars of Sagarmala Project. Paradip Port, under Pradhan Mantri Mastya Sampad Yojana, is implementing augmentation and modernization of Paradip Fishing harbor at cost of Rs.99.75 crores. This project will upgrade the Paradip fishing harbor to a world class level and will improve the earning of the fishing community.
Hon’ble Prime Minister has unveiled Gati Shakti Master plan to bring about integrity planning and execution of projects to address the issue of Multimodal and last mile connectivity. Under PM Gati Shakti project, Paradip Port has taken up construction of 2nd exit Road-cum Fly over with a sum of Rs.93 crores to serve as an alternative road of the port. This is a 2.4 km length and four lane road –cum flyover is expected to relieve traffic congestion of Paradip city. It is expected to be completed by 2022-23.
Paradip Port started implementing the Maritime Vision 20-30 unveiled by Hon’ble Prime Minister, during the March 2022. Under Maritime vision, there will be investment of Rs.300 lakh crores and is expected to generate employment of 20 lakhs job across all the major ports.
As per MIV 2030 Paradip Port is targeted to become half billion tonne capacity port by 2030 with 100% mechanization. Paradip Port have completed already 30 initiatives and another 63 initiatives are under progress.
Paradip Port giving highest priority for ease of doing business and has been implementing various digital solutions to improve efficiencies and transparency. As a part of its green initiatives, the number of steps like dry fog system, mechanical sprinkling, road sweeping machines, truck tyre washing , concreting of the roads, ambient air quality machines, Sewerage treatment plant have been taken up by Paradip Port. Paradip Port has set up a target of beautification of area with one lakh tree plantation.
Chairman Paradip Port has expressed his gratitude to Hon’ble Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways Sri Sarbananda Sonowal and Hon’ble Shipping Secretary Dr. Sanjeev Ranjan for their guidance, direction and support. He also thanked Ministry of Railways, Deptt. of Customs, Govt. of Odisha for their support to achieve the above performance. He also congratulated all the exporters and importers, PPP Operators, User Industries, Stevedores, Steamer Agents, Trade Unions and officers and staff for their continued faith on the ability of the Port facilities.
The Paradip Port Trust (PPT) got a new nomenclature as it has now been renamed as Paradip Port Authority (PPA) under the provisions of the Major Port Authorities Act (MPA), 2021. The maiden Board meeting of Paradip Port Authority was convened today under the Chairmanship of Shri P.L. Haranadh at Paradip. The meeting deliberated various agenda items pertaining to the Port and new nomenclature was one of the agenda, for which the resolution was passed.Through a circular, Dr. P.N. Bahekar, Secretary has asked all Heads of Departments (HoDs) to initiate necessary action for making appropriate changes in the nomenclature of the Port and also to effect necessary changes in the relevant documents, papers, letterheads and also inform the changes to authorities concerned, stakeholders, etc.In pursuance of sub-section 1 of Section 3 of the Major Port Authorities Act (MPA), 2021 the Government of India had already constituted a new Board of Major Port Authority for Paradip Port.
Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways organized an event to commemorate successful seven years of Sagarmala program. The highlight of the event was showcasing the exemplary performance, the flagship program of Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways has achieved during the last 7 years. The mobile application of Sagarmala was launched by Union Minister, Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways (MoPSW) Shri Sarbananda Sonowal in the presence Minister of State, Shri Shripad Naik; Minister of State, Shri Shantanu Thakur; Secretary, Dr. Sanjeev Ranjan and other senior officials and dignitaries.
Speaking on the occasion Shri Sarbananda Sonowal said under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, the Sagarmala program was launched with the objective to improve ports’ efficiency. He said Quality service delivery has made Turnaround Time (containers) at Ports come down to 26.58 hours from 44.70 hours in 2013-14
The Minister said the report card of Ministry showcases 802 projects worth Rs. 5.48 lakh Crore under the Sagarmala program targeted to be executed by 2035 out of which 194 projects worth Rs. 99,000 Crore have been completed. A total of 29 projects worth Rs. 45,000 Crore have been successfully implemented under PPP model, thus, reducing the financial burden on the exchequer. Further, there are 218 projects worth Rs. 2.12 lakh Crore under construction and expected to be completed in 2 years’ time. This apart, 390 projects worth Rs. 2.37 Lakh Crore are under development pipeline.Shri Sonowal also mentioned about the skill centers developed under Sagarmala. Centre of Excellence in Maritime and Shipbuilding (CEMS) which has trained over 5000 candidates in 50+ courses since inception. National Technology Centre for Ports, Waterways and Coasts (NTCPWC) at IIT Madras has carried out more than 70 research and technical support projects related to ports and waterways. Centre for Inland and Coastal Maritime Technology (CICMT) at IIT Kharagpur has been set up to provide research, testing and experimentation facility to IWAI, shipyards and ports. Multi Skill Development Centres (MSDC) for training are already operational at the premises of Jawaharlal Nehru Port and Chennai Port Authorities in which 1200 candidates have been trained. Also, more than 35,000 candidates have undergone training at Safety Training and Welfare Institution, Alang. Additionally, Deen Dayal Upadhyay- Grameen Kaushalya Yojna Sagarmala Convergence Programme, under Ministry of Rural Development, to enable skilling of coastal population, trained more than 1,900 candidates,he added.
Port connectivity, another important element of the program, has 80 projects under its ambit. These include connectivity infrastructure projects, freight-friendly expressways to enable efficient movement of containers on key routes, and the development of strategic inland waterways. Port-led industrialization is being taken up with the aim to boost industrial and export growth along the coastline. This will be realized through 14 Coastal Economic Zones (CEZs) along the coastline. Another noteworthy initiative, development of a new deep draught port at Vadhavan, on the north coast of Maharashtra is taking shape. The port will cater to Ultra Large Container Vessels (UCLVs). Several steps are also being taken towards transitioning major ports to smart ports focusing on Port Community System; Logistics Data Bank Service; RFID Solutions; Enterprise Business Systems; Direct Port Delivery (DPD); Direct Port Entry (DPE); scanners/ container scanners and simplifying the procedures.
During this event an exhibition was also organized by major ports showcasing their Sagarmala projects.
Sagarmala program was launched in March 2015 with the objectives to achieve port modernization & new port development, port connectivity enhancement, port-led industrialization and coastal community development. The program has followed a stepped approach of implementation with first attempt on implementing the maritime projects through Public Private Partnership (PPP) wherever feasible. Projects which have high social and economic quotient but low IRR are being implemented through funding support under the Sagarmala program.
The financial assistance is provided to State Governments and other MoPSW agencies for port infrastructure projects, coastal berth projects, Road & Rail projects, fishing harbours, skill development projects, Coastal community development, cruise terminal and unique projects such as Ro-Pax ferry services etc.
Nurture young minds - Develop safety culture” being the theme, the 51st National Safety Week is being observed by Paradip Port Trust today came to an end. Shri P.L. Haranadh, Chairman, PPT hoisted the National Safety week Flag, this morning at an event held at Gate No. 4, in presence of Shri Somashekhar B. , Asst. Director, Dock Safety along with other HoDs and PPT officials and various stakeholders. A tribunal salute was offered by Shri P.K. Kar, Safety Officer, PPT. Addressing the gathering, Shri Haranadh said that we shouldn’t sign off safety as the week concludes, but continue this throughout the year. Any miscalculation or wrong step by us will lead to accident or misfortune. Addressing the gathering he said that safety and productivity should go together, so that the output and efficiency will improve. He stressed on conduction of regular safety training programmes for the sake of employees and proper and timely availability of safety equipments. Under infrastructure development programme, as PPT is vying for 100% mechanisation in the next five years from the current 75%, to eliminate manual handling of cargo. Also improved safety protocols will be immensely beneficial to the employees. Mock Drills must be conducted on a regular basis to prepare ourselves for any eventuality. Shri Haranadh informed about the project to make concrete artery road inside the harbour to ensure safety in the prohibited area. Railway level crossing gates will be improved within a year.
Thereafter, the winners of various competitions like safety essay, debate and poster competitions, organised on the occasion, were awarded. Shri S.K. Das, CME, PPT gave the welcome address and called upon all the stakeholders to make Safety a teamwork. Shri P.K. Kar, Safety Officer, PPT offered the vote of thanks. Shri Harandah along with other HoDs visited an exhibition organised on the occasion about new types of conveyor systems.
Paradip Sakshyarata Samiti under the aegis of PPT today organised a seminar at Officers’ Club. Gracing the occasion as Chief Guest Shri P.L. Haranadh, Chairman highlighted various developmental works undertaken by PSS and assured of all support by PPT in its future endeavour. Shri D.N. Sondhi, FA & CAO, Dr. P.N. Bahekar, Secretary, Smt. Premalata Barik, Poetess & Social Worker were Guests of Honour at the seminar, in which Er. Deepak Rath, Vice Chairman of PSS presided over the meeting. In the beginning, a documentary on various developmental works undertaken by PPT was exhibited. Shri Haranadh also felicitated renowned teacher Smt. Geetanjali Tarai on the occasion. Winners of various competitions like poem recitation, slogan writing etc. were also felicitated by the Chief Guest. Various SHGs which have excelled in their respective work areas and women volunteers, who have immensely contributed by making nose masks during COVID period, were also felicitated. Shri Ramchandra Pradhan, Secretary, PSS offered vote of thanks. In the evening in a separate function organised by the Working Women Cell, PPT, Dr. P.N. Bahekrar, Secretary, gave a lecture on the topic "Gender Equality & Women Power".
On the eve of Raising Day of CISF on 10th March, CISF Unit of Paradip Port held an event, this morning, in its local complex. Shri P.L. Haranadh, Chairman graced the occasion as Chief Guest and took salute from the marching contingents. Addressing the gathering, he said that the CISF is created for the better protection and security of industrial undertakings in the country. With the number of personnel has reached over 1,80,000, it has transformed into a multi-skill security agency of the country mandated to provide security to the major installations across the country. Since the Ports are going to be gateways of development, the seamless, secure port operations will be crucial to the productivity and revenue earning of the Ports. As Paradip Port will evolve as a Mega Port in the east coast, the responsibility of CISF for ensuring the security will rise manifold. Shri Haranadh stressed on an Improved version of Gate Management System, which will be operational by next fiscal, so that CISF will be better equipped to monitor the operations of the Port as well as the periphery.
Shri A.K. Bose, Dy. Chairman, Commandant Akshat Patel and other HoDs of PPT were among the dignitaries present on the occasion.
Nurture young minds - Develop safety culture” being the theme, the 51st National Safety Week is being observed by Paradip Port. Shri A. K. Bose, Dy. Chairman inaugurated Safety Week Celebrations by flagging off Safety Rath and Safety Rally this morning which culminated at Gate No-4. Shri S.K. Das, CME & Shri Deepak Rath, Dy. CME were also present on the occasion.
PPT was adjudged Port of the Year in Non-containerised Cargo category in the Eastern Star Awards 2022 held in Kolkata on February 24, 2022. The 7th edition of East Coast Maritime Forum 2022 concurrent with Eastern Star Awards was held by Exim India Shipping Times. Shri A.K. Bose, Dy. Chairman, PPT along with Shri Sriman Mishra, DTM received the award from Smt. H.K.Joshi, CMD, Shipping Corporation of India Ltd.
Congratulating team PPT, Shri P.L.Haranadh, Chairman, PPT has said that the award reflects PPT’s continuous efforts towards setting new benchmarks in operational excellence across the Port Industry. He appealed all the Stakeholders to continue their best efforts to scale further heights in days to come.
Paradip Port achieved yet another 100 Million Metric Tonnes (MMT) of cargo handling fifth year in row. Despite COVID-19 crisis and huge shortfall in iron ore exports, it once again repeated the feat by crossing the 100 MMT mark in succession and achieved cargo throughput of 100.04 MMT till 18th February in the current fiscal. Notably, last year the coveted mark of 100 MMT was achieved on February 21st 2021. In spite of shortfall of Iron Ore/Pellet shipments by 30.24 %, PPT could achieve 36.86% % growth in coastal Shipping of Coal and 6.77% growth in POL, by showing better efficiency and that too in 3 days before, in comparison to the last fiscal.
Marking the occasion, symbolic cake cutting was done today at Officers' Club by Shri P.L. Haranadh, Chairman, PPT in presence of Shri A.K. Bose, Dy. Chairman and other HoDs and Dy. HoDs.
For the above feat, Shri Haranadh, Chairman, PPT congratulated all Officers/Employees, the user industries, Stevedores, Steamer Agents, Trade Unions, PPP Operators to have their continued faith in the ability of the Port to serve them. Congratulating the employees and officers of the Port for their continued commitment to serve the trade, Chairman, PPT takes the pleasure of appreciating the support of Govt. authorities like Ministry of Ports, Shipping & Waterways (GoI), Govt. of Odisha, Indian Railways, Customs, Immigration Department, Dock Safety, MMD as well as the trusted partnership with all Service Providers/Terminal Operators for their sustained effort.
Union Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways Shri Sarbananda Sonowal today took a comprehensive review of initiatives taken by the various ports for facilitating Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) and Operational Efficiency Through Technology (OETT) to boost growth under PM Gati Shakti National Plan in presence of Union MoS Shri Shantanu Thakur and chairmen of all Major Ports, Inland Waterways Authority of India representatives and senior officials.
The future roadmap of Major Ports to achieve world-class infrastructure and to lead the growth journey of India on the pillars of the ambitious PM Gati Shakti National Plan was discussed. PM Gati Shakti is driven by seven engines of growth - roads, railways, airports, ports, mass transport, waterways and logistics, with the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways set to play a major role in the realisation of the National Master Plan, a multi-modal connectivity masterplan launched by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to ensure seamless connectivity, economic growth and delivery of good governance to the citizens. The construction of a trans-shipment hub at Greater Nicobar was also part of the discussions.
Speaking on the occasion, the Union Minister said, “Integrated efforts which are being taken by ports and others will add speed to development works around the country. PM Gati Shakti will help the people, farmers, fishing community and strengthen India’s economy. He also highlighted his recent visit to Patna and said ‘ IWAI ke sath yeh Nadi aur Sagar ka sahyog hai, Ganga Maa hai aur Brahmaputra Pita’.
Shri Sonowal further urged the officials to put emphasis on promotion of Atma Nirbhar Bharat mission and skill development so that the youth of the country can be benefited.
Union MoS Shri Shantanu Thakur said, "Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways is committed towards PM Gati Shakti and today’s meeting is a step towards it."
Secretary Dr Sanjeev Ranjan spoke on multi-modal connectivity, highlighting the seven pillars of growth under PM Gati Shakti, Smart, Mega and Green Ports, EoDB and Maritime India Vision(MIV) 2030.
In this day long meeting on PM Gati Shakti initiatives, vehicle scrapping policy, implementation of MIV 2030, ongoing, completed and futuristic projects by Ports chairman were also discussed.
All the senior officials assured that they will move forward on the directions given by the Minister so that economy can be boosted and more people can get its benefits.
With an objective to make the Paradip Port the numero uno among Indian Major Ports and to make it a world class Port, Shri P.L. Haranadh, Chairman, Paradip Port made a vivid presentation about the current bottlenecks and the road ahead. Under High Impact PM Gati Shakti projects, currently construction of 2nd exit road cum flyover at Paradip as part of additional Port connectivity from National Highway is underway. A sum of Rs. 93 Crore is earmarked for this road-cum-flyover, which is 2.4 km long and 4-lane wide and will serve as an alternative entry/ exit option to/from the Port. The project is being implemented through IPRCL. In order to augment the port connectivity and overcome future challenges, over Rs 6600 Crs projects of road, rail and waterways have been proposed.
Under Ease of Doing Business, PCS1x and e-office have been implemented at Port. Common cloud based EBS platform is under implementation. Several initiatives to achieve operational efficiency through technology were discussed. During the Amrit Kaal Shri Haranadh says, Paradip Port eyes for a massive Transformation to a Digital led Smart Port to become a Half Billion Capacity Port by 2047.
Union Minister of Ports, Shipping & Waterways and AYUSH, ShriSarbanandaSonowal flagged off an inland waterway vessel MV Lal Bahadur Shastri from Patna to Guwahati today. The vessel started its journey from Patna today and is carrying 200 Metric Tonnes of foodgrains headed for Pandu in Guwahati & will travel via Bangladesh to reach the destination by early March, 2022.
The minister also laid the foundation stone for construction of Kalughat intermodal terminal at Saran in Bihar on National Waterway - 1 (river Ganga).
This historic event was also attended by Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, PiyushGoyal (virtually); Union Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution and Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Ashwani Kumar Choubey; Union Minister of State for Ports, Shipping & Waterways, Shantanu Thakur; Deputy Chief Ministers of Bihar, Tarkishore Prasad and Renu Devi; Mangal Pandey, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Mr Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, Minister of State, Ministry of Shipping, Government of People’s Republic of Bangladesh; Rajiv Pratap Rudy, MP (Lok Sabha); Sushil Kumar Modi, MP (Rajya Sabha); Ravi Shankar Prasad, MP (Lok Sabha) among other dignitaries & senior officials from the state government and Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI).
The vessel starts its sail on National Waterway-1 (river Ganga) through Bhagalpur, Manihari, Sahibganj, Farakka, Tribeni, Kolkata, Haldia, Hemnagar; Indo Bangladesh Protocol (IBP) route through Khulna, Narayanganj, Sirajganj, Chilmari and National Waterway-2 through Dhubri, and Jogighopa covering a distance of 2,350 km. The vessel will take about 25 days to cover the entire voyage and is expected to reach Pandu in Guwahati by early March.
This historic feat will usher a new era of growth for all the states of Northeast India. The waterways will cut through the landlocked access which has been crippling development in the region for long. The waterways not only remove this geographical hindrance on the road of progress in the region but also provides an economical, swift and convenient transportation for the businesses and people of the region.
In line with the “Act East” policy of the Prime Minister, the Ministry of Ports, Shipping & Waterways (MoPSW) has taken up several infrastructure projects on National Waterway-1, Indo-Bangladesh Protocol route, and NW2, through the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI). These steps will improve the connectivity with North Eastern Region (NER) through waterways. The Government has undertaken the ambitious Jal Marg Vikas Project (JMVP) with an investment of about Rs. 4600 crore for the capacity augmentation of NW-1 (river Ganga) for safe and sustainable movement of vessels upto 2000 tonnes.
Speaking on this landmark moment, Shri SarbanandaSonowal, said, “This is a historic moment for all of Northeast as we embark to reap the benefit of the most seamless cargo transportation through Brahmaputra. This is not just a journey from Patna to Pandu but it is a journey of unfulfilled desires & aspirations to reach out to a wider world via waterways. The opportunity for the people of Assam & Northeast is tremendous. Under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister, the Northeast region is no longer relegated but every effort is made to act & unlock the value that the Astalakshmi promises. We are confident that by restarting the cargo movement via waterways is going to play a pivotal role in energising India’s northeast as the engine of growth.”
IWAI aims at running regular scheduled services on these routes. The Protocol on Inland Water Transit and Trade (PIWTT) between India and Bangladesh allows mutually beneficial arrangements for the use of their waterways for the movement of goods between the two countries by vessels of both countries. National Waterway-1 (River Ganga) is connected to National Waterway-2 (River Brahmaputra) and National Waterway-16 (River Barak) through Indo-Bangladesh Protocol (IBP) routes. To improve the navigability, two stretches of IBP routes, i.e., Sirajganj-Daikhowa and Ashuganj-Zakiganj are also being developed at a cost of Rs. 305.84 crores on an 80:20 share basis (80% being borne by India and 20% by Bangladesh). The development of these stretches is expected to provide seamless navigation to NER via the IBP route. The contracts for dredging on the two stretches for providing and maintaining requisite depth for a period of seven years (from 2019 to 2026) are underway.
PM GatiShakti is a transformative approach for economic growth and sustainable development. The approach is driven by seven engines, namely, Roads, Railways, Airports, Ports, Mass Transport, Waterways, and Logistics Infrastructure. While presenting the Union Budget 2022-23 in Parliament today the Union Minister for Finance & Corporate Affairs, Smt Nirmala Sitharaman said all seven engines will pull forward the economy in unison. These engines are supported by the complementary roles of Energy Transmission, IT Communication, Bulk Water & Sewerage, and Social Infrastructure. She said finally, the approach is powered by Clean Energy and Sabka Prayas – the efforts of the Central Government, the state governments, and the private sector together – leading to huge job and entrepreneurial opportunities for all, especially the youth.
PM GatiShakti National Master Plan:
Finance Minister said the scope of PM GatiShakti National Master Plan will encompass the seven engines for economic transformation, seamless multimodal connectivity and logistics efficiency. It will also include the infrastructure developed by the state governments as per the GatiShakti Master Plan. The focus will be on planning, financing including through innovative ways, use of technology, and speedier implementation.
Smt Sitharaman said the projects pertaining to these 7 engines in the National Infrastructure Pipeline will be aligned with PM GatiShakti framework. The touchstone of the Master Plan will be world-class modern infrastructure and logistics synergy among different modes of movement – both of people and goods – and location of projects. She said this will help raise productivity, and accelerate economic growth and development.
Finance Minister said PM GatiShakti Master Plan for Expressways will be formulated in 2022-23 to facilitate faster movement of people and goods. The National Highways network will be expanded by 25,000 km in 2022-23. She said Rs.20,000 crore will be mobilized through innovative ways of financing to complement the public resources.
Seamless Multimodal Movement of Goods and People:
Smt Sitharaman said the data exchange among all mode operators will be brought on Unified Logistics Interface Platform (ULIP), designed for Application Programming Interface (API). This will provide for efficient movement of goods through different modes, reducing logistics cost and time, assisting just-in-time inventory management, and in eliminating tedious documentation. Most importantly, this will provide real time information to all stakeholders, and improve international competitiveness. She said open-source mobility stack, for organizing seamless travel of passengers will also be facilitated.
Multimodal Logistics Parks:
Contracts for implementation of Multimodal Logistics Parks at four locations through PPP mode will be awarded in 2022-23.
Finance Minister said Railways will develop new products and efficient logistics services for small farmers and Small and Medium Enterprises, besides taking the lead in integration of Postal and Railways networks to provide seamless solutions for movement of parcels.
She said ‘One Station-One Product’ concept will be popularized to help local businesses & supply chains.
As a part of Atmanirbhar Bharat, 2,000 km of network will be brought under Kavach, the indigenous world-class technology for safety and capacity augmentation in 2022-23.Smt Sitharaman said four hundred new-generation Vande Bharat Trains with better energy efficiency and passenger riding experience will be developed and manufactured during the next three years.
She said one hundred PM GatiShakti Cargo Terminals for multimodal logistics facilities will be developed during the next three years.
Mass Urban Transport including Connectivity to Railways:
Finance Minister said innovative ways of financing and faster implementation will be encouraged for building metro systems of appropriate type at scale. Multimodal connectivity between mass urban transport and railway stations will be facilitated on priority. She said design of metro systems, including civil structures, will be re-oriented and standardized for Indian conditions and needs.
Parvatmala: National Ropeways Development Programme:
Smt Sitharaman said as a preferred ecologically sustainable alternative to conventional roads in difficult hilly areas, National Ropeways Development Programme will be taken up on PPP mode. She said the aim is to improve connectivity and convenience for commuters, besides promoting tourism. This may also cover congested urban areas, where conventional mass transit system is not feasible. She said contracts for 8 ropeway projects for a length of 60 km will be awarded in 2022-23.
Capacity Building for Infrastructure Projects:
Finance Minister said with technical support from the Capacity Building Commission, central ministries, state governments, and their infra-agencies will have their skills upgraded. This will ramp up capacity in planning, design, financing (including innovative ways), and implementation management of the PM GatiShakti infrastructure projects.
For 2022-23, Finance Minister proposed allocation of Rs. 1 lakh crore to assist the states in catalysing overall investments in the economy. These fifty-year interest free loans are over and above the normal borrowings allowed to the states.
This allocation will be used for PM GatiShakti related and other productive capital investment of the states. It will also include components for:
Supplemental funding for priority segments of PM Gram Sadak Yojana, including support for the states’ share,
Digitisation of the economy, including digital payments and completion of OFC network, and
Reforms related to building byelaws, town planning schemes, transit-oriented development, and transferable development rights.
Union Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways Shri Sarbanand Sonowal chaired a meeting with all major ports, Cochin shipyard Limited (CSL) and IWAI (Inland waterways Authority of India) to review the progress on various green initiatives being implemented, as per Maritime India Vision(MIV) 2030, for the development of Green Ports & Green Shipping in India.
Shri Sonowal reviewed the progress of initiatives undertaken for development of green ports planned under Maritime India Vision 2030. As part of MIV 2030, Total of 963 initiatives have been identified for implementation across major ports with an estimated investment of Rs. 6,77,720.24 crores, of which a total of 208 initiatives with estimated investment of Rs. 44,424.47 crores have been completed in FY 2021. Further 504 initiatives with estimated investment of Rs. 48,256.14 crores are under implementation.
A number of initiatives have been taken in India to promote green ecosystem in maritime sector. These are in line with International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s 2030 Decarbonization strategy and 2050 Green House Gases (GHG) strategy. Initiatives are being implemented by Major Ports of India that include areas, such as increase share of renewable energy to more than 60% across major ports by 2030, setting up of solar power plants, availing of shore power supply to vessels via berths, multi-clean fuel adoption for vehicles within port ecosystem, gradual phasing out of diesel locomotives at ports, etc.
The green port initiatives include acquisition of equipments for monitoring environmental pollution, acquisition of dust suppression systems, setting up of sewage/ waste water treatment plants, setting up of garbage disposal system for ports and ships, developing shore reception facility for wastes from ships, setting up projects for energy generation from renewable energy sources, providing shore power to ships at berths, creating Oil Spill Response (Tier-1) capabilities at all ports, taking actions to improve harbour water quality, inclusion of sustainable practices in terminal design, development and operation, increasing green cover within port premises etc.
Ministry is also working on draft of a “Green Port Policy” document to suggest framework and guidelines for incorporation of green initiatives in the port sector. The Policy document captures the focused areas, measured outcomes, implementation roadmap and cost recovery mechanism for the port operators and port authorities. The proposed target outcomes will help India in achieving the “Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) target, as well as the International Maritime Organization (IMO) 2030 target.
In order to enhance the share of Green Shipping, various projects are being implemented by Cochin Shipyard Ltd., India’s largest shipbuilding and maintenance facility. These include green urban mobility solutions like Hybrid Electric Ferries, autonomous Zero-emission vessels, pilot project on Hydrogen Fuel Cell Ferry, Electric Catamaran Water Taxi, Hybrid Electric Ro-Ro, Hybrid LNG-Electric Inland Cargo Carrier, Hybrid Tugs, etc.
Possibilities are also being explored for deployment of fully electric ferry and hydrogen fuelled ferries on Inland Waterways for enhancement of river cruise tourism in the country. For instance, Electric Catamaran Water Taxi deployment is being considered at Varanasi and Guwahati in first phase. Additionally, use of Hybrid Electric Roll on -Roll off (Ro-Ro) vessels having dual fuel system (LNG+ battery) is being considered at Guwahati for river crossings. Use of Hybrid LNG-electric Inland Cargo Carrier vessels is also being considered on NW2 and NW1 . Possibility of deploying CNG vessels at Varanasi is also being explored.
The pace at which the Green initiatives are undertaken by the 12 major ports will surely bring a green revolution in the sector making the ports cleaner and greener, which is also a key component of ‘Blue Economy’, creating environmental benefits and balancing the investments and cash flow.
In his concluding Remarks, Shri Sonowal thanked all officials for their crucial contribution towards realization of Prime Minister’s Vision for Indian Maritime Sector. He further directed all Ports to take the Green Initiatives forward by putting dedicated proactive efforts towards greening of maritime sector including finalization of green port policy.
To give impetus to the development of Green Ports & Green Shipping in India as envisaged in the Maritime India Vision 2030, Hon’ble Union Minister of Ministry of Ports, Shipping & Waterways, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, today chaired a meeting with all Major Ports, CSL & IWAI to review the progress in this regard. He said that the MoPSW is leaving no stone unturned to realize Hon’ble PM Shri Narendra Modi Ji's Maritime India Vision 2030 and become the global driver of Green Shipping. Team MoPSW is determined to steer India's prosperity via waterways. Dr. Sanjeev Ranjan, IAS, Secretary, MoPSW also addressed on the occasion. Shri P.L. Haranadh, Chairman, PPT and Shri. A.K. Bose, Dy. Chairman attended the meeting virtually.
The Union Government has undertaken green port initiatives in the major ports so that their environmental performance can be improved. The green port initiatives include acquisition of equipments for monitoring environmental pollution, acquisition of dust suppression systems, setting up of sewage/ waste water treatment plants, setting up of garbage disposal system for ports and ships, developing shore reception facility for wastes from ships, setting up projects for energy generation from renewable energy sources, providing shore power to ships at berths, creating Oil Spill Response (Tier-1) capabilities at all ports, taking actions to improve harbour water quality, inclusion of sustainable practises in terminal design, development and operation, increasing green cover within port premises etc.
During Maritime India Summit 2021 held by the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways (MoPSW) last year in the month of March, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi unveiled the ambitious Maritime India Vision 2030. The document lays the roadmap of the Indian maritime industry for the decade ahead. Sustainable eco-friendly growth has been the forefront motto of this vision document. All ports have been mandated to increase usage of renewable energy to more than 60% of the total energy consumption at ports by 2030 with primary focus on solar and wind. The target is ambitious-but-vital, to reduce the harmful environmental impact on account of coal consumption to drive the impending economic growth of the country. Along with it, frameworks have been laid upon to reduce pollution, implement waste management and recycling of dredge material at ports.
Nearing a year in completion to this vision roadmap, the MoPSW under the chairmanship of Hon’ble Minister Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, organised the annual review meeting on 29th January 2022. In this meeting, each Major Port Chairmen showcased their activities undertaken on Green Port Initiatives and their future action plans. Chairman Paradip Port Trust, Shri P L Haranadh, affirmed that the Port is in line to the Ministry’s vision and is committed to reduce its carbon footprint. With this he presented Paradip Port’s status on green initiatives and further course of action.
On increasing the usage of renewable energy, Shri Haranadh states that some roof top solar plants on RESCO model have been installed in Paradip and discussion is going on with the Government of Odisha for providing around 50 acres of land to set up a 10 MW solar plant. To drive adoption of multi-clean fuels, Paradip Port is in talks with oil companies like IOCL, BPCL & GAIL to prepare a framework for setting up LNG depot at the port and conversion of dumpers lying inside port to LNG-driven engines. Around 30 km of rail line electrification has been completed at Paradip Port and by 2024 the Port aims at electrifying its entire rail network. Similarly, diesel locomotives will be phased out in years to come, says Shri Haranadh.
Several dust management systems have already been carried out at PPT that includes net barriers around port premises, covered conveyor belts and pipelines from nearby industries, water sprinklers and dry fog dust suppression system at berths, siding plots & MCHP. Use of mist cannons, road sweeping machines and truck tyre washing systems are few activities that have been carried out to mitigate dust on roads. As part of Corporate Environment Responsibility, Shri Haranadh said that Paradip Port will work for betterment of air quality by setting up ambient air quality monitoring stations at key locations. Further he emphasised that mechanisation is the key to reduce pollution in a dry bulk port like Paradip and nearly 80% of the present berths are mechanised whereas rest berths will be gone for mechanisation by 2025.
Under waste management, Paradip Port has already installed three Sewage Treatment Plants of total 6.5 MLD capacity, water from which is being used in mist cannons, water sprinkling systems and gardening. Around 50 acres of land have been provided to Paradip Municipality for solid waste management. Paradip Port has undertaken an agreement with Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) for using about 2.3 million cubic meter of dredged material for land reclamation of its upcoming crude oil tank terminal at Paradip. Further, Shri Haranadh said that a rain water harvesting project will be undertaken by 2025.
