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Mansukh Mandaviya visits JNPT for an overview on the port; lays foundation for additional liquid cargo jetty 


Mr Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of State for Shipping (Independent Charge), Chemicals & Fertilizers, GoI, made his first visit to Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), India’s number one container port, on August 9, 2019 after taking charge of the Ministry. The objective of the visit was to interact with various stakeholders of the port in order to gain a comprehensive overview on the overall operations, recent developments and the strategic roadmap ahead for JNPT to be amongst the best ports globally. 


The Minister began his day with a formal welcome to the port by Mr Sanjay Sethi, IAS, Chairman, JNPT, followed by a meeting with the CEOs of all the terminal operators at the port. In this meeting, the terminal heads shared a brief overview of their ongoing operations, the various collaborative efforts and the support extended by them for inclusive growth and development of the port in the larger interest of the trade. Mr Mandaviya also attended the Port users meet and interacted with them on their work and the benefits of the Ease of Doing Business initiatives implemented at the Port. He discussed the slew of initiatives underway at JNPT aimed towards not only enhancing their service quality, but also to make trade convenient, safe and economical for all stakeholders.  


He later visited the key ongoing projects at the port, the 4th Container Terminal and the JNPT-SEZ project. Phase-1 operation of the 4th Container Terminal has already commenced and the second phase is expected to commence operations by 2022-23, thus enhancing the overall port capacity to 10 million TEUs. The JNPT-SEZ project will set a new benchmark for port-led industrialisation as it is a lucrative investment destination for port-based industries.


Lays foundation for additional liquid cargo jetty 


Another key highlight of the day was the foundation laying ceremony for the additional liquid cargo jetty at JNPT at the hands of the Minister. This additional jetty is proposed to have two berths on the other side of JN Port, as offshore berths. The project, estimated to cost around Rs 309 crore, can handle liquid cargo of about 4.5 mtpa and is being built to cater to the future demands of liquid cargo at the port, highlighted a release. 


Commenting on the visit, Mr Sanjay Sethi said, “We are honoured to have our Hon’ble Minister for Shipping to be with us today and spend his day meeting all our stakeholders and port users. It was indeed a great moment for all of them to interact and talk about their work and gain some insights on how the Ministry envisions our role in the larger gamut of the sector. JNPT has been the key driver for the Indian maritime sector and we are eagerly looking forward to an exciting journey ahead under the new leadership at the helm.”   


30th year anniversary celebrations


Apart from the port visit, Mr Mandaviya also graced the 30th year anniversary celebrations and the annual awards ceremony held later in the evening. The aim of the awards ceremony was to recognise the outstanding contributions of the various stakeholders (see pages II and III) of the port, which helped JNPT to upscale its growth trajectory and continue to push the overall progress of the Indian maritime sector. The JNPT annual awards is an effort not only to laud the best performers, but is also aimed at encouraging all the stakeholders to strive harder and steer JNPT into the next decades of maritime excellence. 


The occasion was also graced by Mr Sanjay Bhatia, IAS, Chairman, Mumbai Port Trust and Indian Ports Association, Mr Amitabh Kumar, IRS, Director-General of Shipping, and Mr Vivek Johri, IRS, Chief Commissioner of Customs, JNCH, in addition to a wide cross-section of representatives from the trade.


Another highlight of the event was Mr Shantanu Bhadkamkar and Capt. Ram Iyer, representing the stakeholders, lauding the growth and trade facilitation of the port and wishing it further growth and success.

 

Source : Exim News Service - Mumbai, Aug. 12

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