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Ship / Boat Building / Repair

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Admiralty Law, Anchors / Mooring Systems, Aquaculture Systems, Atmospheric Diving Systems, Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV), Buoyancy units/Materials Buoys, CAD/CAM, Cargo Handling, Classification Society, Coatings/Corrosion Control /Surface Prep, Control Systems, Crew/Personnel Management, Current Meters, Data Acquisition Systems, Deck Equipment, Deck Machinery/Electrical Equipment, Deck Equipment, Diving (Commercial), Diving Equipment, Dredging, Environmental / Emissions, Equipment (Below Deck), Controls, Electrical, Gensets, Piping/Fittings, Pumps, Separators, Valves, Fiber Optic Systems, Fishing Systems (Commercial), Geodesy (Marine), Geophysical Instruments, Harbor Patrol, Hardware (Marine), Human Resources, Hydrographic equipment, Information Technology, Insurance (Marine), Laboratory Equipment, Lighting (Marine/Underwater), Lube and oil fuel products, Machinery, Maintenance, Maritime Regulations and standards, Marketing (Marine), Moorings, Naval Architecture/Marine Engineering, Navigation / Communication Equipment, Offshore Drilling, Offshore Oil / Gas Exploration, Offshore Structures, Oceanographic Instrumentation, Oceanography, Operations, Pipelines, Port Authority, Positioning Devices, Propulsion, Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs), Renewable Energy, Safety & Fire Protection, Salvage, Security Services & Systems, Sensors & Transducers, Ship/Boat building and Repair, Shipboard Electronics & Automation, Simulators & Trainers, Software Sonar & Radar, Subsea Engineering, Subsea Structures, Surveying, Subsea Robotics, Survey & Exploration Services, Underwater Materials, Underwater Photographic Equipment, Underwater Survey Systems, Underwater Vehicles (manned), Vessels, Barges, Cargo ships, Cable ships, Dredgers, Fishing vessels (commercial), Ice breakers, Lake freighters, Offshore drill rigs, Offshore supply/crew ships, Passenger ships, Pilot boats, Rescue boats, Research vessels, Salvage vessels, Survey vessels, Tugboats, Utility vessels

Trade Events

Norshipping, Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), Ocean Business, OceanTech, Oceans, Offshore Europe, Ship Repair and Conversion, Subsea, Underwater Intervention

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Association of Marine Industries, IMAREST, Society of Maritime Arbitrators

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C-MAR Group opens DP training Centre in Mumbai

C-MAR Group opens DP training Centre in Mumbai

Posted to C-MAR Group opens DP training Centre in Mumbai (by Joseph Fonseca) on August 26, 2009

The growing demand in the offshore sector for Dynamic Positioning operators has encouraged yet another player to set up a DP Training Center in Mumbai. The global marine and energy services firm, C-MAR launched their first training center in Mumbai today.


Greatship takes delivery of Anchor Handling Tug cum Supply Vessel



Now a Portal for coastal shipping

Now a Portal for coastal shipping

Posted to Now a Portal for coastal shipping (by Joseph Fonseca) on August 31, 2009

From the growing number of web portals the Indian maritime industry is witnessing in recent months it is evident that such portals besides being a boon for the trade are well set to bring about a dramatic transformation in the way transactions…


ONGC in an acquisition mode

ONGC in an acquisition mode

Posted to ONGC in an acquisition mode (by Joseph Fonseca) on September 2, 2009

State owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC), one of Asia's largest and most active companies involved in exploration and production of oil are acquiring 13 additional vessels for extending support for its rapidly expanding offshore activities.


Jaigarh Port on West coast of India commissioned

Jaigarh Port on West coast of India commissioned

Posted to Jaigarh Port on West coast of India commissioned (by Joseph Fonseca) on September 7, 2009

A new port has come into being last week midway between Mumbai and on the ’s West Coast joining the 187 other ports that line the coast of . Developed by JSW Infrastructure Ltd, (part of JSW Group) the all-weather, deep-water multi-commodity port boasts of a breakwater of 512 meters…


MAN Diesel India on a high trajectory growth



Pipavav Shipyard’s IPO to boost expansion

Pipavav Shipyard’s IPO to boost expansion

Posted to Pipavav Shipyard’s IPO to boost expansion (by Joseph Fonseca) on September 14, 2009

The expansion process of Pipavav Shipyard is set to take a giant leap with plans to raise $ 107 million through an initial public offer (IPO) which opens on . Strategically situated along major shipping lanes, Pipavav Shipyard promoted by SKIL Infrastructure and Punj Lloyd…


Court to the rescue of seafarers on Crown 1

Court to the rescue of seafarers on Crown 1

Posted to Court to the rescue of seafarers on Crown 1 (by Joseph Fonseca) on September 16, 2009

In a significant development which could have far reaching consequences the Bombay High Court passed an order on the shipowners, M/s Crown Maritime Co (I) Ltd., directing them to pay the wages of the crew manning their vessel M.V. Crown 1 for the entire period from January 2009 to .


Fears of foreign single hulls heading to Indian coast

Fears of foreign single hulls heading to Indian coast

Posted to Fears of foreign single hulls heading to Indian coast (by Joseph Fonseca) on September 21, 2009

With the single hull tankers due to be phased out by 2010, the Indian shipping industry have expressed fears of foreign companies making a dramatic entry into the Indian coastal trade scene and capturing much of the present business which presently is solely in the hands of Indian companies.


Mounting interest for 70 blocks on offer for exploration

Mounting interest for 70 blocks on offer for exploration

Posted to Mounting interest for 70 blocks on offer for exploration (by Joseph Fonseca) on September 23, 2009

World wide interest gathers momentum as the eighth round of New Exploration Licensing Policy (NELP-VIII) wherein the highest ever number of 70 exploration blocks covering an area of about 1,63,535 Sq. Km. on offer for auctioning by the  Indian government will come to a close on 12 October, 2009.


IHC Merwede on an expansion mode in India

IHC Merwede on an expansion mode in India

Posted to IHC Merwede on an expansion mode in India (by Joseph Fonseca) on September 28, 2009

IHC Merwede, the world market leader in the construction of specialised dredging equipment is fast increasing its footprints in . Already having established an office in Delhi since the past 25 years and doing business in country since the past 80 years…


Second Coal Terminal at Mormugao to take shape

Second Coal Terminal at Mormugao to take shape

Posted to Second Coal Terminal at Mormugao to take shape (by Joseph Fonseca) on September 30, 2009

The development of the Mormugao port’s second coal terminal has been awarded to the consortium consisting of and Special Economic Zone (MPSEZ) and Adani Enterprises. Based on the West coast of , Mormugao is growing into a major bulk handling port.


Indian ship recyclers oppose IMO Convention

Indian ship recyclers oppose IMO Convention

Posted to Indian ship recyclers oppose IMO Convention (by Joseph Fonseca) on October 5, 2009

The Indian ship breakers are opposed to ratifying the International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships that was adopted in May 2009. A government official in the Ministry of Shipping, Government of India confirmed…


Indian Maritime authorities caught napping

Indian Maritime authorities caught napping

Posted to Indian Maritime authorities caught napping (by Joseph Fonseca) on October 7, 2009

The sinking of the 37,657 dwt M. V. Black Rose near Paradip port on the East Coast of India has opened a can of worms. The Mongolian flagged vessel with 27 crew members all of who got rescued, except the chief engineer still reported missing, has raised a number of questions.


SCI takes delivery of product tanker



Poor show at India’s oil & gas block auction

Poor show at India’s oil & gas block auction

Posted to Poor show at India’s oil & gas block auction (by Joseph Fonseca) on October 14, 2009

Despite high expectations of an excellent response to ’s largest ever auction of the oil and gas blocks, nearly half of them had no takers. Many private players and global oil majors abstained from participating for oil and gas blocks in the…


Green Award plan to increase India footprint

Green Award plan to increase India footprint

Posted to Green Award plan to increase India footprint (by Joseph Fonseca) on October 19, 2009

based Green Award Foundation has drawn up plans to make a significant entry into . Their representatives have been in discussion with the Ministry of Shipping, Government of India and are likely to enter into an agreement shortly. If this comes…


Shipping Summit turns into a forum to air grievances

Shipping Summit turns into a forum to air grievances

Posted to Shipping Summit turns into a forum to air grievances (by Joseph Fonseca) on October 21, 2009

At the India Shipping Summit 2009 held this week Indian shipowners averred that the growing India’s international trade would continue to be lost to foreign shipping as the Indian government was not inclined to provide the Indian shipping industry with a level playing field.


Liverpool port set to come closer to India

Liverpool port set to come closer to India

Posted to Liverpool port set to come closer to India (by Joseph Fonseca) on October 26, 2009

The Port of Liverpool which ranks among Britain's and Northern Europe's major container ports handling nearly 700,000 teus (20ft container units) a year is set to create a paradigm shift in the UK – India trade pattern by starting a direct shipping service to Mumbai.


Jaisu Shipping set to take over top slot in dredging

Jaisu Shipping set to take over top slot in dredging

Posted to Jaisu Shipping set to take over top slot in dredging (by Joseph Fonseca) on October 28, 2009

In the background of the growing opportunities for dredging in the initiative and advantage has continued to be with foreign players as there are hardly any Indian dredging companies worth the name in existence today. A private operator, Jaisu Shipping Co. Pvt.


Goltens opens ultra-modern workshop in Mumbai



Two Mid-East Cos start manning operations in India

Two Mid-East Cos start manning operations in India

Posted to Two Mid-East Cos start manning operations in India (by Joseph Fonseca) on November 4, 2009

Close on the heels of Qatar Shipping, it is Gulf Energy Maritime (GEM) PJSC to dock in for undertaking their manning operations. Both secured their Recruitment & Placement of Seafarers licence (RPSL) from the Directorate General of Shipping…


GlobalMET for quality in Maritime Training

GlobalMET for quality in Maritime Training

Posted to GlobalMET for quality in Maritime Training (by Joseph Fonseca) on November 9, 2009

For ensuring safety, efficiency and security in maritime transport and to protect the marine environment, GlobalMET laid emphasis on ‘monitoring quality in training’ at its Conference held at the Maritime Training Institute of the Shipping Corporation of , Mumbai on .


Skuld to focus on the Indian offshore sector

Skuld to focus on the Indian offshore sector

Posted to Skuld to focus on the Indian offshore sector (by Joseph Fonseca) on November 11, 2009

Having crossed the Indian shores three years ago, Skuld, the new generation P & I Club, has repositioned its marketing strategy to focus on the Indian offshore sector where it is certain to have a significant presence. Already having achieved good successes among many ship owners and charterers…


Govt goes all out to encourage short sea shipment

Govt goes all out to encourage short sea shipment

Posted to Govt goes all out to encourage short sea shipment (by Joseph Fonseca) on November 16, 2009

Players in the Indian short sea shipping trade now hope to see light at the end of the tunnel. Several measures are being put in place to provide the necessary fillip and the government is making efforts to shift substantial domestic freight…


Mercator carves a dynamic career path in seafaring

Mercator carves a dynamic career path in seafaring

Posted to Mercator carves a dynamic career path in seafaring (by Joseph Fonseca) on November 18, 2009

Mercator Shipping Lines India’s second largest private shipping company in terms of tonnage will never be short of seafarers. By offering a vibrant and motivating career path to its floating staff, Mercator Lines has broken with tradition by…


MPSEZL wins Hazira Port contract



India’s First Training institute for deep sea diving

India’s First Training institute for deep sea diving

Posted to India’s First Training institute for deep sea diving (by Joseph Fonseca) on November 25, 2009



Overseas players foray in Indian offshore

Overseas players foray in Indian offshore

Posted to Overseas players foray in Indian offshore (by Joseph Fonseca) on November 30, 2009

As the rush to grab a share of the pie gets hotter in the Indian offshore where the search for oil and gas has taken on a larger dimension, several international players are desperately making a bid to secure a foot print. While some of the…


Will STCW amendments make things easy for seafarers?

Will STCW amendments make things easy for seafarers?

Posted to Will STCW amendments make things easy for seafarers? (by Joseph Fonseca) on April 28, 2010

As the Comprehensive revision of STCW Convention 2010 comes up for consideration and adoption at IMO’s meet at Manila from 21 to 25 June, 2010 those who represent India have given their final touches to the country’s proposals. The amendments…


First Free Trade Warehouse Zone likely by SKIL

First Free Trade Warehouse Zone likely by SKIL

Posted to First Free Trade Warehouse Zone likely by SKIL (by Joseph Fonseca) on May 3, 2010

The potential of container port’s to spin off several downstream operations is evident in the vicinity of India’s foremost container port - Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT) situated on the West coast of India. Already 26 container freight stations…


Indian shipping tonnage at record level

Indian shipping tonnage at record level

Posted to Indian shipping tonnage at record level (by Joseph Fonseca) on May 5, 2010

After a two-year slump, the Indian shipping tonnage registered a robust growth to touch the all time high of 9.71 million GT as of 30 April 2010. This buoyancy is expected to continue and the tonnage could well cross the 10 million mark soon…


Great Offshore being repositioned for faster growth

Great Offshore being repositioned for faster growth

Posted to Great Offshore being repositioned for faster growth (by Joseph Fonseca) on May 10, 2010

Acclaimed as India's foremost integrated offshore oilfield services provider offering a broad spectrum of services to upstream oil and gas producers to carry out offshore exploration and production (E&P) activities, Great Offshore is being repositioned to take on major global players.


