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Mumbai: Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust gets new high speed scanner
Currently, JNPT can scan 7 to 10 per cent of the containers that come in daily. Officials from the Customs Department at JNPT are hopeful of cutting down the processing time of trucks and improving ranking in the ease of doing business category.
With a new high speed, an advanced scanner at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), the country's biggest container port handling over 44 per cent of containerised cargo, it will now be able to scan around 25 per cent of goods and containers.
On Sunday, the Special Secretary and Member (Customs), Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs, Pranab Kumar Das, inaugurated the scanner. It has been installed at the Jawaharlal Nehru Customs House, Nhava Sheva.
Currently, JNPT can scan 7 to 10 per cent of the containers that come in daily. Officials from the Customs Department at JNPT are hopeful of cutting down the processing time of trucks and improving ranking in the ease of doing business category. The new drive-through facility can scan 100 containers in an hour.
"Currently, we have two scanners - one is fixed and the other is mobile. But with the drive-through scanner, it will be a time saving process. We intend to have four more mobile scanners. With the new facility, we are targeting to jump to the Top 50 of ease of doing business rankings. This year itself, we have jumped 66 places - from 146 to 80 - in ranking," Das said. The government has spent around Rs 31 crore on the project.
Chief Commissioner of Customs Vivek Johri said: "Our capacity to scan containers will go up three times. Earlier, we used to scan around 2 lakh containers. Now, we will be able to scan nearly 6 lakh."
KoPT to introduce container scanning technology
In a significant stride towards boosting security of the containers, the Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) will soon introduce container scanning technology which will detect the presence of any unwanted article in them without needing to open them manually for checking purposes.
"We have already placed order with a foreign company for procuring the technology. The civil work is presently in progress. We are hopeful that by March-April next year, we will be able to introduce it. The technology is being imported by five ports across the country and KoPT is one of them," KoPT chairman Vinit Kumar said.
Kumar on Saturday introduced Logistics Data Bank's (LDB) services for easy tracking of container movement across the country.
"Till date, our end customers had no means to know the position of his consignment during the transit. Now, he will be able to track the exact position of the vehicle. The ports along the western coast has seen around 25 percent improvement in turnaround time and has had a significant improvement in bringing down the logistics cost. We hope to reap similar benefits," Kumar said.
As part of the LDB project, each container will be attached to a Radio Frequency Identification Tag (RFID) and tracked through RFID readers. There will be readers at the Container Freight Stations (CFS), toll plazas on the highways and at all port gates for a hassle-free container tracking.
It will have an app integrated and as soon as the end user types the number of the vehicle in which his container is being ferried, he will be able to track it.
"It will bring in transparency and would fix responsibility of every single stakeholder involved during the transit process," Kumar added.
The project is implemented through a Special Purpose Vehicle called Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation Logistics Data Services Limited (DLDSL) - jointly (50:50) owned by the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) Trust and Japanese IT services major NEC Corporation throughout India.
HAMBURG SUD container ship attacked, cocaine shipment busted
Container ship CAP SAN MARCO was attacked and boarded by 5 armed criminals from speed boat early in the morning Dec 2 on Santos outer Anchorage, Brazil. The ship was waiting for berth at Santos, when attack occurred. Deckhand on watch, Filipino sailor, was taken by surprised, seized and tied up.
Wisdom Marine to Expand Fleet with Two More Bulkers
Wisdom Marine Board of Directors has approved the purchase of two bulk carriers, the Taiwanese shipping company said in a regulatory filing.
The approval relates to one 63,300 dwt bulk carrier to be ordered from Japanese shipbuilder Tsuineishi Group. The company has assigned USD 31 million for the acquisition.
d Amico Inks Sale and Leaseback Deal for MR Tanker
d Amico Tankers, a subsidiary of d Amico International Shipping (DIS) has signed a memorandum of agreement and bareboat charter contract for the sale and leaseback of the MT High Trader, a 49,990 dwt medium-range product tanker vessel.
Built by South Korean Hyundai Mipo in 2015, the vessel will be sold for a consideration of USD 27 million to an unnamed Japanese company.
ASEAN Member States Adopt Regional Oil Spill Contingency Plan
The Regional Oil Spill Contingency Plan, a cooperation mechanism for joint oil spill preparedness and response among member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), has been adopted.
The plan was adopted at the 24th ASEAN Transport Ministers Meeting held in Bangkok, Thailand, on November 8, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) said.
Ferry on fire, 145 evacuated 3 missing, Java sea
Ferry KM GERBANG SAMUDRA I caught fire early in the morning Dec 2 5 hours after leaving Surabaya, Java, bound for Banjarmasin, Kalimantan, in vicinity 06 35S 112 54E, Java sea, some 35 nm north of Surabaya, with 148 people on board. 145 people, passengers and crew, were rescued by nearby Indonesian ship, 3 are missing. Abandoned ferry is on fire, no details on firefighting and salvage yet.
Barge with wheat aground, Azov sea
Pusher tug PAL 3 lost control of coupled barge SHILAYNYAY, loaded with 3750 tons of wheat, in Azov sea in Point Kamenniy area, east of Kerch Strait, on Dec 1, while en route from Azov port to Kavkaz port, Russia. Barge under strong wind impact drifted towards coast and grounded near Point Kamenniy. Barge is unmanned, no fuel or oil on board. As of 1330 UTC Dec 2 barge was still aground, with 3 tugs, including PAL 3, seemingly engaged in salvage.
Harris: U.S. Will Be Favored as LNG Bunkering Hub
Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is gaining on importance as an alternative marine fuel in anticipation of the IMO s sulphur limit set to enter into force in 2020. One of the major hindrances to a greater uptake of LNG as fuel in the shipping industry have been infrastructural concerns.
However, over the past few years we have seen a considerable investment in the construction of LNG bunkering facilities across global ports in Europe, Asia and the United States.
Port of Newcastle has future in maxi container ships: CEO
The future of international freight is being revolutionised by the use of "maxi" ships that have more than three times the capacity of the average vessel that uses the east coast s three container terminals, Port of Newcastle CEO Craig Carmody says.
Mr Carmody told a Hunter Business Chamber lunch on Friday Newcastle had the "natural advantages" to become the first Australian east coast port that could service the maxi vessels.
Container handling at Ctg port rises 9.42% last month
Handling of containers at the Chittagong port has seen a sharp rise in November with the total reaching to 2.65 million TEUs, 9.42% higher than the previous month, shows the data of the Chittagong Port Authority (CPA).
Talking to the Dhaka Tribune, the port authority has attributed the enhanced capacity of the port to the rise of container handling, while the exporters opined that the rise of export-import has brought about the increase.
India: Govt to revise rate regime for old terminals at major ports
The Shipping Ministry has flagged off the process of revising a contentious rate regime that governs India s first batch of 16 public-private-partnership (PPP) cargo terminals at Centre-owned major ports.
The revision has become necessary after the Ministry decided to drop an earlier plan to allow these terminals to migrate to a more favourable and market-friendly pricing structure announced for new terminals in 2013.