Since the onslaught of 1999 super-cyclone at Paradip, the Port has carried out around 7 lakhs tree plantation in the city. As part of Greenification of Paradip Port, Shri Haranadh says that an ambitious target of 1 million tree coverage by 2025 has been set. In this, cargo handling areas will also be targeted by employing horticulture experts.
With this Shri P.L. Haranadh, Chairman, PPT along with Shri A.K. Bose, Dy. Chairman outlined the roadmap, how PPT can be the world leader in Safe, Sustainable & Green Maritime Sector.
Republic Day was celebrated by Paradip Port Trust Authority in a restrained manner following the COVID-19 guidelines. Shri P.L. Harandh, Chairman, PPT unfurled the National Flag.
Addressing on the occasion, he said that PPT is determined to cross 115 MMT of cargo handling this fiscal also like the previous four years. Mentioning about few path braking decisions by the Union Govt. like Major Port Authorities Act notified on 3rd November 2021, he hoped that this will be a game-changer to the Port sector and take this sector to world class benchmark. It will provide greater autonomy in decision making to the Major Ports and professionalize their governance. Government of India has recently launched the ‘PM Gati Shakti Master Plan’, at an estimated cost of Rs. 100 lakh-crore project for building ‘holistic infrastructure’ in India. Under Gati Shakti Master Plan, Government Will bring all infrastructure building Ministries together for integrated planning and coordinated implementation of infrastructure connectivity projects. Similarly, Government has unveiled a four-year ‘National Monetisation Pipeline’ on 23rdAugust of last year which envisages engagement the private sector and tapping private sector efficiencies in operations and management of infrastructure.
Further, MoPSW has launched the Maritime Vision India, 2030. This envisages developing mega capacity ports of International standards, Port-led industrialization, Initiatives to enhance Ease of Doing Business, transform the ship building industry and develop the National Waterways. With more than Rs. 10,000 crore investment opportunity lined up, Paradip Port is now the main driver for economic growth in the Paradip region. Over Rs.3500 crores worth of projects for Port modernization have been implemented.
Ø Clean Cargo & Container Berth at an approximate cost of Rs.430 crores.
Ø Development of new Iron Ore Terminal at an approximate cost of Rs.740 crores.
Ø Mechanisation of 03 existing berths in the EQ for handling thermal coal exports at an approximate cost of Rs.1440 crores.
Ø Development of a New Coal Import Berth at an approximate cost of Rs.650 crores.
Further, development of Western Dock at a cost of Rs.3005 Crores has been approved by Government of India and is in tendering stage. On completion, this will transform the Port with facilities to handle Cape size vessels.
The Haridaspur-Paradip Railway line which has recently been completed is a major game changer and makes Paradip Port very competitive in international trading. Similarly, the 8 laning of the Paradip-Barbil Road by NHAI will further improve the Road connectivity to the Port. Several initiatives have been taken by the Port under Port-led industrialization which include
Ø Development of Multi Modal Logistics Park by CONCOR at an approximate cost of Rs.200 crores over 100 acres of land, which envisages the development of around 1.1 million sq. ft of warehousing.
Ø Setting up of a Pellet Plant at an approximate cost of Rs.3000 crores.
Ø Development of Tank Terminal for Numaligarh Refinery Limited including laying of pipeline and transportation of crude at an approximate cost of Rs.1500 crores.
Ø Setting up of a LPG Terminal at an approximate cost of Rs.692 crores.
Ø For staff welfare, insurance coverage has been provided to over 900 employees and 800 contract workers giving coverage of Rs.5 lakhs for natural death.
Ø Constructions of 147 residential quarters have been planned for accommodation of Port employees and other quarters will be also converted in phases.
Dedicated teams regularly carry out disinfection activities inside port prohibited area besides ensuring mandatory use of face masks by all the personnel. We have also been undertaking disinfectant fumigation in the Port Township, PPT Administrative Building, Quarantine Centres and PPT Hospital by deploying Mist Cannons. For management of COVID-19, PPT Hospital has clocked a record vaccination of 52,000+.
All efforts are made to beautify our Port township including development of parks, creek side and walking paths and make Paradip as a walkers’ paradise. For Fishermen community, the Port has undertaken lighting of Fishery Harbour road and dredging of the navigational channel from Mahanadi River mouth. All efforts are made to beautify Port Township by development of parks, creek side and walking paths. Paradip Orchads are being planned, opposite to Biju Convention Centre, where all fruit bearing trees will be planted.
For fishermen community, the Port plans to undertake the modernization and upgradation of fishing harbor with Rs. 100 Cr. Under PM Mastya Sampad Yojana.
Thereafter, Shri Harandh awarded prizes to PPT Hospital for 52,000+ Covid-19 vaccination, Employees and Covid warriors of other Departments and CISF, who have excelled in their respective work area.
As a part of 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav', an initiative of the Government of India, to commemorate 75 years of Independence and ongoing Republic Day 2022 celebrations, Paradip Sakshyrata Samiti under the aegis of PPT brought a pickup load of Dry items like grocery, foods, clothing, sanitizer and masks and distributed among the needy at the Maa Santoshi Old Age Home, Balijhara. On this occasion, Shri P.L. Haranadh said, “PPT’s guiding principles are to serve and help the needy and downtrodden. To accomplish our aims and objectives we initiate and implement many humanitarian projects for children and adults.” Smt. P. Girija Sundari, President, Paradip Ladies Club, Shri A.K. Bose, Dy. Chairman, Dr. P.N. Bahekar, Secretary, PPT, Shri Deepak Rath, Vice Chairman, PSS and Shri Ramchandra Pradhan, Secretary, PSS along with other office bearers also participated in this noble cause.
Local freedom fighters felicitated on this occasion
Republic Day celebrations began on January 23 instead of January 24 this year to include Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's birth anniversary, in line with Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi's government's "aim to highlight important aspects of our history and culture". PPT officials led by Shri P.L. Haranadh, Chairman, offered floral tributes at the statue of Netaji near Paradip Bus Stand. As part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav programme, Shri Haranadh visited the homes of local freedom fighters in Jagatsinghpur namely Shri Madhabananda Manohari of Nuapara village, Shri Bhagirathi Swain of Ichhapur village & Shri Jogendra Maharana of Aanlla (ଅଁଳା) village and felicitated them. During the course of interaction, the freedom fighters described how they in their adolescent time participated in the freedom struggle and contributed to the nation-building exercise, in the post-independence era. Shri Haranadh, Chairman, PPT wished them healthy lives and urged the younger generations to be inspired by these living patriots. Shri A.K. Bose, Dy. Chairman and Dr. P.N. Bahekar, Secretary, PPT were also present on the occasion.
Paradip Port Trust under the aegis of the Ministry of Ports, Shipping & Waterways organized a workshop with the theme “Gati Shakti – The revolutionary Multi-Modal Connectivity for Integrated & Seamless Supply Chain” at Bhubaneswar. Gracing the inaugural session as Chief Guest, Dr. Sanjeev Ranjan, IAS, Secretary, MoPSW, GoI said that PPT has the potential to reach a World Class Port by addressing the issues of Efficiency and Cost related matter. The widening of NH 53 (Paradip to Chandikhol) under Gati Shakti needs to be expedited. The widening of SH12, Paradip to Cuttack to four lane also may be undertaken on a priority basis. Waterways can play a crucial role in effective logistics movement. PPT’s proposed Riverine Port is the right step in the direction. Stressing on the need for a proper logistics legal framework under Gati Shakti, the logistics sector will get a major fill up, as it is being aimed to cut down 30% of current logistics transportation cost to the current world level of 7-8%. He also suggested for dedicated heavy haul rail corridor from Salegaon to Paradip.
Shri Bhupinder Singh Poonia, MD, IPICOL & IDCO addressing the session said that the GoO has set a target of 100 MMTA steel production. It is also stressing on port led industrialization. To boost connectivity, a 600km road stretch is being planned. RITES has been engaged for making comprehensive logistics study for the state of Odisha. Accordingly, a comprehensive industrial plan for Paradip is being planned. PPT's initiatives for containerized cargo will improve agro & marine products from the state.
Shri P.L. Haranadh, Chairman, PPT gave the welcome speech and made a detailed presentation on the capacity augmentation plans, efforts for synergy of different modes of transport and ease of doing initiatives of the port. Paradip port is enabled to handle 60 MMTPA of thermal coal by coastal shipping. He requested coal India and Railway to increase the allotment of more rakes of thermal coal to Paradip and Shri A.K. Bose, Dy. Chairman, PPT offered the vote of thanks.
The inaugural session was followed by two technical sessions. Shri A.K. Bose, Dy. Chairman, PPT moderated a session on "Coastal movement of thermal coal - Opportunities & Challenges". In the afternoon session, Shri B.K. Joshi, CEO, KICTPPL moderated session on 'Convergence & Divergence of logistic chain - Industrial perspective.
Dr. Sanjeev Ranjan, IAS, Hon'ble Secretary for Ports, Shipping and Waterways, GoI made his maiden visit to Paradip Port Trust as part of regular review on 10th January 2022. He was extended very warm welcome by Shri P. L. Haranadh, Chairman, PPT and Shri A.K. Bose, Dy. Chairman, PPT at Jawahar Guest House. On arrival, he was accorded Guard of Honour by the CISF, PPT contingent at Jawahar Guest House. Thereafter, he visited the Port and saw the operations in the Dock area. He also evinced keen interest for the proposed Mahanadi Riverine Port by PPT while his onsite inspection. In the afternoon, he visited Mechanized Coal Handling Plant, Twin Wagon Tipplers at JSWPTPL and PICT berth.
Dr. Ranjan reviewed the functioning of the PPT in the Board Room of the Administrative Building and had interaction with Exporters, Importers, Stevedores, PPP operators, local Representatives of various industries, representatives of Unions and Associations. He also has a virtual discussion on modernization of Paradip Fishing Harbour with State Govt. Officials and other stakeholders. Dr. Sanjeev Ranjan wished excellent prospects for Paradip Port in coming years.
Secretary, Shipping has directed the Port to expedite widening of NH-53 (Paradip to Chandikhol) through Special purpose vehicle (SPV) formed between Paradip Port & NHAI under Gati Shakti Programme.
1. Also widening of SH-12 Paradip to Cuttack to four lane to be taken on Priority.
2. Port should expedite to complete Dhanmandal Chandikhol rail link as alternate to Cuttack Paradip for movement of Thermal Coal from Talcher.
3. Secretary has also directed, Chairman, PPT to Jet sanction of rail master plan for Cargo evacuation under customer funded model to be executed by IPRCL.
4. Secretary, (Shipping) has reviewed National Waterway-5 Project and has given direction to Inland Waterways Authority(IWA) to prepare a road map & implement the same in a time bound manner.
5. A workshop has been organized on “Gati Shakti Multi Model Connectivity for Cargo Transportation” through PPT on 11th January 2022 at Bhubaneswar, where the issues connecting Cargo transportation, through roadway, railway and waterways will be discussed in detail, to come out with a clear cut action plan for implementation.
With the onset of winter, we generally slip under the warmth of blanket, lying in our comfort zone and sipping coffee sitting beside the fire. But for those who are underprivileged and live under the open sky, with every drop in the temperatures it’s a fight for survival.In the aftermath of Cyclone Jawad, as the temperature is getting down, Paradip Sakshyrata Samiti, the social arm of PPT conducted a Blanket Donation Campaign, where the slum dwellers at Sector 21 were provided high quality warm blankets along with sanitary napkins and cotton bags. Smt. P. Girija Sundari, President, Paradip Ladies Club distributed the blankets. Shri Rama Chandra Pradhan, Welfare Officer, PPT along with other office bearers of PSS and members of Paradip Ladies Club also graced the occasion.There is no better gift than providing warm clothing to the needy during the winter season. Lakhs of homeless experience bitterness of winter and are at a great risk of suffering from severe illness. There cannot be a bigger satisfaction than saving someone’s life.
The World AIDS Day was observed at PPT Hospital with the theme “Ending the HIV Epidemic: Equitable Access, Everyone’s Voice”. On this occasion, a walkathon was organised to create awareness about AIDS among the denizens of the Port township. Shri P.L. Haranadh, Chairman, PPT, flagged off an Awareness Walkathon in presence of Smt. P. Girija Sundari, President, Paradip Ladies Club, Shri A.K. Bose, Dy. Chairman, PPT, Smt. Suchismita Bose, Vice-President, Paradip Ladies Club, Dr.P.Panda, CMO,PPT Hospital & HoDs. The doctors, paramedical staff of the PPT Hospital along with HoDs of the PPT, CISF personnel, Volunteers of Paradip Sakshyrata Samiti, volunteers of NGOs (IRDMS & CASD) working on AIDS, transgenders, and general public participated with enthusiasm. The walkathon culminated at PPT Administrative Building. All the participants wore symbolic red ribbon to commemorate the occasion.
Further, a screening camp for HIV/AIDS was organised at Gate No. 3 in association with CASD/IRDMS under the supervision of Dr. Badal kumar Singh. 56 people were screened. The test kits were provided by OSACS. PPT HOSPITAL regularly screens for HIV/AIDS as an obligation under the MOU, "Mainstreaming of HIV/AIDS at Major Ports" signed with NACO, MoHFW.
This is to be noted that the World AIDS Day was first observed in 1988. Each year, organizations and individuals across the world to draw attention of all to the AIDS epidemic, in an endeavor to increase HIV/AIDS awareness and knowledge, speak out against ADIS stigma, and call for an increased response to move toward Ending the AIDS Epidemic.
After assuming the charge as Minister of State for Shipping, the Hon’ble Union Minister, Shri Shantanu Thakur made his maiden visit to Paradip Port Trust as part of regular review on 26th November’ 2021. He was extended very warm welcome by Shri P.L.Haranadh, Chairman, PPT and Shri .AK.Bose, Dy.Chairman, PPT at Jawahar Guest House. On arrival, he was given Guard of Honour by the CISF, PPT contingent at Jawahar Guest House. Thereafter, he visited the Port and saw the operations in the Dock area. In the afternoon he had an interaction with the local media at the Officers’ Club. Tomorrow, Hon’ble Minister will review the functioning of the Port and will meet local Representatives, Unions and Association. Shri Thakur wished excellent prospects for Paradip Port in coming years.
The Port Day was observed on the auspicious day of Kartik Purnima by the Paradip Port Trust Authorities on 19th November 2021 as being done every year, butin a restrained manner following social distancing and guidelines of the Govt.
On this occasion, Shri P.L. Haranadh, Chairman, Paradip Port Trust attended the function as Chief Guest and unfurled the Paradip Port Flag at Wet Basin in the morning. He performed the traditional Kalas Puja & handed over the sacred Kalas to the Sadhavas who set sail on board a traditionally decorated boat. He also inspected the Port Marine crafts lined up in the Harbour and took salute.
Thereafter Dy. Conservator, Paradip Port Capt. A.C. Sahoo welcomed the guests in the meeting and explained the importance of Port Day celebration.
Extending his greetings to the gathering on the auspicious occasion of Kartika Purnima, Shri Haranadh, Chairman, Paradip Port Trust outlined the tremendous rise of the Port in recent decades. He appealed to all the stakeholders to embark on the Mission No. 1, to make the Port the numero uno among all the Major Ports of India. In the current fiscal, till October 2021, the Port has handled 65.28 MMT cargo, thus by exhibiting a positive growth of 5.33% and on course to cross 100 MMT cargo handling 6th year in row. Among the ongoing projects over Rs. 2,000 Cr. worth of projects are under implementation out of which mechanization of 3 EQ Berths and Development of New Coal Import Berth will be completed by December, 2021 resulting a total capacity addition of 40 MMTPA. Development of ambitious Western Dock of capacity 25 MMTPA at a cost of Rs. 3,005 Cr. is now in tendering stage and within this fiscal, it is schedule to be awarded. As Hon’ble PM Shri Narendra Modi aims to make India No. 1 Maritime Country, during inaugural event of recent Gati Shakti, he has stressed on capacity augmentation, increase in efficiency and reduction in Turn Round Time of Vessels. The completion of Haridaspur-Paradip Rail line has been a major game changer in the region. Numaligarh Refinery Storage terminal at a cost of Rs. 500 Cr. is under implementation and 2nd Exit Road cum Fly Over as a part of Gati Shakti at a cost of Rs. 93 Cr. will be completed by next year.
Under promotion of Business Development, Ease of doing business provisions will create a congenial atmosphere for the customers to handle traffic through out Port. e-initiatives like ERP implementation, improvement of RFID and other Smart Port initiatives will go a long way for customer satisfaction. Feasibility of power supply in the Port by Solar means in next few years will be explored. Pollution control measures to be stepped up. Under Green Port initiatives, 1 lakh plantation drive will be undertaken and in the prohibited area, greenery will be given utmost importance. Staff and Port Users’ welfare will always be in his heart. 147 quarters will be built in Phase I within a year and in the next board meeting it will be set in motion. PPT Hospital will be expanded to handle cardiac and trauma care patient. Shri Haranadh concluded by saying that he believes that Team PPT will rise to the occasion and with dedication, integrity and team effort will conquer new milestones in next couple of years.
Dr. P.N. Bahekar, Secretary, PPT offered the Vote of Thanks.
Dr. P.P. Vava, Hon’ble Member , National Commission for Safai Karamcharis visited Paradip Port Trust on 18.11.2021. On arrival at the Administrative Building, Dr. Vava was welcomed by Dr. P.N. Bahekar, Secretary, PPT. In the meeting held in the Board room of PPT, first Hon’ble Member, NCSK had discussion with the Union/ Association functioning at Paradip on the issues related to Safai Karamcharis . Afterwards, Hon’ble member had discussion with the Chairman , PPT Shri P.L Haranadh along with HoDs and other Sr. Officers. Chairman, PPT gave a brief presentation on the Port and facilities/ benefits extended to the Safai Karamcharis working in the Port. It was also resolved that the local issues will be sorted out in consultation with Chairman, PPT. Hon’ble Member expressed his satisfaction on the action initiated by PPT Head in the field of extending facilities and benefits to the Safai Karamcharis in the ambit of rules and regulations issued by Govt. Of India from time to time. After completion of meeting Hon’ble Member visited the Port Operational areas to have a clear view about the Port. After the completion of Port visit Hon’ble Member was seen off by Sr. Officers of the Port.
Observance of Swachhta Pakhwada concluded at Paradip Port today on 15.112021. Shri P. L. Haranadh, Chairman, PPT gave away prizes to the winners of various competitions held among the local school children to mark the occasion. The observations concluded with a play “EBE NUHEN TA KEBE NUHEN” conducted by local cultural organisation “CANMASS”. Shri A.K.Bose, Dy.Chairman along with other HODs and Dy. HODs were also present on the occasion. In the morning a Beach clean drive was undertaken by PPT in which Shri Haranadh and Shri Bose along with HoDs, employees and CISF Personnel participated with a great enthusiasm.
As part of Swachhta Pakhwada, various activities like Awareness drive among workers and staff of all Departments & Divisions of PPT, Swachhata Awareness hoardings, Swacchata Rath, Cleaning of Pump Houses and digital displays on Swachhata at important locations in the township were undertaken.
As part of Amrit Mahotsav, the World Diabetes Day was observed at PPT Hospital on 14.11.2021 with the theme “Access to Diabetes Care, if, not now, when". Shri P.L. Haranadh Inaugurated the event in presence of Shri A.K. Bose, Deputy Chairman, PPT, Smt. Girija Haranadh, President, Paradip Ladies Club, Smt. Suchismita Bose, Vice-President, Paradip Ladies Club, HoDs, officers and employees. On this occasion, a walkathon was organised to create awareness about health problems among the denizens of the Port township. Shri P.L. Haranadh, Chairman, PPT, flagged off the awareness walkathon, in which the doctors, paramedical staff of the PPT Hospital along with HoDs of the PPT, CISF personnel and general public participated with enthusiasm. IEC activities and clinic for screening of diabetes, heart disease, Orthopaedics, Hypertension, Bone MINERAL Density, HbA1C, glaucoma were also conducted on the occasion in association with AMRI, Utkal Hospital, CARE Hospital and KIDS. Later, a seminar was organised on diabetes awareness at the Hospital Conference Hall. 140 people were screened for diabetes and its complications like neuropathy, eye problem etc. and necessary advice given.
Coinciding with Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav Celebrations, PPT began the observance of “Swachhta Pakhwada” today. It started with a Swachhata Pledge administered by Shri P.L.Haranadh, Chairman, PPT to HoDs and Dy.HoDs at the Portico of PPT Administrative Building. Due to COVID-19 Guidelines, different Head of Offices and that staff took the pledge in their respective office premises maintaining social distancing norms. R&B Division of Engg. Deptt. undertook cleanliness activities in the surroundings of the Administrative Building.
PPT has already drawn up a detailed Action plan for the period, as part of Swachhta Pakhwada viz., awareness drive among workers and staff of all Departments & Divisions of PPT, swachhata awareness hoardings, Swacchata Rath, Cleaning of Pump Houses and digital display at important locations in the township. Due to the COVID crisis and Unlock guidelines, social distancing is being given special emphasis in various events to be undertaken during the Pakhwada period.
The valedictory function of observance of the weeklong Vigilance Awareness Week by Paradip Port Trust was held in the Officer’s Club. Shri H.S. Rout, Dy. CVO, Paradip Port Trust, while welcoming the guests, informed about the programmes undertaken by Vigilance Dept. of PPT for observation of Vigilance Awareness Week at Paradip Port.
Gracing the occasion as Chief Guest Shri P.L. Haranadh said that, Vigilance is an important organ of any organisation. Honesty and integrity are social capital which contributes to the overall economic development. As Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi says that we have to reform our system and procedures, perform better and as a result transform as an organisation, it should be reflected in PPT functioning. As India’s rank has raised many fold in the EASE OF DOING BUSINESS INDEX in recent years, easy trade across the borders has played a crucial role. The Port Sector has immensely contributed to this phenomenon. He urged all the employees present to uphold high degree of transparency and effective management to take PPT in to greater heights.
Guest of Honour of the occasion Shri A.K.Bose, Dy.Chairman, PPT said that instead of limiting Vigilance to a Single Week, it should be made an integral part of our service life. With the implementation of online activities the level of transparency in our functioning will increase significantly.Thereafter, prizes were given to the winners of various competitions organised among the officers and employees of PPT, local school students during this week. Shri Nihar Ojha, Asst. Engineer, Vigilance, PPT offered vote of thanks.
Paradip Port Trust observed Rashtriya Ekta Diwas (National Unity Day) today on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Shri P.L. Haranadh, Chairman, PPT offered floral tributes to Saradar Vallabhbhai Patel along with other Sr. Officials of PPT. Addressing the gathering, he said that Saradar Patel played a crucial role in integrating more than 560 princely states to the Union of India. From his life, we can learn two things – Devotion and dedication to Mother India and strong resolve to complete any task assigned. He urged all the employees to follow the same resolve and put their best efforts forward to take PPT into newer heights in coming times. Thereafter, Shri Haranadh administered Rashtriya Ekta Diwas Pledge to the officers, employees and CISF personnel present at the Gopabandhu Stadium. He also flagged off the “Run for Unity” comprising off PPT employees and CISF personnel, which culminated at the PPT Administrative Building.
In the evening, Shri A.K. Bose, Dy. Chairman, PPT took salute from the platoons participating in a march past by CISF Unit, PPT.
Shri Pralhad Joshi, Union Cabinet Minister of Coal, Mines and Parliamentary affairs and Shri Raosaheb Patil Danve, MoS for Rail, Coal and Mines made a visit to Paradip Port Trust, today.
Shri P.L. Haranadh, Chairman, Paradip Port Trust along with other HODs of PPT received them at the Sandhakuda Helipad and they were taken round in a Harbour visit to get first hand experience of coal loading and unloading systems in the designated berths. Chairman, PPT informed Hon’ble Minister that Paradip, at present, handles around 25 million Metric tonnes of coal by Coastal Shipping and it has 60 million tonnes capacity to coastal ship thermal coal. Shri Haranadh gave them a vivid account of various activities undertaken for augmentation of Port Capacity. One of them is EQ Terminal, which comprises of three berths for coal export, having a combined capacity of 30 MMT. This will be operational by the end of Nov’ 2021. They were also shown the operations of the current Mechanised Coal Handling Plant berths and unloading system of railway wagons i.e Rail Receival System, which has a state of the art dry fog system. Hon’ble Ministers congratulated the PPT Chairman and his team for the excellent growth in performance. They expressed satisfaction over the Coal handling facility available at Paradip Port.
As per the directions from Central Vigilance Commission, Paradip Port Trust is observing Vigilance Awareness Week from 26th October to 1st November 2021. Centered on the theme “Independent India@75: Self-Reliance with Integrity”, the week-long function started with administering pledge by Shri P.L. Haranadh, IRTS, Chairman, PPT to the employees, this morning adhering to the Covid-19 protocols. Following the pledge, a spot quiz contest on vigilance knowledge was held among the employees.
Further, with an aim to bring transparency and improve efficiency in the PPT billing system, Shri Haranadh launched “Online Bill processing and payment system” for contactors and vendors of PPT. With induction of the new digital platform the complete billing cycle will reduce to mere two days. Since, it is online system, so the bill processing will be done in a transparent manner with minimal manual interference.
During week long celebrations of Vigilance Awareness Week, online debate competition among the local school students and other activities related to Vigilance Awareness are scheduled. PPT employees are also taking integrity e-pledge through PPT Website and the Website of CVC. Each department of PPT is also conducting stakeholders meet during the week for awareness on corruption issues relating to the functioning of their particular departments. Several Hoardings have been displayed in the locality for creating awareness among the public. The Valedictory function will be held on 1st Nov. 2021, wherein the prizes will be distributed.
Prime Minister launches PM Gati Shakti.PM also inaugurates the New Exhibition Complex at Pragati Maidan “With the resolve of Aatmnirbhar Bharat, the foundation of India for the next 25 years is being laid”. “People of India, Indian industry, Indian business, Indian manufacturers, Indian farmers are at the centre of this great campaign of Gati Shakti”. “We have not only developed a work culture of completing the projects in time but efforts are to complete the projects ahead of time”. “With the whole-of-government approach, the collective power of the government is being channelled into fulfilling the schemes”. “Gati Shakti is an extension of holistic governance”.
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi launched PM Gati Shakti - National Master Plan for multi-modal connectivity here today. He also inaugurated the New Exhibition Complex at Pragati Maidan. Union Ministers, Shri Nitin Gadkari, Shri Piyush Goyal, Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, Shri Jyotiraditya Scindia and Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw, Shri R K Singh, Chiefs Minister, Lieutenant Governors, State Ministers eminent industrialists were present on the occasion. From Industry, Shri Kumar Mangalam Birla, Chairman Aditya Birla Group; Ms Malika Srinivasan, CMD Tractors and Farm Equipments; Shri TV Narendran, CEO, MD, Tata Steel and President CII and Shri Deepak Garg, Co-founder Rivigo expressed their views on the occasion.
Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister noted the auspicious day of Ashtami, the day of worshiping Shakti and said that on this auspicious occasion, speed of nation’s progress is also getting new Shakti. He said that with the resolve of aatmnirbhar Bharat, the foundation of India for the next 25 years is being laid today. PM Gati Shakti National Master plan will take the confidence of India to the pledge of aatmnirbharta. “This Masterplan will give impetus (Gati Shakti) to 21st century India,” the Prime Minister said.
The Prime Minister stressed that the people of India, Indian industry, Indian business, Indian manufacturers, Indian farmers are at the center of this great campaign of Gati Shakti. It will give new energy to the present and future generations of India to build the India of the 21st century and will remove the obstacles in their path.
The Prime Minister said that over the years, the signage ‘work in progress’ became the symbol of lack of trust, He said progress requires speed, eagerness and collective efforts. Today’s, 21st century India, he said, is leaving behind old systems and practices.
“ Today’s mantra is -
‘Work For Progress’
Wealth for Progress.
Plan for progress.
Preference for progress.
We have not only developed a work culture of completing the projects within the stipulated time frame but efforts are now being made to complete the projects ahead of time”, he added.
The Prime Minister lamented the fact that the subject of infrastructure in our country has not been a priority for most political parties. This is not even visible in their manifesto. Now the situation has come that some political parties have started criticizing the construction of necessary infrastructure for the country, the Prime Minister said. This despite the fact that it is globally accepted that the creation of quality infrastructure for Sustainable Development is a proven way, which gives rise to many economic activities and creates employment on a large scale, the Prime Minister pointed out.
The Prime Minister said that due to the wide gap between macro planning and micro implementation problems of lack of coordination, lack of advance information, thinking and working in silos are leading to hampered construction and wastage of budget. Shakti gets divided instead of getting multiplied or enhanced, he said. PM Gati Shakti National Master Plan will address this as working on the basis of the master plan will lead to optimum utilisation of resources.
He recalled 2014 when he took over as Prime Minister when he reviewed hundreds of stuck projects and put all projects on a single platform and tried to remove hurdles. He expressed satisfaction that now the focus is on avoiding delays due to lack of coordination. The Prime Minister said now with the whole of government approach, the collective power of the government is being channelled into fulfilling the schemes. Because of this, many unfinished projects are being completed for decades now, he said. The Prime Minister remarked that the PM Gati Shakti Master Plan not only brings together the government process and its various stakeholders but also helps to integrate different modes of transportation. “This is an extension of holistic governance”, he said.
The Prime Minister elaborated upon the steps taken to increase the speed of infrastructure development in India. He said that the first interstate natural gas pipeline in India was commissioned in 1987. After this, till 2014, i.e. in 27 years, a 15,000 km long natural gas pipeline was built. Today, work is going on for a more than 16,000 km long gas pipeline across the country. He added that this work is targeted to be completed in the next 5-6 years.
The Prime Minister said in the 5 years before 2014, only 1900 km of railway lines underwent doubling. In the last 7 years, more than 9 thousand kilometres of railway lines have been doubled. In the 5 years before 2014, only 3000 km of railways were electrified. In the last 7 years, more than 24000 kilometres of railway tracks have been electrified, Shri Modi informed. The Prime Minister said before 2014, the metro rail was running on only about 250 km of track. Today the metro has been expanded up to 700 km and work is going on in the 1000 km new metro route. In the five years before 2014, only 60 panchayats could be connected with optical fibre. In the last 7 years, we have connected more than 1.5 lakh gram panchayats with optical fibre.
The Prime Minister said in order to increase the income of the farmers and fishermen of the country, the infrastructure related to processing is also being expanded rapidly. In 2014, there were only 2 Mega Food Parks in the country. Today 19 Mega Food Parks are functioning in the country. Now the target is to take their number to more than 40. There were just 5 waterways in 2014, today India has 13 functional waterways. Turnaround time of the vessels at the ports has come down to 27 hours from 41 hours in 2014. He said that the country has realised the pledge of One Nation One Grid. Today India has 4.25 lakh circuit kilometre power transmission lines compared to 3 lakh circuit kilometers in 2014.
The Prime Minister expressed the hope that with the development of quality infrastructure, India can realize the dream of becoming the business capital of India. He said our goals are extraordinary and will require extraordinary efforts. In realizing these goals, PM Gati Shakti will be the most helpful factor. Just as JAM (Jan Dhan, Aadhar, Mobile) trinity revolutionized the access of government facilities to the people , PM Gati Shakti will do the same for the field of Infrastructure, he added.
Odisha’s Commerce and Transport Minister Hon'ble Shri Padmanabha Behera accompanied by Shri Bhupinder Singh Poonia, MD, IPICOL and ED, IDCO in presence of Sri P. L. Haranadh, IRTS, Chairman, Paradip Port Trust and senior officials from the Ministry of Road Transport and NHAI joined the virtual launching event of PM Gati Shakti National Master Plan from IPICOL Bhawan in Bhubaneswar.
