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Rinkesh Roy is new chairman in-charge of VOC port trust
Rinkesh Roy, chairman of the Parapadi Port in Odisha, on Tuesday assumed charge as the chairman in-charge of V O Chidambaranar (VOC) Port Trust in Tuticorin.
After assuming office, he chaired an informal meeting with senior officials of the port, in which he said that the port should continue to improve its operational efficiency, reduce transit time and augment the infrastructure and facilities to attract new customers. He also visited the port facilities and topography. Roy is a 1992 batch Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS) officer and has been the chairman of the Parapadi Port from December 23, 2015.
Roy has worked in several capacities in the railway board including director of coal, director of planning, chief freight traffic manager of East Coast Railway and other capacities in the operations department of the South Eastern Railway. He also developed a mobile app for freight operations called Parichaalan when he was with the Railway Information Systems.
He holds a degree in Economics (Hons) from Ravenshaw College, secured the 1st position in the Utkal University and masters degree in public management from Harvard University. He is the second consecutive chairman in-charge of the port here after I Jayakumar, also an IRTS officer. Jayakumar who was chairman of Mormugao Port Trust, Goa, was the chairman in-charge of the port here from September 2, 2017. On completion of a five-year tenure with the ministry of shipping he has reported to the railway board.
Port officials that Tuticorin is among the two other major ports - Kochi and Ennore - in this part of the country that donít have a full-time chairman now. They said that considering the significance of the port in Tuticorin and the works that are underway here the ministry of shipping should appoint a full-time chairman at the earliest.
Nitin Gadkari proposes Mumbai-Bali cruise route
Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari today said his ministry was working on a cruise route from Mumbai to Bali in Indonesia, via Kochi and the Andaman and Nicobar islands, to boost cruise tourism.
"I have met a minister from Indonesia. We have initiated the idea of having a cruise from Mumbai to Andaman Nicobar via Goa and Kochi. The ships can go up to Bali, Indonesia. Indians usually visit Singapore or Bangkok. They can go there directly on a cruise from Mumbai," the minister told reporters.
Gadkari is on a two-day visit to Goa to attend a meeting of Highways department officials to review the ongoing works across the country. Gadkari also said the work to widen the Mumbai-Goa highway will be completed by March 2019. "The work on all the packages on the Mumbai-Goa highway has begun. The work on tunnels has also started. We want to complete the entire road by March next year except a tunnel at Kashedi Ghat in Maharashtra," he said.
Gadkari said the refurbished highway would be an "engineering marvel" and motorists could enjoy a scenic drive. The four-lane highway expansion project has been delayed for several reasons, including lack of permission to cut trees. Once completed, the drive from Goa to Mumbai will be just six-hour-long.
Gadkari appealed to common people, politicians, and NGOs to adopt highways by planting trees along them. "I appeal to all members of public, MLAs, MPs and NGOs to come forward and plant trees along the highways. They should plant the trees and adopt them," the Union minister said. Gadkari said he had spoken to Rajya Sabha MP Narayan Rane, who hails from Sindhudurg district in neighbouring Maharashtra, about tree plantation and the latter has assured to implement the same in Sindhudurg taluka.
The minister said the Goa-Mumbai waterway was now opened up for regular boat service. "We have opened up the Mumbai Goa waterway for boat service. Initially, there were some technical problems for this service, which are fixed now," he said. A private shipping company had recently announced its service connecting Mumbai to Goa. "The successful trial of the ship was also conducted. The service is right now on hold because of monsoon. It will restart after two months post monsoon," Gadkari said. The cruise service between Mumbai and Goa is likely to become operational in September this year.
Containers from CSCL container ship fell onto tanker
5-containers stack collapsed and crashed down from container ship CSCL SPRING onto deck of bunker tanker JINYOU8, moored alongside container ship, at Pacific International Terminal in Tianjin Port, China, in the afternoon Jun 11. Twistlock failure is believed to be the cause of an accident, 40-foot container was to be lifted from container ship, but it didn t go off smoothly and destabilized container below.
Freighter disabled in Bosphorus, anchored
General cargo ship MATRONA was disabled at around 0000 Jun 13 while transiting Bosphorus in southern direction, en route from Novorossiysk Russia to Turkey. The ship was brought to anchor at Buyukdere anchorage, Bosphorus, and as of 0800 UTC Jun 13, was still in the same position, fixing problem.
Brittany Ferries Unveils Names of New Ships
Galicia and Salamanca will be the names of Brittany Ferries new ships arriving in 2021 and 2022, respectively. The names were chosen following a competition among Brittany Ferries staff and follow confirmation of the ships charter last month. To be based in Portsmouth, both ships will serve long-haul routes to Spain where passenger traffic has grown by 80 percent in the last ten years.
USCG Medevacs Crewman from Tanker Eagle Texas
A 45-year-old man was medevaced from the 102,926 dwt tanker Eagle Texas south of Sabine, Texas, on June 12. According to the US Coast Guard, the captain of the vessel sent a medevac request as the crewman was reportedly suffering from symptoms of a cardiac arrest.