EXMAR links growth to manpower availability

EXMAR links growth to manpower availability

Posted to EXMAR links growth to manpower availability (by Joseph Fonseca) on May 12, 2010

EXMAR which is mainly active in the mid-size segment of the gas market with vessels from 22,000 - 40,000 m³ owned or under commercial management has plans to increase its footprint in India. Having already setup its main office for crewing operations in Mumbai under EXMAR Shipmanagement…


Bharati Shipyard in control of Great Offshore

Bharati Shipyard in control of Great Offshore

Posted to Bharati Shipyard in control of Great Offshore (by Joseph Fonseca) on May 17, 2010

The battle for Great Offshore, country’s largest integrated offshore services firm, has finally ended with Bharati Shipyard in total control and ABS shipyard left trying to dilute its share holding in the company. Last week Bharati Shipyard…


Registration of BBCD vessel under Indian flag opposed

Registration of BBCD vessel under Indian flag opposed

Posted to Registration of BBCD vessel under Indian flag opposed (by Joseph Fonseca) on May 19, 2010

With foreign shipping companies like American Eagle Tankers, dredging giants, and others getting set to flag in their vessels, Indian ship owners have raised their pitch against the move by the government to allow registration of ships acquired through the bare boat cum charter demise (BBCD) route.


Electronic Controlled Engines to the rescue

Electronic Controlled Engines to the rescue

Posted to Electronic Controlled Engines to the rescue (by Joseph Fonseca) on May 24, 2010

The supremacy of electronically controlled marine engines is being increasingly realized by ship operators having been battered by the economic turmoil, spiraling oil prices, stringent environmental standards and forced to resort to evasive measures in piracy affected areas.


India’s first ship lift repair yard in the making

India’s first ship lift repair yard in the making

Posted to India’s first ship lift repair yard in the making (by Joseph Fonseca) on May 26, 2010

Though Mumbai port has closed its dry docks and Hindustan Shipyard Ltd has been taken over by the Indian Navy greatly reducing the present ship repair facilities available for commercial shipping in the country, the situation is however, likely to change soon.


JWS Infrastructure set to build 6 more ports in India

JWS Infrastructure set to build 6 more ports in India

Posted to JWS Infrastructure set to build 6 more ports in India (by Joseph Fonseca) on May 31, 2010

With plans to support the Jindal group’s steel, power and other downstream projects, and provide a logistics backbone JWS Infrastructure Limited has set forth on an infrastructure development course. Its focus has been on building ports and acquiring berths for captive use…


Shipping Trade Practices to be regulated

Shipping Trade Practices to be regulated

Posted to Shipping Trade Practices to be regulated (by Joseph Fonseca) on June 2, 2010

With hardly any regulations in place, service providers involved in the import and export trade (EXIM) in India have been having a field day making big bucks by raising dubious and unwarranted charges under one pretext or another. Often for the same service…


Indian Ports Community System

Indian Ports Community System

Posted to Indian Ports Community System (by Joseph Fonseca) on June 7, 2010

The Indian Port Community System, set to link through the internet all port users operating at various major ports, is in the final stage of completion. The Indian customs - the last entity - is finally getting integrated in the system and will get completed in the next few months.


Moving ahead - Yak Diving Academy gets IDSA membership

Moving ahead - Yak Diving Academy gets IDSA membership

Posted to Moving ahead - Yak Diving Academy gets IDSA membership (by Joseph Fonseca) on June 9, 2010

In a bid to remain on top, maritime training academies embark on strategies such as introducing newer courses; get affiliated to renowned world institutions; or raise the quality / standard. St Xavier’s Technical Institute and CMAR Group came up with Dynamic Positioning training…


Geetapuram Port on $ 0.45 bn expansion mode

Geetapuram Port on $ 0.45 bn expansion mode

Posted to Geetapuram Port on $ 0.45 bn expansion mode (by Joseph Fonseca) on June 14, 2010

The expansion of the river port, Geetapuram, located 100 km from Mumbai and 22 km up the Amba River, is set to get underway. Geetapuram Port services Ltd, the port operating firm of Ispat Industries Ltd which is a leading steel manufacturer…


The Unsinkable houseboat –Safe Botel

The Unsinkable houseboat –Safe Botel

Posted to The Unsinkable houseboat –Safe Botel (by Joseph Fonseca) on June 16, 2010

The Thekkady tragedy that saw 28 lose their lives when their boat with 75 tourists capsized in a reservoir in South India 8 months ago lead to the framing of very strict norms for boats operating in the back waters of Kerala. The tragedy also prompted Aries Marine and Engineering Services…


Discriminatory service tax on coastal trade threatens to put Indian shipping companies out of action

Discriminatory service tax on coastal trade threatens to put Indian shipping companies out of action

Posted to Discriminatory service tax on coastal trade threatens to put Indian shipping companies out of action (by Joseph Fonseca) on June 21, 2010

When it comes to coastal shipping, service tax on freight has turned out to be yet another impediment threatening the resilience of Indian ship owners who have been putting up a brave fight to meet the competition from oversea. Indian ship owners…


Modest Infrastructure’s 2nd shipyard to get underway

Modest Infrastructure’s 2nd shipyard to get underway

Posted to Modest Infrastructure’s 2nd shipyard to get underway (by Joseph Fonseca) on June 23, 2010

The emerging opportunities in ship building and ship repairs are seeing players make bold overtures, pumping in money certain to reap a rich harvest. Even early entrants, not wanting to be left out have got into an expansion mode and have firmed up plans to multiply their centers of operation.


IRS membership of IACS will put an end to dual class

IRS membership of IACS will put an end to dual class

Posted to IRS membership of IACS will put an end to dual class (by Joseph Fonseca) on June 28, 2010

The acceptance of Indian Register of Shipping (IRS), a non-government organization, as a full fledged member of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) Council at the meeting held in Hamburg last week will put an end…


Its fair weather for foreign classification societies

Its fair weather for foreign classification societies

Posted to Its fair weather for foreign classification societies (by Joseph Fonseca) on June 30, 2010

Though Indian Register of Shipping (IRS) has stormed on to the maritime field with full fledged membership of International Association of Classification Societies Council (IACS) last week, foreign classification societies operating in India do not foresee any paradigm shift in their operations.


Redi port - Earnest John’s first foray into port sector

Redi port - Earnest John’s first foray into port sector

Posted to Redi port - Earnest John’s first foray into port sector (by Joseph Fonseca) on July 5, 2010

On the West coast of just 10 hours by road from Mumbai and 40 miles from Goa, Earnest John Group has launched its $ 267 million first development phase of Redi port - ’s first family owned port. The group widely known for its activities in Real Estate…


A Deep Water Port to come up near Kolkata

A Deep Water Port to come up near Kolkata

Posted to A Deep Water Port to come up near Kolkata (by Joseph Fonseca) on July 7, 2010

To give a boost to infrastructure development in the port sector the government is steadfast in adhering to the Public-Private-Partnership model. Recently having failed to evince interest from private port developers to construct a green-field deep water port near Kolkata in WestBengal…


IRS set for a big leap forward

IRS set for a big leap forward

Posted to IRS set for a big leap forward (by Joseph Fonseca) on July 12, 2010

‘We came! We saw! But it was a long wait before we could conquer’. This has been the refrain of those who have been with the Indian Register of Shipping (IRS) which has now achieved a full fledged membership of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) Council.


Can GTL help reduce Nehru port congestion?

Can GTL help reduce Nehru port congestion?

Posted to Can GTL help reduce Nehru port congestion? (by Joseph Fonseca) on July 14, 2010

At least six major carriers have clamped emergency congestion surcharge on import containers passing through Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT). The surcharge is of around $ 150 for 20 ft container and $ 300 for 40 ft container. Its is after some…


FUSI to agitate for seamen’s wage revision

FUSI to agitate for seamen’s wage revision

Posted to FUSI to agitate for seamen’s wage revision (by Joseph Fonseca) on July 19, 2010

With negotiations on their charter of demands in a deadlock the Forward Seamen’s Union of India (FSUI) which claims having majority representation of seamen among the two seafarers’ unions has threatened to agitate or even strike work. A charter of demands had been submitted for 2010 – 2012.


Greatship’s Subsidiary takes delivery of a MPSSV

Greatship’s Subsidiary takes delivery of a MPSSV

Posted to Greatship’s Subsidiary takes delivery of a MPSSV (by Joseph Fonseca) on July 21, 2010

Greatship Global Offshore Services Pte. Ltd. (GGOS), a Singapore incorporated subsidiary of Greatship (India) Limited (GIL), which is a subsidiary of The Great Eastern Shipping Company Limited (G. Pte. Ltd., Singapore. Greatship Mamta is a DP2 vessel…


SCI takes delivery of its first LR-I size Product Tanker

SCI takes delivery of its first LR-I size Product Tanker

Posted to SCI takes delivery of its first LR-I size Product Tanker (by Joseph Fonseca) on July 26, 2010

State owned Shipping Corporation of India Ltd. (SCI) took delivery of a Long Range-I (LR-I) Product Tanker, M.T. Swarna Sindhu, on 23rd July, 2010 raising the number of tankers in its fleet to 41 and the company’s total fleet strength to 74 vessels. M.T.


ClassNK’s focus on R & D in India

ClassNK’s focus on R & D in India

Posted to ClassNK’s focus on R & D in India (by Joseph Fonseca) on July 28, 2010

Embarking on a research oriented course, NKClass has earned precious dividends which have helped it build ships which are a class apart. NKClass believes that R & D can be accomplished more effectively and efficiently while responding to customers’…


Irano Hind may weather US/EU ban

Irano Hind may weather US/EU ban

Posted to Irano Hind may weather US/EU ban (by Joseph Fonseca) on August 2, 2010

The sanctions imposed by the US and the European Union on Iran because of its nuclear ambitions are likely to see the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines and a number of entities with which it is associated becoming prime targets. For Irano…


Indian Average Adjuster on an extinction course

Indian Average Adjuster on an extinction course

Posted to Indian Average Adjuster on an extinction course (by Joseph Fonseca) on August 4, 2010

The professional of Average Adjusters is as old as maritime adventure and is referred to in text books as having been invented by Rodians of the . Every maritime nation had some form of General Average - which is sharing of sacrifices and extra…


Collision at Mumbai port causes oil spill & prevents berthing of ships

Collision at Mumbai port causes oil spill & prevents berthing of ships

Posted to Collision at Mumbai port causes oil spill & prevents berthing of ships (by Joseph Fonseca) on August 9, 2010

All shipping activity at the Port of Mumbai has ceased subsequent to the collision between two cargo vessels in the approach channel of Mumbai harbor that took place on 7 August 2010. The Director General of Shipping (DGS), the country’s maritime…


Now begins the criminalization of captains involved in collision off Mumbai port

Now begins the criminalization of captains involved in collision off Mumbai port

Posted to Now begins the criminalization of captains involved in collision off Mumbai port (by Joseph Fonseca) on August 11, 2010

As the massive damage wrought by the disastrous collision between two vessels off Mumbai and Jawaharlal Nehru Ports is slowly beginning to sink in, a strong under current of blame game has begun to brew up threatening to turn into a tidal force in intensity.


Indian Offshore offers unique challenges

Indian Offshore offers unique challenges

Posted to Indian Offshore offers unique challenges (by Joseph Fonseca) on August 16, 2010

“The Indian offshore market is not for the fainthearted,” stated a government official while referring to the challenges that have discouraged many international players in the E & P from bidding for blocks in the New Exploration Licensing Policy…


Indian maritime administration set to come closer to the trade

Indian maritime administration set to come closer to the trade

Posted to Indian maritime administration set to come closer to the trade (by Joseph Fonseca) on August 18, 2010

Beleaguered by manpower shortage, complaints stockpile on delays and need for greater transparency the Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) the statutory maritime authority appointed by the Government of India has taken on a proactive stance…


SCI’s 7th Joint Venture in offing

SCI’s 7th Joint Venture in offing

Posted to SCI’s 7th Joint Venture in offing (by Joseph Fonseca) on August 23, 2010

State owned Shipping Corporation of India country’s largest shipping company is well on its way to enter into another joint venture this time with South Africa. This has come about following the South African summit two years ago when the heads of three countries the India…


GL Academy takes on a king maker’s role

GL Academy takes on a king maker’s role

Posted to GL Academy takes on a king maker’s role (by Joseph Fonseca) on August 25, 2010

The mushrooming institutes in dedicated to maritime training clearly reflect the growing opportunities prevalent in the region. Established institutes are going in for capacity expansion both in the number being trained as well as the courses offered. But it does not stop there!


Private investment driving growth of Indian Ports

Private investment driving growth of Indian Ports

Posted to Private investment driving growth of Indian Ports (by Joseph Fonseca) on August 30, 2010

The National Conference on Ports & Shipping of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) took note of the private investment that has been driving an unprecedented development both in the major and non-major ports of India.