Shri P.L. Haranadh took over the post of Chairman, PPT today. He is an Indian Railway Traffic Service Officer of 1994 batch. He hails from Andhra Pradesh. He studied MSc & Ph.D from Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Pusa, New Delhi. During his 27 years of service, he worked in Indian Railways for 22 years and 5 years in Ministry of Shipping. Under the leadership of Shri Haranadh, PPT expects to reach new heights in terms of Cargo Handling. Soon after his joining while interacting with the media, he emphasized on making PPT the No.1 Major Port in the country during his upcoming tenure. He solicited sincere cooperation from all the stakeholders like employees, Unions, Customers, Port users, Stevedores, Steamer Agent, Unions, Govt .Machinery etc. for realising the Mission No.1. He stressed on prioritising completion of various upcoming projects at PPT, including the much ambitious Western Dock project at the earliest.
In his illustrious career in the Railways, Shri Haranadh worked as Sr.Divisional Operations Manager, Raipur Division and Chakradharpur Division. Dy. Chief Operations Manager of South Eastern Railway & South Central Railway and Chief Operations Manager (Marketing), East Coast Railway. Before joining PPT, he was working as Chief Freight Transportation Manager of East Coast Railway. He has rich experience in rail transportation, especially in freight operations, business development and traffic planning.
In recognition of many meritorious works, he received National Award for outstanding management in 2002 and in 2005 from Ministry of Railways.
He also worked as Deputy Chairman of Visakhapatnam Port from 2015-2020. He was instrumental in developing innovative marketing solutions like total logistics solutions to customers to attract cargoes like coal, containers etc. During his tenure, he contributed to overall growth of Visakhapatnam Port and the Port scaled up to 3rd position among major Ports.
Observance of Swachhta Pakhwada concluded at Paradip Port today on 30.09.2021. Shri AK Bose, Dy. Chairman, PPT gave away prizes to the winners of debate completion held among the local school children to mark the occasion. The observations concluded with a play “EBE NUHEN TA KEBE NUHEN” conducted by local cultural organisation “CANMASS”. Dr. Prahallad Panda, CMO and Secretary-in-charge along with other HODs and Dy. HODs were also present on the occasion. As part of Swachhta Pakhwada various activities like Awareness drive among workers and staff of all Departments & Divisions of PPT, Swachhata Awareness hoardings, Swacchata Rath, Cleaning of Pump Houses and digital display at important locations in the township were undertaken.
With the theme, “Seafarers: at the core of shipping’s future” Paradip Port observed the 44th World Maritime Day, today. Unlike National Maritime Day, there is no fixed date of celebration of World Maritime Day. But, generally it is celebrated on last week of September every year. It depends on the individual Governments to decide a suitable date for celebration during last week of September and DG Shipping, Govt. of India has decided and directed to celebrate World Maritime Day on 28th September 2021 in India for this year.
On this occasion, at PPT, Capt. AC Sahu, Harbour Master hoisted the World Maritime Day flag at the Marine Site office in presence of other Sr. Officials of Marine Dept. and students of Orissa Maritime Academy. Due to threat of spreading of COVID-19, the celebration of World Maritime Day was conducted in a restricted manner this year.
The significance of this day is to emphasize the importance of International Maritime Organization (IMO) for the maritime sector and to highlight its contribution towards Maritime Safety, Maritime Security and Marine Environment. In simple manner, it can be explained that World Maritime Day is celebrated for carrying out commercial sea transport in a safe, secured and environmental friendly manner for the economic growth of the world.
The first celebration of World Maritime Day was done on 17 March 1978 to mark the occasion of enforcing first convention of IMO in 1958 and since then every year, during last week of September, the World Maritime Day is observed globally.
As part of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’, marking the 75th anniversary of India’s Independence, Paradip Port Trust, today conducted a Mega Health Camp at Gadakujanga, in association with the Gadakujanga Youth Organization. Shri AK Bose, Dy. Chairman, PPT inaugurated the event in presence of Shri Samapad Kumar Barik, Sarapanch, Gadakujanga Panchayat, Smt. Suchismita Bose, Vice President, Paradip Ladies Club and other local dignitaries.
Dr. Prahallad Panda, CMO, PPT Hospital along with doctors and suppport paramedics of Paradip Port Trust Hospital treated around 1000 patients, conducting ECG, and rapid Glucose test.
It is organised under the corporate social responsibility of the Paradip Port Trust.
The Medical Camp was much needed for the people in villages with limited access to the hospitals, especially in the context of COVID 19 Pandemic. Camp was organised under strict adherence to the COVID appropriate behaviour.
Speaking on the occasion, the Deputy Chairman, PPT expressed his concern about the health of people and role of industries under CSR, and assured more such Health Camps in the surrounding areas. He also stressed on villagers being aware about the importance of good hygiene, social distancing and wearing of masks.
The objective was to promote cooperation among various stakeholders for a safe, sustainable and green Port. Shri A.K.Bose, Dy. Chairman, PPT in his inaugural address, stressed on making PPT a resilient, efficient and green Port. Apart from highlighting various green initiatives undertaken by the Port Authority, he appealed everybody to ensure at clean and green environment for our future generations. Shri S.K.Das, CME in his welcome address, emphasized on a green environment, inside the Port prohibited area as well as in the township. Among the main speakers of the occasion, Shri Chandan Panigrahi, Dy.CEE highlighted the green initiative of the Port like installation of Rooftop Solar Power Plant, Cold Ironing -Shore to Ship power supply, Induction of e-vehicle on hire for Port Trust work. Shri Deepak Rath, Dy.CME narrated about execution of State-of-the-Art Dry Fog and Plain water dust suppression system to provide workers a safe & environment friendly work place at MCHP. Shri Moloy Dasgupta, CE mentioned about implementation of three Sewerage Treatment Plants, a two kilometre long Net Barrier, Road Sweeping Machine, Truck/Vehicle Tyre washing system and plantation of more than one lakh trees in the Port surroundings to keep the township clean and green. Captain Amit Kumar, Pilot highlighted about the Oil pollution response equipment facility in the Port to prevent any untoward oil spillage in the sea. Shri P.P.Saha, Executive Engineer(Elect.), PED offered the vote of thanks.
Coinciding with Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav Celebrations, PPT began the observance of “Swachhta Pakhwada” today. It started with a Swachhata Pledge administered by Shri A.K. Bose, Dy. Chairman, PPT to HoDs and Dy.HoDs at the Portico in front of PPT Administrative Building. Due to COVID-19 Guidelines, different Head of Offices and that staff took pledge in their respective office premises maintaining social distancing norms. R&B Division of Engg. Deptt. undertook cleanliness activities in the surroundings of the Administrative Building
PPT has already drawn up a detailed Action plan for the period, as part of Swachhta Pakhwada viz., awareness drive among workers and staff of all Departments & Divisions of PPT, swachhata awareness hoardings, Swacchata Rath, Cleaning of Pump Houses and digital display at important locations in the township.Due to the COVID crisis and Unlock guidelines, social distancing is being given special emphasis in various events to be undertaken during the Pakhwada period.
आजादी का अमृत महोत्सव समारोह के साथ, पारादीप पोर्ट ट्रस्ट द्वारा राजभाषा दिवस मनाया गया । श्री ए.के.बोस, उपाध्यक्ष, पीपीटी ने बोर्ड कक्ष में विभागाध्यक्षों, उप विभागाध्यक्षों और अन्य वरिष्ठ अधिकारियों को राजभाषा शपथ दिलाई । इसी तरह कार्यालयों में संबंधित नियंत्रण प्राधिकारी द्वारा राजभाषा शपथ भी दिलाई गई । श्री एन.के.पटनायक, वरिष्ठ कल्याण अधिकारी, पीपीटी के मार्गदर्शन में पीपीटी कर्मचारियों के बीच राजभाषा हिन्दी का उपयोग करते हुए रचनात्मक लेखन पर एक प्रतियोगिता आयोजित की गई । गौरतलब है कि राजभाषा दिवस हर साल 14 सितंबर को मनाया जाता है क्योंकि संविधान सभा द्वारा 14 सितंबर 1949 को हिन्दी को देश की राजभाषा के रूप में अपनाया गया था । अपनाए गए दिन से ही सभी केंद्र सरकार के कार्यालयों में राजभाषा हिन्दी का उपयोग किया जा रहा है और हिन्दी देश तथा विदेशों के लोगों के बीच अपनी सांस्कृतिक विरासत और मूल्यों का प्रसार कर रही है ।
Coinciding with Azadi Ka Amrit Mahostav celebrations, Rajbhasa Diwas was observed by the Paradip Port Trust. Shri A.K.Bose, Dy.Chairman, PPT administered the Rajbhasha pledge to HoDs, Dy.HoDs and other senior officials in the Board Room. Similarly, the Rajbhasha pledge was also administered in the offices by respective controlling authority. Under the guidance of Shri N.K.Patnaik, Sr. Welfare Officer, PPT, a competition on creative writing using Rajbhasa was held among the PPT employees. Rajbhasa Diwas is being celebrated on 14th September every year as Rajbhasa was adopted by the Constitution as the Official language of the country on 14th September 1949. From the day of adoption Rajbhasha is being used in all Central Govt. offices and spreading its cultural heritage and values among the people of the country and abroad.
Under Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) initiative, a Mobile X-Ray Container Scanning System (MXCS) has been installed by Paradip Port near the PICT Terminal at a cost of Rs. 30 Cr. for the purpose of reducing physical examination and dwell time of containers at the Port. After successful Trial Run of the MXCS, the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) has issued license on 27th August, 2021 to Paradeep Customs for its regular operation. The Scanner can scan up to 25 containers per hour enabling the Trade to directly move out their containers with upgrade security and zero hassle. This will also facilitate movement of unshredded metallic scrap materials in containers through the Port to meet the long standing requirement of hinterland Industries. The operation of the Scanner is expected to boost the container volume at Paradip Port as PPT is making continuous efforts to reduce the logistic cost to help the EXIM trade and is in line with Government’s Ease of Doing Business initiative. While the shipping lines like RCL, ZIM International Shipping Line and Shreyas Shipping are calling the Port regularly, other major liners are likely to follow considering the upgraded facilities and hefty discount offered by the Port.
Under the Sports Trainees scheme of Major Port Sports Control Board, Paradip Port Sports Council organized sports trainees selection in different categories such as Volleyball, Cricket, Football & Athletic from 9th September to 10th September 2021 at Gopabandhu Stadium, Paradip Port. In this selection trial, 369 participants in above categories participated. The selected players of above categories will undergo training under Paradip Port Sports Council for a period of 3 years.
The entire selection process was conducted by a committee headed by Shri D.N. Sondhi, President, Paradip Port Sports Council as the Chairman of the committee, while Dr. Durga Prasad Sethy, Working President of the Sports Council acted as the convenor of the committee. Among others, Sri Ranjan Rashmi Beura, Secretary, Sprots Council and Shri Rabindra Kumar Das, Advisor Sports and Football Coach, Shri Niroj Kumar Pattnaik, Sr. Welfare officer, Sri Sanjay Kumar Das, Volleyball Coach and Working President, Odisha Volleyball Association, Sri B.B.C.C.Mohapatra of Odisha Cricket Association as the member of the committee conducted the selection trials. The Member Technical of the concerned game, Officials of Gopabandhu Kreeda Sansad, volunteers from different sports categories extended their whole hearted support to conduct the selection trial successfully. The entire selection procedure was conducted by obeying Covid guidelines as framed by the Government.
Independence Day was celebrated by Paradip Port Trust Authority with a great passion following the COVID-19 guidelines. Shri AK Bose, Dy. Chairman, PPT unfurled the National Flag and inspected the parade in which 3 contingents of CISF, participated.
Addressing the gathering, he said that during the fiscal, till July 2021, the Port has handled 39.60 MMT Cargo by exhibiting a positive growth of 14.32% in comparison to same period of last fiscal. The Port has handled the highest ever cargo of 114.55 Million Metric Tonnes in the last fiscal and improving its performance year-on-year. In the month of March’ 2021 the Port has also handled highest ever monthly total of 11.64 Million Metric Tonnes, as against the previous record of 11.17 Million Metric Tonnes in January’ 21 in the current fiscal. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and just 3 days after Cyclone YAAS, a record 30 shipping movements have been carried out from May 29th to 30th morning.
Each Deptt. has contributed in this glorious journey. Finance Deptt. has gone for meticulous planning of our resources. They are undertaking a regular monitoring of funds, so that money fetches even 0.1% of extra interest. CISF Unit has done a marvellous job by providing a proactive security network, during COVID times for smooth running of Port. More than 21,000 vaccinations have been provided by PPT till date. 1,705 Nos. of COVID Antigen tests conducted at Paradip Port Trust. A total of 267 no. of COVID patients treated at Paradip Port Trust Hospital and 15 nos. patients stayed at COVID Care Centre. The Janani Surakshya Yojana has been started in PPT Hospital w.e.f 25.05.2016. 15 nos. of beneficiaries have received incentive up to 31.07.2021. World Health Day 2021 was observed at PPT Hospital in which 206 numbers of people screening.
The Port has been discharging its commitment to the society by taking up several CSR activities. Rs.8.00 Crores has been extended to PMCARES Fund for COVID-19. PPT is a glowing example of how the Central and State Govt. have put their combined efforts for meeting the Covid challenge. PPT Authority has signed MoU with Odisha Govt. for dedicated Covid Care Hospital, which is functional at Biju Yatri Niwas, Paradip. PPT has sanctioned Rs. 2.00 Cr under CSR. PPT has provided an ICU Ambulance and Oxygen Concentrators for the Mahanga and Salipur Assembly Constituency of Cuttack district. PPT also plans to provide one Oxygen plant facility and one more Ambulance to Pattamudai in Kendrapara District. A Mega Health Camp was conducted on 28.03.2021 at Balipadia Village of Jajapur District. 100 Patients examined and free Medicine were given to them under CSR Scheme.
A 30 bedded Covid Care Center is functioning at the "Port Club", for PPT employees. 6,000 Nose masks and a good no. of sanitizers have been freely distributed among employees as well as contract workers of Paradip in this year. As PPT tries to maintain operational efficiency, it is also striving to be efficient in keeping the port spick & span through routine sanitization and by maintaining social distance norms. Dedicated teams regularly carry out disinfection activities inside port prohibited area besides ensuring mandatory use of face masks by all the personnel. PPT has also been undertaking disinfectant fumigation in the Port Township, PPT Administrative Building, Quarantine Centres and PPT Hospital by deploying Mist Cannons. During Cyclone “YAAS”, the Port took active steps to ensure uninterrupted availability of electricity and drinking water.
Cautioning everybody about the COVID-19, he asked everybody to take all possible precautions so that we are able to move beyond this Pandemic in the times to come. He urged all to overcome vaccine hesitancy and get inoculated.
Thereafter, Shri Bose awarded prizes to school children, who have secured top 3 positions in patriotic poem recitation and debate competitions, which were held as a part of “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav Celebrations”. Employees and Covid warriors of the Medical & CISF Deptt., who have excelled in their respective work area, were also felicitated on the occasion.
As a part of 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav', an initiative of the Government of India, to commemorate 75 years of Independence, members of Gopabandhu Kreeda Sansad led by Shri A.K. Bose, Dy. Chairman, PPT brought a pickup load of food materials, grocery, utensils, slippers and clothings, sanitisers, masks and distributed among the needy at the Balijhara Old Age Home and Leprosy Colony. On this occasion, Shri Bose said, “PPT’s guiding principles are to serve and help the needy and downtrodden. To accomplish our aims and objectives we initiate and implement many humanitarian projects for children and adults.” Shri D.N. Sondhi, President, GKS, Dr. D.P. Sethy, Working President, Shri Rabi Das, Advisor, Shri Ranjan Rashmi Beura, Secretary, GKS, Shri AC Sahu, Harbour Master and other officials of GKS and PPT also participated in this noble cause.
The Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways has accorded high priority to building greater synergies between the Major Ports and Non-Major Ports in order to promote coastal trade and to provide sustainable, cost-effective and efficient Intermodal & Multimodal customer solutions. By doing so, the Ministry aims to provide seaborne connectivity to the trade and industries in the hinterland, reduce congestion on the road and rail besides bringing down logistics cost.
As a step in this direction, the Union Minister of State (I/C) for Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, Sri Mansukh Mandaviya today inaugurated the loading operation on the maiden voyage of Coastal Shipping Service “Green Freight Corridor-2” from Cochin Port to Beypore and Azhikkhal Ports.
Green Freight Corridor Service is operated by Round The Coast Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai, a JM Baxi Group Company. This service will connect Kochi-Beypore-Azhikkal, and later Kollam port will be added to this service. M/s JM Baxi is the general agent for the service.
The vessel will call at Cochin Port twice a week and will feeder exim and coastal boxes to the ports of Beypore and Azhikkal.
The commodities that would be shipped would include Rice, Wheat, Salt, Construction Material, Cement, etc. unloaded at Cochin from Gujarat. On the return leg, the Operators are targetting to move exim cargo such as Plywood, Footwear, Textiles, Coffee, etc. Similarly the imported Cashew containers would also be moved from Cochin to Kollam at a later stage.
In order to promote coastal shipping of containers, Cochin Port is offering 50% rebate in vessel related charges for the River Sea vessels. Similarly, the Government of Kerala has also offered an operational incentive @10% above the road transportation cost as per the NATPC study report for coastal shipping in the minor ports in the state for a period of one year from 23.01.2021. These hand-holding measures would help the sustenance of the service during the initial period and would encourage introduction of more services of this kind on regular basis.
This service is expected to bring about a marked modal shift of transportation of containers and ease the congestion on the road and reduce carbon footprint. This also augurs well to connect the hinterlands of northern Kerala, particularly the exim trade in Calicut and Kannur region who will gain direct access to Vallarpadam ICTT by sea mode saving cost and transit time.
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June’ 19-20, 2021
Organising program on Nutrition, Exercise & Yoga for PPT employees and their family members
Under the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav programmes, a two days online programme on Nutrition, Exercise and Yoga was held in association with the Paradip Centre of the Art of Living. Shri A.K. Bose, Dy. Chairman, PPT inaugurated the event in presence of Shri T.K. Hazra Choudhary, Sr. Dy. Secretary, PPT, Shri S.K. Sethi, Honorary Secretary of the Paradip Centre of Art of Living and Shri Tapas Ranjan Pati , experienced faculty of the Art of Living. As the nation is going through difficult times due to COVID 19 cases, the two days progarmme, each of one hour duration specially focused on COVID care for the sake of PPT employees and their families. The different progarmmes included Nutrition, Immunity Boost and Prevention, Home Isolation Care and Post-COVID rehabilitation.
Addressing the council, Shri Mansukh Mandaviya said that the objective of the Maritime State Development Council (MSDC) is to develop a national plan for the development of the maritime sector beneficial for both states and the centre and to adopt best practices for the sector. He further said that the development of the country depends on the development of the states and MSDC is the best example of cooperative federalism. "In a scattered way we can't develop, united we can achieve", the Minister added.
Stressing on the need for the 'Indian Port Bill 2021', the Minister requested state governments to see the Indian Port Bill as a development issue and not as a political issue. He highlighted that the ‘Indian Port Bill 2021’ will facilitate to have optimum management and utilization of the coastline by way of participation by both the Union Government and Maritime States/Union Territories. He assured the states that the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways will welcome all the suggestions of the states to develop a comprehensive port bill.
The Minister of MoPSW said, "The 18th Maritime State Development Council Meeting today has discussed very significant issues pertaining to the overall progress of the maritime sector. Both Central Government and State Governments will jointly work on the development of the maritime sector including several non-functional ports. Our growth aspiration, as visioned by our Prime Minister, need collective actions in a time-bound manner and MSDC is an active platform to discuss these matters’’The key items discussed during the meeting are Indian Port bill 2021, National Maritime Heritage Museum (NMHC), Rail and Road connectivity with Ports, Floating Jetties for Marine Operations and Sea Plane Operations, Sagarmala Projects and National Infrastructure Pipeline (NIP) projects.
Indian Port Bill 2021: A step towards accelerating India’s Port Development
In FY 2020, the traffic handled at Indian ports is about 1.2 billion MT, which is expected to increase to 2.5 billion MT by 2030. On the other hand, only a few ports in India are having deeper draft which can handle capsize vessels. In addition, there are around 100 non-functional ports distributed across the coast of India. The ever-increasing size of ships mandates to have deeper draft ports and indeed mega ports need to be developed. Similarly, the non-functional ports also need to be prioritized and developed.
A national-level integrated approach is required to augment the existing ports or to develop new ports in an efficient and sustainable manner which in turn will reduce the freight costs to a greater extent and improve the trade growth. The national-level integrated port planning is also highlighted in various report including 'The World Bank's Port Reform book, UNCTAD's ‘Handbook for Planners in Developing Countries’ etc.
MSDC will advise on the planning of all ports including Major Ports. In addition, several conventions pertaining to safety, security and prevention of pollution are incorporated in IP Bill 2021 for implementation of all requirements stipulated in such conventions by all ports.
NMHC – India's first maritime heritage complex
National Maritime Heritage Complex (NMHC) is to be developed as a world-class museum dedicated to the legacy of Maritime Heritage of India, in an area of about 350 acres at Lothal, Gujarat. This maritime heritage complex would be developed as an international tourist destination with a maritime museum, lighthouse museum, maritime theme parks, amusement parks, etc.
One of the key attractions of NMHC is that it would have a pavilion for each coastal states and union territories to showcase the maritime heritage of the specific states and union territories. During the meeting, the coastal states and UTs were requested to take up the development of their respective pavilion.
Enhancing Port Connectivity
The upgradation of port connectivity is one of the critical enablers for ports, and MoPSW through its key initiative Sagarmala Programme emphasizes port connectivity. MoPSW has taken up 98 port-road connectivity projects worth Rs. 45,051 cr. with various implementation agencies like MoRTH, Major Ports, Maritime Boards, and State Road Development Companies, of which 13 projects are completed and 85 projects are in various stages of development and implementation. Similarly, 91 port-rail connectivity projects worth Rs. 75,213 Cr. have been taken up by MoPSW with Indian Railways, Major Ports, and Maritime Boards, of which 28 projects are completed and 63 projects are in various stages of development and implementation.
To address the issues in funding and for the projects that are not suitable to develop under PPP mode, it is suggested that a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) may be formed between state government, central government and private players for which interest from the state governments/UTs is requested during the meeting.
Floating Jetties for Marine Operations & Seaplane Services
Floating jetties are widely used in other countries. The floating jetties have unique advantages in comparison with the convention jetties, like cost-effectiveness, speedy construction, minimal environmental impact, flexibility to expand and relocate, suitable for the locations with high tidal variation etc.
National Technology Centre for Ports, Waterways & Coasts (NTCPWC), IIT Madras was given the mandate to prepare the Detailed Project Report for developing more than 150 floating jetties across Indian Coastline and the work is in progress. It is proposed to utilize the floating jetties majorly for fishing harbours/fish landing centers, and seaplane operations.
The MoPSW informed that the states/UTs are encouraged to explore using floating jetties/platforms for their project and requested states/UTs to identify more locations for developing floating jetties. Projects may be considered for funding from Sagarmala after the due approval of the proposal.
Strengthening Indian Infrastructure through Sagarmala Programme and National Infrastructure Pipeline (NIP)
The MoPSW has various infrastructure projects that are undertaken under Sagarmala Programme and National Infrastructure Pipeline (NIP).
The MoPSW proposed to develop 802 projects worth investment of Rs.5.53 lakh crore for implementation under the Sagarmala Programme. Out of which, 168 projects worth Rs. 87,000 crore have been completed and 242 projects worth Rs. 2.18 lakh crore are under implementation. Similarly, MoPSW is handling 123 projects amounting to Rs. 1.28 Lakh cr. under NIP initiated in 2020. In addition, there are 1226 projects under Sagartat Samriddhi Yojana for coast led prosperity, out of which 192 projects are under implementation.
The MoPSW requested the coastal states/UTs to expedite the implementation of the projects where the state government is the implementation agency, and funding support can be considered for central funding via grants from MoPSW or via equity funding through Sagarmala Development Company Ltd (SDCL).
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister of MoPSW emphasized the pertinent and urgent need for infrastructure development be it port augmentation, multi-model connectivity through rail/road infrastructure and various project initiatives undertaken through the Sagarmala, National Infrastructure Pipeline, and Sagartat Samriddhi Yojana.
The meeting was attended by Shri. Ahmed Devarkoil, Minister of Ports, Kerala, Thiru E.V.Velu, Minister for Public Works, Tamil Nadu, Shri Aslam Sheikh, Minister of Textile, Fisheries and Port Development, Maharashtra, Shri Michael Lobo, Minister for Science and Technology, Waste Management, RDA and Ports, Goa, Shri. Mekapati Goutham Reddy, Minister for Industries, Commerce, Information Technology, Andhra Pradesh, Shri. Padmanabh Behera, Planning & Convergence, Commerce & Transport, Odisha, Admiral D K Joshi (Retd), Lieutenant Governor, Andaman and Nicobar Islands along with the representatives from the States. The meeting was also attended by representatives and officials from allied Ministries.
MSDC Background: MSDC is an apex advisory body for the development of the Maritime sector and aims to ensure integrated development of Major and non-Major Ports. The MSDC was constituted in May 1997 to assess in consultation with State Governments, the future development of existing and new Minor Ports by the respective Maritime States either directly or through captive users and private participation. Further, MSDC also monitors the development of minor ports, captive ports and private ports in the Maritime States with a view to ensure their integrated development with Major Ports and to assess the requirements of other infrastructure requirements like roads/rail/IWT and make suitable recommendations to the concerned Ministers.
The 7th International Day of Yoga was observed by Paradip Port Trust with great enthusiasm on 21.06.2021. Shri A.K. Bose, Dy. Chairman, PPT inaugurated the event by lighting the lamp in presence of Shri T.K. Hazra Choudhary, Sr. Dy. Secretary, PPT, Shri S.K. Sethi, Honorary Secretary of the Paradip Centre of Art of Living and Shri Tapas Ranjan Pati , experienced faculty of the Art of Living. The one hour Yoga session held virtually has seen participation of 120 participants from PPT employees and their family members. As the entire nation is going through COVID-19 pandemic, the practice of Yoga has emerged as one of the most powerful way to ensure our holistic wellbeing. The CISF Unit of PPT conducted separate programmes inside the campus as well as at its barracks. Banners, hoardings and Electronic Display Boards highlighted the significance of the observation of International Day of Yoga to build awareness among the local populace. Employees also joined Yoga practice session held at the New Kalyan Mandap. They were of the view that, instead of limiting the practice to just one day, they will practice Yoga throughout the year as it remains a ray of hope during COVID times.
As the second wave of COVID-19 sweeps through the state, in order to provide better treatment to the patient, Bhumi Pujan of a separate Respiratory Infection Isolation ward was conducted yesterday at PPT Hospital premises by Shri A.K. Bose, Dy. Chairman, PPT in presence of Dr. P. Panda, CMO, PPT Hospital, Shri Moloy Dasgupta, Chief Enginner, PPT. Other Doctors, officials & employees of the Hospital and Eningeering Department of PPT were also present on the occasion. TMILL, a joint venture company of Tata steel, which is into providing of logistics services, donated 2 Oxygen Concentrators to the PPT Hospital, which will boost the existing critical care facilities available in the Hospital.
Under the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav programmes, a two days online programme on Nutrition, Exercise and Yoga kicked off this morning at PPT in association with the Paradip Centre of the Art of Living. Shri A.K. Bose, Dy. Chairman, PPT inaugurated the event in presence of Shri T.K. Hazra Choudhary, Sr. Dy. Secretary, PPT, Shri S.K. Sethi, Honorary Secretary of the Paradip Centre of Art of Living and Shri Tapas Ranjan Pati , experienced faculty of the Art of Living. As the nation is going through difficult times due to COVID 19 cases, the two days progarmme, each of one hour duration is also giving specially focusing on COVID care for the sake of PPT employees and their families. The different progarmmes include Nutrition, Immunity Boost and Prevention, Home Isolation Care and Post-COVID rehabilitation.
Ensured 24x7 Electricity and Water Supply.
1500 evacuees housed in Cyclone Shelters and inmates of local Leprosy Colony and Old Age Home were provided with cooked food, bottled drinking water and Nose Masks.
Trees and branches were cleared from roads to make way for traffic by 1200 Hrs.
Despite rainfall of 361.4 mm from May 24- 26, 2021 (morning), waterlogging is minimal.
No major damage to Port infrastructure, as adequate precautions were taken.
Shipping operations to start from tomorrow morning. Truck operations started at 1500 hours. Railway operations will start from today evening.
As the Cyclonic storm ‘YAAS’ is expected to trigger heavy downpour accompanied by high velocity wind in the locality, "PPT Administration is fully geared up to meet any eventuality”, said Shri Vinit Kumar, Chairman, PPT while interacting with PPT officials over VC. The drains in the locality have been cleared on a war footing in order to avoid any possible water-logging. Four teams of PPT with chain saws and Pay loader are ready to function round the clock during the cyclone to clear the roads due to possible uprooting of trees. As precautionary measures, no inward movement of Ships has been permitted from 2200 Hrs of May 23, 2021. Currently, the Port has planned only outward movement of Ships which is expected to be completed by 1200 Hrs of May 24, 2021. All operations will be wound up and the Port is being cleared of all personnel by 25th morning. All vessels at Paradip Anchorage have been asked to pick up anchor and move to sea.
All Coast Guard Vessels and DCI Dredger XX inside harbour have also been instructed to move out to sea. DCI dredger Aquarius, DCI dredger XVIII, DCI dredger Ganga and both the OSL cutter dredgers in North basin will be secured properly for extreme heavy weather. Other crafts and Tugs which are going to stay inside harbour will be manned round the clock for attending their moorings with main engines ready for operation at any time.
Equipment and Machineries at Under Construction areas will be secured. Unloaders at PPL and IFFCO berths are to be securely fastened. Loaders at MCHP, IOHP, JSW and EBTPL berths, Harbour mobile Cranes at all berths including PICT berth will also be secured. Loading Arms, Gangway at North Oil Jetty & South Oil Jetty will be secured.
Tankers from SPM have already been cast off after flushing of pipelines. A Control Room is functioning round the clock at Gate No. 4 from 24th morning, till the cyclone passes and normalcy is restored. A medical team along with Ambulance will be available to meet any medical emergencies.
Five Cyclone shelters have been activated, where around 2,000 people from local slums and low lying areas will be accommodated with proper social distancing norms. They will be provided with dry ration, cooked food items, drinking water, face masks and sanitizers. The cyclone shelters will also be equipped with Gensets for uninterrupted electric supply.
In conforming with the Chief Minister’s message, Shri A.K.Bose, Dy.Chairman, PPT has stressed on zero loss of life during the upcoming natural calamity.
Anti-Terrorism Day was observed at PPT, with the pledge being administered by Shri Ashok Kumar Sahu, Sr. Dy. FA in the Lobby of PPT Administrative Building. Keeping in view the safety of participants amid COVID-19 pandemic, officials/employees also took the pledge solemnly in their rooms/offices itself. The objective behind observance of this day is to wean away the youth from terrorism and the cult of violence by highlighting the sufferings of common people and showing as to how it is prejudicial to the national interest.
Paradip Port Trust handled 24 medical oxygen cylinders (40-litre capacity each), along with 5 medical oxygen cylinder and oxygen regulator-humidifiers, brought in by MV Anna Maria from Singapore this evening for distribution among various state-run hospitals in Jagatsinghpur district. Dr. Kanhu Charan Dhir, ADM, Paradip has received the oxygen cylinders on behalf of Government of Odisha.
Additionally, Paradip International Cargo Terminal Private Limited (PICTPL) handled 30 medical oxygen cylinders (10-litre capacity each), sent by the shipping line Louis Dreyfus Company Freight Asia from Singapore in MV Glory Amsterdam for PPT Hospital. In view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Steel Authority of India along with Paradip Customs have provided necessary assistance in this noble endeavour.
This is the first time medical oxygen is being handled at PPT.
