In Exim India’s South East
CEO Conclave and Cargo & Logistics Awards 2018 ( the 10th
edition) Mr Gopal Krishna, IAS,
Shipping Secretary chaired an interactive session with the trade which saw the
shipping secretary expressing the reasons behind the recent much acclaimed
Calling it as one of the
biggest policy decisions of the Ministry of Shipping, he pointed out the
initiatives the Ministry had taken to make cabotage effective. The Ministry had
passed 6 orders relaxing the licencing
conditions for the shipping of 7 items: ex-im laded containerised cargo meant
for transhipment; empty containers; agricultural commodities; horticulture;
animal husbandry; fisheries; and fertilizers.
Besides relaxing the
cabotage which allows foreign flag vessels to carry cargo from one port to
another along the Indian coast, it also did away with the licensing conditions
for chartering of ships by Indian nationals, Indian companies and the Indian
shipping registered societies, a sensitive response to the situation that
stressed the need to move away from pure ownership to leasing.
Unless chartering is made
easy, India will not have adequate availability of ships. The aim of this
policy change is to also see how Indian entrepreneurship utilises the right
policy regime to create new business, he said.
He also made the point
that in the last 3 years the capacity at the Major Ports has increased by 55
per cent, from about 900 million tonnes to 1,400 million tonnes. This capacity
has to be utilised, and it doesn’t help that 33 per cent of India’s international
cargo is transhipped at foreign ports. Even if 50 per cent of this volume comes
back to Indian ports, it would be good, he said.
Chennai Port is the second
most important container port of the country and it will benefit from this
policy change, he added.
The other participants in
this session were Mr P. Raveendran, IRTS, Chairman, Chennai Port Trust; Mr
Mukesh Oza, Group President & CEO, Samsara Group; Mr Ennarasu Karunesan,
Chief Executive Officer - Southern Ports, Adani Ports and SEZ Ltd; and Capt.
Swaminathan Rajagopalan, Commercial Director, CMA CGM Agencies India Pvt. Ltd.
The delegates too were active participants.
Overall, the conclave,
with a very topical theme,
‘Shipping & logistics in an era of disruptive technology - Challenges and
the way ahead’, was a comprehensive event with over 20 top speakers
and panelists. The three other
sessions of the conclave focused on ‘Today & Tomorrow in Shipping &
Logistics’, ‘Digital Transformation in Shipping, Ports, Logistics & Air
cargo’ and ‘New Developments & Initiatives by Customs in simplifying
Shipping & Logistics’.
The South East Cargo & Logistics Awards 2018 saw
the presentation of awards in more than 30 categories to both companies and
individuals. And, as always, the delegates were of the highest quality.
SECC 2018 was thus
highlighted by topical deliberations, a popular awards function and an occasion
for the entire industry and other relevant players to meet and network under