The second international conference and
exhibition of the maritime industry, Maritime Nation India saw huge footfall on
the first day of the event, held at the CIDCO exhibition Centre, Navi Mumbai.
The event was inaugurated by DG Shipping
Malini Shankar, in the presence of Captain Anoop Kumar Sharma, Chairman &
Managing Director of The Shipping Corporation of India; DUW De Zoysa, Director
(Logistics) Sri Lanka Ports Authority; STAT Media founder RK Patra, Maritime
World Services co-founder Subhasis Ghosh and other dignitaries.
Maritime Nation India served as a platform for the business
interactions amongst the foreign delegates, exhibitors, speakers and Indian
maritime professionals, who exchanged their views on all maritime areas.
The first panel of the day discussed on
the need of collaboration to leverage India as a maritime nation, emphasizing
on trade lanes and shipping. The panel was moderated by Jaideep Ghosh, COO-Management
Consulting, KPMG and among the panelist were Pramod Sant, vice president, head
of import and export, export control and custom, Siemens; Niraj Ambani,
president- group logistics, Reliance; DG Shipping Malini Shankar; Captain Anoop
Kumar Sharma; and Shantanu Bhadkamkar, MD (Group CEO) of ATC Group.
Shankar stated that the government is
taking several initiatives to leverage the maritime industry. She said that
inland waterways are being rejuvenated to give Indian maritime a fillip. She
however also stated that the shipping sector is influenced by the ups and downs
in the global and Indian economy, which are not improving that well. “We are
ready to take advantage when the economy moves up,” she said.
Meanwhile, commenting over the topic,
Captain Sharma stated that while nobody can do anything much about the
international market, the maritime industry should manage the costs, try and
buy new ships and encourage more mergers and acquisitions as when larger
players come in, rates will definitely improve. He also said that new trade
lanes are also likely to open for India, when Chabahar Port starts operating.
During the event, he also announced that the SCI has crossed six million DWT,
terming it as a historic moment for the organisation. He also informed that
Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) has taken over a second hand VLGC (very
large Gas Carrier), which is 15 years old and the youngest in the Indian Fleet.
The panel agreed on the fact that
collaboration between the private sector and the government along with
technology upgradation is a must to eliminate inefficiencies and for process