Ministry of Ports, Shipping & Waterways (MoPSW) has accorded administrative approval for sanction of Rs 50.30 crore for developing all-weather ROPAX (Roll-on/Roll-off Passenger)Jetty and allied infrastructure connecting Kaninali in Bhadrak district &Talachua in Kendrapara district, Odisha under the Sagarmala initiative. The Government of Odisha will fund another 50% cost of the project.
The total capital cost of the project is Rs 110.60 crore which includes construction of RO-PAX Jetty at Kaninali and Talachua, utility infrastructures such as parking area development, navigational aids and dredging.
This project will reduce travel time for passengers from 6 hours by road to 1 hour by waterway. The development of the existing ghat with all-weather ROPAX jetties is being carried out with intent of accommodating boats, launches and other vessels as well as to ply vessel having capacity to carry 10 light Motor vehicles, 20 Motorbikes along with 60 passengers at a time, simultaneously ensuring safety of all passengers and vehicles.The project will facilitate indirect employment opportunities to locals around Dhamra river and reduce road distance of ~200 km from Talachua to Dhamra.
Kaninali in Bhadrak district and Talachua in Kendrapada district, are located on the northern and southern banks of River Dhamra respectively. The people of Talachua and nearby villages largely depend upon Dhamra port for their livelihood, which is approximately 4 kms from Kaninali Ghat. Since there is no connectivity through roads, the local population depends upon passenger ferries at ghats of Kaninali and Talachua to cross the river (a stretch of 7 Km). Currently, Number of passenger vehicles move through private boats without safety and passengers face difficulty in embarking and disembarking from launches on an everyday basis. This project will enhance the safety of passengers and vehicles with state-of-the-art utility infrastructure. The connectivity will increase the commercial and business activities and uplift the socio-economic status of the surrounding region.
Paradip Port Trust (PPT) celebrated the Birth Anniversary of Bharat Ratna Dr. B R Ambedkar strictly following COVID-19 guidelines on 14th April 2021. The PPT fraternity led by Shri A.K. Bose, Dy. Chairman, PPT including HODs, Senior officers, employees and representatives of Paradip Port Trust SC & ST Employees Welfare Associations, offered floral tributes at the statue of Dr Ambedkar in the morning.
National Fire Service Week with the theme "Maintenance of fire safety equipment is key to mitigate fire hazards" kicked off this morning at the Main Fire Station premises of Gate No. 4 in PPT. The programme was commenced by paying homage to the firemen who sacrificed their lives in the Victoria Dock Yard explosion occurred years back in 1944, by Shri A.K. Bose, Dy. Chairman, PPT. Addressing the gathering, he called for sincerity in the part of CISF Fire Wing to prevent any untoward fire incident. For this fire fighting equipments should be properly maintained, so that minor fire doesn’t snowball into any major incident. Capt. A.K. Mohaptra, Dy. Conservator, PPT and Ex Commandant of PPT CISF Unit, Shri Madhabananda Biswal also shared their valuable experiences in dealing fire scenario. Shri Dhyan Singh, Dy. Commandant, CISF Unit, PPT compeered the programmed and read out about various promotional events the CISF Fire Wing, PPT will undertake in coming week to create awareness about fire hazards in the locality.
The World Health Day was observed at PPT Hospital on 07.04.2021 with the theme “Building a fairer, healthier world for everyone”. On this occasion, a walkathon was organised to create awareness about health problems among the denizens of the Port Township. Shri A.K.Bose, Dy.Chairman, PPT, flagged off the awareness walkathon, especially on COVID-19, in which the doctors, paramedical staff of the PPT Hospital along with HoDs of the PPT, CISF personnel and general public participated with enthusiasm. IEC activities and clinic for screening of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Orthopaedics, Hypertension, Bone MINERAL Density, HbA1C, glaucoma, neurology and urology were also conducted on the occasion.
Later, a seminar was organised on cancer awareness at the Hospital Conference Hall under the supervision of Dr. Prahlad Panda, Chief Medical Officer, PPT, in association with Panda Curie HOSPITAL, Cuttack. 206 people were screened for different diseases and necessary advice given.
To promote eco-friendly waterways transportation and reduce the traffic load of crowded Mumbai city roads, 4 new routes for ROPAXferry services and 12 new routes of Water Taxi are planned to be operational by December, 2021.
Currently, ROPAX ((roll-on/roll-off passenger) service from Bhaucha Dhakka(Ferry Wharf) to Mandwa (Alibag)is successfully operating by reducing the road journey of 110 kmto about 18 km by using waterways, thereby reducing travel time of daily commuters from about 3-4 hours to merely one hour. After the huge benefits being reaped of this ferry service, similar services are planned to be operational at various other routes in Mumbai. The details of the new routes are as follows:
Distance by Waterways
Distance by Road
(3hrs 30 mins)
Details of 12 routes for Water Taxi operations:
( Time) Max @30kms
Domestic Cruise Terminal (DCT)
(1hr 15 min)
( 40 mins)
( 1hr 15mins)
(2hr 45 min)
Gateway of India
Gateway of India
Opening up of 4 new routes of ROPAX Ferries and 12 routes of Water taxis is going to prove a big boon for daily commuters of Mumbai. It will result in a pollution-free, peaceful and time-saving journey as well as reduce the travel cost and carbon footprint significantly. It would also cater for the requirements of increasing number of tourists and commuters at various stretches of Mumbai city.
Shri Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of State (I/C) for Ports, Shipping and Waterways stated that operationalization of new waterways routes is a big step towards Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s vision of harnessing waterways and integrating them with the economic development of the country.It will open up new opportunities and avenues to create an ecosystem and network of such ROPAX services and Water Taxi services at numerous other routes in all coastal states.
Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways celebrated 58th National Maritime Day in commemoration of the maiden voyage of the first Indian flag merchant vessel ‘S.S.LOYALTY’ (Owned by M/s. Scindia Steam Navigation Company), from Mumbai to London, on the 5th April ,1919. The theme of National Maritime Day is ‘Sustainable Shipping beyond COVID-19’ on the lines of ‘Aatma Nirbhar Bharat’ initiative of the Government of India.
On the occasion of the celebration of the National Maritime Day, Shri Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of State(I/C) for Ports, Shipping and Waterways congratulated the maritime community and appreciated their hard work, zeal and courage and role played in the times of the COVID pandemic. Shri Mandaviya said that Maritime India Vision-2030, recently launched by Prime Minister of India, is the comprehensive vision of the next decade for the maritime the sector of India and with a focused approach, the Indian maritime sector will be strong, technologically advanced and Aatma Nirabhar soon.
Shri Mandaviya concluded with a positive note and said, ‘India is changing, India is racing ahead, New India is being built like we were the Maritime leader in the past, India will lead the world again through the maritime sector’.
Shri Mandaviya launched the e-magazine as a souvenir for the 58th National Maritime Day and presented awards instituted by National Maritime Day Celebration Committee, which is headed by Director General of Shipping.
Dr Sanjeev Ranjan, Secretary, Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, said that the Maritime community has played animportant role in the CoVID times and added that Ministry is working tirelessly working towards bringing progressive policy changes to give India a leadership place in the global maritime community.
On this occasion, Senior officials of the Ministry, DG Shipping, officials of the Shipping Corporation of India, Port officials and representative of the Maritime community were present via video conferencing.
58th National Maritime Day was celebrated at PPT on a low scale affair, strictly following COVID-19 guidelines. The main function was held in the Wet Basin of the PPT’s Marine Site office, where, the Chief Guest of the occasion, Shri Rinkesh Roy, COM (Marketing)/ECoR and Ex-Chairman, PPT hoisted the National Maritime Day flag. During this competitions like heaving line throw and rope climbing were held.
At the meeting, Shri Roy spoke in length about the future prospects of PPT to be become the No.1 Port in the country. He hoped that by 2025, PPT will clock 150 MMT Cargo handling. With the completion of Paradip Haridaspur Line, the dream is quite achievable. Praising the spirit and innovations shown by PPT employees, he appealed everybody to make safety part of PPT’s work culture. The benchmarking, PPT has set in the recent years will definitely boost its prospects to be a global Port.
Addressing the gathering, Shri A.K.Bose, Dy.Chairman, PPT said that each country needs EXIM trade for its growth, where robust waterways provides the safest mode of transport. It is also the cheapest mode of transportation as well as environment friendly. Outlining the highest ever Cargo handling of 114.55 MMT achieved during the last fiscal, Shri Bose praised the dedication shown by the PPT employees and also mentioned that, despite COVID-19 Pandemic and the Cyclone AMPHAN, the Port posted positive growth. He appealed to everybody to contribute wholeheartedly to realise the dream of the No.1 Port in India.
Capt. Ashok Mahapatra, Ex-Director of IMO Safety Division was felicitated on the occasion for his tireless service and stellar contribution to the Indian Maritime Industry. Winners of the different competitions were also awarded on the occasion.
Capt.A.K.Mohapatra, Dy.Conservator, PPT presided over the function. Capt.A.C.Sahu, Harbour Master gave the welcome speech and Er.Babul Sikdar, Sr.Marine Engineer offered Vote of Thanks.
PARADIP PORT HANDLED ALL TIME RECORD CARGO OF 114.55 MILLION METRIC TONNES DURING FY 2020-21.APART FROM MURMUGAO PORT PPT IS THE ONLY PORT TO POST POSITIVE GROWTH
With a record cargo handling of 114.55 MMT cargo in FY 20-21, Paradip Port Trust achieved the coveted 100 Million Metric Tonnes (MMT) of cargo handling fourth consecutive year in row. Despite cyclone Amphan and COVID-19 crisis, it once again repeated the feat by crossing the 100 MMT mark in succession, said Shri Vinit Kumar, Chairman, PPT addressing a Press Meet held at Officer’s Club this afternoon at Paradip. The above achievement of highest ever Cargo handling 100 MMT of cargo again by PPT in the FY 20-21, is despite 2 of its existing berths are not available for handling of cargo, since these are under mechanization process.
For the above feat, Shri Vinit Kumar, Chairman, PPT congratulated Shri Mansukh Mandavia , Hon’ble Minister of Ports, Shipping & Waterways, the Ministry, the user Industries, Stevedores, Steamer Agents, Trade Unions to have their continued faith on the ability of the Port to serve them. He congratulated the employees and officers of the Port for their continued commitment to serve the trade. Given an overview of the Port Chairman, PPT said that.
Paradip Port Trust achieved all time traffic throughput of 114.55 million metric tonnes during the year 2020-21 as against the previous year’s traffic of 112.68 million metric tonnes exhibiting a growth of 1.65 %.
During the year, the port performance parameter viz. Berth-day out-put improved to 23,943 MT, Pre-berthing detention has improved from 15.32 Hrs. in FY 19-20 to 6.20 Hrs. in FY 2020-21 and the Berth Occupancy is 74% as against 73% in the previous year.The Port’s profit before tax stands at Rs.722Cr. which is an increase 6.02% over last fiscal which stood at Rs.681Cr.
E & M Department
Projects under different stages of implementation:
The Port has been discharging its commitment to the society by taking up several CSR activities.
Paradip Port organised a six months free residential training programme for One Hundred Twenty (120) unemployed youth of Odisha through Central Institute of Plastic Engineering Technology (CIPET) Bhubaneswar at a cost of Rs. 72 lakh and all of them have been gainfully employed after the training.
In order to cater to needs of the denizens from peripheral areas of Paradip Port, free cataract operations have been conducted on 102 poor persons at PPT hospital in a year.
Last but not the least, Chairman expressed his gratitude to the Print and Electronic Media for their continued & forth-coming support and encouragement being extended for smooth functioning and development of the Port and look forward for such continued support, guidance and co-operation by all concerned in the days to come.
A Mega Health Camp was organised by Paradip Port Trust on 28.03.2021 at Balipadia, Jajpur in association with Santha Arakshita Das Foundation & Olasuni Gumpha Development Trust. Organized with the aim of promoting health awareness among the public and offering them easy access to quality healthcare, the camp offered specialist consultations, medicines all completely free of charges.
Shri A.K. Bose, Deputy Chairman, Paradip Port Trust inaugurated the Camp in presence of the Vice President, Paradip Ladies Club, and the respective Presidents of Santha Arakshita Das Foundation & Olasuni Gumpha Development Trust.
Dr. P. Panda, CMO, PPT Hospital, along with doctors, and suppport staffs of Paradip Port Trust Hospital treated 1000 patients, conducting ECG and rapid Glucose test etc.
It is organised under the corporate social responsibility of the Paradip Port Trust. It is noteworthy that Pradip Port Trust conducts various philanthropic activities under the CSR from time to time.The Medical Camp was much needed for the people in villages with limited access to the hospitals, especially in the context of COVID 19 Pandemic. Camp was organised under strict adherence to the COVID appropriate behaviour.
Speaking on the occasion, the Deputy Chairman, PPT expressed his concern about the health of people and stressed on the role of industries under CSR, and assured more such Health Camps in the surrounding areas in future.
Shri A K Bose, Deputy Chairman, Paradip Port Trust disbursed compensation of Rs 50 Lakhs by cheque to Smt. Sabita Lenka, wife and legal heir of Late Trinath Charana Lenka, contractual dresser of PPT Hospital, who succumbed to COVID-19 in October, 2020.
The compensation was disbursed in this afternoon in the presence of Dr. P. Panda, CMO, PPT Hospital and other Medical staff. The scheme has been declared by the Ministry of Port, Shipping and Waterways, Government of India. It may be noted that due to pro-active steps taken by the PPT Management and the PPT Hospital in particular, this has been the only loss of life at Paradip Port Trust in the ongoing COVID Pandemic.
Woman golfer Manasi Chalia emerged champion in the women category of Paradip Port Invitation Golf Tournament 2021, which concluded, here on Sunday.
In the Men category, Bhubaneswar Oran of Bhubaneswar Golf Club, became the champion. In handicap (1 – 12), (13 - 18) and (19 – 24) categories, Oscar Dung Dung of Paradip Golf Club, Shailendra Upadhyaya of Bhubaneswar Golf Club and Capt. A.K. Mohapatra of Paradip Golf Club have become the winners respectively. Bablu Sikdar and Harihar Das of Paradip Golf Club have bagged Runners Up awards in handicap (13 - 18). In children putting, Kumar Harshid Das became the champion.
The Tournament was held at Paradip Golf Course by Paradip Port Golf Club and Paradip Port Sports Council. Gracing the occasion, Shri Asit Tripathy, Chairman, Western Odisha Development Council, Shri Santosh Kumar Mohapatra, Ex-Chairman, PPT, Dy. Chairman PPT, Shri A.K. Bose and Shri D.N. Sondhi, President, GKS gave away the prizes.
Paradip Golf Club president Capt. Atulya Kumar Mohapatra and working president Bablu Sikdar conducted the tournament smoothly. Shri Rabi Das, Advisor, sports council gave the vote of thanks. Total 60 golfers from 5 leading golf clubs from eastern India participated in the tourney.
“Learn from Disaster and Prepare for a Safer Future” being the theme, the 50th National Safety Week is being observed by Paradip Port Trust today came to an end. Shri A.K.Bose, Dy.Chairman, PPT lowered the National Safety week Flag, this aftenoon at an event held at Gate No. 4, in presence of Shri P. Gopinath, Asst. Director, Dock Safety along with other HODs and PPT officials and various stakeholders. A tribunal salute was offered by Shri P.K. Kar, Safety Officer, PPT. Addressing the gathering, Shri Bose said that we shouldn’t sign off safety as the week concludes, but continue this through out the year. Any miscalculation or wrong step by us will lead to accident or misfortune. He appealed the winners of various essay and debate competitions to propagate the theme of safety not only within the organization, but also the society as a whole. Saftey Rath and Safety Rally have been the major highlights of the week long celebrations.
Thereafter, the winners of various competitions like safety essay, debate and poster competitions, organised on the occasion, were awarded. Shri S.K. Das, CME, PPT gave the welcome address and called upon all the stakeholders to make Safety a teamwork. Shri P.K. Kar, Safety Officer, PPT offered the vote of thanks.
Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) has entered into a Land Lease Agreement for its 234.14 acres of land earmarked for Crude Oil Import Terminal Plot with Paradip Port Trust (PPT).
The agreement was signed to this effect today at Paradip between Shri Biswajit Mishra, Sr.Asst.Estate Manager, on behalf of PPT Board and Shri Prabir Kumar Talukdar, CGM (HR), on behalf of NRL in presence of Shri Vinit Kumar, Chairman, PPT, Shri A.K.Bose, Dy.Chairman, PPT. Shri Manoj Kumar Pegu, Head Project, Pipeline DGM (Projects Pipeline) NRL - Shri A J Phukan, Shri Bikas Kumar Das, Manager, Projects and other senior officials from both the organizations were also present on the occasion.
The Terminal is being set up as part of NRL’s integrated Refinery Expansion project that is being implemented at an estimated cost of more that Rs. 22 thousand Crore. The mega project envisages amongst others, import of Crude Oil at Paradip port and transport of the same by way of laying pipeline from Paradip, Odisha to Numaligarh, Assam.
Like previous years, the Central Industrial Security Forces (CISF) Unit of Paradip Port Trust observed 52nd raising day in its local complex this morning. Gracing the occasion as Chief Guest, Shri A.K. Bose, Dy. Chairman, PPT took salute from the marching contingents. Addressing the gathering, he said that the CISF is created for the better protection and security of industrial undertakings in the country. It is no longer a PSU-centric force. With the number of personnel has reached over 1,63,000, it has transformed into a multi-skill security agency of the country mandated to provide security to the major installations across the country.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Madhabananda Biswal, Commandant, CISF Unit, PPT told about the importance of security required by the critical industrial undertakings and sectors. Industrial places like nuclear installations, airports, power plants, heritage monuments, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation and many more require CISF in order to maintain easy workflow and secure surroundings for citizens.
Shri Dhyan Singh, Dy. Commandant, CISF Unit, PPT offered vote of thanks.
‘The 21st century will not belong to land; it will be a century of the seas, skies and space. Atma Nirbhar Maritime Sector would be foundation of the New India and ‘AatmNirabhar Bharat’: Shri Mansukh Mandaviya
The Second edition of Virtual Maritime India Summit-2021 concluded today. The three-day maritime conference was one of the biggest virtual maritime summits of the world.
In his key note address of Chabahar day Session, Shri Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways said that Chabahar Port project will be developed as transit hub for cross connectivity between the India and Eurasia and further added that Chabahar Port handled 123 vessels and total 13,752 TEUs and 18 lakh tons of bulk / general cargo. Chabahar Port has emerged as the “connecting point” for the region to deliver humanitarian assistance during the COVID pandemic, added Shri Mandaviya. Shri Mandaviya reiterated the importance of the maritime sector and said, ‘The 21st century will not belong to land; it will be a century of the seas, skies and space’.
In the Valedictory Session of Maritime India Summit-2021, Shri Sanjay Bandopadhyaya, additional secretary of Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways briefed about the summit and added that about 1.90 lakh delegates registered for the summit,16 international ministers from 11 nations joined for different sessions. A total of six union ministers, chief ministers of three states and two state ministers having joined us for different sessions. A total of 55 CEOs, which included 31 international CEOs and 24 Indian CEOs joined during the CEO’s forum . A total of 110 exhibitors joined during the summit, in 18 pavilions and 107 booths, which led to 5,540 B2B meetings. A total of more than 64,000 visitors were recorded during the three days of the summit.
In his concluding remark, Shri Mansukh Mandaviya said, ‘Maritime India Summit-2021 will empower and strengthen Maritime India Vision-2030 which was launched by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in the inauguration of the summit. Due to MIS-2021, the expectations and the aspirations of the world towards India has increased. We have to keep marching towards achieving our goal. MoU signed during the summit should borne successful outcome with our dedicated and focused efforts’. Shri Mandaviya ended with optimism and said, “AatmNirbhar Maritime Sector’ would be foundation of the New India and ‘AatmNirabhar India”
“Learn from Disaster and Prepare for a Safer Future” being the theme, the 50th National Safety Week is being observed by Paradip Port Trust. Shri A.K.Bose, Dy.Chairman, PPT inaugurated Safety Week Celebrations on March 4, 2021. Saftey Rath and Safety Rally have been the major highlights of the week long celebrations.
Attending the inaugural function at Gate No.4, as the Chief Guest, Shri Bose hoisted the safety flag and administered the safety pledge. Addressing the gathering he said that we should not just limit safety to a weeklong celebration. For remaining 51 weeks of a year also we have to make it priority in our lives. Human capital is the most important component in any organisations and due to negligence, one can’t afford it to lose the life. As the Port is vying for the number one position in the country in safety standard also, it should set a bench mark. Safety practices must be given paramount importance. He appealed to the workers not to venture inside the port prohibited area in two wheelers to avoid any untoward incident. The Asst. Addl. Director, Dock Safety(DGFASLI), Shri B.Gopinath and HoDs of PPT also spoke on the occasion.
Shri Saroj Kumar Das, CME, PPT in his welcome address called upon to ensure integration of occupational safety and health in our work culture and lifestyle. Shri P.K.Kar, Safety Officer, PPT offered the vote of thanks.
Shri Vinit Kumar during his welcome address impressed upon importance of Port led Industrilization. He also showed a short film on Investmet Opportunities in Odisha.
Shri Padmanabha Behera, Hon’ble Minister, Ministry of Planning and Convergence, Commerce & Transport:
GoO has been proactively following a policy of promoting developing non-major Ports in the State in PPP Mode since 2004. Two Ports have been functional and three are in the pipeline including proposed Mahanadi Riverine Port in Kendrapara District. Development of National Waterways five will be economical viable and provide an alternative route for transportation of minerals to Paradip. GoO has entered into several MoUs for establishment of Heavy Industries in the sectors like steel, thermal power, aluminium and petrochemicals in the State. Development of Port Sector will play in sustainable and inclusive growth of the State.
Shri Madhu Sudan Padhi, IAS, Principal Secretary, Department of Commerce & Transport, GoO:
Elaborating on Port Sector and Port-led development in the State of Odisha. Shri Padhi told that as per study by IIT, Chennai, 14 locations have been identified for development of non-Major Ports. Odisha Govt. is following a proactive policy, in which pvt. Players are encouraged to establish Ports in BOOST method. For upcoming Mahanadi Riverine Port, GoO is going to sign an MoU with PPT soon. The upcoming 12 MT JSW Steel Plant is going to establish a Port at the mouth of Jatadhari river. The concept of Port-led Industrialisation future success story of Odisha. A Port near Nua Nai in Puri will promote cruise tourism in the region and can be a clean cargo Port with container handling. Transparent Port policy and friendly industrial policy will make journey of potentials investors, easy.
Shri Hemanta Sharma, IAS, Principal Secretary, Department of Industries, GoO:
Highlighting the Port led development in the State, he said that Odisha is growing leaps and bounds in industrialisation trade and commerce. State is currently surplus in electricity, rich in industrial water and of late, intense hinterland road, rail network. We have a very skilled and professional workforce for upcoming industrial economy. In the last few years both the state and Central Government are trying to develop hinterland infrastructure like road, rail, airport and pipeline etc. so that they will link the industrial clusters with the Ports. Today the Ports of Odisha are the gateways to the ASEAN countries. Ports will definitely add to the Industrial infrastructure.
Shri Dilip Oommen, CEO, AMNS:
For setting up a Steel Plant one must rein in cost of logistics, the 480 KM long sea coast and the vast mineral deposit gives Odisha an advantage. For rapid industrialisation in the State, the CAGR has been 10.4, which is more than national average. PPT is doing wonderful job in cargo movement. OSBD is remarkable and the business has grown 9 times within last 18 years. For skill development the Odisha Govt. needs to do more ship re-cycling industry must be given a boost for more ship manufacturing Unit. We should add value by exporing steel instead of iron ore. The AMNS wants to make Odisha steel hub of India.
Shri VR Sharma, Managing Director, JSPL:
Shri Sharma stressed upon more infrastructure to be developed for export of additional steel cargo in the state. Called for dedicated Ports may come up related to exports of steel in the State. Eastern belt of the country is having 28 MT steel export capacity. He further stressed upon infrastructure development for rail & port connectivity.
Shri Dibyendu Bose, Vice President, Supply Chain, Tata Steel:
Tata Steel is in the process of developing the Subarnnarekha project. The vision for maritime sector in Odisha for Tata Steel is to strategically dedicate one port for each of its plant to keep it supply chain going. Paradip Port for Angul plant,
Dhamara Port for Kalinga Nagar plant and
Subarnrekha Port for Jamshedpur plant. For production of additional 30 MT steel, the Ports will handle additional 32 MT. raw materials. Tata Steel has signed an agreement for handling at KICT terminal if PPT. For development of Western Dock, Tata Steel will be interested. This is how Tata Steel has designed its supply chain network.
Shri Dharmedra Pradhan, Hon’ble Cabinet Minister, Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Steel:
Union Petroleum and Natural Gas & Steel Minister Shri Dharmendra Pradhan today said that Odisha’s coastline is going to be the hub of maritime trade. While addressing the “Investment Opportunities in Odisha’ session in the Maritime India Summit 2021, he also assured all potential investors that the Central and State Governments are working in tandem to make Odisha an attractive investment destination.
Shri Pradhan said that Odisha has a rich maritime history and thousands of years ago navigators of the state sailed to different parts of the globe to bring fortune and glory to the state. He further said thatat one point time in history, we were one of the most prosperous civilizations of the world and today in the 21st century, PM Modi has given a clarion call of Aatmanirbhar Bharat and $5 trillion economy. With natural harbours, rich natural resources, long coastline and skill-able and hardworking manpower, Odisha is uniquely poised to be the part of Aatmanirbhar journey and contribute to the making of $5 trillion economy .
The minister said that in the 21st century, the global network of trade and commerce will be maritime and Odisha’s coast will be the gateway. Paradipis going to be the gateway of growth of eastern part of country.Kalinganagaris being developed as a steel hub, envisages to become a self-contained ecosystem, and will enable the potential investors for setting up value added downstream facilities. Our initiatives in the petroleum and steel sectors will provide impetus to the maritime economy in Odisha.He said that anchor industries and companies are needed for development and operations of new ports in Odisha and optimal utilization of riverine and sea port area.
He reiterated Prime Minister’s vision of Purvodaya to drive eastern India’s growth to keep pace with the growth in other regions of the country and its importance in achieving national growth.
Shri Pradhan said that Integration of crucial infrastructure Road, Rail and Port will lead to the industrial development of Odisha. Potential for port-led Blue Economy will be unlocked with the multi-modal rail, road and air linkages with sea and riverine port for transport of minerals and goods at much lower logistics cost.
Shri Pradhan said that Odisha serves as a link between eastern & western India through the railway network of the South Eastern Railways & the East Coast Railways. There is further potential for integrating railway freight corridors with key ports in Odisha and setting up of maintenance and engineering projects in the State.
Regarding petroleum sector investments, Shri Pradhan said Oil and Gas CPSEs have spearheaded a number of infrastructure investments in the State of Odisha including in oil refining, gas pipeline infrastructure, marketing infrastructure and city gas distribution networks.He also echoed Prime Minister’s thoughts on the Government’s role to not to be wealth creators themselves but to provide policy certainty to the wealth creators in order to thrive.
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated ‘Maritime India Summit 2021’ through video conferencingtoday. Minister of Transport of Denmark Mr Benny Englebrecht, Chief Ministers of Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh, Union Ministers Shri Dharmendra Pradhan and Union Minister of State (I/C) for Ports, Shipping And Watwerways, Shri Mansukh Mandaviya, were present on the occasion.
In his welcome address, Shri Mansukh Mandaviya said that the Maritime India Summit is one of the biggest virtual summits in the world, with the participation of more than 1.7 lakh registered participants from more than 100 nations. In this three-day summit, we will have ministers from 8 nations, more than 50 global CEOs and more than 160 speakers which includes 115 international speakers from 24 nations.
Shri Mandaviya further assured all stakeholders in the sectors and investors from across the globe and said that Government of India is all geared up for facilitating and grounding the investments in the maritime sector and our role in the vision of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’.Prime Minister released e-book of ‘ Maritime India Vision-2030’. Maritime India Vision 2030 is aiming to make the Indian Maritime Industry at par with top global benchmarks in next 10 years.
Prime Minister also unveiled the e-plaque of ‘Sagar-Manthan’:Mercantile Maritime Domain Awareness Centre(MM-DAC). It is an information system for enhancing maritime safety, search and rescue capabilities, security and marine environment protection.
Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister invited the world to come to India and be a part of India’s growth trajectory. India is very serious about growing in the maritime sector and emerging as a leading Blue Economy of the world,he said.
Prime Minister noted that instead of a piecemeal approach focus is on the entire sector as one. He informed that capacity of major ports have increased from 870 million tonnes in 2014 to 1550 million tonnes now. Indian ports now have measures such as: Direct port Delivery, Direct Port Entry and an upgraded Port Community System (PCS) for easy data flow. Our ports have reduced waiting time for inbound and outbound cargo. He also informed that mega ports with world class infrastructure are being developed in Vadhavan, Paradip and Deendayal Port in Kandla.
The Prime Minister concluded while inviting the global investors, “India’s long coastline awaits you. India’s hardworking people await you. Invest in our ports. Invest in our people. Let India be your preferred trade destination. Let Indian ports be your port of call for trade and commerce.”
Paradip Port, the 2nd largest Major Port in terms of cargo handling has executed 27 Nos. of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with various stakeholders to further enhance the economic growth of the State of Odisha and the country as a whole under the Maritime India Summit (MIS) 2021. The MoUs were signed on behalf of PPT by respective HoDs and Sr. Officials and Sr. officials of representing organisations in presence of Shri Vinit Kumar, Chairman and Shri A.K. Bose, Dy. Chairman, PPT. Addressing the Press Meet over video conferencing, Chairman, PPT appealed everyone to make the Mega International Event a grand success. He shared with the Press the details about the upcoming sessions and process of registration to participate in the Summit. Moreover, there will be a Special Session on “Investment Opportunities in Odisha” on March 3, 2021, from 1230 Hrs to 1400 Hrs in which Hon’ble in which Hon’ble Commerce & Transport Minister of Odisha, Shri Padmanabha Behera will chair the session, which will be also attended by senior State Officials of the Govt. of Odisha and Heads of leading industries on virtual mode.
Out of the 27 MoUs, 15 nos. worth Rs.3,878.81 Crs. under the category of Projects for development of World Class Port, 2 in Coastal Shipping Hinterland connectivity and Multimodal Logistics Park worth Rs.355 Crs., 2 in Port infrastructures focusing on Liquid Cargo worth Rs.5,382.64 Crs., 4 in Port Led Industrialization worth Rs.16,218 Crs. and 4 under the category of Promoting Cargo and Passenger Movement and Seaplane Tourism worth Rs.1,616 Crs.
The Union Ministry of Ports, Shipping & Waterways will conduct the MIS from March 2 - 4, 2021. The summit intends to be a powerful platform for international collaboration with partner countries for mutual exchange of knowledge and opportunities and also leading towards the Atmanirbhar Bharat.
Paradip Port achieved the handling 100 Million Metric Tonnes (MMT) of cargo fourth year in row. Despite COVID-19 crisis, it once again repeated the feat by crossing the 100 MMT mark in succession and achieved cargo throughput of 100.30 MMT till 21.02.2021 in the current fiscal.
The above achievement of 100 MMT of cargo again by PPT in the current fiscal is despite global COVID-19 crisis and 2 of its existing berths are not available for handling of cargo these are under mechanization process.
For the above feat, Shri Vinit Kumar, Chairman, PPT congratulates the user industries, Stevedores, Steamer Agents, Trade Unions to have their continued faith on the ability of the Port to serve them. Congratulating the employees and officers of the Port for their continued commitment to serve the trade, Chairman, PPT takes the pleasure of appreciating the support of Govt. authorities like Ministry of Ports, Shipping & Waterways (GoI), Govt. of Odisha, Indian Railways, Customs, Immigration Department, Dock Safety, MMD as well as all Service Providers/Terminal Operators for their sustained effort in achieving the above feat.
