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Sanjay Sethi named new chairman of JNPT
Maharashtra cadre IAS officer Sanjay Sethi has been appointed as the new chairman of Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), India's biggest container port. The post was lying vacant for nearly a year since the previous chairman Anil Diggikar stepped down halfway into his tenure.
"The appointment committee of the cabinet has approved the proposal of Ministry of Shipping for the appointment of Sanjay Sethi as chairman of JNPT for a period of five years from the date of taking charge," said a Government of India notification.
Mr. Sethi of the 1992 batch had joined the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai as Additional Municipal Commissioner (Projects) only two months ago. Previously, he was the CEO of Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation.
In the interim period JNPT has been led by Neeraj Bansal as acting chairman. He has been deputy chairman of JNPT for a few years now. Whether he will continue or will be moved to a port in western India is still not known.
Bulk carrier collided with crane at Nakhodka port, Russia
Bulk carrier GLOBAL SYMPHONY with pilot on board allided with port crane by portside stern while berthing at Nakhodka port, Primorye, Japan sea, at 0035 Moscow time Dec 27. Crane was relocated from rails and sustained other damages. Bulk carrier also sustained damages, said to be slight.
Chinese coaster grounded, abandoned, Taiwan Strait
General cargo ship YI CHENG 1 grounded onto small island northwest of Nanri island, north of Quanzhou, Fujian Province, China, Taiwan Strait, at around 0500 Beijing time Dec 28, in adverse weather. Prior to grounding, the ship was anchored, so probably anchor dragged and she drifted aground. 13 crew managed to get to the island, and were later evacuated by helicopter.
Sea Machines Raises USD 10 Mn to Advance Autonomous Ship Technology
Boston-based Sea Machines Robotics has raised USD 10 million that would enable the company to further develop autonomous solutions for the maritime industry.
As informed, the investment marks one of the largest venture rounds for a marine- and maritime-focused technology company and brings the total capital Sea Machines has raised to USD 12.5 million
Cochin Port Labour Union to Stage Two Day Strike in January
The Cochin Port Labour Union has called its members to join a 48-hour long general strike on 8 and 9 January 2019, GAC announced.
As informed, the move comes in response to the call by central trade unions, including Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), to which the Cochin Port Labour Union is affiliated.
Search for Missing Crew Member of Harmony of the Seas Called Off
The United States Coast Guard has suspended search for a missing crew member of Royal Caribbean s cruise ship Harmony of the Seas.
The search operations were called off on Thursday, December 27, 267 miles northwest of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, after two days of scouring the seas.
Gazprom: Portovaya LNG Plant to Be Used for Bunkering Marine Vessels in Russia
The LNG production, storage and shipment complex near the Portovaya compressor station will be used for bunkering marine vessels in Russia, according to Gazprom.
"It is planned to use the plantís output to, inter alia, bunker marine vessels in Russia," the company said.
South Korean Regulator Approves MacGregor s Acquisition of TTS Businesses
MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has received a clearance decision from the South Korean Fair Trade Commission on the company s acquisition of the marine and offshore businesses of TTS Group ASA.
The acquisition was announced in February 2018 when MacGregor decided to buy all TTS assets except for TTS Group ASA and its shipyard solution business Syncrolift for EUR 87 million.
Nanjing Tanker to Relist on Shanghai Exchange in January
Chinese transportation company Nanjing Tanker Corporation, part of Sinotrans & CSC, will relist on Shanghai Stock Exchange on January 8, 2019.
The opening price of its stock will be CNY 4.31 (USD 0.63) per share, the company said in its relisting report.
Iran in talks to release its vessels from Kuwait s port
Iran is in talks with Kuwaiti officials, organizing the release of two seized vessels from port of Mina Al Zour that, the cause of which, reportedly, was because of legal and technical disputes of contractors.
The Iranian vessels have been sized by Kuwait for almost 20 days. Iran s Ports and Maritime Organization is putting in efforts to have them released.
Black Sea Container Market: Nine-Month Increase of 10.21%
Black Sea container terminals of Ukraine, Romania, Russia, and Bulgaria handled 2,150,289 TEU in 9m 2018, including empty containers, excluding transshipment.
This review observes only full containers of the region - 1,602.300 TEU. Total growth achieved by these five countries for the period was 10,21% compared to the same period last year.
Artificial intelligence makes waves
Artificial intelligence and machine learning are exerting a growing influence on port operations through applications such as remote monitoring, maximising the productivity of terminal machinery and addressing many of the inefficiencies inherent in the maritime supply chain.