Use armed guards against the pirates

Use armed guards against the pirates

Posted to Use armed guards against the pirates (by Joseph Fonseca) on September 1, 2010

After all the hoopla about resolving the piracy problems - the ultimatums by the seafarers’ unions, serious concern shown by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) besides Intertanko, BIMCO, International Transport Workers’ Federation…


Move to give STCW a slant on learning

Move to give STCW a slant on learning

Posted to Move to give STCW a slant on learning (by Joseph Fonseca) on September 6, 2010

With near misses and accidents on the rise while at sea, the focus has with intensity come to rest on training and STCW conventions. A lot of soul searching and introspection is taking place with a section of trainers coming to the conclusion…


Measures to prevent accidents in ports

Measures to prevent accidents in ports

Posted to Measures to prevent accidents in ports (by Joseph Fonseca) on September 8, 2010

The aftermath of the accident involving the two cargo vessels MSC Chitra, and Khalija-3 in the approach channel of Mumbai harbor on 7 August 2010 has exposed several serious lapses and the lack of readiness. The failure of the concerned agencies…


On the high seas lurk threats from Fumigants

On the high seas lurk threats from Fumigants

Posted to On the high seas lurk threats from Fumigants (by Joseph Fonseca) on September 13, 2010

While concern for safety, security and efficiency in shipping is uppermost, sometimes the cargo carried by a vessel could well turn out to be dangerous if not hazardous for the seafarers manning the vessel. A case in point was the recent incident of a vessel carrying a small package of 12…


SCI to double its fleet size

SCI to double its fleet size

Posted to SCI to double its fleet size (by Joseph Fonseca) on September 15, 2010

Government owned, the Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) plans to double its fleet size in the next four years. A massive investment program is underway and if all goes well the present fleet strength of 75 vessels will go up to 150 comprising of all kinds of vessels including bulkers…


MSC gets set to claim damages from MV Khalijia’ owners

MSC gets set to claim damages from MV Khalijia’ owners

Posted to MSC gets set to claim damages from MV Khalijia’ owners (by Joseph Fonseca) on September 20, 2010

"MSC Chitra was an innocent victim in the crash and we will sue the owners of MV Khalijia-3 once the investigation is over," said Capt D.K. Tewari, chief executive officer of the Indian unit of MSC when addressing the press last week. The decision to sue Gulf Rocks…


India’s roadmap for a bigger share in global seafaring

India’s roadmap for a bigger share in global seafaring

Posted to India’s roadmap for a bigger share in global seafaring (by Joseph Fonseca) on September 22, 2010

In this ‘Year of the Seafarer’ and coinciding with the World Maritime Day celebrations on 21 September, 2010 the government presented a roadmap that should help raise India’s share of the global seafaring community. The Directorate General of…


India Shipping Summit brings to fore underlying frustrations

India Shipping Summit brings to fore underlying frustrations

Posted to India Shipping Summit brings to fore underlying frustrations (by Joseph Fonseca) on September 27, 2010

Catching the monsoon twilight in Mumbai, India Shipping Summit 2010 undoubtedly the king of shipping events in the city rolled out a two-day extravaganza wherein over 400 delegates from around the globe attended seeking to make the best of the…


Ratifying Rotterdam Rules: Speed breakers in the way

Ratifying Rotterdam Rules: Speed breakers in the way

Posted to Ratifying Rotterdam Rules: Speed breakers in the way (by Joseph Fonseca) on September 29, 2010

The world of shipping is undergoing a sea change – Rotterdam Rules promise to bring shipping in line with technological advancement. But the questions are, are we ready and are the rules in India’s best interest. Many countries are grappling with this new reality and so are we.


Marshall Islands brings shipping world closer to Indians

Marshall Islands brings shipping world closer to Indians

Posted to Marshall Islands brings shipping world closer to Indians (by Joseph Fonseca) on October 4, 2010

Ever since Marshall Island Registry set up shop in India in Jan 2008, it has turned out to be an alternative conduit and a fast track mode for Indian seafarers wanting to get their Marshall Islands endorsements by seafarers joining a Marshall Island flagged vessel.


IDC in India to tame damage from torsional vibration

IDC in India to tame damage from torsional vibration

Posted to IDC in India to tame damage from torsional vibration (by Joseph Fonseca) on October 6, 2010

Companies in the Indian offshore and shipping sector who long considered torsional vibration in machinery as insignificant, innocuous and almost irrelevant are coming to terms with its damaging effects. Realizing the enormous destruction it can cause to rotating equipment vital to their businesses…


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Indian Navy shopping for 41 warships

Indian Navy shopping for 41 warships

Posted to Indian Navy shopping for 41 warships (by Joseph Fonseca) on October 11, 2010

In the next five years the Indian Navy will acquire 41 new vessels to effectively neutralize any kind of threat from the seas informed Vice Admiral Ganesh Mahadevan, the Indian Navy’s Chief of Material while delivering the keynote address at…


Sonardyne set to make it big in Indian offshore



Growing opportunities in Indian coastal trade

Growing opportunities in Indian coastal trade

Posted to Growing opportunities in Indian coastal trade (by Joseph Fonseca) on April 20, 2011

On the occasion of the 48 Merchant Navy week the Director General of Shipping, Government of India, released a report of Ernst & Young on the “Indian Coastline – A New Opportunity”. The report highlights the current status of the coastal trade and the opportunities…


JNPT to deepen harbor and approach channel

JNPT to deepen harbor and approach channel

Posted to JNPT to deepen harbor and approach channel (by Joseph Fonseca) on April 25, 2011

Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) has once again taken up the deepening and widening of Mumbai Harbor Channel and JN Port Channel in right earnest. At present, owing to draft restrictions, large vessels cannot be accommodated in the navigational channel.


Univan –A Commanding Brand in the making

Univan –A Commanding Brand in the making

Posted to Univan –A Commanding Brand in the making (by Joseph Fonseca) on April 27, 2011

Not only has he donned the mantle competently after the ship management legend Captain Charles Arthur Joseph Vanderperre passed away but Richard Hext is well on his way to create Univan into a commanding brand in the maritime world. Though he…


Firing experience in a preventive role

Firing experience in a preventive role

Posted to Firing experience in a preventive role (by Joseph Fonseca) on May 2, 2011

Gaining from others’ experience is a maxim Dr. S. B. Agnihotri, Director General of Shipping, Govt. of Indiaappears to subscribe to greatly considering that last week he had a workshop organized in Mumbai for shipping companies and allied trade…


Fever pitch dredging set to take place at Indian ports

Fever pitch dredging set to take place at Indian ports

Posted to Fever pitch dredging set to take place at Indian ports (by Joseph Fonseca) on May 4, 2011

As India’s international trade continues its furious growth pace bringing in measures for raising port capacity and improving infrastructure, alas it has also spiked all round concern for overcoming the severe draft restrictions in most ports that prevent large vessels from berthing.


Capt S C Sood Honored with Country’s highest

Capt S C Sood Honored with Country’s highest

Posted to Capt S C Sood Honored with Country’s highest (by Joseph Fonseca) on May 9, 2011

Capt Satish C. Sood, Chairman & Managing Director of IMS Ship Management Pvt. Ltd., doyen of the Indian maritime industry has at length received due recognition on being conferred the prestigious Varuna Award – the nation’s highest award for the maritime constituency.


Freight Wings set new record in mammoth movement from L&T’S Kattupalli to K. G. Basin

Freight Wings set new record in mammoth movement from L&T’S Kattupalli to K. G. Basin

Posted to Freight Wings set new record in mammoth movement from L&T’S Kattupalli to K. G. Basin (by Joseph Fonseca) on May 11, 2011

Heavy lift transportation & erection specialist M/s. Freight Wings Pvt Ltd undertook a critically innovative and pioneering task last week for technology, engineering and construction giant, Larsen & Toubro Ltd (L&T) which is developing a multi…


Fervent call by India at IMO to curb piracy

Fervent call by India at IMO to curb piracy

Posted to Fervent call by India at IMO to curb piracy (by Joseph Fonseca) on May 16, 2011

The Indian delegation made a strong appeal to the World body calling for an end to the unbridled piracy menace beleaguering seafarers. Representing the country’s stand at the 89TH Session of the Maritime Safety Committee of the International Maritime Organization now in progress…


Maritime R & D gets a boost with formation of MRDS

Maritime R & D gets a boost with formation of MRDS

Posted to Maritime R & D gets a boost with formation of MRDS (by Joseph Fonseca) on May 18, 2011

Unhappy with the immense maritime opportunities going waste in India that could be fruitfully utilized to give a fillip to the economy, a large number of scientists, chartered engineers, naval architects, marine engineers and others from the…


When the gas tanker got caught in Japan’s Tsunami

When the gas tanker got caught in Japan’s Tsunami

Posted to When the gas tanker got caught in Japan’s Tsunami (by Joseph Fonseca) on May 23, 2011

All seafarers will agree that the closest thing to ‘hell on earth’ is being on a gas tanker in a port during a Tsunami. In command of “Flanders Tenacity”, Capt Mukesh Yadav had just berthed his gas carrier that is under EXMAR Shipmanagement…


Private security guards allowed on Indian ships

Private security guards allowed on Indian ships

Posted to Private security guards allowed on Indian ships (by Joseph Fonseca) on May 25, 2011

With the International Maritime Organization (IMO) having approved a Maritime Safety Committee (MCA) circular providing interim guidance on the use of privately contracted armed security guards on board ships in the high risk piracy area, Dr. S. B.


Offshore gas & oil ship repairs industry set for a makeover for achieving rapid growth

Offshore gas & oil ship repairs industry set for a makeover for achieving rapid growth

Posted to Offshore gas & oil ship repairs industry set for a makeover for achieving rapid growth (by Joseph Fonseca) on May 30, 2011

The ship repair opportunities in Indian offshore oil and gas sector remained stagnant for two decades as the industry had been mainly dependent on the public sector infrastructure. With few dedicated large players in the field, the several smaller…


Developing safety culture – focus on accidents on coast

Developing safety culture – focus on accidents on coast

Posted to Developing safety culture – focus on accidents on coast (by Joseph Fonseca) on June 1, 2011

Learning from accidents and their causes can be an effective way of developing a safety culture. The Directorate General of Shipping - the Indian maritime administration – chose to interact with shipping, manning and ship management companies…


INDOS comes as a boon for Indian seafarers

INDOS comes as a boon for Indian seafarers

Posted to INDOS comes as a boon for Indian seafarers (by Joseph Fonseca) on June 6, 2011

At long last Indian seafarers who have acquired their certificates of competency (COC) from the Directorate General of Shipping (DGS), Government of India can have their authentic record on the official website of the DGS which is accessible…


Port Regulatory Authority Bill in the offing in India

Port Regulatory Authority Bill in the offing in India

Posted to Port Regulatory Authority Bill in the offing in India (by Joseph Fonseca) on June 8, 2011

A draft of the Port Regulatory Authority Bill 2011 is being proposed to be brought before parliament by the Ministry of Shipping, Government of India. If adopted, it will be an Act providing for the establishment of Regulatory Authorities to…


Piracy can’t end unless put in right perspective feels Indian administration

Piracy can’t end unless put in right perspective feels Indian administration

Posted to Piracy can’t end unless put in right perspective feels Indian administration (by Joseph Fonseca) on June 13, 2011

While piracy attacks continue unabated the search for a resolution of this situation too continues, as is indicated by the spate of conferences dedicated to highlighting this problem. It however clearly suggests that both the industry and the government are in the doldrums over the issue.


India’s First major RO-RO project to come up in Gujarat

India’s First major RO-RO project to come up in Gujarat

Posted to India’s First major RO-RO project to come up in Gujarat (by Joseph Fonseca) on June 15, 2011

India’s first major RO-RO ferry project that will facilitate movement of vehicles, cargo and passengers across the Gulf of Khambhat is set to come up in Gujarat on the West coast of India. (The Gulf of Khambhat, formerly known as the Gulf of Cambay…


India’s shipping trade may stagnate temporarily

India’s shipping trade may stagnate temporarily

Posted to India’s shipping trade may stagnate temporarily (by Joseph Fonseca) on June 20, 2011

The shipping trade is set to face another hurdle. This comes after the bouancy that was experienced last year until December when the floods in Australia changed the pattern drastically. The spate of cancellation of new buildings the world over…


‘Wellness guide’ offers a rosy future to seafaring

‘Wellness guide’ offers a rosy future to seafaring

Posted to ‘Wellness guide’ offers a rosy future to seafaring (by Joseph Fonseca) on June 22, 2011

The environment in which seafarers operate is tending to be more and more hostile and stress related. Stress is one of the most common reasons for work-related ill heath and lost work time, with estimates suggesting that 50 per cent of work absenteeism is due to stress.


First International Seafarers’ Day celebrated in midst of piracy

First International Seafarers’ Day celebrated in midst of piracy

Posted to First International Seafarers’ Day celebrated in midst of piracy (by Joseph Fonseca) on June 27, 2011

Though not intended, but the gaiety and pomp did manage to take the sting out of the piracy issue which was supposed to be the undertone of the celebration of the 1 International Seafarers’ Day held in Mumbai on 25 June, 2011. In fact the trauma…


Maritime Labor Convention to get implemented ahead of ratification

Maritime Labor Convention to get implemented ahead of ratification

Posted to Maritime Labor Convention to get implemented ahead of ratification (by Joseph Fonseca) on June 29, 2011

Even though India is yet to ratify the Maritime Labor Convention (MLC), set to come into force from 1 January 2012, Dr. S. B. Agnihotri, the Director General of Shipping (DGS), Government of India has been on his toes taking proactive steps…


Anglo Eastern innovate Advance Process Instrumentation Trainer

Anglo Eastern innovate Advance Process Instrumentation Trainer

Posted to Anglo Eastern innovate Advance Process Instrumentation Trainer (by Joseph Fonseca) on July 4, 2011

Since simulators, ship-in-campus and other systems have their limitation for imparting training to marine engineers in some of the advanced areas Anglo Eastern Maritime Training Center has come up with an innovation for imparting training to…


Proposed Indian Ports Bill could get shelved

Proposed Indian Ports Bill could get shelved

Posted to Proposed Indian Ports Bill could get shelved (by Joseph Fonseca) on July 6, 2011

The Government of India proposal to come out with the Indian Ports Bill for replacing the extant Indian Port Act, 1908 and the Major Port Trusts Act, 1963 in order to meet the current operational and developmental requirements of the Indian Ports sector.