The 2nd edition of Maritime India Summit (MIS) 2021, a mega international event is going to be held virtually from March 2-4, 2021. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Maritime India Summit-2021 on March 2. The event is being organised by the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways (MoPSW) in virtual mode because of COVID-19 pandemic.
Addressing press conference through virtual mode today, Shri Vinit Kumar, Chairman, PPT said that the Maritime India Summit (MIS) is going to provide a powerful platform for international collaboration. It will cover various aspects of shipping. PPT is going to put up a pavilion in virtual mode, in which more than a billion dollar investment opportunity will be shown. On the 3rd March, in collaboration with Govt. of Odisha, PPT will organise a special session on “Investment Opportunities in Odisha”. Soliciting the co-operation of media fraternity to make the event grand success, he also appealed them apart from publicizing, to register for the participation in the event.
In a bid to facilitate electricity consumers of PPT, a Mobile App "PPT Vidyut Seva" was launched by Shri Vinit Kumar, Chairman, PPT today through VDO conference in presence of Shri A.K. Bose, Dy Chairman, PPT, Shri Charanjeet Singh, EVP, BD & Consultancy, PTC India Ltd. and other Sr. officials of both the organisations. Shri Saroj Kumar Das, CME, PPT explained that PTC India Ltd. has developed this application, which is easily available in Google playstore and by use of this App, consumers will have easy access to the power consumption, billing and payment data. They can view and download electricity bill. Online electricity bill payment can be done 24x7 basis and toll free customer care number will cater to the need of the consumer. Complaints can also be registered on power supply/billing/payment.
PPT will be also immensely benefited from the consumer friendly environment as there will be more transparency in revenue affairs. Collection efficiency will increase and consumer complaints will addressed conveniently.
PPT Authorities request all consumers to avail the online facility developed to make payment of electricity bill and also to lodge complaint if any, using this App.
Parliament today passed the Major Port Authorities Bill, 2020. Shri Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of State (I/C) for Ports, Shipping &Waterways moved the bill in Rajya Sabha today and it was passed. Now the Bill will go to the President of India for his assent.
With a view to promote the expansion of port infrastructure and facilitate trade and commerce, the Major Port Authorities Bill 2020 bill aims at decentralizing decision making and to infuse professionalism in governance of major ports. It imparts faster and transparent decision making benefiting the stakeholders and better project execution capability. The Bill is aimed at reorienting the governance model in central ports to landlord port model in line with the successful global practice. This will also help in bringing transparency in operations of Major Ports.This will empower the Major Ports to perform with greater efficiency on account of full autonomy in decision making and by modernizing the institutional framework of Major Ports.
The salient features of the Major Port Authorities Bill 2020 are as under: -
The first phase of Vaccination against COVID-19 at Paradip and PPT Hospital for the frontline workers took place today. The vaccination session was inaugurated by Shri Asish Kumar Bose, the Deputy Chairman, PPT in the presence of Shri Kanhu Charan Dhir, Addl. District Magistrate, Paradip and the Officers and Employees of Medical Department, PPT. COVID-19 vaccination has been eagerly awaited to prevent the spread of the disease by creating HERD immunity in the community. As per the Government Guidelines, the health care workers have been immunized first on 19th January 2021. Today 100 PPT Hospital frontline workers got immunized. This is to be noted that no adverse reaction of vaccine has been reported
Ministry intends to promote floating jetties/platforms for various usages all along the Indian Coastline
Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways has finalized and issued the guidelines for floating structures, with a vision to set up world-class floating infrastructure all along the coastline, in the upcoming projects as per the provisions contained in the guidelines.
The guidelines sets out various technical aspects for implementation of Floating Jetties / Platforms for Marinas, Minor Harbors, Fishing Harbours / Fish landing centers, Waterdromes and such other similar facilities in coastal areas, estuaries, waterways, rivers and reservoirs. These guidelines may also be suitably utilized for floating pontoons/platforms in various waterborne systems and floating wave attenuators (or breakwaters) for Minor Harbors/Fish Landing facilities.
Floating structure because of its inherent advantages is an attractive solution and hence being promoted by the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways. The benefits of floating jetties/structures over the conventional quay and fixed concrete structures include its cost-effectiveness, faster implementation, easily expandable and re-locatable; and having minimal environmental impacts.
Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways has successfully implemented few projects including setting up of passenger floating jetties in Goa, water-aerodromes at Sabarmati River & at SardarSarovar Dam (for the seaplane services) which are working satisfactorily. Several projects of the Ministry are under the planning stage for overall development and upliftment of the coastal community.
Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways (I/C) Shri Mansukh Mandaviya stated that Ministry hasset a benchmark and evolved standard specifications in these guidelines at par with international standards. These platforms have several advantages over the conventional/fixed concrete structures. It is the endeavor of our Ministry to promote laying up of such world class infrastructureacross the country in the upcoming projects to achieve the best results of utilization, durability, safety, low maintenance, cost-effectiveness and above all with minimalecological impacts.
The document of finalized guidelines along with Specification/Schedule of Technical Requirements (SOTR) for floating structures can be accessed at http://sagarmala.gov.in /circulars/ guidelines-floating-jetties-platforms-marinas-minor-harbors-fishing-harbours-fish-landing.
These guidelines would be helpful for all Maritime states, State Maritime Boards, Major Ports, IWAI and Fisheries Departments of all State governments for their upcoming projects.
Amid Covid-19 pandemic gloom, the Republic Day celebrations at PPT were scaled down this year. Shri A K Bose, Dy. Chairman, PPT unfurled the National Flag and took salute from 3 contingents of CISF Jawans.
Addressing the gathering, he said that the year 2020 ended with a happy note as the Cabinet Committee of Economic Affairs approved Rs. 3000 crore Western Dock expansion project, which will transform PPT into a world-class Port. The decision has been taken with a futuristic approach as the Honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has been laying emphasis on development of Eastern States. With the addition of Haridaspur-Paradip railway link, there will be ease in aggregation/evacuation of cargo.
The Port first crossed the coveted 100 MMPTA in FY 2017-18 and became the No.1 Major Port in the country for the 1st quarter of FY 2020-21. While this achievement gives immense happiness, which is shared by people all across the state of Odisha, but we have to now shoulder even bigger responsibilities to become the No. 1 position in the country. Though the Port is known as Dry Bulk Handling Port, of late, container operations are being given also priority. Two shipping lines have started their services within last 4 months from PICT berth. After undergoing renovation, EQ3 berth received its first Baby Cape Vessel. The Port till date has handled 91.26 MMT cargo and thus by, marched ahead of last year’s cargo figure, which is befitting to the occasion of Republic Day.
Cargo handling operations have commenced in the newly developed Iron Ore (Export) Berth of 10 MTPA capacity. Development of New Coal Berth for handling of Coal Imports on BOT basis (PPP), of 10 MTPA Capacity, with an estimated cost of Rs. 655.56 Crs. is in progress and is expected to be completed by the end of this year. Mechanization of EQ-1, EQ-2 & EQ-3 berths, of 30 MTPA Capacity, with an estimated cost of Rs. 1437.76 Crs. is in progress and is also expected to be completed by the year end. LPG Terminal at South Oil Jetty is being developed by IOCL of 0.75 MTPA capacity at an estimated cost of Rs. 690 Crores, is expected to be completed by March 2021. MoU for a Riverine Port in the Mahanadi River mouth at Paradip (i.e. Port within a Port), is under process for signing with the State Government. As a part of development of Smart Industrial Port City, Paradip Port will segregate its cargo traffic from the passenger traffic, for which a second exit road-cum-fly over shall be implemented at a cost of Rs.92.00 crores. This will ensure safety in road movement and clean environment to the commuters. Another bridge shall also be constructed adjacent to the old Atharbanki Bridge for congestion free movement to the Fishery Harbour Road and the Port premises.
He concluded by appealing the audience to take part in the world’s largest COVID-19 vaccination drive, which injects hope and confidence. Thereafter, he felicitated employees of various departments and covid warriors of PPT Hospital and CISF Unit, PPT, who have excelled in their respective fields.
Shri Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of Ports,Shipping and Waterways (I/C) will chair three-day Ports Review Meeting named ‘Chintan Baithak’ at Dhordo, Kutch,Gujarat.
From 21st to 23rd January 2021, Chairpersons of all Major Ports of India and Senior Officials of the ministry will participate in the extensive brainstorming conference to finalise the roadmap of Maritime Vision-2030.
The Chintan Baithak includes sessions on exploring new vistas of urban transportation, effective implementation of SAROD-Ports, issues related to International Arbitrations etc. The future action plan for development of satellite ports by all major ports will be deliberated. Discussion on opening up more new routes for RO- RO, RO-PaX ferry and Seaplane services across the nation,and discussion on ways and means for increasing volume & movement of Coastal Cargo will also take place.
Minister of Ports, Shipping & Waterways (I/C) Shri Mansukh Mandaviya stated that the basic purpose of holding this Chintan Baithak is to evolve out of the box ideas for improving the performance and efficiency of our Major Ports, setting up of world-class infrastructure facilities at ports by adopting global benchmarks for reducing logistics costs, enhancing connectivity and Ease Of Doing Business are our focus areas. All the ideas emerged out of the extensive discussions during this Chintan Baithak are going to be dovetailed in the Maritime Vision 2030 to fulfil Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi's vision of ' Atmanirbhar Bharat' with his key mantra of 'Reform, Perform & Transform’ added Shri Mansukh Mandaviya.
Vaccination against COVID-19 started at Paradip and PPT Hospital for the Health Care Workers and frontline workers. The vaccination session was inaugurated by Shri Asish Kumar Bose, the Deputy Chairman, PPT and Shri Kanhu Charan Dhir, Addl. District Magistrate, Paradip and in the presence of the Officers and Employees of Medical Department, PPT. The first shot was given to the Chief Medical Officer Dr. Prahallad Panda. Dr Panda said, he is taking first vaccination to alleviate fear of others as well as health care and front line workers; and to stop the rumor –mongers spreading misinformation about the efficacy of the vaccine. COVID-19 vaccination has been eagerly awaited to prevent the spread of the disease by creating HERD immunity in the community. As per the Government Guidelines, in the first phase, the health care workers and frontline workers were being immunized. Today 100 PPT Hospital Health Care workers and frontline workers got vaccinated.
On 15.01.2021at1230hrs a Fire mock drill was conducted by CISF Fire Wing PPT on the direction and guidance of Shri M Biswal, Commandant, CISF in co- ordination with Safety Professionals of Paradip Port Trust. All the Fire tenders were deployed for the purpose. Shri R N Panigrahi and Sri P K Kar were the observers from PPT side. Shri A K Bose Dy.Chairman, PPT and all HODs & employees of PPT witnessed the mock drill. At the end of the drill, Dy. Commandant, Fire, Shri Dhyan Singh informed various methods adopted by Fire wing team to combat the fire and evacuate the victims. Shri Panigrahi praised the team for their skill, timely efforts and coordination to combat the fire and pointed out the short comings observed during the drill for further improvement. Shri M. Biswal Commandant, CISF praised the team for their good efforts and told to carry out more such type of mock drills without prior information. Dy. Chairman PPT congratulated the total CISF team and Safety personnel for their exemplary mock drill and assured all that the shortcomings will be eradicated before the next mock drill. Commandant, CISF also declared to carry out such type of mock drill in PPT Hospital. Social distancing norms, compulsory using of masks, Govt. COVID-19 guidelines adopted during the Mock Drill.
Within 4 days of approval by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, PPT issued a Global Tender for the project of “Deepening and Optimization of Inner Harbour Facilities including Development of Western Dock on Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) basis under Public-Private Partnership (PPP) mode to handle cape size vessels at Paradip Port”. PPT has invited applications from the interested Parities in accordance with the qualifications (RFQ) in order to shortlist competent applicants who would be subsequently invited to bid (RFQ) for the project. The last date and time of submission of RFQ is 18.02.2021 till 1100 Hrs. the details are available in the PPT website www.paradipport.gov.in The Western Dock will come up by the selected operator at a cost of Rs.2,392 Crore on BOT basis.
The proposed project envisages Construction of Western Dock Basin with facilities to handle cape size vessels by the selected BOT Concessionaire with an ultimate capacity of 25 MTPA (Million tonnes per annum) in two phases of 12.50 MTPA each.
The Concession period shall be 30 years from the date of Award of Concession. Paradip Port Trust (Concessioning Authority) shall provide the Common Supporting Project Infrastructure works like breakwater extension & other ancillary works to facilitate handling of cape size vessels.
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approvedthe project 'Deepening and Optimization of Inner Harbour Facilities including Development of Western Dock on Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) basis under Public-Private Partnership (PPP)mode to handle cape size vessels at Paradip Port'.
The estimated cost of the project is Rs.3,004.63 Crore. This includes development of the new Western Dock on BOT basis and capital dredging by the selected Concessionaire at a cost of Rs.2,040 Crore and Rs.352.13 Crore respectively; and Paradip Port's investment will be to the tune of Rs.612.50 Crore towards providing Common Supporting Project Infrastructure.
Implementation Strategy and Targets:
The project would be developed by the selected Concessionaire on BOT basis. However, the Port will provide the Common Supporting Project Infrastructure.
On commissioning of the project, it shall cater to the requirement of coal & limestone imports besides export of granulated slag & finished steel products considering the large number of steel plants established in the hinterland of Paradip Port. The project shall also facilitate (i) de-congestion of the Port, (ii) reduce Sea freight making coal imports cheaper, and (iii) boost the industrial economy in the hinterland of the port leading to creation of job opportunities.
Paradip Port Trust (PPT), a Major Port under Government of India and administered under the Major Port Trusts Act, 1963, was commissioned in 1966 as a mono commodity port for export of iron ore. In the last 54 years, the Port has transformed itself to handle a variety of Exim cargoes which include iron ore, chrome ore, aluminium ingots, coal, POL, fertilizer raw materials, lime stone, clinker, finished steel products, containers, etc.
In particular, the demand for import of coking coal & fluxes and export of finished steel products has been increasing in view of number of Steel Plants established in the hinterland of the Port necessitating capacity creation to cater to the Port hinterland requirements.
Shri Vinit Kumar, IRSEE
Chairman, Paradip Port Trust
Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port, Kolkata (erstwhile Kolkata Port Trust) Chairman Shri Vinit Kumar, an IRSEE officer of 1993 batch assumed the additional charge of Chairman of Paradip Port Trust today. He is currently at the helm of affairs of Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port, since 9th October 2017.
Shri Vinit Kumar was Chief Electrical Engineer in Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation Ltd. and looked after World Bank funded MUTP project before joining as Chairman, Kolkata Port Trust. Shri Kumar joined administrative post of Secretary, Central Railway and gained experience in general administration. Shri Kumar worked in Central Railway in Mumbai suburban system, one of the densest suburban system in the world in maintenance and operations of rolling stock and traction installations. He also worked in Pune and Nagpur in independent charge of traction assets and locomotive workshop. He has wide experience in operation, maintenance, infrastructure development and general administration of Railways.
As Chairman of Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port, Kolkata, Shri Kumar has played a pivotal and dynamic role for the Port to achieve the highest cargo handling in two consecutive years of 2018-19 and 2019-2020 which surpassed all previous records in the 150-year history of the port. In addition to cargo handling, the Port achieved profitability of INR 60 crore for the first time in 15 years due to his thoughtful and energetic leadership. In a befitting manner, glorious celebration of 150th anniversary of Kolkata Port was graciously inaugurated by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India on 11th January 2020 under his skillful guidance.
Quite remarkably the Port is running steadily even in these challenging times by focusing on digitalization, process improvement and user-friendly approach. Shri Kumar is driving the digital transformation across the Port’s departments to improve the operational efficiency, productivity and transparency. Today, the Port stands among top major ports in financial transactions and issuance of eDOs under PCS 1x. By virtue of his enormous efforts, Shri Kumar has turned Centenary Hospital into an ideal employee-friendly COVID-19 grappling hospital of high order. Since 2017 Shri Kumar has been a torchbearer of many success stories of Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port, Kolkata in terms of port management and operations.
Since joining at SMP, Kolkata, Shri Kumar has played a key role in the growth of regional connectivity comprising neighboring countries and North-East region. He has visited Bangladesh for Secretary (Shipping) level talks and meeting of Standing Committee under PIWTT and Inter Governmental Committee on use of Chattogram and Mongla Ports of Bangladesh. He has been instrumental in opening a new multimodal route to North-East via Bangladesh by organizing the first movement from SMP Kolkata. Shri Kumar also visited Nepal to participate in INDO-NEPAL Logistics Summit for Business Development and Trade promotion purpose. Shri Vinit Kumar also visited Port of Antwerp International as a team member of Ministry of Shipping, Govt. of India for proof consultancy of the report submitted by IIT (M). Shri Kumar was also a team member of Ministry of Shipping, Govt. of India to participate in the Second Asia Maritime and Logistics Forum.
Shri Kumar completed BE in Electrical Engineering from Delhi College of Engineering, Delhi and PGDBA marketing from Symbiosis. Shri Kumar have also attended management training programs in ICLIF Malaysia and INSEAD Singapore. Shri Kumar has travelled UK, Sweden, Germany etc. for study of systems being followed there for operations, maintenance and infrastructure development. Shri Kumar was also manager for athletics team of Central Railway and attended World Railway Games as in-charge of Indian team in Nuremberg, Germany.
Shri Vinit Kumar believes in collective responsibility and wisdom and he invites wholehearted co-operation from the Port users, Trade and Commerce and employees of Paradip Port Trust at large to further strengthen the overall performance of PPT to make it Numero Uno among Major Ports of India and to make it more vibrant in the Port and Shipping World.
In a first in Odisha, Paradip Port Trust brings in pre-paid smart energy meters which have gone live from 21/12/2020.
As a part of the Green Port initiatives, the Chairman, PPT Sri Rinkesh Roy inaugurated the smart meter project with the first recharge of the 3-phase smart meter installed at the BPCL outlet in the Port City, in presence of the Dy. Chairman, PPT Sri A. K. Bose, the Chief Mechanical Engr., PPT Sri Saroj K. Das and the ex-Trustee of PPT Sri Antaryami Pattnaik.
The smart meter project has been implemented at Paradip Port Trust by M/s. Gram Power. The smart meters offer complete transparency to the electricity consumers of PPT along with advantages like monitoring of real time energy consumption data to an hourly resolution, recharge the smart meters by payment through a mobile phone, see the payment history, etc. through a 24 X 7 Consumer Mobile App. The consumers are thus facilitated to analyse their consumption and accordingly help regulate the electricity consumption by them by reducing the losses. At the same time, the smart meters offer many advantages to PPT like reduction in meter reading, billing and bill distribution cost, real time meter parameter reading from a remote central location thereby helping analysis of a consumer’s electricity pattern, providing insight for reduction of losses, regulate the power supply demand better basing on the consumption pattern of the electricity consumers.
As an environment friendly measure, auto sprinkling system inside Harbour area for usage of water collected from Sewage Treatment Plant was commissioned today on 16.12.2020. For this, storage sump has been constructed for collection of treated water from STP which will in turn be utilised in the sprinkling system. Previously it was being done manually through tankers and this practice will be discontinued soon. Taking further step to make the township disaster resistant, underground cabling system has been put in place in the Port Township and now in the Harbour area it is being carried out. Apart from this, large DG Sets have been installed at different Sub-stations, so that during natural disaster uninterrupted electricity and water supply in the Port area will be ensured. As per SOP to tackle cyclonic storms and other disasters, an Emergency Response Centre was started at Gate No.-4. At the time of Natural disaster, CISF Control Unit along with Port officials will function from the place to mitigate any eventuality. A rest room for the staff deployed will soon come up near the location.
Ministry intends to promote floating jetties for various usages all along the Indian Coastline
Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways has compiled the draft guidelines for technical specifications of floating structures, with a vision to set up and deploy world-class floating infrastructure all along the coastline and issued the same for public consultation.
Floating structure because of its inherent advantages, is attractive solution and being encouraged by the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways. The benefits of floating jetties over the conventional quay and fixed concrete structures are as follows:
· It is a cost-effective solution and much cheaper than conventional structures price.
· Setting up of floating structures is much faster as compared to conventional jetties. Usually, floating structures can be built in 6-8 months as compared to 24 months for conventional structures.
· Its environmental impact is minimal.
· Expansions are easily feasible due to modular construction techniques.
· It is easily transportable in case of reconfiguring of the port.
· It provides constant freeboard between jetties and boats.
Deployment of floating jetties, especially in locations having a large tidal range, where conventional quay poses problems during low tide periods, is very convenient. Floating Jetties, at such locations, provide constant freeboard, eases embarkation of ship’s stores and straightforward unloading of the fishermen’s catch. It consequently leads to increased productivity as well as safety of the fishermen in the long run.
Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways has successfully implemented a few pilot projects in the recent past by following the international guiding principles. These include setting up of passenger floating jetties in Goa, water-aerodromes at Sabarmati River & at Sardar Sarovar Dam (for the seaplane services) which are yielding the best results. More than 80 similar projects of the Ministry are under planning stage all along the coastline for overall development and upliftment of the coastal community.
A benchmark and standard specifications at par with international standards are being evolved by the Ministry so that technical specifications of floating structures are frozen after due deliberations with various stakeholders. For this, Ministry has entrusted IIT Chennai to work out the technical specifications of sustainable floating structures like floating jetties, water-aerodromes, floating marinas, fish landing facilities etc. so that precise and stringent technical specifications are established.
The draft guidelines along with proposed Specifications / Schedule of Technical Requirements (SOTR) are issued for seeking the feedback and suggestions from the public. The draft guidelines can be accessed on the link: http://shipmin.gov.in/sites/default/files/proforma_guidelines.pdf for which suggestions can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by 11.12.2020.
It has been a priority of the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s government to enhance transparency in the governance. The issuing of draft guidelines and seeking public feedback is a progressive step in the same direction, which will benefit and prove a milestone for the upliftment of the coastal community in the long run.
‘Ramayan Cruise Tour’ on the Saryu river in Ayodhya will be launched soon. Shri Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways today chaired a review meeting for the implementation of cruise service.
It will be the first-ever luxury Cruise service on the Saryu river (Ghagra/National Waterways-40) in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh. It aims to give mesmerizing experience to devotees with one-of-its-kind spiritual journeys while cruising through the famous ghats of the holy river Saryu.
3D DESIGN (ARTISTIC IMPRESSION) OF PROPOSED CRUISE VESSEL
The cruise will be equipped with all luxury comfort and facilities along with all essential safety and security features at par with the global standard. The interiors of the cruise and the boarding point will be based on the theme of Ramcharitmanas. The fully air-conditioned 80-seater cruise will have large glass windows for experiencing the scenic beauty of Ghats. The cruise will be equipped with kitchen and pantry facilities for the comfort of the tourists. The cruise contains bio toilets and hybrid engines system for the ‘zero effect’ on environment.
Tourists will be taken on the ‘Ramcharitmanas Tour’, of 1-1.5 hour duration, featuring an exclusively made video film of 45-60 minutes duration, based on Ramcharitmanas by Goswami Tulsidas, covering the period from the birth of Lord Ram to his Rajyabhishek. The entire tour will cover the approximately 15-16 Km distance.There will be several activities and selfie points inspired by different episodes of Ramayan. The tour will be followed by Saryu Aarti, in which every member will be able to actively participate.
Ayodhya is the birthplace of Lord Ram, as mentioned in in the great Indian epic Ramayan. It is also the first of the seven most important pilgrimage sites (Mokshdayini Sapt Puris) for the Hindus. Approximately, 2 crore tourists visit Ayodhya every year as per the data of UP tourism, for the year 2019.After completion of the Ram Mandir, it is to be believed that the inflow of the tourists will be increased.
The ‘Ramayan Cruise Tour’ will not only attract a large number of tourists but it will also generate direct and indirect employment opportunities in the region. Ministry of ports, Shipping and Waterways will provide all necessary infrastructural support for the smooth operation of the cruise service.
The Port Day 2020 was a low-key affair at PPT, due to COVID-19 pandemic, but the celebrations were as per the age-old traditions. On this occasion, Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, Paradip Port Trust attended the function as Chief Guest in a simple, but traditional affair, with no large gatherings. He unfurled the Paradip Port Flag at Wet Basin in the morning. He also inspected the Port Marine crafts lined up in the Harbour and took salute. Addressing the employees, he mentioned about the great visionary, late Shri Biju Patnaik, who dreamt the inception of the Port in the state of Odisha. The Port has progressed remarkably and occupied the coveted No. 1 position among all Major Ports of India in the Q1 of current fiscal. He appealed to the employees to put their best efforts forward, so that the Port can finish the current fiscal as No. 1 Port of India. Within the next few days after a gap of 6 decades, cargo movement on the Mahanadi river is going to start. He summed up by stating that the PPT is currently the best Trade Friendly and Highly Productive Port in the country.
Dy. Conservator, Paradip Port Capt. A.K. Mohapatra welcomed the guests in the meeting and explained the importance of Port Day celebrations. Extending his greetings to the employees on the auspicious occasion of Kartika Purnima,he outlined the tremendous rise of the Port in recent decades. For their dedicated service in their respective fields and their attachments to the Port, Capt. A.K. Mohapatra, Dy. Conservator, Dr. P. Panda, CMO, Shri Biswajit Mishra, Sr. AEM, Shri Prasanta Kumar Jena, Sanitary worker, PPT Hospital, Shri Bikas Chandra Kalas, 1st Class Master, Sadhav Shipping Ltd., were felicitated on the occasion.
Shri A.K. Bose, Dy. Chairman, who attended the function as Guest of Honour, threw light on the glorious maritime tradition of Odisha. Shri Moloy Dasgupta, CE, Paradip Port Trust extended vote of thanks.
New Bill aims to repeal and replace the Merchant Shipping Act, 1958
Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways has issued a draft of the Merchant Shipping Bill, 2020 for public consultation. It aims to repeal and replace the Merchant Shipping Act, 1958 (Act No. 44 of 1958) and the Coasting Vessels Act, 1838 (Act No. 19 of 1838).
The Merchant Shipping Bill, 2020 has been drafted,with the primary aim of promoting the growth of the Indian shipping industry by incorporating the best practices adopted by other advanced countries like the U.S., Japan, U.K., Singapore and Australia. All up-to-date IMO Conventions / protocols, to which India is a party, have been adopted in it. Adequate provisions are incorporated to ensure the safety and security of vessels, safety of life at sea, prevent marine pollution, provide for maritime liabilities and compensations, and ensure comprehensive adoption of India’s obligations under International Conventions.
The envisioned advantages of the Merchant Shipping Bill, 2020 are following:
The Bill seeks to provide increased opportunities for investment and provide greater impetus to a self-reliant domestic investment climate in the maritime industry. The provisions regulating the maritime education, training, certification and the recruitment and placement of seafarers and ease of registration of ships under the Indian flag will give an impetus to the quality and quantity of Indian seafarers. Consequently, it will boost employment opportunities for Indian seafarers in the national and international market. The benefits will be extended to ancillary sectors connected with the shipping industry in consonance with ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ initiatives of the government.
The draft of the Merchant Shipping Bill, 2020 is issued for seeking the feedback and suggestions from the public. This can be accessed on the link: http://shipmin.gov.in/sites/default/files/Draft_MS_Bill_2020.pdf and suggestions can be sent to email@example.com by 24.12.2020.
It has been a priority of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s government to replace all archaic colonial laws with modern and contemporary International laws with active participation of people to enhance transparency in the governance. For the same, Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways recently issued two draft Bills for public consultation, namely ‘Aids to Navigation Bill 2020’ and ‘Coastal Shipping Bill 2020’ and now this historical ‘Draft Merchant Shipping Bill 2020’is being issued, within a short span of time of four months. Moreover, Major Port Authorities Bill 2020 is also under consideration of Rajya Sabha, which has been already passed by Lok Sabha in the last Parliament session. All these Bills are going to generate sweeping waves in the maritime scenario moving India towards a fully developed maritime economy.
Union Minister Shri Mansukh Mandaviya unveils plaque of Ministry’s new nomenclature
Union Minister of State (I/C) for Ports, Shipping & Waterways and Chemicals & Fertilizers Shri Mansukh Mandaviya unveiled the plaque of Ministry’s new nomenclature today in New Delhi.
Ministry of Shipping is renamed as the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways (Pattan, Pot Parivahan aur Jalmarg Mantralaya).
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi announced the renaming of Ministry of Shipping while addressing, through video-conferencing, the inaugural ceremony of Ro-Pax ferry service between Hazira and Ghogha in Gujarat on 8 November 2020.
While making this historic announcement, Shri Modi said “Now this Ministry will be known as Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways. It is being expanded. In most of the developed economies, the Shipping Ministry is also responsible for Ports and Waterways. In India, the Shipping Ministry has been doing a lot of work related to Ports and Waterways. Now with more clarity in the name, more clarity will also come in the work.”
As soon as the Prime Minister announced the name change, the Ministry swung into action to complete all the related formalities. All the formalities were completed within two working days and the official notification of the name change was published in the Gazette of India on 10th November 2020.
During the formal unveiling of plaque ceremony today, Shri Mansukh Mandaviya stated that it is indeed a matter of pride that with Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s vision, the country is moving ahead with a holistic and long-term approach of multi-modal connectivity. He added that he is indeed grateful to Prime Minister for his foresight regarding the expansion of the scope of work as far as ports, shipping and waterways are concerned.
Shri Mansukh Mandaviya stated that “With the changed name, the Ministry is going to put extra focus on the development of Waterways and coastal shipping. Around 1400 km of waterways have already been fully developed and additional 1000 km is being developed on priority for which DPR/feasibility study has been completed. We are also focussing for creation of a Port Grid, encompassing various smaller ports like fisheries port, agriculture port and mineral port etc so that port development and port-led development takes place in the country.”
Shri Sanjeev Ranjan, Secretary & Shri Sanjay Bandopadhyaya, Addl Secretary, Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, Dr. Amita Prasad, Chairman, IWAI, Shri Amitabh Kumar, DG Shipping, Shri T.K. Ramachandran, Chairman, IPA, along with chairmen of all the major ports and senior officials of the Ministry attended the ceremony through video conferencing.
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the Ro-Pax terminal at Hazira and flagged off the Ro-Pax ferry service between Hazira and Ghogha in Gujarat through video conferencing. He also interacted with the local users. He renamed the Ministry of Shipping as the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways.
Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said today, people of Gujarat have got their Diwali gift. Everyone will benefit from this better connectivity. He added that business will be boosted and connectivity will become faster. He further said RO-PAX service between Hazira and Ghogha has made dreams come true for the people of Saurashtra and South Gujarat, as the journey is shortened from 10-12 hours to 3-4 hours. He said this will save time and expenses will also be reduced. He said about 80000 passenger trains and 30000 trucks will be able to take advantage of this new service in a year.
Shri Modi also said better connectivity between Saurashtra and Surat is going to change the life of the people in these regions. He added fruits, vegetables and milk can now easily be transported and pollution will also be reduced due to this service. He thanked all those engineers, workers, who remained courageous to develop the facility amidst a lot of challenges. He wished the people for this new maritime connectivity established between Bhavnagar and Surat.
The Prime Minister lauded the way Gujarat realized its maritime potential in the last two decades and gave priority to port led development and said it is a matter of pride for every Gujarati. He listed the initiatives of the State Government in developing the maritime potential of the state like drafting a Shipbuilding policy, construction of Shipbuilding Park and Specialized Terminals, promotion of Vessel Traffic Management system and GroundBreaking Connectivity project. He said with these initiatives the port sector has got a new direction. He stressed that efforts were made to modernize the entire ecosystem of the coastal area in addition to developing the physical infrastructure.
The Prime Minister said today, Gujarat has become a gateway of prosperity due to the efforts of the government in ensuring the development of all types of infrastructure in the coastal area. He said over the past two decades, a unique model of integrated port has evolved from traditional port operations in Gujarat and has developed as a benchmark today. He said the result of these efforts is that the ports of Gujarat have emerged as major maritime centers of the country. Last year, it accounted for more than 40 percent of the country's total maritime trade.
