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Shipping Minister Mansukh Mandaviya visits the second major port JNPT during his eighty day in office

Shipping Minister Mansukh Mandaviya laid the foundation for the additional liquid cargo jetty at Jawaharlal Nehru port last week.
The additional jetty is proposed to have two berths o 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 Milllion Tons per annum and is being built to cater to the future demands of liquid cargo at the port according to a port press release.

Minister visits only two major ports: Kandla in his home state and JNPT

The Minister who holds independent charge of shipping ministry has visited only two major ports Kandla in his home state Gujarat and JNPT in Maharashtra during his 80 day in office. 

Mr Mandaviya, made his first visit to Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), India’s number one container port, on August 9, 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 Chairman of the Port Sanjay Sethi, 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.

Minister also attended the Port users meet

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.  

The Minister 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 industrialization as it is a lucrative investment destination for port-based industries.

Commenting on the visit, Mr Sanjay Sethi said, “We are honored to have the Shipping Minister with us 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.”   

Minister also graced 30th year anniversary celebrations in the evening

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 recognize the outstanding contributions of the various stakeholders 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. 

Among those who attended the function include Chairman of Mumbai port Sanjay Bhatia, Director General of Shipping Amitabh Kumar, and Chief Commissioner of Customs Mr Vivek Johri, in addition to a wide cross-section of representatives from the trade.


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