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Administration positions an emergency towing vessel on coast

Administration positions an emergency towing vessel on coast

Posted to Administration positions an emergency towing vessel on coast (by Joseph Fonseca) on July 12, 2011

When M. V. Wisdom lost her tow about 10 nautical miles off Mumbai on 11 June 2011 and subsequently got grounded at the popular Juhu Chowpati beach, it brought with it a host of miseries and problems. Not only the salvager attempting to refloat…


SCI takes delivery of Supermax bulker

SCI takes delivery of Supermax bulker

Posted to SCI takes delivery of Supermax bulker (by Joseph Fonseca) on July 13, 2011

The state owned Shipping Corporation of India Ltd. (SCI), country’s largest shipping company, took delivery of the first of the two Supramax bulk carriers they had contracted for following competitive global tendering process. SCI had selected…


Kakinada port set to add vibrancy to India’s East coast

Kakinada port set to add vibrancy to India’s East coast

Posted to Kakinada port set to add vibrancy to India’s East coast (by Joseph Fonseca) on July 18, 2011

Keeping pace with the rising cargo throughput, Kakinada Seaport Limited (KSL) is set on adding capacity to the deep water port with several projects in various stages of completion. All set to bring vibrancy to the East coast of India, the privately…


Great Offshore &Titan salvage Indian Navy’s capsized vessel



JN Port on a high growth trajectory



IL &FS-All Cargo JV to enter ship building/repairs & SEZ

IL &FS-All Cargo JV to enter ship building/repairs & SEZ

Posted to IL &FS-All Cargo JV to enter ship building/repairs & SEZ (by Joseph Fonseca) on July 27, 2011

in the ship yard and repairs field compared to other players we will however be having world class facility and offer top quality products and services. Our ship repair facility will undertake repairs of 150 to 200 ships per annum and we plan…


SCI to acquire Anchor handlers to replace its offshore fleet

SCI to acquire Anchor handlers to replace its offshore fleet

Posted to SCI to acquire Anchor handlers to replace its offshore fleet (by Joseph Fonseca) on August 1, 2011

Having embarked on an ambitious replacement drive, the state-owned Shipping Corporation of India is set to order four Anchor Handling Tug cum Supply Vessels (AHTSVs) and retain the option to go in for two more. The acquisitions, part of the…


Essar commences container handling at Hazira port

Essar commences container handling at Hazira port

Posted to Essar commences container handling at Hazira port (by Joseph Fonseca) on August 3, 2011

Essar Ports Limited, one of India’s largest port and terminal operators commenced container operations recently setting the stage for a significant foray into this rapidly growing competitive segment. Having a mega presence in owning, developing and operating ports and terminals in India…


Sembcorp Marine’s Sembawang Shipyard raises stakes in Kakinada JV

Sembcorp Marine’s Sembawang Shipyard raises stakes in Kakinada JV

Posted to Sembcorp Marine’s Sembawang Shipyard raises stakes in Kakinada JV (by Joseph Fonseca) on August 8, 2011

Sembcorp Marine’s wholly owned subsidiary Sembawang Shipyard has exercised its option to increase its shareholding in Sembmarine Kakinada Ltd (SKL), a joint venture between Sembawang Shipyard and Kakinada Seaports Limited, from 19.9% to 40% of the joint venture’s initial investment of US$50 million…


Mumbai hit by 60,000-tonne oil spill, India by over 113,000

Mumbai hit by 60,000-tonne oil spill, India by over 113,000

Posted to Mumbai hit by 60,000-tonne oil spill, India by over 113,000 (by Joseph Fonseca) on August 10, 2011

M. V. RAK which sank in the Arabian Sea on August 4, last week approximately 35 km off Mumbai's coast became the 23 vessel to be involved in an accident during the past 29 years resulting in oil spill around the coast of Mumbai. In all, over 60…


On-Line exams for Certificates of Competency

On-Line exams for Certificates of Competency

Posted to On-Line exams for Certificates of Competency (by Joseph Fonseca) on August 15, 2011

As the clamor for holding examinations for certificates of competency (COC) on-line took on a strident pitch, head honchos and leading lights of the maritime trade especially from manning agents, training institutes, ship owners, classification…


Long way before E-Learning gains entry in maritime training institutes

Long way before E-Learning gains entry in maritime training institutes

Posted to Long way before E-Learning gains entry in maritime training institutes (by Joseph Fonseca) on August 17, 2011

Though being the in-thing that gels well with today’s digitally flavored youth, eLearning with its several advantages and user-friendly approaches still has a long way to go before it can make a break into the maritime training sphere. A concerted…


Coal to move through Inland waterways in India

Coal to move through Inland waterways in India

Posted to Coal to move through Inland waterways in India (by Joseph Fonseca) on August 22, 2011

What until now was considered a domain of the river cruise and tourists’ operators and to some extent that of logistics solution providers, the inland water transport (IWT) is set to get a major boost with the government of India apparently having finally got its act together.


SCI takes delivery of an AHTSV

SCI takes delivery of an AHTSV

Posted to SCI takes delivery of an AHTSV (by Joseph Fonseca) on August 24, 2011

The government owned Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) the largest shipping company in the country is well on its way to increasing its presence in the offshore sector having just taken delivery of a 80 T BP Anchor Handling, Towing & Supply vessel “m.v. SCI Panna” yesterday viz. 23 August, 2011.


Great Offshore “liberates” M. T. Pavit in dramatic salvaging feat on Independence Day

Great Offshore “liberates” M. T. Pavit in dramatic salvaging feat on Independence Day

Posted to Great Offshore “liberates” M. T. Pavit in dramatic salvaging feat on Independence Day (by Joseph Fonseca) on August 29, 2011

Great Offshore recorded their second major feat on India’s Independence Day in their new salvage business having refloated M T Pavit, which was stranded at Juhu/Versova beach, Mumbai. MT Pavit, a 999 tonne GRT Oil tanker flying Panama flag had…


JN Port gets final go ahead to set up SEZ

JN Port gets final go ahead to set up SEZ

Posted to JN Port gets final go ahead to set up SEZ (by Joseph Fonseca) on August 31, 2011

India’s biggest container port, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) has finally got the green signal from the government of India this week for setting up India’s first port based multi-product special economic zone (SEZ) to come up in a major port.


Transforming Indian Ports into World Class Facilities

Transforming Indian Ports into World Class Facilities

Posted to Transforming Indian Ports into World Class Facilities (by Joseph Fonseca) on September 5, 2011

Various factors including corporatization of ports to allow greater leeway in operation, taking on board other business models better than the present Public Private Partnership (PPP), enhanced port connectivity, greater focus on port operations…


Zooming on the right man - Behavioral Competencies to the rescue

Zooming on the right man - Behavioral Competencies to the rescue

Posted to Zooming on the right man - Behavioral Competencies to the rescue (by Joseph Fonseca) on September 7, 2011

It may soon be time for CET (Common Entrance Test) to step down! This is because ‘Behavioral Competencies’ is set to take its place especially for selecting the right candidate for maritime firms and other organizations. Synergistic Solutions…


SCI acquires Supramax Bulk Carrier

SCI acquires Supramax Bulk Carrier

Posted to SCI acquires Supramax Bulk Carrier (by Joseph Fonseca) on September 12, 2011

The Shipping Corporation of India Ltd. (SCI) took delivery of a Supramax Bulk carrier, m.v. Vishva Nidhi over the weekend - on 9th September, 2011. The vessel is first vessel of SCI’s six nos. Supramax bulk carriers ordered at STX (Dalian) Shipbuilding Co.


Getting set for the Ballast Water Convention

Getting set for the Ballast Water Convention

Posted to Getting set for the Ballast Water Convention (by Joseph Fonseca) on September 14, 2011

Setting the stage to usher in the Ballast Water Convention, ForumMaritime took a proactive step by holding a seminar to bring into focus the obligations and responsibilities which the industry will have to comply with once the convention comes into force.


Ship builders interact to enhance productivity

Ship builders interact to enhance productivity

Posted to Ship builders interact to enhance productivity (by Joseph Fonseca) on September 19, 2011

Upbeat about the steady progress ship builders are making in India, Institution of Naval Architects decided to step on the gas and brought together various players in the field to share their expertise and experience for increasing productivity in ship building.


Deepwater plans to go deeper into the Indian offshore

Deepwater plans to go deeper into the Indian offshore

Posted to Deepwater plans to go deeper into the Indian offshore (by Joseph Fonseca) on September 21, 2011

The intense search for oil and gas in the Indian offshore is seeing several global players entering this sunshine sector. Though having only a representative presence Deepwater of USA is one major company which is set to expand its footprint…


Move to unite seafarers’ unions

Move to unite seafarers’ unions

Posted to Move to unite seafarers’ unions (by Joseph Fonseca) on September 26, 2011

With inter union rivalry beginning to tell heavily on the welfare of Indian seafarers, the Forward Seamen’s Union of India (FSUI) has made peace overtures to the other major Union, the National Union of Seafarers of India (NUSI) to work together for ‘the well being of our brothers’.


World Maritime Day brings hope of an end to piracy

World Maritime Day brings hope of an end to piracy

Posted to World Maritime Day brings hope of an end to piracy (by Joseph Fonseca) on September 28, 2011

The message was loud and clear at the World Maritime Day celebration held in Mumbai - that despite the inability of the International Maritime Organization to provide a solution to the on-going piracy attacks and nations unwilling to put up a united front…


Chowgule’s christen Jaigad Port after Kanhojiraje Angre

Chowgule’s christen Jaigad Port after Kanhojiraje Angre

Posted to Chowgule’s christen Jaigad Port after Kanhojiraje Angre (by Joseph Fonseca) on October 3, 2011

Goa-based Chowgule Group have christened their up-coming $ 115 million green-field port at Jaigad in Ratnagiri, about 110 nautical miles south of Mumbai, ‘Angre’, after the great Maratha Admiral Sarkhel Kanhojiraje Angre of the 17 century. The…


INMEX India 2011 breaks all records

INMEX India 2011 breaks all records

Posted to INMEX India 2011 breaks all records (by Joseph Fonseca) on October 5, 2011

Considered the biggest maritime event in South East Asia, INMEX 2011, lived up to its expectations notching up a record number of exhibitors totaling 532 participating companies from 42 countries and featuring country pavilions from Holland, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Korea, Singapore and China.


ClassNK sets high standard for compliance

ClassNK sets high standard for compliance

Posted to ClassNK sets high standard for compliance (by Joseph Fonseca) on October 10, 2011

It is not just a question of complying with the new conventions but ClassNK is more concerned in ensuring that stakeholders especially those who patronize their services use it as an opportunity to take their business to a higher growth trajectory.


Pipavav Shipyard set to deliver their first vessel

Pipavav Shipyard set to deliver their first vessel

Posted to Pipavav Shipyard set to deliver their first vessel (by Joseph Fonseca) on October 12, 2011

After some hiccups Pipavav Defence and Offshore Engineering Company Limited will finally be giving delivery of their first vessel later this month. India’s largest shipyard at the Gulf of Cambay in Gujarat on the West coast has been flush with…


Shipping Summit brings the World to India

Shipping Summit brings the World to India

Posted to Shipping Summit brings the World to India (by Joseph Fonseca) on October 17, 2011

India Shipping Summit 2011 of Seatrade and TradeWinds brought the world to India registering a larger number of participants than before many being from overseas. With steady growth and development in the country being on course, the deliberations…


Despite the new additions it’s not all smooth sailing for SCI

Despite the new additions it’s not all smooth sailing for SCI

Posted to Despite the new additions it’s not all smooth sailing for SCI (by Joseph Fonseca) on October 19, 2011

Two weeks after its Golden Jubilee celebrations of 1 October, 2011 in Mumbai, the state-owned Shipping Corporation of India Ltd. (SCI) accepted delivery of a 80 T BP Anchor Handling, Towing & Supply vessel “m.v. SCI Ratna”. But the glitter of…


Ports synergizing industrial development

Ports synergizing industrial development

Posted to Ports synergizing industrial development (by Joseph Fonseca) on October 24, 2011

A paper presented recently by a leading international consultant, Mantrana Maritime Advisory PVT Ltd., at the INMEX conference and exhibition, made out a strong case for linking development of both industries and ports for the overall economic growth of a region.


Who wants to stop piracy?