The Prime Minister remarked that today, maritime business-related infrastructure and capacity building in Gujarat is in full swing. Many facilities are getting ready in Gujrat like Gujarat Maritime Cluster, Gujarat Maritime University and country’s first CNG Terminal at Bhavnagar. Gujarat Maritime cluster ports to be built in GIFT city would be a dedicated system to address Ports to sea based Logistics. He said that these clusters would help in strengthening the cooperation between the government, industry and educational institutions and will also help in value addition in this sector.
The Prime Minister said that in the recent past India’s first Chemical Terminal was established in Dahej, India’s first LNG terminal was established, now India's first CNG terminal is going to be installed at Bhavnagar Port. In addition facilities like Ro-Ro terminal at Bhavnagar port, Liquid cargo terminal and a new container terminal are being prepared. He said with the addition of these new terminals, the capacity of Bhavnagar port will increase manifold.
The Prime Minister said the government is making efforts to restart the ferry service between Ghogha-Dahej very soon. He said many natural challenges have arisen in this project and efforts are being made to remove them through modern technology. He added Gujarat Maritime University is a big center for getting trained manpower and experts ready for maritime trade. Today, this University provides opportunities to pursue maritime law and international trade law and also MBA in Maritime Management, Shipping and Logistics. He said apart from the university, work is also going on to build the first National Museum to preserve the country's maritime heritage in Lothal.
The Prime Minister said facilities like today's Ro-Pax Ferry service or Sea Plane inaugurated a few days ago, is giving a lot of momentum to water-resource based economy. He said that over the years, serious efforts have also been made to strengthen the Blue Economy in the country. He listed the ecosystems and many schemes made over the years to help the fishermen like financial aid to fishermen for modern trollers or navigation systems that provide accurate information of weather and sea routes. He assured that safety and prosperity of fishermen is the priority of the Government. He added recently launched Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana is also promoting fish related trade. Under this scheme, Rs 20 thousand crore would be spent for infrastructure related to fisheries in the coming years.
The Prime Minister said that today, the capacity of the ports have been increased across the nation and construction of new ports is also going on at a faster pace. He added efforts are made to put maximum use of about 21000 km of waterway in the country, for the development of the country. He added today, under the Sagarmala project, work is going on over 500 projects across the country. He said that transportation by waterways is many times cheaper than road and railways and also causes less damage to the environment. Yet work has been done with a holistic approach in this direction only after 2014. He said today work is going on in inland rivers across the country, to connect many Land-locked states to the sea. He added today in the Bay of Bengal, we are developing our capabilities in the Indian Ocean unprecedentedly. The maritime part of the country has emerged as an important part of AtmaNirbhar Bharat.
The Prime Minister renamed the Ministry of Shipping as the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways. He said in most of the developed countries the Ministry of Shipping handles Ports and Waterways. He added now with more clarity in name, there will be more clarity in the work.
The Prime Minister said to strengthen the Blue Economy's stake in AtmaNirbhar Bharat, there is a great need to strengthen the maritime logistics. He was concerned that today, the cost of carrying goods from one part of the country to another is more than other countries. He suggested that the cost of Logistics can be reduced by water transport. Therefore, he said our focus should be to create an ecosystem where there can be seamless movement of cargo. He added the country is now making rapid strides in the direction of Multimodal Connectivity to reduce logistics costs and efforts have been made to improve connectivity between road, rail, air and shipping infrastructure and also to overcome the silos. He said Multimodal Logistics Parks are being constructed in the country. He added that Multimodal connectivity is being developed with our neighbouring countries also. He wished that with these efforts the cost of Logistics in the country should come down and give impetus to our economy.
The Prime Minister also urged the people to go Vocal for Local during this festive season. He insisted on buying things from small traders, small artisans and rural folks. He said by these efforts light could be lit in the homes of the rural artisans also during Diwali.
Paradip Port Trust observed Rastriya Ekta Diwas (National Unity Day) on 31.10.2020 on the occasion of the birth Anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT offered floral tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel along with other senior officials of PPT. Thereafter, he joined pledge taking ceremony led by Dr. Sanjeev Ranjan, IAS, Secretary, Ministry of Shipping through Video Conferencing along with HODs and Dy. HODs of PPT.
In the evening, Shri Roy took salute in the march past by CISF Unit, PPT.
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The valedictory function of observance of the Vigilance Awareness Week by Paradip Port Trust was held in the Officers' Club premises maintaining social distancing norms amid COVID-19 guidelines on 02.11.2020. Shri H.S. Rout, Dy. CVO, Paradip Port Trust while welcoming the guests informed about the programmes undertaken by Vigilance Dept. of PPT for observation of Vigilance Awareness Week at Paradip Port.
Gracing the occasion as Chief Guest, Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT said that leakages in the system should stop and the system should be further streamlined. Shri Roy stressed on faceless bill processing system to be put in place at PPT. COVID-19 pandemic provided a great opportunity to introduce e-office system at PPT. IT Interface will lead to the goal of transparency leading to better results. Shri Roy appreciated various innovative methods put in place by all the Departments of PPT to help the Port sail through the current difficult times.
Addressing the gathering as Guest of Honour Shri A.K.Bose, Dy.Chairman, PPT told that SOPs and guidelines must be followed sincerely in our date to day work arena, so that the role of Vigilance considerably reduces.
Thereafter, prizes were given to the winners of different competitions organised among the employees and school students through online platform during this week. Shri Nihar Ranjan Ojha, AE(E), Vigilance Dept., PPT presented the vote of thanks.
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As per the directions from Central Vigilance Commission, Paradip Port Trust is observing Vigilance Awareness Week from 27th October to 2nd November 2020. The week-long function started with administering pledge by Shri Rinkesh Roy Chairman, PPT to the employees, this morning. As per clarion call given Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for Jan Andolan # Covid -19 appropriate behavior, Social distancing was taken care of along with supply of Face Mask, Shield, Hand Sanitizers and Head Caps to the participants. A spot quiz contest was held among the employees. Online elocution competition among the local school students and other activities related to Vigilance Awareness are scheduled during the week long observance. PPT employees are also taking integrity e-pledge through PPT Website and the Website of CVC. Each department of PPT is also conducting stakeholders meet during the week for awareness on corruption issues relating to the functioning of their particular departments. Several Hoardings have been displayed in the locality for creating awareness among the public. The Valedictory function will be held on 2nd Nov. 2020, wherein the prizes will be distributed.
DPE facility is the noteworthy step towards reducing the logistics cost and to increase the velocity of cargo for boosting ease of doing business and economy growth: Shri Mandaviya
Union Minister of State for Shipping (I/C), Shri Mansukh Mandaviya inaugurated the ‘Direct Port Entry (DPE) facility’ of V.O. Chidambaranar Port Trust by unveiling the e-plaque.
While addressing the inauguration ceremony through video conference, Shri Mansukh Mandaviya said that this is a noteworthy step towards reducing logistics cost and increasing the velocity of the cargo. DPE will help in increasing Ease of Doing Business for the exporters, as the facility will bring efficiency and reduce dwell time, lower tariff cost and improve the competitiveness of shipper in the international trade.
The state-of-the-art Direct Port Entry (DPE) facility would enable direct movement of containers from factories, without intermediate handling at any CFS, thus facilitating the shippers to Gate-In their factory stuffed exports directly to the Container Terminal on 24x7 basis. The facility is created in an area of 18,357 sqm inside the Truck Parking Terminal which was developed under the ‘Sagarmala’ for issuing customs clearance of export cargo i.e. Factory stuffed/e-sealed containers. It can handle 18000 TEUs per month. Indian Customs through the Central Warehousing Corporation, DPE facility will generate the Let Export Order (LEO) under a single roof without any hassle. A dedicated team of CWC and Customs officials, in association with VOC Port, will serve Tier-II, Tier-III (AEO) certified EXIM clients.
Earlier, the factory stuffed (self-sealed) containers were taken to one of the container freight stations (CFSs) / Inland Container Depot (ICD) operating in Tuticorin. The CFSs operate between 10 am to 8 pm on working days only. Because of it, there was considerable delay in admitting the self-sealed export containers into the container terminals. Hence, Port developed the DPE facility to enable the export clearance of factory stuffed e-sealed containers on a 24x7 basis resulting in faster & cost-effective export admittance. Port entered into an MoU with M/S. Central Warehousing Corporation (CWC) to operate the facility for 30 years and the Customs department has also approved operating the DPE facility in the port.
Dr. Sanjeev Ranjan, Secretary, Ministry of Shipping, in his address, said that the IT enabled infrastructure at the ports will definitely make our ports ,world class ports aligning the ‘Maritime Vision 2030’ of Ministry of Shipping.
Senior officials of the Ministry of Shipping, Shri T. K. Ramachandran, Chairman, V.O. Chidambaranar Port Trust, Shri Arun Kumar Shrivastava, Managing Director, Central Warehousing Corporation and port officials were present in the virtual inauguration.
In pursuance of ‘Make in India’ policy of the Government of India, Ministry of Shipping has reviewed the ROFR (Right of First Refusal) licensing conditions for chartering of vessels/Ships through tender process for all types of requirements.
To promote the demand of the ships built in India, priority in chartering of vessels is given to vessels built in India, flagged in India and owned by Indians under the amendments in the guidelines of ROFR(Right of First Refusal).
Now it has been decided that for any kind of charter of a vessel undertaken through a tender process, the Right of First Refusal (RoFR) would be exerted in the following manner:
The duration of licence to such chartered vessel shall be limited to the period of building of the ship, as mentioned in the shipbuilding contract.
It is to be noted that Ministry of Shipping has made provision for long-term subsidy for shipbuilding activities under shipbuilding financial assistance policy (2016-2026). The Ministry has already disbursed an amount of Rs 61.05 crores till date under this policy. It is an endeavour of the Government to further incentivise shipbuilding by providing additional market access and business support to ships built in India.
The revised guidelines will give a boost to the domestic shipbuilding and shipping industries. It will encourage the domestic shipping industry to support the domestic shipping industry.
Minister of State for Shipping (I/C) Shri Mansukh Mandaviya said, “Ministry of Shipping is working with a focused approach to promote shipbuilding in India as per AatmaNirbhar Bharat vision of our Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. The revision of RoFR licensing conditions is a giant step towards AatmaNirbhar Shipping. It will promote ‘Make in India’ initiatives through self-reliance and will give a strategic boost to domestic Ship building industries, contributing towards long-term economic growth of India”.
VTS/ VTMS is a software for determining vessel positions, position of other traffic or meteorological hazard warnings and extensively manages the traffic within a port or waterway
‘Made In India’ VTS and VTMS software to pave the way for ‘Make for the world’ vessel traffic management systems: Shri Mansukh Mandaviya
Rs. 10 Crore sanctioned to IIT, Chennai for the development of indigenous software solutions
Minister of State for Shipping (I/C) Shri Mansukh Mandaviya e-launched the development of Indigenous Software solution for Vessel traffic services (VTS) and Vessels Traffic Monitoring Systems (VTMS) in New Delhi today
In the inaugural address, Shri Mandaviya put emphasis on the development of indigenous system as per the requirement of the country instead of relying high costing foreign made software solutions for Traffic Managements of the Indian Ports.
Shri Mandaviya said that aligning with the vision of ‘Aatma Nirbhar Bharat’ of Prime Minster Shri Narendra Modi, ‘Made In India’ VTS and VTMS software will pave the way for ‘Make for the world’ vessel traffic management systems.
VTS and VTMS is a software which determines vessel positions, position of other traffic or meteorological hazard warnings and extensive management of traffic within a port or waterway. Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) contribute to safety of life at sea, safety and efficiency of navigation and protection of the marine environment, adjacent shore areas, work sites and offshore installations from possible adverse effects of maritime traffic. Vessels Traffic Management Systems are installed in some of the busiest waters in the world, and are making valuable contribution to safer navigation, more efficient traffic flow, and protection of the environment. Traffic flow in busy approach routes, access channels, and harbours can be coordinated safely, in the best interest of port and its users. Incidents and emergency situations can be dealt with quickly. Data from traffic movements can be stored and used as reference information for port administration, port authorities, coastguards and search and rescue services.
VTMS is mandatory under IMO Convention SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea). The VTMS traffic image is compiled and collected by means of advanced sensors such as radar, AIS, direction finding, CCTV and VHF or other co-operative systems and services. A modern VTMS integrates all of the information into a single operator working environment for ease of use and in order to allow for effective traffic organization and communication.
Presently, India has approximately 15 VTS systems operational along the Indian Coast and there is no uniformity of VTS software as each system has its own VTS software. With the indigenous software development in progress the recent positive cooperation with office of Director General of Light and Lighthouses (DGLL) on joint development of the indigenous VTMS software development as part of the Aatmanirbhar Bharat initiative will strengthen the cooperation in this area. At the same time, it will benefit the port sector, both in India and region. It is expected that a prototype system will be developed in Ten-month time for testing and to operate as a parallel system until it is robust for day to day operations.
Development of the indigenous VTS software will reduce the expenditure of foreign exchange on this issue and also minimize the dependence on foreign support for VTS software. Accordingly, indigenous development of VTS software will benefit with respect to:
Implementation of National Maritime Domain Awareness programme of Indian Navy and NCVTS by DGLL – a real time, interactive aids to navigation system for coastal shipping shall become feasible with Indian VTS software at low cost.
Ministry of Shipping has sanctioned an amount of Rs. 10 Crore to IIT, Chennai for development of indigenous VTS software.
Senior officials of the Ministry of Shipping, Chairpersons of the Major Ports and representative of IIT, Chennai were also present through virtual means during the event.
Director General Shipping notified as National Authority for Ships Recycling
DG, Shipping designated as an apex authority under the Recycling of Ships Act, 2019 for the ship recycling industry of India
Office of National Authority will be set up in Gandhinagar,Gujarat
Posted On: 15 OCT 2020 1:46PM by PIB Delhi
Central Government has notified the Director General of Shipping as National Authority for Recycling of Ships under the section 3 of the Recycling of Ships Act, 2019.
As an apex body,DG Shipping is authorized to administer, supervise and monitor all activities relating to Ship Recycling. DG Shipping will look after the sustainable development of the Ship Recycling industry, monitoring the compliance to environment-friendly norms and safety and health measures for the stakeholders working in the ship recycling industry. DG Shipping will be the final authority for the various approvals required by the Ship-Recycling yard owners and State Governments.
Under Ship Recycling Act, 2019, India has acceded to Hong Kong Convention for Ship Recycling under International Maritime Organization (IMO). DG Shipping is a representative of India in IMO and all the conventions of IMO are being enforced by DG Shipping.
National Authority of Ship Recycling will be set up in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. The location of the office will benefit the Ship Recycling yard owners situated in Alang, Gujarat which is home of Asia’s largest ship breaking and ship recycling industry in the world.
Union Minister of State for Shipping (I/C) and Chemical and fertilizers Shri Mansukh Mandaviya bid adieu to Ex-INS Viraat in a ceremony at Alang in Gujarat today. INS Viraat which was decommissioned from the Indian Navy after 30 years of glorious service, reached Alang for recycling.
In his address, Shri Mandaviya said Viraat is longest serving warship which served the nation for 30 years in the Indian Navy. He added that Viraat's services do not end here, as Viraat has been brought to the home of one of the world's largest ship breaking destination i.e Alang. Here, it will provide employment to thousands of people, the Minister said.The minister said that proposals for converting Viraat into a museum has been received, but it was neither backed by any firm studies nor was financially viable. He also added that the government is planning in advance this time so that the INS ship which will be decommissioned in future, can be converted into museum.The minister also reiterated about creating the state of the art maritime museum at the Lothal, to recreate the history of Harappan civilization.
The Minister said that to create bigger markets for ships recycling industry, India has acceded to ‘Hong Kong International Convention for Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009’ on 28th November, 2019 and passed the ‘The Recycling of Ships Bill, 2019’. Accession to Hong Kong Convention by India and enactment of Recycling of Ships Act, 2019 raised the profile of our ship recycling industry as being environment friendly and safety conscious and would go a long way in consolidating India's position as the market leader, he added.Shri Mandaviya said that it will also ensure adequate safety of the yard workers, along with boosting employment and business opportunities.
Shri Bhupendra Singh Chudasama, Education Minister, Government of Gujarat, SmtVibhavariben Dave, MLA, Gujarat, Shri Purvir Das, NM Naval commanding officer, Porbandar along with other dignitaries were also present at the occasion.
About INS Viraat
INS Viraat, the second Centaur-Class aircraft carrier in service which has spent 30 years in the Indian Navy and 27 years in the Royal Navy, was decommissioned on 6th March, 2017. INS Viraat holds the world record as mentioned in the Guinness Book of records for being the longest serving warship of the world.Under the Indian Flag, the ship has clocked more than 22,622 flying hours by various aircrafts in the past three decades and has spent nearly 2252 days at sea sailing across 5,88,287 nautical miles (10,94,215 KM). This implies that Viraat has spent seven years at sea, circumnavigating the globe 27 times. Since its inception, the warship has had a total of 80,715 hours of boilers running.‘Mother’, as she was fondly referred to in the Navy, had been commanded by 22 Captains since 1987. She was the Flagship of the Navy since her inception. Around 40 Flag officers including five Chiefs of Naval Staff were raised and groomed in her lap.
Alang in Gujrat is one of the world’s biggest ship recycling yards where around 30% of the global ships (250-280) are recycled annually.Alang provides employment to over more than 30,000 people various states, especially from Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Gujarat, and supports 3.5 Lakh people indirectly through other business activities.
Observance of Swachhta Pakhwada concluded at Paradip Port today on 30.09.2020. Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT said that cleanliness drive in the locality in the last few years has resulted in beautification of the Port landscape and brought the Port in the tourism map of the state. The newly launched Road sweeping machine during the period will go a long way in fulfilling the "Go Green" initiative by the Port Authority. PPT's Go Green initiative further got a shot in its arm, as eco-friendly Cotton bags have been distributed among the employees as part of Swachhata Pakhwada observations at PPT. It will encourage less use of plastic and contribute to a plastic-free, sustainable township. These biodegradable bags are being well received employees.
With the theme, "Sustainable Shipping for a Sustainable Planet", Paradip Port observed the 43rd World Maritime Day, today. Unlike National Maritime Day, there is no fixed date of celebration of World Maritime Day. But generally it is celebrated on last week of September every year. It depends on the individual Governments to decide a suitable date for celebration during last week of September and DG Shipping, Govt. of India has decided and directed to celebrate World Maritime Day on 24th September 2020 in India for this year. On this occasion, at PPT, Capt. A.K. Mohapatra, Dy. Conservator hoisted the World Maritime Day flag at the Marine Site office in presence of other Sr. Officials of Marine Deptt. Due to threat of spreading of COVID-19, the celebration of World Maritime Day was conducted in a restricted manner this year.
The significance of this day is to emphasize the importance of International Maritime Organization (IMO) for the maritime sector and to highlight its contribution towards Maritime Safety, Maritime Security and Marine Environment. In simple manner, it can be explained that World Maritime Day is celebrated for carrying out commercial sea transport in a safe, secured and environmental friendly manner for the economic growth of the world.
The first celebration of World Maritime Day was done on 17th March 1978 to mark the occasion of enforcing first convention of IMO in 1958 and since then every year, during last week of September, the World Maritime Day is observed globally.
For the first time, maintenance dredging material will be utilised for land reclamation of the Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) storage terminal at Paradip. Shri Mansukh Mandavyia, Hon'ble Minister of Shipping has been encouraging Ports for such beneficial reuse of dredge material. This is a unique initiative being taken by Dredging Corporation of India with PPT & NRL.
NRL entered into a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Paradip Port Trust (PPT) and Dredging Corporation of India (DCI) for reclamation of the proposed 200 acres of land allotted to NRL for setting up its Crude Oil import terminal (COIT) at Paradip Port.
An MoU was signed to this effect today at Paradip amongst Capt. A K Mahapatra; Dy. Conservator PPT, CGM DCI- Capt S Divakar and DGM (Projects Pipeline) NRL - Shri A J Phukan in presence of Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman PPT, MD NRL - Shri S K Barua & MD DCI- Mr. Rajesh Tripathi and other senior officials from all the three organizations.
The Terminal is being set up as part of NRL’s integrated Refinery Expansion project that is being implemented at an estimated cost of more that Rs. 22 thousand Crore. The mega project envisages amongst others, import of Crude Oil at Paradip port and laying of pipeline to Numaligarh to transport the same. Project activities have gathered pace after receipt of Environmental Clearance in the month of July 2020.
DCI shall start the dredging activity from mid-November 2020 and is expected to complete the reclamation work of COIT plot within a period of 7 months.
As a part of ongoing “Swachhata Pakhwada” observations, a “Swachhata Rath” was flagged off by Shri S K Barua, MD, Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) & Shri Rajesh Tripathi, MD, Dredging Corporation of India (DCI) in presence of Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT from the Administrative Building premises to create awareness about COVID-19, cleanliness, hygiene and sanitation in the locality. Other Sr. Officials of the above organisations also attended the event.
The Rath will move around the Port Township in the coming days to spread awareness among the denizens of Paradip about the need of cleanliness, sanitation and motivate them to fight against COVID-19.
Another milestone in the comprehensive bilateral relations between India and Maldives: Shri Mandaviya
Posted On: 21 SEP 2020 4:28PM by PIB Delhi
Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Shipping, Shri MansukhMandaviya and Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation of Maldives, Ms AishathNahula, today jointly e- launched a direct cargo ferry service between India and Maldives.
During its maiden voyage, a vessel with a capacity of 200 TEU and 3000 MT of break bulk cargo will sail from Tuticorin to Kochi today, from where it will proceed to Kulhudhuffushi port in North Maldives and then to Male port. It is scheduled to reach Kulhudhuffushi on September 26, 2020 and Male on September 29, 2020. This ferry service, being operated by the Shipping Corporation of India, will run twice a month and will provide a cost effective, direct and alternate means of transportation of goods between India and Maldives.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister of State (Independent Charge) Shipping, Shri Mandaviyanoted that this service is another milestone in the comprehensive bilateral relations between India and Maldives. He mentioned that this direct cargo service will further cement the close ties between India and Maldives by enhancing people-to-people contact and boosting bilateral trade.
The Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation of Maldives, Ms AishathNahula expressed deep appreciation for the launch of the service as reflective of the close ties of friendship and cooperation between India and Maldives.
The launch of this service concretely fulfils the commitment made by Prime Minister Shri NarendraModi during his visit to Maldives in June last year and the announcement made by External AffairsMinister Dr S. Jaishankar during his virtual meeting with the Foreign Minister of Maldives on August 13, 2020.
The senior officials of the Ministry of Shipping, Ministry of External Affairs of India and officials of Maldives were also present.
Shri Mansukh Mandavyia, Hon'ble Shipping Minister, Govt. of India today had an interaction with DG, Indian Coast Guard in New Delhi about the rescue operations of 'MT New Diamond'. MT New Diamond is a very large crude carrier. On 3rd September 2020, the ship caught fire off the eastern coast of Sri Lanka, resulting in the death of a Filipino crew member. The ship was at that time about 65 kilometres east of Sri Lanka in the Sangaman Kanda Point. At the time, the ship was carrying 270,000 tonnes of oil from Kuwait to the Paradip refinery in India, with 18 Filipino and five Greek crewmembers on board. The cargo was loaded on 23rd August 2020 at Mina al Ahmadi and was due to arrive at Paradip on 5th September. The ship was chartered for the voyage by the Indian Oil Corporation. After burning intermittently for almost a week, the fire was reported to be extinguished by 11th September, 2020.
Indian Coast Guard's timely action resulted in NO Oil Spill and minimal damage. It was indeed one of the biggest rescue operations in the maritime history of the world.
The PPT began the observance of “Swachhta Pakhwada”, as per instructions from the Ministry of Shipping, Govt. of India. It started with a Swachhata Pledge administered by Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT to HoDs and Dy.HoDs at the Portico in front of PPT Administrative Building. Due to COVID-19 Guidelines, different Head of Offices and that staff took pledge in their respective office premises maintaining social distancing norms. On the occasion, Shri Roy flagged off a Mechanical Road Sweeping Machine with Make in India concept. This Road Sweeping machine will be plying on routes outside the Harbour area under the supervision of Shri M R Sutar, Executive Engineer, PPT.
The PPT has already drawn up a detailed Action plan for the period, as part of Swachhta Pakhwada viz., awareness drive among workers and staff of all Departments & Divisions of PPT, swachhata awareness hoardings and digital display at important locations in the township, with special emphasis on the theme “Maintain cleanliness, Eradicate Corona”.
Due to the corona crisis and Unlock guidelines, social distancing is being given special emphasis in various events to be undertaken during the Pakhwada period.
SAROD-Ports is Affordable Dispute Redressal Mechanism for all kind of disputes of maritime sector
It will become the pivotal mechanism of ummeed (hope), vishwas(trust) and nyaya (justice) in the Port sector of India: Shri Mandaviya
Posted On: 10 SEP 2020 3:13PM by PIB Delhi
Union Minister of State for Shipping (I/C) Shri Mansukh Mandaviya today launched ‘SAROD-Ports’ (Society for Affordable Redressal of Disputes - Ports) through virtual ceremony today in New Delhi.
Speaking at the launching, Shri Mansukh Mandaviya termed SAROD-Ports as a game changer and added that it will become the pivotal mechanism of ummeed (hope), vishwas(trust) and nyaya (justice) in the Port sector of India. Shri Mandaviya also added that enforcement of concession agreements in the letter and spirit is on the utmost priority. SAROD-Ports will resolve the disputes in fair and just manner while saving huge amount of legal expenditure and time.
Dr Sanjiv Ranjan, Secretary, Ministry of Shipping said that all major Ports are shifting towards ‘Landlord Model’ in the days to come. Many concessioners will be working with the Major Ports. SAROD-Ports will inspire confidence in the private players and will ensure right kind of environment for our partners. It will promote ease of doing business in the maritime sector because of the fast, timely, cost effective and robust dispute resolution mechanism.
SAROD-Ports is established under Societies Registration Act, 1860 with the following objectives:
1. Affordable and timely resolution of disputes in fair manner
2. Enrichment of Dispute Resolution Mechanism with the panel of technical experts as arbitrators.
SAROD-Ports consists members from Indian Ports Association (IPA) and Indian Private Ports and Terminals Association (IPTTA).
SAROD-Ports will advise and assist in settlement of disputes through arbitrations in the maritime sector, including ports and shipping sector in Major Port Trusts, Non-major Ports, including private ports, jetties, terminals and harbours. It will also cover disputes between granting authority and Licensee/Concessionaire /Contractor and also disputes between Licensee/Concessionaire and their contractors arising out of and during the course of execution of various contracts.
‘SAROD-Ports’ is similar to provision available in Highway Sector in the form of SAROD-Roads constituted by NHAI.
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved amendments in the Model Concession Agreement (MCA) .In January,2018.The amendments in the MCA, envisaged constitution SAROD-PORTS as dispute resolution mechanism for PPP Projects in the Major Ports.
A step towards bolstering the revival of Indian Ship building and a big move towards AatmaNirbhar Shipping in AatmaNirbhar Bharat : Shri Mandaviya
Posted On: 04 SEP 2020 4:00PM by PIB Delhi
The Ministry of Shipping has directed all major ports to procure or charter tug boats which are only made in India. All procurements being done by major ports would now need to be carried out as per the revised ‘Make in India’ Order.
The Ministry of Shipping is aiming to promote Indian shipbuilding industry and also have discussion with some leading countries for Make in India shipbuilding. In the meantime, this decision of the Government will be a big move towards realizing Make in India in shipbuilding.
Union Minister of State for Shipping (I/C), Shri MansukhMandaviya said that the Government is taking 360 degree actions to revive old shipyards and promote shipbuilding in India. It is a step towards bolstering the revival of Indian Ship building and a big move towards AatmaNirbhar Shipping in AatmaNirbhar Bharat. The Government will try to create an ecosystem for shipbuilding, ship repair, ship recycling and flagging in India. AatmaNirbhar Shipping is going to be the order in the coming times.
Procurement/chartering of port crafts would need to be aligned with the revised Make in India Order to promote shipbuilding in India. It is proposed to set up a Standing Specifications Committee under Managing Director, Indian Ports Association and comprising representatives from Cochin Ship Yard Limited (CSL), Shipping Corporation of India (SCI), Indian Register of Shipping (IRS) and Director General of Shipping.
Standing Specifications Committee would shortlist around five variants/types of tugs and prepare a ‘Approved StandardizedTug Design and Specifications.’ (ASTDS). This ASTDS would outline specifications, general arrangements, basic calculations, basic structural drawings, key system drawings and other construction standards, etc. These standards would be vetted by the Standing Specifications Committee and, thereafter, certified ‘in-principle’ by IRS and published by the Indian Ports Association on its website.
The Ministry will also provide some window to Major Ports so that construction time would be availed.
Recently, Government owned Cochin Shipyard Limited has been successful in grabbing the order for two automated vessels from Norwegian Government. These will be the first of its kind unmanned vessels. Various decisions taken by the Ministry of Shipping will turn around Ship Building sector in the near future.
The PPT Hospital started conducting rapid antigen tests for COVID-19 on a large scale from today. It is Standard 'Q' Covid Antigen Test from nasal swab as per ICMR guidelines. It will cover all the PPT employees. The results of the tests will come within half an hour. Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT has said that this will eliminate the long waiting time, resulting in quick isolation of the positive patients.
Shri A.K. Bose, Dy. Chairman and Shri Moloy Dasgupta, Chief Engineer, PPT witnessed the whole procedure of testing, today.
Out of 7 samples collected today, one has been tested positive. He is a contact of previously positive case.
Ministry of Shipping has facilitated more than 1 lakh crew change in Indian ports and charted flights
India is the only country with highest crew change in the world;
Shri Mansukh Mandaviya lauds the efforts to facilitate stranded seafarers during the pandemic
Posted On: 25 AUG 2020 3:26PM by PIB Delhi
Ministry of Shipping has facilitated more than 1,00,000 crew change on Indian ports and through charter flights. It is the highest number of crew changes in the world. Crew change consists of replacing one of the ship’s crew members with another one and involves sign-on the ships and sign-off the ships procedures.
Maritime sector is among the worst hit sectors due to Corona pandemic. Despite that, all the Indian Ports were operational and providing essential services throughout the pandemic and main pillar for the smooth supply chain for India and world were the seafarers. Seafarers had to suffer due to closing of Sign on & Sign-off and lockdowns and movement restrictions imposed by the various countries worldwide.
Union Minister of State (I/C) for Shipping, Shri Mansukh Mandaviya has appreciated the continued efforts done by the DG, Shipping during the briefing, especially for facilitating the stranded seafarer during this difficult time. Minister instructed DG Shipping to come up with robust grievances redress mechanism to facilitate the seafarers. He has strongly emphasized to ensure that seafarers should be able to approach the ministry during the difficult time and no seafarer should suffer due to poor grievance redress system.
To sustain the maritime transportation during the pandemic situation, DG Shipping has taken various initiatives like extensions of various certificates required for sailing, Online E-pass facility for travel etc. “An online utility has been created for verification of seafarers for charted flights and for uploading details of stranded seafarers along with online ship registrations and online charter licensing”, DG, Shipping Shri Amit Kumar added while briefing the Minister.
DG Shipping received communications via emails, tweets, and letters from more than 2000 Maritime Stakeholders and took immediate responsive action to facilitate their needs. E-learning for module courses and online virtual course have also been conducted by DG shipping and more than 35,000 students enrolled for e-learning. Online Exit Exam is being conducted for the seafarers after completing online courses and they can now appear in the exam from the comfort of their homes in this unprecedented time of COVID-19 pandemic.
Independence Day was celebrated by Paradip Port Trust Authority with a great passion following the COVID-19 guidelines. Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT unfurled the National Flag and reviewed the parade in which 3 contingents of CISF, participated.