Humanitarian ship Aquarius rescues 629 refugees off Libyan coast as Italy shuts ports
Spain s prime minister has said the country will take in a rescue ship stranded in the Mediterranean, to help avoid a humanitarian disaster. Pedro Sanchez said he would give "safe harbour" to the AQUARIUS and the 629 people on board, after Italy and Malta both refused to let the ship dock. The UN refugee agency and the EU had both called for a swift end to the stand-off between the two countries.
Port of Newcastle Launches Bulk Terminal Project
Australia s Port of Newcastle has launched the Newcastle Bulk Terminal development at Walsh Point, Kooragang Island. The launch of the terminal showcases an AUD 33 million investment made by the Port of Newcastle in bulk cargo handling equipment, associated infrastructure and additional strategic initiatives.
The investment and initiatives include the creation of the Newcastle Bulk Terminal through the combining of the Kooragang 2 and Kooragang 3 berths under one banner, demolition of existing crane unloader infrastructure, construction of a new crane unloader and associated infrastructure.
Stena Line Confirms Plans for Three Irish Sea Newbuilds
Swedish ferry company Stena Line has confirmed that the first of its new RoPax ferries currently under construction in China is planned to enter service on its Holyhead - Dublin route in early 2020, while the following two are assigned to Liverpool-Belfast.
Last year Stena announced a newbuild contract for a new generation of RoPax ferry vessels, Stena E-Flexer, with planned deliveries during 2020 and 2021. Stena ordered six new vessels from the AVIC Shipyard in China and the plan is to locate three of these ships on Stena Line s Irish Sea routes.
Secondhand Panamax Joins Navios Partners
Greek shipowner and operator Navios Maritime Partners expanded its fleet with the 74,475 dwt Panamax vessel, the Navios Altair I. The 2006-built unit, which was acquired for a price of USD 11 million, was delivered to its new owner on June 7, 2018. Navios Partners informed that the vessel is chartered out at a net rate of USD 9,844 per day until November 2018.
Search for missing fishing vessel continues in Argentina
The "intense" search for the eight crew members of the fishing vessel Rigel continued on June 11 in Argentine waters, after the body of the ship s captain, Salvador Taliercio, was found dead in the sea, La Nacion reported. The ship, which was sailing 220 kilometers from the coast of Chubut on June 9, went missing, according to Argentine official sources.
The Rigel, which was more than 50 years old, sailed on June 5 from Mar del Plata going south to start with the shrimp fishing season in Patagonian waters and lost communication when sailing 220 kilometers southeast of Rawson.
Indian Ocean states can build maritime security through increased coast guard cooperation, David Brewster writes.
Addressing future maritime security challenges in the Indian Ocean will require much greater focus on cooperation with regional coast guards. This includes enhanced bilateral capacity building as well as sponsoring multilateral links among the region s coast guard agencies.
The Indian Ocean is the Wild West of oceans, one of the least governed spaces in the world. The ocean faces a host of security challenges, mostly involving non-state actors, including piracy; illegal fishing; the smuggling of drugs, people and arms; humanitarian and disaster relief; and search and rescue. But most Indian Ocean states lack sufficient capabilities to properly address maritime security problems in their own waters, let alone assist elsewhere.
IBEX show gets support from ICOMIA
The International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) has signed a collaboration agreement with the organisers of the IBEX show held in Florida in order to help boost the international profile of the US marine trade show.
IBEX is jointly owned by RAI Amsterdam, organisers of the METSTRADE show, and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) in the US. It is a leading trade show for marine professionals in North America, similar to METSTRADE in Europe, and is regarded as an important fixture in the calendar of the North American marine industry.
DP World Sokhna berths first vessel from Maersk s enhanced ME6 service
DP World Sohkna welcomed the first vessel from Maerskís enhanced ME6 service, the M/V AS California, connecting the Mediterranean and Europe with Sokhna. The service combines the cost and efficiency benefits of DP World Sokhna with increased access to the Mediterranean and Europe, and beyond. The first call originated from the Mediterranean passing through the Suez Canal before arriving at Sokhna to discharge European and Mediterranean cargo destined for Egypt.
International Maritime Organization starts audit of Ukrainian port industry
On June 11, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has started an audit of the Ukrainian maritime industry to verify compliance with the international navigation safety obligations.
This was reported by the press service of the Infrastructure Ministry of Ukraine following the meeting of Infrastructure Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Omelyan with the IMO auditors.
PPA upbeat over new MICT Post-Panamax cranes
The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) said the new Neo-Panamax and Post-Panamax quay cranes to be used at the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) will ensure no congestion at the country s largest international container port.
PPA General Manager Jay Daniel Santiago witnessed the arrival of a pair of Neo-Panamax and Post-Panamax quay cranes to be used at the MICT. The pair of cranes arrived Thursday, June 7, 2018.
Kalmar publishes its first application key for Kalmar Key, the terminal industry s only automation platform with open in
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has published the first application key for Kalmar Key, the terminal industry s first automation platform with open interfaces launched in September 2017. The Kalmar Application Key opens up Kalmar s best-practice model for systems integration in terminals