GL Academy on a rapid growth trajectory in S. Asia

GL Academy on a rapid growth trajectory in S. Asia

Posted to GL Academy on a rapid growth trajectory in S. Asia (by Joseph Fonseca) on October 31, 2011

GL Academy’s recently introduced courses in ship building and repairs comes as a big relief for the Indian industry which is plagued by severe dearth of trained manpower  forcing companies to reschedule their delivery dates. Now with GL Noble Denton…


ABS sets standards for Building and Classing OSVs

ABS sets standards for Building and Classing OSVs

Posted to ABS sets standards for Building and Classing OSVs (by Joseph Fonseca) on November 2, 2011

Shipping trade may be in the throes of a downturn, yet one sector - that of the offshore - is seeing rapid development in ship building technology driven by the incessant search for oil and gas in deeper waters. Having made significant contributions to this sector in India and elsewhere…


Allcargo Logistic Park commissioned

Allcargo Logistic Park commissioned

Posted to Allcargo Logistic Park commissioned (by Joseph Fonseca) on November 7, 2011

After its dramatic foray into ship owning, Allcargo Logistics Ltd, an integrated logistics solutions provider, commissioned last week its Allcargo Logistics Park which it set up jointly with the state-owned Container Corporation of India. This…


Krishnapatnam to bring about sea change in container operations

Krishnapatnam to bring about sea change in container operations

Posted to Krishnapatnam to bring about sea change in container operations (by Joseph Fonseca) on November 9, 2011

With container operations having taken off recently at Krishnapatnam Port Company Ltd, the Indian east coast is likely to see a paradigm shift in the container trade. This first private green field all-weather deep-sea port with round the clock…


Why can’t Mumbai’s water transport projects take off?

Why can’t Mumbai’s water transport projects take off?

Posted to Why can’t Mumbai’s water transport projects take off? (by Joseph Fonseca) on November 14, 2011

Over the past half a century there have been innumerable attempts by authorities to put in place a passenger water transport service both on the east as well as the west coast of the Island of Mumbai and greater Mumbai. Strangely none have seen…


SCI takes delivery of AHTS from Cochin Shipyard

SCI takes delivery of AHTS from Cochin Shipyard

Posted to SCI takes delivery of AHTS from Cochin Shipyard (by Joseph Fonseca) on November 16, 2011

The Shipping Corporation of India Ltd., (SCI) accepted delivery of an Anchor Handling, Towing & Supply (AHTS) vessel “m.v. SCI Pawan” yesterday, the 15 of November, 2011. The company had contracted for the acquisition of two newbuilding 120…


Seven Seas Navigation to conduct training in India for Panama Registry

Seven Seas Navigation to conduct training in India for Panama Registry

Posted to Seven Seas Navigation to conduct training in India for Panama Registry (by Joseph Fonseca) on November 21, 2011

Seven Seas Navigation India Pvt Ltd., Mumbai has been authorized by the Seafarers Training Center in Panama to conduct Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) courses authorized by the Maritime Authority of Panama. These…


Skuld takes the Indian offshore by storm

Skuld takes the Indian offshore by storm

Posted to Skuld takes the Indian offshore by storm (by Joseph Fonseca) on November 23, 2011

Skuld has made a clean sweep of the Indian offshore opportunities by being the only player to provide innovative insurance and risk management solution. It is Skuld’s unique and exclusive offer covering contractual liabilities along with other…


It’s a race to enhance the draft

It’s a race to enhance the draft

Posted to It’s a race to enhance the draft (by Joseph Fonseca) on November 28, 2011

The trend to accommodate larger vessels and acquire the benefits of the economies of scale is evident from the developments underway at various ports in India. Higher the draft, bigger the vessels - the race to enhance the draft in ports is…


Mumbai offshore container terminal project beset with obstacles galore

Mumbai offshore container terminal project beset with obstacles galore

Posted to Mumbai offshore container terminal project beset with obstacles galore (by Joseph Fonseca) on November 30, 2011

Ever since the construction of Indira Container Terminal (ICT) in Mumbai port got underway three years ago the project has been besieged by chain of obstacles leading to delays in its completion. Now the final date of the commissioning of this…


GlobalMET to meet needs of Y-generation

GlobalMET to meet needs of Y-generation

Posted to GlobalMET to meet needs of Y-generation (by Joseph Fonseca) on December 5, 2011

GlobalMET that is considered the international voice for maritime training has repositioned its training strategy to adjust to the paradigm shift in the learning processes unique to the ‘Y’ generation. They used the annual conference of 3 December 2011 held in Pune this time…


Bombay Chambers take the lead in promoting Coastal Shipping and inland waterway transport

Bombay Chambers take the lead in promoting Coastal Shipping and inland waterway transport

Posted to Bombay Chambers take the lead in promoting Coastal Shipping and inland waterway transport (by Joseph Fonseca) on December 7, 2011

For the second time in its entire impressive long history, Bombay Chambers of Commerce & Industry (BCC&I) has come in strong support of the maritime trade in India. This time it has embarked on a major initiative to promote coastal shipping…


First Bunkering conference in India finds a sea of lost opportunities

First Bunkering conference in India finds a sea of lost opportunities

Posted to First Bunkering conference in India finds a sea of lost opportunities (by Joseph Fonseca) on December 12, 2011

India could long have been a bunkering hub had the trade and the authorities sought to clinch the slew of stunning opportunities that exist and which have all the tools needed to become one. These became apparent at the first ever conference…


Terminal operators facing losses - TAMP playing spoilsport?

Terminal operators facing losses - TAMP playing spoilsport?

Posted to Terminal operators facing losses - TAMP playing spoilsport? (by Joseph Fonseca) on July 30, 2012

In the past decade private participation in port development has been encouraging with investment having touched $ 2 billion. Through the National Maritime Development program, the government of India envisages taking the capacity of 12 major…


Dredging contract finally awarded for deepening JNPT channel

Dredging contract finally awarded for deepening JNPT channel

Posted to Dredging contract finally awarded for deepening JNPT channel (by Joseph Fonseca) on August 1, 2012

The dredging contract for deepening the common navigational channel of the Mumbai and Jawaharlal Nehru ports finally got awarded to the Dutch dredging firm, Royal Boskalis Westminster NV this morning. This comes after Jawaharlal Nehru port (JNPT)…


Cargo growth at Indian ports subdued

Cargo growth at Indian ports subdued

Posted to Cargo growth at Indian ports subdued (by Joseph Fonseca) on August 6, 2012

A clamp down on iron ore mines both due to cases of illegal mining as well as damage to environment has begun to tell on the throughput of ports in India. The crack-down has brought down the commodity's output for the year 2011-12 by 18%. According…


Krishnapatnam Port sets world record in coal discharge

Krishnapatnam Port sets world record in coal discharge

Posted to Krishnapatnam Port sets world record in coal discharge (by Joseph Fonseca) on August 8, 2012

Whether it is the Olympic Games fever or a unique business model, Krishnapatnam port has succeeded in placing itself on the world map. Resolute on setting records, which may be part of its strategy to stay ahead of competition, Krishnapatnam Port…


Preventing Accidents due to Human Errors thru Ergonomic design

Preventing Accidents due to Human Errors thru Ergonomic design

Posted to Preventing Accidents due to Human Errors thru Ergonomic design (by Joseph Fonseca) on August 13, 2012

Regulations and systems have not achieved the desired effects in averting marine accidents which are a result of human errors and account for 80 per cent of those occurring worldwide. The implementation of the International Safety Management…


SCI takes delivery of a PSVs & AHTS

SCI takes delivery of a PSVs & AHTS

Posted to SCI takes delivery of a PSVs & AHTS (by Joseph Fonseca) on August 15, 2012

Within a span of a week the Shipping Corporation of India Ltd. (SCI), country’s largest shipping company took delivery of two newbuildings from the Cochin Shipyard Limited. A Platform Supply Vessel (PSV) “m.v. SCI Nalanda” joined its fleet yesterday (14 August…


CMMI’s Maritime Potpourri prepares seafarers to meet the future

CMMI’s Maritime Potpourri prepares seafarers to meet the future

Posted to CMMI’s Maritime Potpourri prepares seafarers to meet the future (by Joseph Fonseca) on August 20, 2012

If there is one organization which can proudly claim to have served as the vital link between maritime training and seafaring and for its dedication to promoting the well-being of Indian seafarers, the Company of Master Mariners of India (CMMI) could very well fit the bill.


Importing trade gets fleeced by ship agents and other operators

Importing trade gets fleeced by ship agents and other operators

Posted to Importing trade gets fleeced by ship agents and other operators (by Joseph Fonseca) on August 22, 2012

Amazingly imported goods into India get subjected to innumerable charges mostly without justification and that too for the same services which have already been paid for. Agents are perpetually looking for ways and means to extract more and…


Where have the on-board training slots gone?

Where have the on-board training slots gone?

Posted to Where have the on-board training slots gone? (by Joseph Fonseca) on August 27, 2012

As a result of the maritime training being thrown open to the private sector, the gap between the total number of cadets being churned out by these private training academies and the on-board training berths available has been widening. In order to take stock of the situation…


SCI takes delivery of its third vessel this month

SCI takes delivery of its third vessel this month

Posted to SCI takes delivery of its third vessel this month (by Joseph Fonseca) on August 29, 2012

Continuing to progress on its robust expansion trajectory, the state-owned Shipping Corporation of India Ltd. (SCI) has made another acquisition of new building, the third one in this month. Yesterday, it took delivery of the Panamax Bulk carrier, m.v. Vishva Vinay.


Customs’ dept. plays spoil sport with CFS operators

Customs’ dept. plays spoil sport with CFS operators

Posted to Customs’ dept. plays spoil sport with CFS operators (by Joseph Fonseca) on September 3, 2012

There has been a change of guard at the National Association of Container Freight Stations (NACFS), Chennai. R. R. Joshi, Chairman of Associated Container Terminals Ltd (ACTL) has taken over from V. Upendran as the new President of the NACFS. Mr.


Ship Recyclers in India feel threatened

Ship Recyclers in India feel threatened

Posted to Ship Recyclers in India feel threatened (by Joseph Fonseca) on September 5, 2012

Held under the aegis of Hinode, the forum for ship recyclers of India provided an opportunity to disclose the threatening environment in which they have to operate. On one hand they contend that they were not getting the recognition they deserved…


Cabotage Law relaxed for Vallarpadam in South India

Cabotage Law relaxed for Vallarpadam in South India

Posted to Cabotage Law relaxed for Vallarpadam in South India (by Joseph Fonseca) on September 10, 2012

The Indian government has finally relaxed the Cabotage law for the Dubai Port World (DP World) operated International Container Transshipment Terminal (ICTT) at Vallarpadam, Kochi in South India despite the spirited opposition by the Indian ship owners lobby.


Mentoring the way for onshore employment

Mentoring the way for onshore employment

Posted to Mentoring the way for onshore employment (by Joseph Fonseca) on September 12, 2012

An economic crisis is not the best of times for seafaring with downsizings, rationalization, layoffs, et al being the order of the day. Instead of waiting endlessly for their turn to join a ship, an increasing number of seafarers are looking for placement on shore.


Heavy lift & project cargo hit by port congestion

Heavy lift & project cargo hit by port congestion

Posted to Heavy lift & project cargo hit by port congestion (by Joseph Fonseca) on September 17, 2012

together before being allowed to berth. At a time when cargo throughput is reported to be falling at most ports this unwarranted congestion happens to be prevailing mostly in major ports (which come under the federal government) and a few private ports.


SMIT on a winning streak in India

SMIT on a winning streak in India

Posted to SMIT on a winning streak in India (by Joseph Fonseca) on September 20, 2012

Forging ahead on a winning streak, SMIT Salvage, the Netherland-based company, has achieved 17 salvage operations on the Indian coast in just six years and in time to come is all set to take on a higher growth trajectory. Plans are underway to step up their expansion plan says Reinder Th Peek…


Marine Engineers’ Convention on overcoming economic meltdown

Marine Engineers’ Convention on overcoming economic meltdown

Posted to Marine Engineers’ Convention on overcoming economic meltdown (by Joseph Fonseca) on September 24, 2012

It is incredible that the two-day 26th National Convention of Marine Engineers finally took place in Mumbai, (Navi Mumbai to be exact) over the past weekend on 22 and 23 September 2012. It is in fact the first time in several years that Mumbai was selected as the venue of this convention.


Who will be the next Director General of Shipping?

Who will be the next Director General of Shipping?

Posted to Who will be the next Director General of Shipping? (by Joseph Fonseca) on September 26, 2012

It’s been some time that the post of the Director General of Shipping in the Indian maritime regulatory body, has remained vacant. Possible names have been doing the rounds and if sources are to be believed the ministry has finally made up its mind on appointing an official. But who will it be?


WISTA India set to unleash the dominant force

WISTA India set to unleash the dominant force

Posted to WISTA India set to unleash the dominant force (by Joseph Fonseca) on October 1, 2012

In a male dominated environment there is the natural tendency for women to feel undermined and overshadowed, even though they may be better placed, better qualified and more talented. As a result they are unable to exercise their full potential and leverage their knowledge and skill to the maximum.