Addressing the gathering, he said that The Port first crossed the coveted 100 MMPTA in FY 2017-18 and has now become the No.1 Major Port in the country for the 1st quarter of FY 2020-21. While this achievement gives immense happiness, which is shared by people all across the state of Odisha, but we have to now shoulder even bigger responsibilities to retain the No. 1 position in the country. With berthing of “M V Damu Bhum”, the container vessel from Port Klang in Malaysiaan EXIM service has started in the Port, to export polymer products from Paradip refinery. This service will further help hundreds of small entrepreneurs of Odisha.
Cargo handling operations have commenced in the newly developed Iron Ore (Export) Berth of 10 MTPA capacity. Development of New Coal Berth for handling of Coal Imports on BOT basis (PPP), of 10 MTPA Capacity, with an estimated cost of Rs. 655.56 Crs. is in progress and is expected to be completed by the end of this year. Mechanization of EQ-1, EQ-2 & EQ-3 berths, of 30 MTPA Capacity, with an estimated cost of Rs. 1437.76 Crs. is in progress and is also expected to be completed by the year end. LPG Terminal at South Oil Jetty is being developed by IOCL of 0.75 MTPA capacity at an estimated cost of Rs. 690 Crores, is expected to be completed by March 2021. The Port has taken up the project of “Deepening and optimization of Inner harbour facilities including development of Western Dock”, of 25 MTPA Capacity, on PPP mode to handle Cape size vessels, with an estimated cost of Rs. 3004.63 Crs., which is now in Government approval stage. MoU for a Riverine Port in the Mahanadi River mouth at Paradip (i.e. Port within a Port), is under process for signing with the State Government. As a part of development of Smart Industrial Port City, Paradip Port will segregate its cargo traffic from the passenger traffic, for which a second exit road-cum-fly over shall be implemented at a cost of Rs.92.00 crores. This will ensure safety in road movement and clean environment to the commuters. Another bridge shall also be constructed adjacent to the old Atharbanki Bridge for congestion free movement to the Fishery Harbour Road and the Port premises.
PPT is a glowing example of how the Central and State Govt. have put their combined efforts for meeting the Covid challenge. PPT Authority has signed MoU with Odisha Govt. for dedicated 65 bedded Covid Care Hospital, which is functional at Biju Yatri Niwas, Paradip. PPT has sanctioned Rs. 2.00 Cr. A 200 bed COVID Care Center has been recently inaugurated at PPT Trade Center Building. It is beautifully made in shortest possible time where asymptomatic and mild symptoms patients from the locality, can be treated. District Administration has appreciated our gesture of sparing the building. PPT has also established a 50 bedded Covid Care Center at the "Port Club", for its employees.
As the Port tries to maintain operational efficiency, it is also striving to be efficient in keeping the port neat and clean through routine sanitization and by maintaining social distance norms. Dedicated teams regularly carry out disinfection activities inside port prohibited area besides ensuring mandatory use of face masks by all the personnel. Disinfectant fumigation is being undertaken in the Port Township, PPT Administrative Building, Quarantine Centres and PPT Hospital by deploying Mist Cannons. State-of-the-Art Respiratory Infection Isolation ward is going to be constructed soon within the existing PPT Hospital premises to treat Covid-19 like diseases. During Cyclone “Amphan”, the Port took active steps to ensure uninterrupted availability of electricity and drinking water. The food distribution among the evacuees at cyclone shelters, even found mention in the Prime Minister’s “Man ki Baat”.
Thereafter, Shri Roy awarded scholarships to Class X toppers in different education boards among the schools of the Port township. Parents of the students received the scholarships on behalf of them. PPT hospital, Marine Pilots, Mist Cannon operators undertaking sanitisation works were felicitated as “COVID WARRIORS”. 3 CISF personnel, who have recovered from Corona were also felicitated on the occasion.
In view of growing cases of Covid-19 infections, Paradip Port Trust has established a 50 bedded Covid Care Center at the "Port Club", for its employees, which became functional today. Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT assured that PPT will leave unturned to fight the pandemic. In view of rapid growth in corona patients, the state govt. has asked the corporates to make their own covid care center.
Asymptotic or Port employees having mild symptoms will be housed in the center and they will be provided with the face mask to cover their nose and face. Home isolation for mild/asymptomatic cases is recommended, if a separate room with toilet facility is available under the same roof. All the houses in Port Township don't have such facilities. Besides in a building, there are 4 to 6 quarters. If anybody is legally subjected to home isolation, all other families in the same building might be in dilemma. Hence mild or asymptomatic people may be in a better condition at this new Covid Care Center. The biomedical waste will be safely disposed of following the Biomedical Waste Management Act. All protocols of Covid Management will be strictly followed.
Coinciding with Van Mahotsav Week celebrations throughout the country, a plantation drive was conducted at the side of Paradip Marine Drive Road, near the Light House by PPT. With the world fighting a pandemic together and the country in Unlock 2.0, this year Van Mahotsav programme was conducted by PPT in a simple manner, following social distancing norms. PPT intends to plant around 1 lakh trees in this fiscal in the locality and till date, 25,000 saplings are already planted in the locality. As the part of a mass plantation drive, Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT, today planted a sapling, followed by Shri A.K. Bose, Dy. Chairman, PPT, HODs and other Sr. Officials of PPT, present on the occasion.
The plantation drive under the aegis of PPT, is being executed through Odisha Forest Development Corporation. As part of this plantation drive, the casuarina forests that have been depleted near the beach area are being planned for rejuvenation along with tree cover on the Fishery Harbour & Mahanadi Mouth area. The township is being planted with fruit bearing trees. All this will help to restore the tree cover that has been destroyed by cyclones in the last 10 to 15 years.
As the COVID-19 Pandemic continues to stifle the global supply chain, the maritime industry is no doubt facing a daunting task to function smoothly. In spite of all the obstacles, the team PPT has come out with flying colours and has clocked a remarkable 25.73 Million Metric Tonnes cargo handling mark and becoming the No. 1 Major Port of India. Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT and Shri A.K. Bose, Dy. Chairman, PPT have conveyed their gratitude to all employees, Unions, State Government, District Administration, Importers, Exporters, Stevedores, Steamer Agents, Port Users and other stakeholders, with whose regular support, a new chapter could be written in the history of the Port. The encouragement and guidance shown by the Hon'ble Minister of Shipping, Shri Mansukh Mandviya and Secretary Shipping, Shri Sanjeev Ranjan, helped the Port to scale new heights.
PPT has ruled out any chance of community spreading of Corona in the locality, in the light of one crew of Indian Crew of from the Cargo Ship, MV ALONISSOS, being tested positive. The ship berthed at Mechanised Iron Ore Berth on 13th June, 2020 for loading. As per protocol given by DG (Shipping), one of the crew from Tamilnadu, signed off and was quarantined at Govt. prescribed Quarantine Centre. On arrival, he had no symptoms. From quarantine centre, his swab has gone for testing and was found positive. Only two persons who have come with him in direct contact, the driver of vehicle and the representative of the concerned shipping agency have been subjected to quarantine, as precautionary measure. Hence, there shouldn’t be any panic in the locality.
The DG (Shipping), Ministry of Shipping, had prescribed a detailed SOP and protocol with regard to sign-on and sign-off to be followed for controlled crew change of Indian seafarers at Indian ports and anchorages, which is being followed not only at PPT, but across all Indian Ports. To facilitate and regulate crew change for seafarers, the Ministry of Home Affairs had also issued an SOP on April 21 to permit the movement of persons to sign on and sign off at Indian ports. The Port deals with the case as per the prescribed protocol of Govt., similar to the quarantine procedures of migrant workers.
As per laid down guidelines by Ministry of Shipping, PPT Authority has been monitoring the deadly COVID 2019 situation and put various measures in place to prevent any possible outbreak. Sanitisation inside the prohibited areas, social distancing, thermal scanning, hand sanitisation, use of nose masks inside the prohibited area and the offices, have been strictly enforced. PPT is following well defined standard protocol, as prescribed by District Administration. All precautions are being taken and people should not fall prey to panic and rumours.
With the theme - “Celebrate Biodiversity”, PPT observed today World Environment Day 2020. With the world fighting a pandemic together and the country in extended lockdown, this year plantation programme was conducted by PPT in a simple manner, following social distancing norms. PPT intends to plant around 1 lakh trees in this fiscal in the locality. As the part of a mass plantation drive, Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT planted a sapling at the Golf Course of PPT. It was followed by plantation in the premises of Paradip Sakshyarata Samiti. The plantation drive under the aegis of PPT, will be executed through Odisha Forest Development Corporation. As part of this plantation drive, the casuarina forests that have been depleted near the beach area are being planned for rejuvenation along with tree cover on the Fishery Harbour & Mahanadi Mouth area. The township will be planted with fruit bearing trees. All this will help to restore the tree cover that has been destroyed by cyclones in the last 10 to 15 years.
Shri A.K. Bose, Dy. Chairman, PPT, HODs and other officials of PPT along with officials of OFDC also participated in the plantation programme.
PPT has taken a personal accident package for its workers & labourers, who are entering the restricted area having valid entry passes, as a welfare measure. In case of accidental death, the sum assured to the next of kin of the deceased is Rs. 10 lakhs.
Accordingly, the first claim settlement has been executed at PPT today and a cheque in this regard in favour of late Shri Dushasan Pradhan was handed over to his wife, Smt. Prabhasini Pradhan, by FA & CAO of PPT, Shri S.K. Sahu, in presence of Shri S.K. Mishra, TM, PPT.
State-of-the-Art Portable X-Ray Machine and Biochemistry Auto Analyser were dedicated to service of the patients, this morning, during a ribbon cutting ceremony held at PPT Hospital. Gracing the occasion as Chief Guest, Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT inaugurated both the machines in presence of Shri A.K. Bose, Dy. Chairman, PPT, Shri Himanshu Sekhar Rout, Dy. Chief Engineer, Dr. P. Panda, CMO, PPT Hospital and other staff of the Hospital, who were present on the occasion
During natural disasters, it was becoming difficult to manage the investigations, like Blood Tests & X-Ray etc., if, there was any breakdown of the main equipment, since a lot people in the locality are dependent on PPT Hospital. Portable X-Ray will be useful to make x-Ray examination of patients at the bed side of the seriously ill patients. Previously, it was required to move the patient for such examination. Further, X-ray examinations of suspects of COVID-19 are now possible in the Flu OPD (Acute Respiratory Infection OPD), situated totally outside the main hospital building, minimizing the chances of spread of cross infection. Previously, such X-ray examination was being performed in the Radiology Department, situated inside the main hospital building, which was being mandatorily sanitised, thereafter.
“As the Cyclonic storm 'AMPHAN' expected to trigger heavy downpour accompanied by high velocity wind in the locality, PPT Administration is fully geared up to meet any eventuality”, said Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT. While addressing the media here he said that, the drains in the locality have been cleared on a war footing in order to avoid any possible water logging. Four teams of PPT with chain saws and Pay loader will function round the clock during the cyclone to clear the roads due to possible uprooting of the trees. As precautionary measures, around twenty Ships from the anchorage areas have been moved to safer water in deep sea. No unward movement of Ships has been permitted from 18.00 Hrs of 17.05.2020. Currently, the Port has planned only outward movements of Ships which is expected to be completed by 20.00 Hrs of 18.05.2020. All operations is being wound up and the Port is being cleared of all personnel 19th evening. From tomorrow, except few employees required for critical areas, nobody will be inside prohibited area. A medical team along with Ambulance will be available to meet any medical emergencies. Six Cyclone shelters have been activated, where people from the local slums and low lying areas will be accommodated with proper social distancing norms. They will be provided with dry ration, cooked food items, drinking water, face masks and sanitizers. The cyclone shelters will be also equipped with Gensets for uninterrupted electric supply.
Shri A.K.Bose, Dy.Chairman, PPT was also present in today’s’ presser.
Chairman, Paradip Port Trust, Shri Rinkesh Roy while addressing the Press today, reiterated the successful completion of dredging operations at Mahanadi River Mouth. The navigational channel having 1Km length and 100 meter width was carried out by the Dredger of Dredging Corporation of India Ltd, which completed on 26th February, 2020. He appealed to the local fishermen to use designated channel and not use any short-cut while venturing into the sea. Marine department of PPT has already installed 4 temporary buoys in the channel with proper marking, which is clearly visible. Shri Roy informed that 3.5 meters depth is maintained in the designated channel of the River mouth even during the low tide. To impart training to the fishermen, Sr. Hydrographic Surveyor of PPT will conduct a training programme regarding GPS Co-ordination with proper latitude an longitude tomorrow. Shri Roy, cautioned that fishing trawlers not following the designated channel will be at risk of stranding. It may be noted that the Integrated Fishery Harbour is operational at Paradip located in the right bank of Mahanadi River about 1km upstream of the river mouth, for which maintenance dredging is required in regular intervals. The fishery harbour is presently managed by the Odisha State Government Fisheries Department. The local fishing community has been facing difficulties as the river mouth has been silted up over the years and the fishing vessels face hindrance to navigate during approach/exit from the fishery harbour. The Mahanadi River Mouth was last dredged almost 20 years back.
Highlighting various steps undertaken by PPT Administration to prevent any possible outbreak of COVID 2019 in the locality, he said that the ships coming to the Port from the hotspot countries, where, there is reporting of maximum outbreak of corona virus, those ships are subjected to quarantine of mandatory 14 days in the anchorage area and the Master of Vessel, sends the health status of its crew members twice a day to the designated Medical Team of PPT. After quarantine period, the Port Health Officer or the Chief Medical Officer, PPT boards and screens the crew and if everything is alright, then the ship is allowed to undertake Cargo operations. As the Limited Pratique is in place, no shore leaving permission is given to the crew. In case of Indian crew, if there is any essential requirement, then he is subjected to medical screening and thermal scanning at Gate No. 4. As a precautionary measure, disposal of waste or faecal matter from the ships berthing, locally, is not permitted. All precautions are being taken and people; should not be sued by the false rumours.
Cautioning about hard summer days ahead, Chairman, PPT appealed to the inhabitants of township to cope up with one time water supply very soon. Repair work of Taladanda canal will begin near SCB Medical College, Cuttack, and will continue till 31st May, 2020. Hence, Port Administration is trying to revive the water intake point at Choudhurygada and draw maximum possible water in next few days. The reservoirs of PPT can meet the water demand of township for 30-35 days with one time supply, otherwise the capacity is for 17-20 days. Besides, for water sprinkling activities, treated water from STPs will be utilized. He requested the inhabitants of Paradip to use water judiciously, without unnecessary wastage.
Observation of International Women's Week by Working Women Cell, PPT came to an end today with valedictory function held at Conference Hall of Officer's club. Gracing the occasion as Chief Guest Dr. Minati Behera, Chairperson of Odisha State Commission for Women, said that, if any woman is subjected to any kind of violence, then other women should come in support of her without any prejudices. Awareness should be created among the women about their rights and they should try to be economically independent. The commission will serve as a watchdog for protection of their rights. Addressing the gathering, Ms. Snehanjali Mohanty, Member of Odisha State Commission for Women deliberated on various laws framed by the Govt. to enable them for their right to equality and live with dignity. Guest of Honour, Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT hoped that this type of deliberation will immensely help the women folk of the locality to understand their rights. Shri A.K. Bose, Dy. Chairman, PPT said that despite 74 years of independence, right to equality still remains a distant dream for women. Smt. Subhalaxmi Roy, President, Paradip Ladies Club highlighted the challenges faced by working women in their day to day life. Com-peering the programme, Shri Saroj Kumar Das, CME told that inspite of progress of Civilisation, still gender inequality exits in the society in the name of tradition, due to ignorance of their legal rights by the women. This kind programme will eventually create awareness among them and they will take a stand against the menace of inequality.
Coinciding with the observation of International Women’s Day on 8th March 2020 various competitions like song, dance, debate and sports competitions were held among the members of the Working Women Cell. The winners were awarded today by the Chief Guest and other dignitaries present on the occasion. Smt. Susmita Samal, Chairperson of the Working Women Cell, PPT gave the welcome speech and Smt. Bijaylaxmi Mohapatra, Convenor offered the vote of thanks.
A local level training programme on COVID 2019 was organized at PPT Hospital conference hall on 11.03.2020 at 15:30 Hrs. as per the instruction of the MoHFW, GOI. Shri A.K. Bose, Dy. Chairman, PPT declared the training session open, in the presence of Dr P. Panda, CMO, PPT. Speaking on the occasion, he reiterated that Paradip Port Trust will not leave any stone unturned to prevent the entry of any infectious disease, including the COVID-19 through this Port. He told that the Port is fully prepared to tackle the unfolding scenario of the spreading of the viral disease to more than 115 countries and territories; affecting nearly 1,18,000 people globally. The Deputy Chairman, PPT emphasized on the protection of the healthcare workforce, while on duty in the current situation, so that they can take care of the others.
Imparting training to the gathering of principals/headmasters of local schools, representatives from stevedores and steamer agents, local CISF and Coast Guard unit, doctors and paramedics of Port Hospital and representatives from various departments, Dr. P. Panda highlighted practice of various precautionary and self-protection measures for the prevention of the disease. Local media were urged to use their platforms to focus on dissemination of basic public health measures viz. washing hands, cough etiquette, avoiding unnecessary travel, staying alert for signs and symptoms (coughing, fever and difficulty in breathing) of the disease, maintaining hygiene of commonly infected surfaces like table tops, computer keyboards and mobile screens etc.
The meeting was concluded with unanimous decision by all the participants to sensitize others, in turn, on the basic public health measures to be adopted for the prevention of the disease.
“Enhance Safety & health performance by use of Advance Technologies” as the theme, observation of the 49th National Safety Week concluded this afternoon at Paradip Port Trust. Gracing the occasion as Chief Guest, Shri Madhabananda Biswal, Commandant, CISF Unit, PPT lowered the National Safety week Flag at an event held at Gate No. 4, in presence of Shri Moloy Dasgupta, Shri S.K. Das, CME, PPT, Shri Deepak Rath, Dy. CME, Shri Chandan Panigrahi, Dy. CEE and Shri P. Gopinath, Asst. Director, Dock Safety along with other officials PPT and various stakeholders. A tribunal salute was offered by Shri R.N. Panigrahi, Safety Officer, PPT. Addressing the gathering, Shri Biswal said that safety and security are like two faces of the same coin and they go hand in hand and safety should not be neglected at any cost. Shri P. Gopinath, Asst. Director urged everybody to continue safety practices in their day to day life. Saftey Rath and Safety Rally have been the major highlights of the week long celebrations.
Thereafter, the winners of various competitions like safety essay, debate and poster competitions, organised on the occasion, were awarded. Shri S.K. Das, CME, PPT gave the welcome address and called upon all the stakeholders to make Safety a way of Life. Shri R.N. Panigrahi, Safety Officer, PPT offered the vote of thanks.
An Indian crew of cargo vessel MT Chemstar Stellar, waiting in the anchorage, developed the symptoms of fever and sore throat, raising suspicion of possible novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19) on 02.03.2020. He along with all the crews were examined on Board today by the PPT Hospital Medical Team in consultation with the Port Health Officer. He along with his wife were transferred to SCB Medical College, Cuttack for further evaluation and management following the strict protocol for the same.
The vessel was carrying 20,000 MT Sulphuric Acid, came to anchorage of Paradip Port on 1st March, 2020. It has a travel history from China, South Korea and Singapore from 10th February, 2020. The Master of the vessel informed about the symptoms on 02.03.2020 at 1.30 PM.
Addressing the media, here, Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT, today, allayed the fear about outbreak of Covid-19 in the locality. He said that, as per laid down procedures, PPT Marine & Hospital Staff in close coordination with Port Health Officer, CDMO, Jagatsinghpur, SCB Medical College and District Administration decided to evacuate the crew to SCB Medical College. The team lead by Capt. Nimai Charan Pursty, Pilot, PPT, Dr. P. Panda, CMO, PPT Hospital and Shri Dipti Ranjan Dash, Technician boarded the vessel with full protective gears (PPEs) and the vessel was brought to the IFFCO Berth for 15 minutes. After the evacuation of crew along with his wife, the cabin of the ship was sanitized as per protocol. The vessel was returned to the anchorage. The evacuated crew was in stable condition and reached SCB Medical College safely. There, the affected will be tested for the novel coronavirus and will be managed further. The Paradip Police provided all support to escort the ambulance to Cuttack. Capt. A.K. Mohapatra, Dy. Conservator, PPT and Capt. A.C. Sahu, Harbour Master were also present during today’s presser.
“Enhance Safety & health performance by use of Advance Technologies” as the theme, observation of the 49th National Safety Day and Week began at Paradip Port Trust. Gracing the occasion as Chief Guest, Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT inaugurated Safety Week Celebrations. At an event held at Gate No. 4, he hoisted the Safety Flag and administered safety oath to employees and workers present there.
Addressing the gathering, he highlighted about various drastic safety measures undertaken during the last 4 years by the Port Authority to establish synergy between health, technology and infrastructure and urged all the stakeholders to put their best efforts forward to make PPT No. 1 in the country in terms of safety measures. Shri Roy told about, how the general safety culture has been inculcated at the grass-root level like helmet, safety shoes and florescent jackets for workers. Now, 300 High Mast lights have been installed in the prohibited area, which stood at 78, just four years ago. Health Audits of 4 decades old berths have been conducted and E&M Deptt. has undertaken similar audits for mechanical equipments. At level crossings, Sensors, Red Light, Hooter are in place. Health check up of workers and employees have been made mandatory. As part of health measures, to prevent corona outbreak, thermal scanners are in place. He urged the Medical, Traffic and E&M Teams of PPT to start a drive against alcohol drinking on the occasion, by using Breathalyzers and random checking in the port prohibited area and take strict action against culprits. He hoped that the work and safety culture of PPT will be a Model for other Ports to follow. A Food vehicle was launched by Chairman, PPT for distribution of food materials among workers as per their convenience inside prohibited area.
Guest of Honor, Shri A.K. Bose, Dy. Chairman, PPT in his address said that, safety is responsibility of all and one must strictly follow safety rules, especially in operational area, apart from maintaining cleanliness and keeping himself healthy and fit. Shri B. Gopinath, Asst. Director, Dock Safety highlighted the safety measures required to reduce the accidents and any kind of mishaps. HODs of PPT and Commandant, CISF Unit, PPT were among the other dignitaries present on the occasion.
Shri Saroj Kumar Das, CME, PPT in his welcome address, stressed upon Industrial Safety and focused upon Illumination, Cleanliness and Lubrication, Announcing about various programmes to be undertaken during the week long programme, he called upon all the stakeholders to participate in various competitions like debate, essay, slogan writing etc. in large numbers. Shri R.N. Panigrahi, Safety Officer, PPT offered the vote of thanks.
Earlier, in the morning, Shri A.K. Bose, Dy. Chairman, PPT has flagged off Safety Rath and Safety Rally from ADM Office, Paradip to Gate No. 4 to make the inhabitants of the township aware about safety a way of life.
Chairman, Paradip Port Trust, Shri Rinkesh Roy while addressing the press on 27.02.2020 announced the completion of dredging operations at Mahanadi River Mouth. This work was carried out by the Dredger of Dredging Corporation of India Ltd., which commenced on 02.01.2020.
It may be noted that the Integrated Fishery Harbour was constructed by PPT with the aid of Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India. The aim was to avoid eventualities inside the commercial harbour during shipping operations. The construction of Fishery Harbour was completed during 1995 and it was commissioned during 1998. Subsequently, it was handed over to Govt. of Odisha on 27.09.2011. The fishery harbour is operational at Paradip located in the right bank of Mahanadi River about 1km upstream of the river mouth having width of 100 Mtr., for which maintenance dredging is required in regular intervals. The fishery harbour is presently managed by the Odisha State Government Fisheries Department. The local fishing community has been facing difficulties as the river mouth has been silted up over the years and the fishing vessels face hindrance to navigate during approach/exit from the fishery harbour. The Mahanadi River Mouth was last dredged almost 20 years back.
Chairman, PPT during his interaction with the Press informed that there is a narrow window period between January and February to complete the work smoothly in tranquil conditions and PPT has completed this task successfully. Now 04 metre depth is maintained at critical areas of the River mouth even during the low tide. PPT has dredged the channel in two instances during 1998 & 2000 by engaging the Dredgers of M/s. DCI Ltd. Marine department of PPT will soon install temporary buoys in the channel and tender has already been floated for permanent ones. Under CSR, concrete road connectivity and lighting of the Fishery Harbour road have already been done.
Shri S.K.Sahu, F.A & C.A.O, PPT, Captain A.C. Sahu, Harbour Master, PPT, Shri Sumant Kumar Biswal, President, Odisha Marine Fish Producers’ Association (OMFPA), Paradip & General Secretary, All Odisha Fish Producers’ Federation (AOFPF) and other members were present on the occasion.
The Ministry of Shipping has approved implementations of the above dredging work through the internal resources of the Port. It is hoped that the long lasting woes of local fishing community over a period of almost two decades will finally see the light of the day due to PPT initiative.
A Port Health Unit headed by a Port Health Officer will come up in a 4-roomed building of PPT, located at Bhuyan Chhak, Madhuban. An MoU in this regard was inked between PPT and Port Health Organisation (PHO), Govt. of India on dated 20.02.2020.
Shri Biswajit Mishra, Sr.AEM, PPT on behalf of PPT and Dr. S.K. Kar, Sr. Regional Director, RoH & FW, Govt. of India on behalf of Ministry of H&FW, Govt. of India signed the MoU for the establishment of the PHU, in presence of Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT, Dr. P. Panda, CMO, PPT Hospital and other HoDs of PPT. This partnership is a part of obligation of India under International Health Regulation 2005 (IHR-2005).
Describing it to be a historic day, Shri Rinkesh Roy. Chairman, PPT said, “The PHU will be responsible for the health and sanitation in the ships coming to Paradip, food safety, health & hygiene in Paradip, apart from many more functions. He has been chasing it up with the Ministry for the last four years, since all the other Major Ports have this kind of facility.”
Breaking the news about another achievement in terms of Cargo handling, Shri Roy said that, PPT today crossed 99 MMT mark in this fiscal and within next three days it will cross the coveted 100 MMT mark and thus by making a hatrick in three consecutive fiscals.
The 36th Annual Flower Show was organized by E&CM Division of Paradip Port Trust near Trade Center II on 07.02.2020. Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT inaugurated the Flower Show in the morning. Participants exhibited spectacular collections of flowers, vegetables and plants in 40 different categories such as flowers, classified ornamental plants in cut and pot arrangements, bonsai, vegetables. The myriad hues and scent of flowers at this flower show was mesmerizing. In a glittering function held in the evening at Officers' Club, Chairman, PPT, Shri Asish Kumar Bose, Deputy Chairman, PPT, Smt. Subhalaxmi Roy, President, Paradip Ladies' Club and other HODs awarded prizes to the winners in different categories.
In a significant development, 200 acres of land was allotted by Paradip Port Trust( PPT) to Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) on long term lease to set up NRL’s Crude Oil terminal in Paradip. This facility will enable NRL to import Crude Oil at Paradip port to meet its requirement post Refinery Expansion from 3 to 9 MMTPA.
An MoM was signed to this effect today in Bhubaneswar between Dy. Secretary PPT - Mr. K Trirumoolar and Sr CGM (Projects) NRL - Mr. A P Chakraborty in presence of Chairman PPT - Mr. Rinkesh Roy, MD NRL - Mr S K Barua and senior officials from both the organizations. An amount of Rs. 20 Crore was handed over by NRL to PPT as initial deposit for the land.
NRL has embarked on a major Refinery Expansion project to treble its capacity from existing 3 MMTPA to 9 MMTPA at a project cost of more than Rs. 22,000 Crore, the highest ever investment in the North East of India. Formal approval from Government of India for this project was received in January 2019.
Shri Asish Kumar Bose assumed charge as Dy. Chairman, PPT today. Before this he was working as Traffic Manager, Mumbai Port Trust with effect from 7th July 2016. Shri Bose, prior to joining Mumbai Port, had held the post of Chief Manager (Traffic), JNPT from 18.12.2013 and before this, he was Traffic Manager, Mormugao Port Trust.
Shri Bose is a post graduate in Science from Patna University. He joined the Port Sector as a Management Trainee at Kolkata Port Trust on 1st January 1986. Thereafter, he joined Haldia Dock Complex under Kolkata Port Trust as Traffic Officer w.e.f. 1st January 1987 and worked there in various capacities. He has wide experience in Port Railway operations, handling of bulk cargo and containers, etc.
*School Friends foundation*, in line with its motto - "Celebrate the Joy of Giving with a smile ", joined hands the Management team of "Jagruty" - a special education centre for mentally, physically & hearing impaired children, in reaching out to children with special needs.
"Jagruty" a school for special children, located in Nuabazar, Paradip has been instrumental in providing great care and compassionate service to the differently abled children, since the last 22 years as a registered institution.
Presently, there are 35 students being looked after by "Jagruty ". Shri Subrata Biswas, Genetal Secretary on behalf of School Friends Foundation handed over 04 nos of mechanised wheel chairs to the administration team of Jagruty school in a formal ceremony at the school on 5/2/2020. The wheel chairs will not only ease but also greatly enhance the mobility of the differently abled students.
Shri Biswas also interacted with the teaching staff and students to better understand their needs and to explore ways for further cooperation.
The Management team of "Jagruty" school led by Smt Subhalaxmi Roy (President), Smt Nalini Mohanty (principal), Smt Preeti Parija, Smt Savita Panda, Munu Madam, Smt Smita Rath ,teachers and students, appreciated the support provided by School Friends Foundation and have decided to partner in future activities, benefiting the special children.
PPT Authority has been monitoring the deadly 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) situation and put various measures in place to prevent any possible outbreak. The World Health Organisation has already declared it to be Public Health Emergency of International concern. Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT, while addressing the media here said that GoI has already suspended e-visa for China. Being a cargo handling port, no passengers alight here. But, preventive measures are already in place to stop any possible outbreak. Cargo handling in the Port is going on smoothly and there is no restriction for cargo movement.
Thermal scanners have been installed at Gate No. 4 and an isolation ward has been made functional at PPT Hospital. As of today, 16 ships have berthed and 20 ships are in the anchorage. There is only one ship, in which, 2 crew members have visited China 15th January, 2020, afterwards. In next few days, it will berth. Crew reports are being taken on daily basis from the ship and no symptoms have been reported, yet. On arrival at berth, CMO, PPT and a team will visit and scan the crew and after their green signal only, cargo operations will start in the ship. PPT Pilots going to these ships have been provided personal safety gears.
On arrival, Masters of all the vessels are to provide health declarations on corona virus infection, having symptoms of cold, sneezing and fever. Shore leaving is not permissible to the crew of vessels having last Port of Call to China, Macau and Hong Kong, after 15th January, 2020 in line with Govt. of India Advisory. Daily update of health status of crew has been mandatory for all the vessels, until their stay in Paradip water. Relevant meeting and updates are being given by the PPT Authority for all its stakeholders.
Denizens of Paradip are being made aware about the symptoms and preventive measures, through messages displayed in big electronic boards in the township.
Paradip Port Invitational Golf Tournament 2020, being held at Paradip Golf Course by Paradip Port Sports Council, concluded today. Women golfer Smt. Ambika Sutar of Paradip Golf Club emerged champion in the women category. In the Men category, Shri Pawan Singh Marwa of Gulmori Golf Club, Tata, became the champion. In handicap (13 - 18) and (19 - 24) categories, Shri Harihar Dash and Shri Deepak Sarangi of Paradip Golf Club have become the winners, respectively. In children putting, Master Rayan Richard became the champion.
Gracing the occasion as Chief Guest, Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT and Smt. Subhalaxmi Roy, President, Paradip Ladies' Club gave away the prizes.
Capt. Atulya Kumar Mohapatra, President, Paradip Golf Club and Shri Babul Sikdar, Working President, conducted the tournament smoothly.
Republic Day was celebrated by Paradip Port Trust Authority with a great ardour. Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT unfurled the National Flag and took salute from 42 platoons consisting of CISF Jawans, students of Paradip College, different schools of Paradip Township and employees of PPT retiring this year.