Indian dredging companies face a bad patch

Indian dredging companies face a bad patch

Posted to Indian dredging companies face a bad patch (by Joseph Fonseca) on October 3, 2012

Dredging business is said to have passed through a bad patch in the past few months with many small players losing heavily in some of the contracts undertaken by them. Among these were mostly new comers into the field who in a hurry to make…


ClassNK prepares the ground for ECDIS Training

ClassNK prepares the ground for ECDIS Training

Posted to ClassNK prepares the ground for ECDIS Training (by Joseph Fonseca) on October 8, 2012

Electronic chart display and information system (ECDIS) having been made acceptable by International Maritime Organization (IMO) for meeting the chart carriage requirements, there has been a lot of apprehension and presentiment among mariners…


SCI takes delivery of Suezmax crude carrier

SCI takes delivery of Suezmax crude carrier

Posted to SCI takes delivery of Suezmax crude carrier (by Joseph Fonseca) on October 10, 2012

The Shipping Corporation of India Ltd. (SCI) took delivery of a Suezmax crude oil tanker, named as m.t. “Desh Shobha” this morning. It was purchased from Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries Co. Ltd (HSHI), S. Korea on resale basis. The order for…


India Shipping Summit focuses on positive perspectives and opportunities

India Shipping Summit focuses on positive perspectives and opportunities

Posted to India Shipping Summit focuses on positive perspectives and opportunities (by Joseph Fonseca) on October 15, 2012

Acknowledging the economic downturn that has spread gloom in most spheres of activities, factoring in low key performances and struggles of stakeholders to remain afloat, the recently concluded India Shipping Summit 2012, held last week in Mumbai…


Essar Ports’ profit zooms, rising by 85%

Essar Ports’ profit zooms, rising by 85%

Posted to Essar Ports’ profit zooms, rising by 85% (by Joseph Fonseca) on October 17, 2012

Buoyed by rising captive cargo traffic, Essar Ports, one of India’s largest port companies, achieved sterling performance in the second quarter by doubling its net profits to US$ 16.1 million, an increase of 97 per cent. The unaudited results…


G. E. Shipping 1st to receive Energy Efficiency Statement of Compliance

G. E. Shipping 1st to receive Energy Efficiency Statement of Compliance

Posted to G. E. Shipping 1st to receive Energy Efficiency Statement of Compliance (by Joseph Fonseca) on October 22, 2012

Ahead of the Regulation on Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for new ships scheduled to come into force on 1 January 2013, the Great Eastern Shipping Company Ltd., one of India’s largest private sector shipping company…


Plan, Prevent and Protect against Oil Spills

Plan, Prevent and Protect against Oil Spills

Posted to Plan, Prevent and Protect against Oil Spills (by Joseph Fonseca) on October 24, 2012

There has been one oil spill too many recently. Some spills have gone unreported, including one in the KG basis on the East coast of India, another in South India near Kochi, et al. But the big oil spill have made headlines including the one…


MLC set to brighten up the seafaring career

MLC set to brighten up the seafaring career

Posted to MLC set to brighten up the seafaring career (by Joseph Fonseca) on October 29, 2012

Set to bring back the lost glory of seafaring, the Maritime Labor Convention 2006 (MLC) which will come into force on 20 August 2013, is expected to not only provide  comprehensive rights and protection at work for the seafarers but is also…


SCI now possesses over half of India’s ship tonnage

SCI now possesses over half of India’s ship tonnage

Posted to SCI now possesses over half of India’s ship tonnage (by Joseph Fonseca) on November 5, 2012

Having taken delivery of two Panamax Bulk carriers within five days last week the shipping tonnage of the Shipping Corporation of India Ltd. (SCI), which now stands at 5.85 million dwt. has outstripped the 50% mark of the country’s total tonnage. The two carriers that joined the SCI fleet are m.v.


Having grossed 200 MT ClassNK focuses on the Indian sub-continent

Having grossed 200 MT ClassNK focuses on the Indian sub-continent

Posted to Having grossed 200 MT ClassNK focuses on the Indian sub-continent (by Joseph Fonseca) on November 7, 2012

Not wanting to rest on his laurels after ClassNK having outstripped the 200 million gross tons figure by the end of August 2012, Noboru Ueda, Chairman and President of the society has already embarked on a staunch strategy. “We want to seize…


Grounded tanker salvaged by Great Offshore

Grounded tanker salvaged by Great Offshore

Posted to Grounded tanker salvaged by Great Offshore (by Joseph Fonseca) on November 12, 2012

Malaviya 21 - Owned by "Great Offshore Limited" and built by "Bharati Shipyard" successfully refloated M T Pratibha Cauvey from the Chennai beach. The tanker which ran aground had elicited much interest from the Union Shipping Ministry owing to the tragic death of six sailors after the grounding.


SPNM - A BIG HIT WITH SHIPPING PROFESSIONALS

SPNM - A BIG HIT WITH SHIPPING PROFESSIONALS

Posted to SPNM - A BIG HIT WITH SHIPPING PROFESSIONALS (by Joseph Fonseca) on November 14, 2012

In just one year of its formation, the Shipping Professional Network in Mumbai (SPNM) which celebrated its first anniversary recently has shot into unprecedented prominence with keen interest shown by the maritime and logistic trade. Their annual…


Essar Shipping inducts two mini cape vessels

Essar Shipping inducts two mini cape vessels

Posted to Essar Shipping inducts two mini cape vessels (by Joseph Fonseca) on November 19, 2012

Essar Shipping Limited (ESL) today reported having taken delivery of two mini cape bulk carriers, m v Kishore and m v Ashok. These new builds are the last two mini cape vessels out of six that have been on order with STX (Dalian) Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., China.


WWL sees an impending boom in RO-RO operations

WWL sees an impending boom in RO-RO operations

Posted to WWL sees an impending boom in RO-RO operations (by Joseph Fonseca) on November 21, 2012

Though late in entering the RO-RO shipping sector in India, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics has been quick to catch up with other competitors and expects a boom in business in the not too distant future. However, there are challenges on the way…


India’s port expansion and capacity upgrading summit

India’s port expansion and capacity upgrading summit

Posted to India’s port expansion and capacity upgrading summit (by Joseph Fonseca) on November 26, 2012

Lnoppen, better known as the “corridor of insight” organized their 3 India Port Expansion & Capacity Upgrading Summit last week on 22 and 23 November, 2012 in Mumbai. The Chairman of the conference Anand V. Sharma, Managing Director of Mantrana…


Vedam, design & build shallow water vessels for Nigeria

Vedam, design & build shallow water vessels for Nigeria

Posted to Vedam, design & build shallow water vessels for Nigeria (by Joseph Fonseca) on November 28, 2012

Vedam Design & Technology Center has secured an order for designing and construction of 12 shallow water barges from a Nigerian oil company. Construction is underway and delivery will commence next year with three vessels to be delivered in…


Anglo Eastern shows the way to buck the Downturn

Anglo Eastern shows the way to buck the Downturn

Posted to Anglo Eastern shows the way to buck the Downturn (by Joseph Fonseca) on December 3, 2012

Unfazed by the global recessionary activity Anglo – Eastern Ship Management Ltd has maintained its penchant for aggressive growth and diversification, continuing to gain momentum despite the many impediments. The company which had merely 17…


2nd Bunkering conference sought to put issues in the right perspective

2nd Bunkering conference sought to put issues in the right perspective

Posted to 2nd Bunkering conference sought to put issues in the right perspective (by Joseph Fonseca) on December 5, 2012

The entire spectrum of players in the bunkering business was present in full force at the HINODE’s 2 Annual Conference on Outlook for bunkering and Marine Lubricants in India. The refiners, intermediates including traders, barge operators, shippers…


Mumbai’s offshore container terminal to be commissioned in October 2013

Mumbai’s offshore container terminal to be commissioned in October 2013

Posted to Mumbai’s offshore container terminal to be commissioned in October 2013 (by Joseph Fonseca) on December 10, 2012

After several hiccups the Mumbai Port’s Offshore Container Terminal project which had faced plenty of flax and got involved in controversies is finally set to nearing completion. Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) had signed an Agreement in Dec 2007 with ICTPL…


ClassNK’s innovations for ship owners will help comply with new conventions requirements

ClassNK’s innovations for ship owners will help comply with new conventions requirements

Posted to ClassNK’s innovations for ship owners will help comply with new conventions requirements (by Joseph Fonseca) on December 12, 2012

It is not just the financial crisis and the soaring prices of bunkers that affect shipping. What are even worse are the new conventions set to come into force which will certainly not offer any salubrious climate for shipping but could push…


Lift & Shift uses the coast to move 5 giant modules

Lift & Shift uses the coast to move 5 giant modules

Posted to Lift & Shift uses the coast to move 5 giant modules (by Joseph Fonseca) on December 17, 2012

Albeit India is blessed with one of the longest coastlines stretching 7,517 km and studded with 13 major ports and 200 non-major ports, coastal shipping holds no fascination to this trade despite all the praises being heaped on the benefits of water transport and the environment friendliness facet.


SCI acquires Kamsarmax Bulk carrier & PSV

SCI acquires Kamsarmax Bulk carrier & PSV

Posted to SCI acquires Kamsarmax Bulk carrier & PSV (by Joseph Fonseca) on December 19, 2012

The Shipping Corporation of India Ltd. (SCI) accepted delivery of a Kamsarmax Bulk carrier, m.v. “Vishva Jyoti” yesterday. The vessel is the first of a series of four Kamsarmax bulk carriers ordered by SCI with Jiangsu Eastern Heavy Industries Co. Ltd., China.


Indian Shipping-Growth & Metamorphosis

Indian Shipping-Growth & Metamorphosis

Posted to Indian Shipping-Growth & Metamorphosis (by Joseph Fonseca) on December 24, 2012

Unlike other maritime nations, Indian shipping has had to contend almost relentlessly with little government support since independence when the gross tonnage of Indian fleet stood at 0.19 million tones. This could be said to be one of the reasons…

Indian Shipping-Growth & Metamorphosis

Posted to Indian Shipping-Growth & Metamorphosis (by Joseph Fonseca) on December 24, 2012

Unlike other maritime nations, Indian shipping has had to contend almost relentlessly with little government support since independence when the gross tonnage of Indian fleet stood at 0.19 million tones. This could be said to be one of the reasons…


Pseudo Congestion at Indian ports

Pseudo Congestion at Indian ports

Posted to Pseudo Congestion at Indian ports (by Joseph Fonseca) on December 26, 2012

Ships carrying project and over dimensional cargo are made to wait for days together at some of the Indian ports before they are allowed to berth. This is common at Kandla, Mumbai and Adani Dahej ports according to heavy lift and projects forwarders.


Freight Wings undertakes the mammoth Jacket Loadout

Freight Wings undertakes mammoth Jacket Loadout

Posted to Freight Wings undertakes the mammoth Jacket Loadout (by Joseph Fonseca) on January 2, 2013

With the growing competition in heavy lift forwarding arena, Freight Wings Pvt. Ltd. (FWPL), has diversified into various related activities in order to gain an edge over others in this niche sector. One such additional activity it now undertakes is on-site erection of project cargo.


Initiatives for cargo transport by waterways

Initiatives for cargo transport by waterways

Posted to Initiatives for cargo transport by waterways (by Joseph Fonseca) on January 7, 2013

Report of recent successes in shifting substantial amount of cargo traditionally moved by road to the inland waterways of India is indeed a big break for the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI). Set up under the Union Ministry of Shipping…


TAMP to lose its tariff fixing role

TAMP to lose its tariff fixing role

Posted to TAMP to lose its tariff fixing role (by Joseph Fonseca) on January 9, 2013

Facing all round flak the government has finally decided curtailing the tariff fixing function of the Tariff Authority for Major Ports (TAMP). This was one of the major decisions taken at the 14 Maritime States Development Council (MSDC) meeting of 8 January 2013. The Union Shipping Minister G.


No subsidy for ship building in coming budget

No subsidy for ship building in coming budget

Posted to No subsidy for ship building in coming budget (by Joseph Fonseca) on January 14, 2013

It is going to be a long wait for ship building industry which has been crying itself hoarse for the Indian government to revive plans to reintroduce the subsidy scheme for local shipbuilders that was discontinued five years ago. In fact the Union Shipping Minister G.


Vision for Port Lead Development of Maharashtra

Vision for Port Lead Development of Maharashtra

Posted to Vision for Port Lead Development of Maharashtra (by Joseph Fonseca) on January 16, 2013

The state of Maharashtra boasts of a coastline of 720 km encompassing two major ports which are under the federal government and 48 smaller ports under the state government. Maharashtra with its premier position in country’s trade and commerce…


Essar Ports on a major expansion plan

Essar Ports on a major expansion plan

Posted to Essar Ports on a major expansion plan (by Joseph Fonseca) on January 21, 2013

Essar Ports Ltd., India's second-largest private sector port and terminal company and part of the US $27 billion Essar Group is set on a major capacity expansion spree. The company which presently provides port and terminal services for liquid…


Market expectations from DNV and GL merger

Market expectations from DNV and GL merger

Posted to Market expectations from DNV and GL merger (by Joseph Fonseca) on January 23, 2013

The recent announcement of the merger of the two classification societies Germanischer Lloyd (GL) and Det Norske Veritas (DNV) seems to have caused an unsettling effect on shipping companies, classification societiesand others related organizations.