Addressing the gathering, he said that, in the last few years, Paradip Port Trust has chartered out a path of progress in all spheres of activities, unprecedented in its history. Traffic handled has grown from 71 MTPA in FY-2014-15 to approximately 110 MTPA in 2018-19. Even in the current year, despite operating with 02 lesser berths on account of mechanization projects, the Port is poised to achieve 115 MTPA. In fact, Paradip Port is the only Port in the country where rates have been static since the last 05 years. The Port in the last few years has become debt free as well as liability free.
The Port has commissioned the South Oil Jetty and the Multi-purpose Clean Cargo Berth in the last few years. In the coming fiscal, it will commission the New Import Coal Cargo Berth, The New Export Iorn Ore Berth an the mechanisation of EQ1, 2 & 3. Along-with this, the Port Management has introduced systemic improvements, which have lead to greater transparency. The Port has also undertaken substantial efforts in improving the environment. Commissioning of State of the Art Sewerage Treatment Plants, Modern effluent Plant in the Hospital, Concrete roads, beautification of township area, etc have given a great fillip to protect the environment. The Port has also undertaken a plantation drive of One Lakh trees through OFDC. The Port is installing a 10 MLD desalination plant to provide clean and safe drinking water to the Township.
As a part of its welfare activities, the Port has taken up major dredging works of opening of the Mahanadi River Mouth which will benefit over 50,000 fishermen families of Paradip area. Improvement in road approach to fishery harbor along-with lighting has also significantly improved the working conditions for fishermen.
The havoc unleashed by Cyclone Fani and Bulbul was repealed in the speediest manner. Announcing steps to make the PPT township disaster resilient, he inaugurated Generator Sets, which will provide 24x7 water and electricity to the citizens.
Paradip Port Trust also contributed its might in generating employment apart from its usual realm of activities. Keeping that in view, PPT has been sponsoring 120 students in each year for 6 months training through CIPET Bhubaneswar with an approximate yearly expenditure of 72 Lakhs. A record number of 109 Diploma/ ITI students have been given training by the Port in the last year.
For movement of passenger traffic in a safe and clean environment, Port is in the process of constructing the Second Road Over Bridge and additional two lane road along-side National Highway from Atharbanki to Do-chhaki. Also PPT is exploring the feasibility of a separate road from Bhutmundai to Atharbanki for truck movement. These infrastructures will meet the requirement of all inhabitants of Port town and adjoining area for the next 20-30 years.
Thereafter, Shri Roy awarded prizes to the winners of different competitions held for the occasion. He also felicitated the officers and employees of the E&M, Medical, Engineering Departments for their exemplary works. Eco-friendly cotton bags under the aegis of Paradip Sakshyrata Samiti were launched on the occasion by Chairman, PPT.
A Poet’s Meet was also organised at Officer’s Club, followed by an exhibition Women’s Volley Ball match in the afternoon at Gopabandhu Stadium. In the evening, Inter-School Dance competitions on Patriotic theme were held among school children at Jaydev Sadan.
The 42nd All India and 30th Children Athletics Meet jointly organised by Major Ports Sports Control Board and Paradip Port Sports Council concluded at Gopabandhu Stadium last evening. The host Paradip Port Trust has emerged as Overall Champion and Mumbai Port Trust has emerged as Overall Runners Up. Shri Dinesh Kumar Swain of PPT has become individual Champion in Under-14 Boys category and Miss Shruti Mohapatra of PPT has emerged as individual champion in Under-16 Girls category. In the 4 days sports extravaganza, 250 men, women, children and veteran athletes from 8 Major Ports were vying for the top honours in 125 events.
Shri S.D. Bhanot, DIG, Coast Guard attended the valedictory function as Chief Guest and gave away the prizes. He appealed to the athletes to continue their sportsman spirit and bring more laurels at the national and international levels. Shri Bishnu Charan Mishra, Addl. SP, Shri Molay Dasgupta, Chief Engineer, PPT, Shri Ashok Kumar Sahu, Sr. Dy. CAO, Capt. A.C. Sahu, Harbour Master, were the Guests of Honour. Shri Ranjan Rashmi Beura, Secretary, PPT Sports Council compered the event and Shri Rabi Das, Adviser, Sports extended the vote of thanks. The Meet came to an end with a splendid Fire Crackers Show.
Senior officials and employees from PPT and sports enthusiasts form the port township were present in large numbers.
A four-day 42nd All India Major Ports Athletics Meet and 30th Children Athletics meet jointly organised by the Major Ports Sports Control Board and the Paradip Port Sports Council kicked off here today at Gopabandhu Stadium.
PPT Chairman, Shri Rinkesh Roy was Chief Guest and Paradip Ladies Club President, Smt. Subhalaxmi Roy was Guest of Honour on the occasion.
Taking the salute in the march past by participants, Shri Roy said that, it is important to oganise such events, as these ensure a feeling of good camaraderie and brotherhood among Major Ports. Identity of an organisation comes from such type of arrangements, as they keep one's flag flying high. It encourages true sportsman spirit.
Secretary of organising committee, Shri B. Sikdar gave the welcome speech. Vice-chairman of organising committee Shri Deepak Rath and Chairman of organising committee, Shri S.K. Mishra also spoke on the occasion. PPT Sports Council Secretary Shri Ranjan Rashmi Beura and Advisor, Shri Rabi Das conducted the programme. On the occasion, students of Saraswati Shishu Vidya Mandir sang the opening chorus and artistes from Sagarika Kala Niketan and Saraswati Shishu Vidya Mandir performed cultural programme. Around 250 participants from 8 Major Ports are participating in 125 events in the sports extravaganza.
Visiting Paradip Port today, Chief Secretary, Shri Asit Tripathy emphasized on role of Paradip Port in the economic development of the State. He said, “Investment to the tune of Rs. 7,000 Crore in the ongoing projects will lead to the economic development of the State.”
He visited the state-of-the-art Sewage Treatment Plant. The construction of the Plant is now at pre-commissioning stage. The Chief Secretary appreciated the commitment of the Port Authority and working culture among PPT employees under the leadership of Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT.
Earlier, Chief Secretary was given a warm welcome on his arrival at the Wet Basin by Chairman, PPT. Thereafter, he visited the state-of-the-art Dry Fog System installed at the Mechanised Coal Handling Plant. Thereafter, he inaugurated planting of 1 lakh plant sapling and beautification of the township entry. In the evening, Shri Tripathy reviewed the activities of Paradip Port in a high level meeting, wherein Chairman, PPT Shri Roy outlined the issues and presented the updates for discussion.
The 17th Paradip Marathon 2020 was conducted by the Gopabandhu Kreeda Sansad of Paradip Port Trust on 3rd January 2020 on the occasion of Port Foundation Day. Shri Rinkesh Roy, IRTS, Chairman, Paradip Port Trust flagged off the same at the Hanuman Temple square. The Marathon covered a route of 14 Kms and concluded at Gopabandhu Stadium amid great encouragement by the inhabitants of Port Township and members of other organizations. A total no. of 678 participants comprising of 593 male & 85 female competitors participated in the Marathon.
Shri Sudhanu Nayak of Odisha Police won the first prize in the men category by completing the distance in 45 minutes 16.5 seconds, Shri Budra Bisi Nayak of Odisha Police got the second prize (45 minutes 20 seconds) and Shri Mukund Banra of Jharkhand got the third prize (45 minutes 28.9 seconds) in the men category.
In the women category, Ms. Itishree Mohanta of Mayurbhanj won the first prize (57 minutes 53.9 seconds), Ms. Sandhya Murmu of Mayurbhanj got the second prize (58 minutes 3.9 seconds) and Ms. Sakro Besra of Jharkhand got the third prize (58 minutes 52.3 seconds).
Attending as Chief Guest, Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT, Guests of Honour, Smt. Subhalaxmi Roy, President Paradip Ladies Club & Shri S.D.Bhanot, DIG Coast Guard and Heads of the Deptt. of PPT gave away the cash prizes at the valedictory function held at Gopabandhu Stadium. International athlete Ms. Jauna Murmu was also felicitated on the occasion. She advised the athletes to toil hard to achieve success and solicited goodwill of denizens of Paradip for her success in upcoming Olympics. Chief Guest on the occasion, Shri Rinkesh Roy, lauded the members of Gopabandhu Kreeda Sansad for ensuring participants from almost all the districts of the State. He called for a focused approach for development of athletes from the nearby localities like Kujang, Rahama and Tirtol. He also urged everyone to participate in Fit India campaign.
The Officials and Technical members of the Paradip Port Sports Council with the assistance of the officials of Odisha Olympic Association conducted the Marathon smoothly.
The Paradip Marathon 2020 will be flagged off by the Chief Guest Shri Asit Tripathy, IAS, Chief Secretary, Odisha along with the guests of honour Sri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT & Smt. Subhalaxmi Roy, President, Paradip Ladies Club at 08.00 AM on 3rd January 2020 at the Hanuman Temple near Gate No.5. It will conclude at Gopabandhu Stadium passing through the designated route covering a distance of 14 Kms. The route will be identified, marked and the route chart will be provided to all the participants. The participants must be above 18 years & below 40 years of age as on 31.12.2019 and have to submit fitness certificate from a Govt. Medical officer or PPT medical officer. A panel of doctors from Port Trust will also be made available to check the fitness of participants, in case of necessity
All men participants have to deposit an entry fee of Rs.50/- per head and Rs.30/- for women participants. The participants will be supplied with a set of Banion & Short and chest nos. in duplicate. All outstation participants will be provided with unfurnished accommodation and dinner i.e. on 02.01.2020. On the Marathon day, breakfast will be provided to all participants after the Marathon, at Gopabandhu Stadium.
The application along with medical fitness certificate, undertaking, photocopy of voter ID/Aadhar Card & Age proof certificate and entry fee in cash will be received at the time of registration. Registration of participants will be made on 1st January 2020 & 2nd January 2020 at Gopabandhu Stadium as detailed below.
01-01-2020 - Local participants under Paradip Municipality area -10.00 AM to 04.00 PM. (Lunch Break from 1.30 PM to 2.30 PM)
01.01.2020 & 02.01.2020 - Outstation participants -10.00 AM to 04.00 PM. (Lunch Break from 1.30 PM to 2.30 PM).
Registration would continue until registration of 600 men participants and 100 women participants or till 4 PM whichever is earlier.
N.B. No entry will be made in the registration as well as attendance after the scheduled time.
As part of CSR initiatives, Dredging Corporation of India Ltd. has distributed school bags among the local school children. Shri Rinkesh Roy, CMD, DCI and Smt. Subhalaxmi Roy, President, Paradip Ladies Club gave away 630 nos. of School Bags to the students of NAC Govt High School and NAC Girls High School, Paradip. Shri K Srinivas Rao, Project Manager of DCI Project Office, Paradip co-ordinated the programme.
The much awaited fun filled “Annual Fete” under the aegis of Paradip Ladies Club was held on the evening of 11th December 2019 at Officers’ Club, PPT. Gracing the occasion as Chief Guest Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT inaugurated the event. Smt. Subhalaxmi Roy, President, Paradip Ladies Club, Smt. Sabita Panda, Working President and Smt. Kalpana Sahu, Secretary were also present on the occasion. Members of Ladies Club had put up various food stalls with variety of culinary delights to appease varying tastes. The proceeds from the sale of the coupons shall go towards philanthropic activities in the locality. All the stalls were very colourfully decorated. There was a very good footfall at the fete from PPT fraternity as well as denizens of Paradip.
Paradip Port Trust organised an event at the local Jagruty School on the occasion of International Day of Persons With Disabilities. Gracing the occasion as Chief Guest, Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT saluted the spirit of determination of the school children and mentioned that PPT would take necessary steps within its ambit for the all-round development of the school. He also emphasized on on society to come forth for helping these schools, apart from govt. grants. Shri Roy, stressed on making office buildings of PPT more accessible for Dibyangas. Guest of Honour Smt. Subhalaxmi Roy, President, Paradip Ladies Club lauded the two alumnus of the school, who have got gainful employment after passing out. Thereafter, Chairman, PPT gave away prizes to winners of different competitions held among school children of Jagruty. He distributed gifts to the differently-abled employees of Paradip Port Trust as well as Children of Jagruty. Paradip Ladies Club led the donations followed by Port Users, HODs and other eminent persons from the locality towards development of Jagruty. School faculties were also felicitated on the occasion.
Shri Prasant Kumar Moharana, Sr. Accounts officer, PPT as well as Secretary, Jagruty presented the Annual report of Jagruty. The differently abled children of Jagruty presented Cultural activities under the able guidance of Smt. Nalini Mohanty, Principal of Jagruty. Shri NK Patnaik, Sr. Welfare Officer, PPT compered the programme and Shri Rama Chandra Pradhan, Jr. Welfare Officer, PPT extended vote of thanks.
Like every year, today, on the 1st of December, Paradip Port Trust organised World AIDS day. In the morning, Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, Paradip Port Trust flagged off an awareness rally, in the presence of the Smt. Subhalaxmi Roy, President, Paradip Ladies Club & other HoDs. Employees & officers of PPT, workers, trade unions, CISF, School Children, NGOs like IRDMS, CASD & Paradip Sakshyarata Samiti, workers & executives of Chennai Radha Engineering Works, and general public participated in the rally.
A seminar was held after the culmination of the rally at Officers' Club. Addressing the gathering, Dr. P. Panda, CMO, PPT highlighted the salient features of the Workplace Policy of Paradip Port Trust on HIV/AIDS, like non-discrimination & no-stigmatization of people leaving with HIV (PLHIV). Gracing the occasion as Chief Guest, Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT released awareness leaflets on non-discrimination policy of the Port Trust. Smt. Subhalaxmi Roy, President, Paradip Ladies Club distributed prizes to the winners of different competitions held among local school children on the HIV/AIDS. Chairman, PPT, in his speech, praised the role of the NGOs on prevention of the disease and highlighted the role of Pharmaceutical Firms of India in manufacturing and supply of the combination drugs (Highly Active Anti-Retroviral Therapy) worldwide for the treatment of AIDS. Guest of Honour Shri Bimal Kumar Jha, Secretary, PPT highlighted the significance of prevention of the spread of the disease on war footing basis.
An appeal was made to all the stakeholders as well as the media to work towards achieving the 90–90–90 targets, envisioned by the UNAIDS by ending stigmatization of people living with HIV. The 90–90–90 targets envisions that, by 2020, 90% of people living with HIV will know their HIV status, 90% of people who know their HIV positive status will be accessing treatment and 90% of people on treatment will have suppressed viral loads. In terms of all people living with HIV, reaching the 90–90–90 targets means that 81% of all people living with HIV are on treatment and 73% of all people living with HIV are virally suppressed. The combined efforts on prevention and early diagnosis of AIDS will be a milestone in ending AIDS epidemic by 2030.
Er. Deepak Rath, Dy. CME , PPT gave the welcome speech and Shri Ramachandra Pradhan, Secretary, PSS offered the vote of thanks. Shri Ashok Mohapatra of PSS co-ordinated the programme.
The much awaited Port Users’ Meet 2019 was held, this evening, at the Officers’ Club of PPT. Gracing the occasion as Chief Guest, Shri Rinkesh Roy , Chairman, PPT said that the entire efforts of Port users and the entire ecosystem put in place have delivered more than 100 MMT cargo handling for the last two years and this year, it will definitely cross 110 MMT mark. The Port has been focusing on Safety, Efficiency and Environment. This will definitely make it leading Port in India in coming year. With motivated team of employees and energised team of Port Users, it will rewrite success saga in years to come. Like previous years, Shri Roy, presented awards to the best performing Exporters, Importers, Stevedores and Shipping/Steamer Agents for their exemplary performances. The list of 3 best performers in respect of different segments as follows:
Name of the Firm
Qty Handled (In MMT)
Tamilnadu Generation & Distribution Corporation Limited
Indian Oil Corporation Ltd.
Essar Steel India Ltd.
IOCL Pipeline Division
Indian Farmers Fertilizer Cooperative Limited
Bhusan Steel Limited (presently TATA Steel BSL )
Orissa Stevedores Limited
Ripley & Co. Stevedoring & Handling Pvt. Ltd.
ACE Commercial Co.Pvt. Ltd.
Vessels Handled (In Nos.)
Everett India Pvt. Ltd.
J.M.Baxi & Co
Seatrans Shipmanagment Services
Shri S.K. Mishra, T.M, PPT gave the Welcome speech and Shri A.K. Sahoo, DTM offered the vote of thanks. HoDs of PPT, Senior Officer and Port Users participated in a cultural evening, which followed the award distribution ceremony.
Constitution Day or Samvidhan divas, is observed on 26th November across the country to commemorate the adoption of the Constitution by the Constituent Assembly on this day in 1949. It came into force on 26th January, 1950, marking the beginning of a new era in the history of Indian Republic. To mark the solemn occasion, Shri Bimal Kumar Jha, Secretary, Paradip Port Trust read out the Preamble to the Constitution in presence of HODs/Officers/Employees of PPT. The officials / employees present also took a pledge to uphold the values enshrined in the Constitution.
PARADIP LADIES CLUB has organised a screening-cum-awareness camp for Breast cancer and Cervical cancer on 18.11.2019. The camp was successfully organised by active participation of President, Paradip Ladies Club, Smt.Subhalaxmi Roy , Working President Smt. Sabita Panda , Secretary Smt. Kalpana Sahu and active participation of joint secretary , treasurer along with Sri Subrata Biswas , co-founder of SWASTH VOMI PRIVATE LIMITED. The healthy giene was the major attraction of the awareness programme.The healthy giene too travelled to the Saraswati sisu vidya Mandira, Port Trust High school , 'V' point KG School , NAC Govt High School and Jagruti school to educate and create awareness among the children and teachers about balance diet, good healthy habits and why we should avoid junk food.
The Port Day was observed on the auspicious day of Kartik Purnima by the Paradip Port Trust Authorities on 12-11-2019 as being done every year. On this occasion, Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, Paradip Port Trust attended the function as Chief Guest and unfurled the Paradip Port Flag at Wet Basin in the morning. He performed the traditional Kalas Puja & handed over the sacred Kalas to the Sadhavas who set sail on board a traditionally decorated boat. He also inspected the Port Marine crafts lined up in the Harbour and took salute. Thereafter Dy. Conservator, Paradip Port Capt. A.K. Mohapatra welcomed the guests in the meeting and explained the importance of Port Day celebration.
Extending his greetings to the gathering on the auspicious occasion of Kartika Purnima, Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, Paradip Port Trust outlined the tremendous rise of the Port in recent decades. As the Port operations began in 1966, the annual cargo handling capacity rose to 10 MMT in 1995, which further rose to 50 MMT in 2010 and in FY 2017-18, it crossed the coveted 100 MMT mark and is now aspiring to be the No. 1 Port in India. It is now following a transformational agenda with the advance technology adoption for its future growth. More than 12 Kms concrete road and 3 state-of-the-art Sewage Treatment Pants are on the anvil. In the last few years, 90 MMT capacity addition has been done, out of which Rs. 4,500 Cr. is nearing completion. Desalination plant, Multi-modal logistics park, introduction of bus services for employees and workers in the Port prohibited area, construction of gated colony and insurance for workers have been recently done. As part of environmental measures, road sweeping machine, net barrier, one of its kind dry fog dust suppression system, roof top solar plant have been implemented. PPT will soon launch “Operation Green” under which 50,000 saplings will be planted in the locality. Shri Roy told that under community development programme, under the aegis of Paradip Sakshyarata Samity, e-learning through computer classes is being promoted in the locality. Sanitary pads for adolescent girls, zero plastic campaigns are underway. PPT Hospital has conducted free cataract operations of 250 BPL people. Under Smart Industrial Port City project, 2nd Exit-cum-Fly over and another bridge, adjacent to Atharbanki Bridge are in the pipeline. For their dedicated service in their respective fields and their attachments to the Port, Shri Kulamani Barik, Conch Player, Shri Anand Chandra Sethi, garden supervisor, Smt. Sukanti Lenka, for her service to differently abled chidren, Smt. Binapani Das, safai karamchari at PPT Hospital, Shri Smrutikant Sharma, Dance Teacher were felicitated on the occasion. Dr. P. Panda, who attended the function as Guest of Honour, threw light on glorious maritime tradition of Odisha. Shri Saroj Das, CME, Paradip Port Trust extended vote of thanks.
After assuming the charge as Minister of State for Shipping,(I/C),the Hon’ble Union Minister, Shri Mansukh Mandaviya made his first official visit to Paradip Port Trust as part of regular review on 16th October 2019. He was extended very warm welcome by Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT and other HoDs at Jawahar Guest House. On 17th morning, he was given Guard of Honour by the CISF, PPT contingent at Jawahar Guest House. Thereafter, he visited the Port and saw the operations in the Dock area. Shri Mandaviya, also inaugurated the “New Kalyan Mandap” of PPT. He participated in plantation drive and distributed eco-friendly cotton bags to the public from nearby location. He also participated in a Cycle Rally, organised by PPT, to spread the message of “Swachhta hi Sewa” and “Fit India”. He said that he always goes to Parliament, cycling all the way from Official residence, when the House is in session. The Hon’ble Minister had an interactive session with Port-users & stake-holders, where he emphasized on augmenting the coastal shipping. He also reviewed progress with officials of IDCO, IOCL, on Paradip Petroleum, Chemicals and Petrochemicals Investment Region (PCPIR). During the review of progress of PCPIR, he stressed on collaborative approach for faster development to bring overall development of the area.
The Hon’ble Minister reviewed the functioning of the Port and a detailed presentation was also made by Chairman, PPT, which was attended by all HoDs. Shri Mandaviya hopes a bright future for PPT.
Keeping in mind the long felt need of the locality, Test Trail Runs of two Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) of total approximately 4.5 Million Litres daily capacity were started in Paradip Trust by Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT. These two STPs are stat-of-the-art facilities and have been constructed at a cost of approximately Rs. 22 Cr. The key highlights of these STPs are conversion of sewage water into manure and water that can be used for gardening and sprinkling activities. These much awaited STPs have been constructed with the technical assistance from M/s. Richardson & Cruddas (1972) Ltd., Mumbai.
This is the first phase of the integrated sanitation project which aims at improving overall sanitation through discharge of waste water after proper treatment. These two plants will become fully operational in December, 2019.
The PPT began the observance of “Swachhta Hi Sewa” from 11th September to 2nd October 2019, under the instructions of the Govt. of India. It started by taking “Swachhta Pledge” by all PPT officers and employees in the Lobby of Administrative Building. The Chairman, PPT, Shri Rinkesh Roy, administered the pledge.
The PPT has already drawn up Action plan for the period of 11th September to 2nd October, on the occasion of Swachhta Hi Sewa viz., awareness drive among workers and staff of all Departments & Divisions of PPT and local community, cleaning activities in colonies and sites, organisation of swachhta awareness workshop in local schools, cleanliness drive in local slums, display of swachhta awareness hoardings and digital display at important locations in the township, with special emphasis on Plastic Waste Management.
Independence Day was celebrated by Paradip Port Trust Authority with a great passion. Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT unfurled the National Flag and took salute from 43 platoons consisting of CISF Jawans, students of Paradip College, Orissa Maritime Academy and different schools of Paradip Township.
Addressing the gathering, he said that Paradip Port has become the largest dry bulk handling Port and the largest Coal and Coastal Cargo Handling Port of the country. Consecutively, for the last 2 years, it has clocked more than 100 MMT cargo handling. Port has also made impressive strides in the realm of infrastructure, capacity addition, efficiency & technology. The New Iron Ore Berth is expected to be Operational by September’ 2019 and the New Coal Berth to handle import coal cargo is expected to be completed by April 2021. LPG Terminal of 0.75 MMTPA capacity at South Oil Jetty is being developed by IOCL with an estimated cost of Rs. 690 Crores. A State-of-the-Art Effluent Treatment Plant was commissioned at a cost of Rs.32 lakhs on 21st July, 2019 within the PPT Hospital premises for disposal of liquid waste. This adds another feather to the cap of PPT for its commitment towards prevention of pollution and biohazard in and around Paradip. 2 New Sewerage Treatment Plants will be commissioned in this fiscal, with a capacity of approximate 4.5 MLD and at a cost of Rs. 21.82 crores. The first State-of-the-Art 10 MLD (Million Litres per day) De-salination Plant in Odisha is going to be commissioned at Paradip Port. An MoU regarding consulting services was signed between PPT & NIOT (National Institute of Ocean Technology, Chennai under Ministry of Earth Sciences, Govt. of India) on 15th July 2019. As per this, SWRO (Sea-water Reverse Osmosis) water will be available in PPT Township. This project will supplement the drinking water requirement during the summer season in the Port Township. This first of its kind drinking water venture in the state by PPT is a landmark project.
As a part of welfare measures, for rehabilitation and restoration efforts in areas affected by cyclone Fani, Paradip Port Trust has contributed a sum of Rs.5.00 crores to Chief Minister’s Relief Fund on 4th June, 2019. As a part of development of Smart Industrial Port City, Paradip Port will segregate its cargo traffic from the passenger traffic, for which a second exit road-cum-fly over shall be implemented at a cost of Rs.106.00 crores. This will ensure safety in road movement and clean environment to the commuters. Another bridge shall also be constructed adjacent to the old ATBK Bridge for congestion free movement to the Fishery Harbour Road and the Port premises.
All efforts are made to beautify our Port township including development of parks, creek side and walking paths and make Paradip as a walkers’ paradise. A modern air-conditioned conference hall will soon be opened for the benefit of inhabitants of Port township at a cost of Rs.3.00 crores.
Towards environmental measuers, a State-of-Art Technology - Dry Fog system has been commissioned at Mechanised Coal Handling Plant. 1665 nos of street lights have been replaced by LED lights. A proposal for installation of Auto sprinklers on main roads inside Port prohibited area is under consideration by MECON. Roof top solar plant has been installed of about 265 kwp.
Thereafter, Shri Roy awarded prizes to the winners of different competitions held for the occasion. He also felicitated the meritorious students of Port Township, who have passed out Class X exam this year, by securing highest marks in CBSE, ICSE, BSE Boards.
A Poet’s Meet was also organised at Officer’s Club followed by an exhibition football match in the afternoon at Gopabandhu Stadium. In the evening, Inter-School Dance competitions on Patriotic theme were held among school children at Jaydev Sadan.
Paradip Ladies Club for inculcating the spirit of social activism among the denizens of Paradip today organized a Blood Donation Camp at its office premises. Gracing the occasion as Chief Guest, Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT inaugurated the event. Guest of Honour Shri A Kaushik, DIG, Coast Guard, Paradip, Shri Basant Kumar Biswal, Chairman, Paradip Municipality, Smt. Subhalaxmi Roy, President, Paradip Ladies Club, Smt. Kalpana Sahu, Secretary, Shri S.K. Sahu, FA & CAO, Shri Bimal Kumar Jha, Secretary, PPT, Dr. P. Panda, CMO, PPT Hospital, other HODs and ladies club members were also present. Apart from officers and employees of Paradip, Members of Paradip Banika Sangha, Students of Orissa Maritime Academy, NCC Cadets from Paradip College & Gopabandhu Kreeda Sansad, overwhelming number of volunteers from Paradip Sakshyarata Samiti, CISF & Coast Guard Units of Paradip donated blood with vivacity. Assisted by the staffs from Red Cross Wing, Jagatsinghpur around 200 units of blood were collected.
The first State-of-the-Art 10 MLD (Million Litres per day) De-salination Plantin Odisha is going to be commissioned at Paradip Port. AnMoU regarding consulting services was signed between PPT & NIOT (National Institute of Ocean Technology, Chennai under Ministry of Earth Sciences, Govt. of India) on 15th July 2019. The MoU was signed between Shri K Ramachandra Rao, Chief Engineer, PPT & Shri MV Ramana Murthy, Projet Director, NIOT. As per this, SWRO (Sea-water Reverse Osmosis) water will be available in PPT Township. Floating of Tender is likely in this year 2019. This project will supplement the drinking water during the summer season in the Port Township. This first of its kind drinking water venture in the state by PPT is a landmark project. The capital cost of the project is around Rs. 116 Cr.
Paradip Port Trust in association with the Indian Ports Association (IPA) organised a Road Show at Jaydev Sadan to create awareness about the 'Port Community System' (PCS). “PCS1X” is a cloud-based single user-friendly interface platform, which improves the ease of doing business and maritime trade.
Gracing the occasion as Guests of Honour, Shri Rajeev Puri, CAO, IPA, Shri S.K. Das, MMD Surveyor, Paradip, Shri S.K. Sahu, FA & CAO & Capt. A.K. Mohapatra, Dy. Conservator, PPT stressed on the connecting all the Agencies related to the Maritime Sector on a single platform. This will promote ease of doing business by adopting world class trade facilitation practices, which will be transparent and cost-effective proposition. It is a “game-changer” for shipping operations, and is set to help reduce the high logistics costs in the country.
The IPA representatives at the event said that all the trading bodies across maritime sector will be able to come on board as the single platform connects all the stakeholders. Shri S.K. Mishra, TM, PPT presided over the programme and Shri A.K. Sahu, DTM co-ordinated the event. More than hundred fifty Steamer Agents, CHAs, Transporters, Importers & Exporters, Stevedores, MMD and other stakeholders participated in the Road Show.
Paradip Port has added yet another feather to its cap by successfully completing movement of 30 vessels within 24 Hrs. beginning from 7.30 AM on 27th May, 2019 till 7.30 AM this morning. It includes 10 incoming vessels, 9 outgoing vessels, 3 shifting of vessels and 8 shipping support vessels. This kind of shipping movements is enormously contributing to enhance the cargo throughout of the Port. At present, 39 vessels are still awaiting at the anchorage to enter the harbour.
This record achievement could be possible due to responsive Harbour Master, Marine Pilots & Staff of PPT, able guidance of Capt. Atulya Kumar Mohapatra, Dy. Conservator, PPT, shipping agents, exporters & importers and the co-operation extended by the Traffic Deptt. Previous record stood at 27 vessels handled by PPT in a period of 24 Hrs on 15th October 2018.
Paradip Port is now gearing up to enhance the Cargo throughput as it is vying for the coveted top position in the Country with a slew of other infrastructure and modernisation facilities of the Port. Last fiscal, it clocked 109.27 MMT Cargo handling mark and secured 2nd position among the Major Ports of India. This fiscal, it is aiming for 120 MMT Cargo handling mark.
Paradip Port once again repeated the feat of handling 100 Million Metric Tonnes (MMT) of cargo for 2nd fiscal year in succession on 05.03.2019. With 26 more days to go, the Port is likely to handle 110 MMT targeted cargo set by the Ministry of Shipping for the FY-2018-19.
The achievement of 100 MMT cargo handling in consecutive two years shows the commitment of the Port towards its customers and the country as a whole. In the process of handling 100.04 MMT cargo as on 05.03.2019, the Port has achieved a growth rate of 5.86% over the corresponding period of 2017-18 when the Port had handled about 94.5 MMT. In terms of absolute growth in tonnage, the increase of 5.57 MMT of cargo over the last fiscal at PPT is the highest amongst all Major Ports achieved so far.
The major growth drivers of the cargo at PPT in the current financial year are the handling of POL and Coastal Thermal Coal which are showing a growth rate of 9.86% and 20.49% respectively over the corresponding period of FY 2017-18.
The above achievement of 100 MMT of cargo again by PPT in the current fiscal is despite 2 of its existing berths are not available for handling of cargo and are under mechanization process.
For the above feat, Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT congratulates the user industries to have their continued faith on the ability of the Port to serve them with challenges emerging from the neighboring Non-Major Ports.
Congratulating the employees and officers of the Port for their continued commitment to serve the trade, Chairman, PPT takes the pleasure of appreciating the support of Govt. authorities like Ministry of Shipping (GoI), Govt. of Odisha, Indian Railways, Customs, Immigration Department, Dock Safety, MMD as well as all Service Providers/Terminal Operators for their sustained effort in achieving the above feat.