Brutality and Sadism on the high seas

Brutality and Sadism on the high seas

Posted to Brutality and Sadism on the high seas (by Joseph Fonseca) on January 28, 2013

‘Man’s greatest enemy is man’. This old adage was amply proved in the torture meted out to Abdul Razak, Ali Mohammed Khan and others. Torture is one of the worst forms of hostility that can be brought to bear on helpless victims. 75 year old Yemeni…


Essar Shipping makes dramatic recovery, nets $ 6.5 mi profit

Essar Shipping makes dramatic recovery, nets $ 6.5 mi profit

Posted to Essar Shipping makes dramatic recovery, nets $ 6.5 mi profit (by Joseph Fonseca) on January 30, 2013

Essar Shipping Ltd (ESL) one of India’s largest shipping companies made a dramatic recovery reporting a net profit of $ 6.5 million in 9 months ended Dec 2012 as against a loss of $ 3.3 million in the corresponding period in the previous year.


Salvage operation delays JNPT Dredging

Salvage operation delays JNPT Dredging

Posted to Salvage operation delays JNPT Dredging (by Joseph Fonseca) on February 5, 2013

The $ 235 million dredging project for deepening the JN port’s approach channel has hit a hurdle and may get delayed by at least three months before the work can take off. The unknown quantity of wreck lying at the bottom of the sea has come in the way of the dredging project.


French ports of HAROPA brings Indian sub-continent closer

French ports of HAROPA brings Indian sub-continent closer

Posted to French ports of HAROPA brings Indian sub-continent closer (by Joseph Fonseca) on February 6, 2013

The recent visit of the trade team from HAROPA which constitutes the ports of Le Havre, Rouen and Paris is likely to put trade between the Indian ports and HAROPA on a fast track. Led by Herve Cornede, Director, Commercial and Marketing, HAROPA Ports…


It’s hunky dory on maritime manning & training front

It’s hunky dory on maritime manning & training front

Posted to It’s hunky dory on maritime manning & training front (by Joseph Fonseca) on February 11, 2013

Encouraging updates from the Manning and Training sector in India present a healthy picture of the industry. It appears that the future is set to get brighter as was revealed in a panel discussion held under the aegis of the Company of Master Mariners of India.


Antwerp delegation’s visit to bolster trade with India

Antwerp delegation’s visit to bolster trade with India

Posted to Antwerp delegation’s visit to bolster trade with India (by Joseph Fonseca) on February 13, 2013

Veni, vidi, vici (I came, I saw, I conquered) is what Julius Caesar wrote after one of his quick victories. It could well be the present refrain of the Port Authority of Antwerp following their triumphant visit to India from February 4 to 8 last week.


AEGIS’ first Liquid Terminal at Pipavav Port

AEGIS’ first Liquid Terminal at Pipavav Port

Posted to AEGIS’ first Liquid Terminal at Pipavav Port (by Joseph Fonseca) on February 18, 2013

Aegis Group, leader in oil, gas and chemical logistics embarked last week on its major expansion project at Pipavav Port, Gujarat in Western India. It is setting up a bulk liquid and gas storage terminal for enhancing capacity by another 120,000 KL of bulk liquid and 2700 MT of gas.


Hydraulic Trailer recognition to boost coastal shipping

Hydraulic Trailer recognition to boost coastal shipping

Posted to Hydraulic Trailer recognition to boost coastal shipping (by Joseph Fonseca) on February 20, 2013

Strange as it may seem but the recent Indian government’s move according recognition to “hydraulic trailer” and incorporating it in the Motor Vehicle Rules 1989 will no doubt remove the greatest obstruction to smooth and seamless transportation…


SCI takes delivery of AHTS coinciding with its Agents Meet

SCI takes delivery of AHTS coinciding with its Agents Meet

Posted to SCI takes delivery of AHTS coinciding with its Agents Meet (by Joseph Fonseca) on February 25, 2013

Coinciding with their Annual Worldwide Agents Meet 2013 that commenced today (February 25, 2013) drawing 129 agents from 46 countries, the Shipping Corporation of India (SCI), country’s largest shipping company took delivery of a 120 tonne bollard pull capacity Anchor Handling…


Ship Recyclers complying with Convention ahead of ratification

Ship Recyclers complying with Convention ahead of ratification

Posted to Ship Recyclers complying with Convention ahead of ratification (by Joseph Fonseca) on February 27, 2013

Incredible as it may sound but ahead of the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009 getting ratified, ship breakers in India are on a proactive mode seeking certification under the proposed regulations.


It is ‘too little too late’

It is ‘too little too late’

Posted to It is ‘too little too late’ (by Joseph Fonseca) on March 4, 2013

The Indian government has finally come around to doling out sops to the shipping industry is has been the case in its latest budget announced last week. As for the Indian ship builders the budget has exempted them from paying excise duty of…


Marine Engineers’ Meet focuses on a responsible and vibrant role

Marine Engineers’ Meet focuses on a responsible and vibrant role

Posted to Marine Engineers’ Meet focuses on a responsible and vibrant role (by Joseph Fonseca) on March 6, 2013

For marine engineers of Mumbai, the Annual Meet of the Institute of Marine Engineers (IME(I)) which ends with a grand banquet is a momentous event witnessing the largest turnout in the maritime sector. This year heading the schedule was the…


Liquid cargo to boost India’s port capacity

Liquid cargo to boost India’s port capacity

Posted to Liquid cargo to boost India’s port capacity (by Joseph Fonseca) on March 18, 2013

Phenomenal rise in the import and export of liquid bulk cargo is set to drive capacity growth at Indian ports. As this commodity has proved a major revenue earner for ports like Mumbai Port Trust, the government is increasingly focusing on developing…


Bidding process rock port projects

Bidding process rock port projects

Posted to Bidding process rock port projects (by Joseph Fonseca) on March 20, 2013

Major ports in India always adhered to the system of calling for bids and allotting projects to the lowest bidder. Though this is to ensure transparency there have been several instances of projects getting severely delayed or getting marred…


SMM India 2013 celebrates National Maritime Day

SMM India 2013 celebrates National Maritime Day

Posted to SMM India 2013 celebrates National Maritime Day (by Joseph Fonseca) on April 8, 2013

Had SMM India 2013 been organized as an exclusive entity as was traditionally done at Mumbai’s Bombay Exhibition grounds, it would have resulted in being a very subdued event and may have even gone unnoticed. But this year it played host to…


IMU - the Maritime Varsity in turmoil

IMU - the Maritime Varsity in turmoil

Posted to IMU - the Maritime Varsity in turmoil (by Joseph Fonseca) on April 10, 2013

Four years into its existence, the Indian Maritime University set up under the Union government has turned out to be a big disappointment. Most stakeholders in maritime education and training feel let down on hearing the disturbing news about the new vice-chancellor…


Lurking hazards in transporting dangerous goods

Lurking hazards in transporting dangerous goods

Posted to Lurking hazards in transporting dangerous goods (by Joseph Fonseca) on April 29, 2013

Mishandling and improper stowage of hazardous material have been the cause of horrendous incidents, some of which are very difficult to forget. India has had more than its share of such accidents. The most towering one being the Bhopal gas tragedy…


Torrential rains to bring salvaging bonanza

Torrential rains to bring salvaging bonanza

Posted to Torrential rains to bring salvaging bonanza (by Joseph Fonseca) on May 1, 2013

In recent years, there have been a number of high profile salvaging and wrecks removals on the Indian coast, particularly in Mumbai port. The MSC Chitra, which collided with MV Khalijia and the naval vessel INS Vindhyagiri that caught fire when…


Great Eastern reports sale of 3 vessels, nets 2% profit

Great Eastern reports sale of 3 vessels, nets 2% profit

Posted to Great Eastern reports sale of 3 vessels, nets 2% profit (by Joseph Fonseca) on May 6, 2013

Great Eastern Shipping Company Ltd (GE Shipping) signed a contract to sell Jag Leela, an Aframax crude carrier. The 1999 built vessel of about 105,000 dwt will be delivered to the buyers in Q1FY14. Earlier it had also contracted to sell its…


India to set up port in Bangladesh

India to set up port in Bangladesh

Posted to India to set up port in Bangladesh (by Joseph Fonseca) on May 15, 2013

As a result of the deepening relationship with Bangladesh, India is increasing looking to improving economic partnerships as there is growing realization that increased co-operation will bring substantial socio-economic benefits that can no longer be overlooked.


Does Svitzer dominate the Indian salvage scene?

Does Svitzer dominate the Indian salvage scene?

Posted to Does Svitzer dominate the Indian salvage scene? (by Joseph Fonseca) on May 20, 2013

“There are not many Indian salvors to take care of the prospects that exist here, so I feel all global salvors need to come into India.” says Bas Wiebe, Regional Manager of Svitzer Salvage Asia Pte Ltd., who have plans to increase their footprint in India.


Essar Ports to develop Vizag’s 3 iron ore berths

Essar Ports to develop Vizag’s 3 iron ore berths

Posted to Essar Ports to develop Vizag’s 3 iron ore berths (by Joseph Fonseca) on June 3, 2013

Essar Ports Ltd (EPL) has won the bid for developing three iron ore berths at Visakhapatnam Port on Build Operate Transfer (BOT) basis for 30 year period. The cost of the modernization is estimated at US $ 154 million. The bid was secured through EPL’s wholly-owned subsidiary…


Powerful Version of PrimeShip-HULL Design Software from ClassNK

Powerful Version of PrimeShip-HULL Design Software from ClassNK

Posted to Powerful Version of PrimeShip-HULL Design Software from ClassNK (by Joseph Fonseca) on June 5, 2013

The new version of its PrimeShip-HULL (HCSR) ship design support software is the latest creation by ClassNK that could bring about a sea-change in ship building. Amongst other features this version incorporates the new second draft of the IACS Harmonized Common Structural Rules…


Developed countries fail to bulldoze India & ors on GHG control at IMO

Developed countries fail to bulldoze India & others on GHG control

Posted to Developed countries fail to bulldoze India & ors on GHG control at IMO (by Joseph Fonseca) on June 10, 2013

At the meeting of International Maritime Organization (IMO) called to consider implementation of the Green House Gases (GHG) emission control regulatory regime, India and other like-minded nations successfully warded off pressure from developed countries to toe the line.


BOXCO handles longest ODC through Mumbai port

BOXCO handles longest ODC through Mumbai port

Posted to BOXCO handles longest ODC through Mumbai port (by Joseph Fonseca) on June 17, 2013

Heavy Lift & Project logistics specialist, BOXCO, is on a record breaking spree! They handled the longest and the heaviest out-of-gauge equipment to pass through Mumbai port. This over-dimensional cargo (ODC), a C2 splitter is 92 meters long…


Naval Architects focus on Ship building & Retrofitting OSVs

Naval Architects focus on Ship building & Retrofitting OSVs

Posted to Naval Architects focus on Ship building & Retrofitting OSVs (by Joseph Fonseca) on June 19, 2013

Technical session like the ones held by the Institution of Naval Architect can be rewarding and a boon for participants since much effort and care is taken to scout around and select relevant topics and speakers who have first-hand knowledge…


Proposed Karanja port near JNPT could corner MbPT cargo



For ladies seafaring is a better option!

For ladies seafaring is a better option!

Posted to For ladies seafaring is a better option! (by Joseph Fonseca) on June 26, 2013

Britannia, please excuse! Ladies set to rule the waves!! Please don’t take it as a warning, or a threat of any kind nor is it a declaration. But Ms Anuradha Jha who will be taking command of a vessel of the Shipping Corporation of India next…


Ranco’s Integrated Port-cum-SEZ will harness Upstream Servicing opportunities



It is show time for Conferences & Events

It is show time for Conferences & Events

Posted to It is show time for Conferences & Events (by Joseph Fonseca) on July 17, 2013

The sagging economy, rising inflation, weakening rupee and the falling FOREX reserves has caused the Indian government to take strategic steps to bring the economy around. Leading the list is the relaxation of the foreign direct investments…


India to have a say on the International body- CMI

India to have a say on the International body- CMI

Posted to India to have a say on the International body- CMI (by Joseph Fonseca) on July 22, 2013

India will soon have a say in the Comite Maritime International (CMI), the world body which has been instrumental for initiating several conventions that have been adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). So far many regulations…


Administration Makes Inspections Institute savvy



DNV & GL merger will be completed soon

DNV & GL merger will be completed soon

Posted to DNV & GL merger will be completed soon (by Joseph Fonseca) on August 7, 2013

Ahead of expectations, the merger of the two classification societies, Det Norske Veritas (DNV) and Germanischer Lloyd (GL) will in all probability take place within the next three months according reliable sources. The agreement had been signed…


IRS gets interactive with clients

IRS gets interactive with clients

Posted to IRS gets interactive with clients (by Joseph Fonseca) on August 12, 2013

Having attained the full membership of International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) in 2010, the Indian Register of Shipping (IRS) embarked on a bold and courageous initiative holding its first interactive session with its clients…


Beaching method of ship recycling could get Class certification

Beaching method of ship recycling could get Class certification

Posted to Beaching method of ship recycling could get Class certification (by Joseph Fonseca) on August 26, 2013

The ship recycling facility to Jiangmen Zhongxin Shipbreaking & Steel Co., Ltd in China may be the only yard at present to have the Statement of Compliance (SOC) in the world. But in all probability few yards based at Alang on the West coast of India where ship breaking is by the beaching method…


AEMTC provides a link with mega vessels & Maersk McKinney Moller

AEMTC provides a link with mega vessels & Maersk McKinney Moller

Posted to AEMTC provides a link with mega vessels & Maersk McKinney Moller (by Joseph Fonseca) on August 28, 2013

The biggest sea giant, Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller, launched in June this year at the Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering shipyard in Okpo, South Korea, and entered into service on July 15, may never make it to any port in India. In factthere is no…


Focus on Shipping, Ship Building & Finance at Naval Architects Meet

Focus on Shipping, Ship Building & Finance at Naval Architects Meet

Posted to Focus on Shipping, Ship Building & Finance at Naval Architects Meet (by Joseph Fonseca) on September 2, 2013

The third technical session of the Institution of Naval Architect held on 24 August 2013 brought into focus three key issues – “Shipping, Ship Building and Finance”. The topic on ‘Shipbuilding scenario - Present and Future Prospects” presented by Arun K Gupta…


Krishnapatnam first private operator to dedicate berth for project cargo

Krishnapatnam first private operator to dedicate berth for project cargo

Posted to Krishnapatnam first private operator to dedicate berth for project cargo (by Joseph Fonseca) on October 7, 2013

Gearing up to meet the huge demand for heavy lift and project cargo, Krishnapatnam Port Company Ltd., has become the first Indian private port to dedicate a berth with deep draft specially for handling project cargo. The five acres storage capacity…


INMEX INDIA still rides high

INMEX INDIA still rides high

Posted to INMEX INDIA still rides high (by Joseph Fonseca) on October 9, 2013

Having withstood the test of time for over a decade, INMEX INDIA considered to have successfully consolidated and grown, was however, not able to effectively buck the downturn this year. The event now being held since 8 October to culminate tomorrow…


Growing importance of Cash Buyers and Recyclers

Growing importance of Cash Buyers and Recycling

Posted to Growing importance of Cash Buyers and Recyclers (by Joseph Fonseca) on October 15, 2013

The ship’s last journey to its grave - in most cases a matter of no consequence – could change the traditional way ship financing takes place. Cash buyers and ship recycling are beginning to have greater impact on ship building, sale & purchase and also shipping in general.


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Another body blow to Mumbai Port’s Container Terminal Project

Another body blow to Mumbai Port’s Container Terminal Project

Posted to Another body blow to Mumbai Port’s Container Terminal Project (by Joseph Fonseca) on October 18, 2013

Mumbai port’s first container terminal, Indira Container Terminal (ICTPL- the offshore terminal), a joint venture between Gammon India and Dragados of Spain which has been delayed by more than six years after the agreement was first signed in 2007 has received another body blow.


SPNM’s crosses 1st milestone at its 2nd annual meet

SPNM’s crosses 1st milestone at its 2nd annual meet

Posted to SPNM’s crosses 1st milestone at its 2nd annual meet (by Joseph Fonseca) on October 21, 2013

The Shipping Professional Network in Mumbai (SPNM) seems to have jumped up the popularity graph from day one of being launched with every function since its inception two years ago seeing ever larger numbers attending their quarterly networking events.


India Shipping Summit 2013 - a game changer

India Shipping Summit 2013 - a game changer

Posted to India Shipping Summit 2013 - a game changer (by Joseph Fonseca) on October 24, 2013

Was India Shipping Summit 2013 successful in unraveling the “secret” said to provide stakeholders and other industry professionals with solutions to surmount the myriad hurdles in the way while helping them to keep their tryst with victory?


Adani Ports & SEZ continue their stellar performance

Adani Ports & SEZ continue their stellar performance

Posted to Adani Ports & SEZ continue their stellar performance (by Joseph Fonseca) on October 28, 2013

Navigating the economic turbulence, Adani Ports & SEZ Ltd, India’s largest port developer and part of Adani Group demonstrated impressive performance, achieving a consolidated total income for the half year of $ 495.8 million which is an increase…


Largest marina to come up in Mumbai

Largest marina to come up in Mumbai

Posted to Largest marina to come up in Mumbai (by Joseph Fonseca) on October 30, 2013

The country’s largest marina set to take shape on the Mumbai waterfront will be specially designed to harbor luxury boats, yachts and catamarans. It will come up on the East coast of the city where land will be leased together with water area…


Propulsion evolution

Propulsion evolution

Posted to Propulsion evolution (by Joseph Fonseca) on November 5, 2013

As the shipping industry faces rapid and comprehensive changes in various sectors, naval architects find themselves facing the brunt of the heavy demands not just from the regulatory change being brought into place but also the increasing pressures to shore up engine efficiency…


Rush for setting up LNG Terminals

Rush for setting up LNG Terminals

Posted to Rush for setting up LNG Terminals (by Joseph Fonseca) on November 6, 2013

Hiranandani Group is the latest to jump onto the LNG terminal bandwagon. H-Gas, which was incorporated in March 2010 to realize Hiranandani Group’s plans to enter into the LNG regasification and natural gas marketing business, is setting up the $ 1 billion LNG Terminal project.


More training slots sought at Jt Indo-Norwegian seminar

More training slots sought at Jt Indo-Norwegian seminar

Posted to More training slots sought at Jt Indo-Norwegian seminar (by Joseph Fonseca) on November 11, 2013

The joint Indo-Norwegian meetings and seminars which have been held regularly since 1992 have greatly helped to focus on major issues at the same time strengthen the bonds of friendship and the promotion of trade between the two countries. In…


Uncertainty overshadows Jawaharlal Nehru Port

Uncertainty overshadows Jawaharlal Nehru Port

Posted to Uncertainty overshadows Jawaharlal Nehru Port (by Joseph Fonseca) on November 13, 2013

Will the expansion program of the Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNP), the country’s largest container port be able to see the light of day considering the innumerable hurdles threatening to scuttle it away despite the best of efforts? Doubts are being…


Logistic solution providers want better infrastructure

Logistic solution providers want better infrastructure

Posted to Logistic solution providers want better infrastructure (by Joseph Fonseca) on November 18, 2013

India’s poor infrastructure poses the greatest challenge to logistics solution providers. The country is seen losing heavily in several quarters. At the 2nd edition of INTERMODAL INDIA 2013 organized bu UBM in Mumbai last weekend various papers…


Indian Register of Shipping – A class Apart

Indian Register of Shipping – A class Apart

Posted to Indian Register of Shipping – A class Apart (by Joseph Fonseca) on November 20, 2013

Acquiring full membership of the International Association of Classification Societies Ltd. (IACS), and with the appointment of a new CMD, the first step for IRS is to move up in terms of quality and enhanced standards execution and delivery.


ClassNK sets the stage for implementing the new conventions

ClassNK sets the stage for implementing the new conventions

Posted to ClassNK sets the stage for implementing the new conventions (by Joseph Fonseca) on November 25, 2013

ClassNK has always been in the forefront in promoting good practices and creating awareness about new conventions of the International Maritime Organization set to come into force so that stakeholders become a part of the solution. Its Research…


European delegations’ visits - boost bilateral ties

European delegations’ visits - boost bilateral ties

Posted to European delegations’ visits - boost bilateral ties (by Joseph Fonseca) on November 27, 2013

India plays host to yet another major delegation after the just concluded visit of the eight-member Danish delegation led by Nick Haekkerup, Minister for Trade and Economic Affairs, Denmark having visited the Dadri facility of APM Terminals India Pvt. Ltd.


Beleaguered Varun Shipping crosses major hurdle

Beleaguered Varun Shipping crosses major hurdle

Posted to Beleaguered Varun Shipping crosses major hurdle (by Joseph Fonseca) on December 2, 2013

The Maritime Administrators’ axe scheduled to fall on Varun Shipping Company Ltd. has been stayed, with the company having now cleared all back wages of its employees until July end of this year as directed by the Director General of Shipping (DGS), government of India.


Competition, a powerful training tool

Competition, a powerful training tool

Posted to Competition, a powerful training tool (by Joseph Fonseca) on December 4, 2013

Competitions are gaining popularity in marine engineering training institutes, one reason being that the Institute of Marine Engineers India (IMEI) is actively promoting these by sponsoring a series of competitions not just on their own but…


India seen as a prospective bunkering hub

India seen as a prospective bunkering hub

Posted to India seen as a prospective bunkering hub (by Joseph Fonseca) on December 9, 2013

Had it not been for the high taxation on ship fuel, lack of infrastructure for facilitating bunker supply directly at the berths, poor bunker quality and volumes, India could easily become a bunkering hub. This was the consensus amongst speakers…


Networking platform enabling cloud computing to link SPNM members 24x7

Networking platform enabling cloud computing to link SPNM members 24x7

Posted to Networking platform enabling cloud computing to link SPNM members 24x7 (by Joseph Fonseca) on April 15, 2013

Set to boost networking performance of its members, Shipping Professional Networking Mumbai (SPNM), now in their second year of existence, is in the process of launching a powerful networking platform which will be made operational 24 x 7. Designed…


Soft Skills give an edge to marine engineering cadets

Soft Skills give an edge to marine engineering cadets

Posted to Soft Skills give an edge to marine engineering cadets (by Joseph Fonseca) on April 17, 2013

Training has become an indispensible tool and in the maritime sector its importance cannot be more emphasized over any other accepted technique especially for ensuring better, positive and long lasting results. When it comes to raising the bar on quality or expertise…


Essar Ports on a high trajectory growth

Essar Ports on a high trajectory growth

Posted to Essar Ports on a high trajectory growth (by Joseph Fonseca) on April 22, 2013

Driven by captive cargo growth comprising a total 98 per cent of the entire throughput at its ports and terminals, Essar Ports Ltd achieved a five-fold jump in net profit amounting to $ 100.3 million for the year 2012-2013. The cargo handled…


INA Seminar focuses on Sonar dome & Energy efficient ships

INA Seminar focuses on Sonar dome & Energy efficient ships

Posted to INA Seminar focuses on Sonar dome & Energy efficient ships (by Joseph Fonseca) on April 24, 2013

For the naval architects, the quarterly seminar organized by the Institute of Naval Architects (INA) is an opportunity for advancement - learn more about the latest techniques employed in allied fields, like garnering information on innovative…


G E Shipping order for 3 new building Kamsarmax - a wise strategy

G E Shipping order for 3 new building Kamsarmax - a wise strategy

Posted to G E Shipping order for 3 new building Kamsarmax - a wise strategy (by Joseph Fonseca) on December 11, 2013

In a strategic move the Great Eastern Shipping Company Limited (G E Shipping) has placed an order for three new building Kamsarmax dry bulk carriers with the Jiangsu Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Group, China. At a time when there is over capacity…


Essar to develop & operate 3 iron ore berths at Vizag

Essar to develop & operate 3 iron ore berths at Vizag

Posted to Essar to develop & operate 3 iron ore berths at Vizag (by Joseph Fonseca) on December 16, 2013

Essar Vizag Terminals Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Essar Ports Ltd., has entered into a concessional agreement with Visakhapatnam Port Trust for development and operations of three iron ore berths at Visakhapatnam Port on Build Operate and Transfer (BOT) basis for a period of 30 years.


Univan’s manning growth to rely on Indian seafarers

Univan’s manning growth to rely on Indian seafarers

Posted to Univan’s manning growth to rely on Indian seafarers (by Joseph Fonseca) on May 9, 2013

Claims to be the first foreign company to employ Indian seafarers on its global fleet Univan Ship Management Limited has chalked up a robust expansion plan banking on employing mariners from India. With around 90 vessels presently under their management…


Great Eastern Shpg & I.N. Bose show the way to EEDI

Great Eastern Shpg & I.N. Bose show the way to EEDI

Posted to Great Eastern Shpg & I.N. Bose show the way to EEDI (by Joseph Fonseca) on May 13, 2013

“Energy Efficiency and Ships” a book on Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) by Indra Nath Bose is being considered an indispensible guide for the maritime industry and has served to provide a leg up for at least one shipping company. According to Mr.


APSEZ enters East coast having set up its coal import terminal at Vizag

APSEZ enters East coast having set up its coal import terminal at Vizag

Posted to APSEZ enters East coast having set up its coal import terminal at Vizag (by Joseph Fonseca) on December 18, 2013

After the report of Essar developing three iron ore berths at Visakhapatnam port, the port is again in the news. This time it is Adani Ports & Special Economic Zone Ltd (APSEZ), India’s largest port developer and part of the Adani Group, a global integrated player…


SCI takes delivery of another bulk carrier

SCI takes delivery of another bulk carrier

Posted to SCI takes delivery of another bulk carrier (by Joseph Fonseca) on May 22, 2013

The Shipping Corporation of India Ltd. (SCI) acquisition spree of new buildings continues. Just two days ago on 20 May 2013, it accepted delivery of a Kamsarmax bulk carrier, M. V. “Vishva Chetna”. This is the second vessel of the four Kamsarmax…


The great Indian Offshore promise

The great Indian Offshore promise

Posted to The great Indian Offshore promise (by Joseph Fonseca) on May 27, 2013

The frenzied search for oil and gas in the Indian offshore sector has literally caused an unbridled influx of foreign players endeavoring to carve out a bigger share of the pie. With little or no impediment in their way, overseas operators far outnumber the Indians.


Administration to position two emergency towing vessels on coast

Administration to position two emergency towing vessels on coast

Posted to Administration to position two emergency towing vessels on coast (by Joseph Fonseca) on May 29, 2013

As a precautionary measure the Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) not wanting to take chances has decided to deploy emergency towing vessels (ETV) one on each coast of India to attend to any distress calls from stranded or beleaguered vessels which has become a common feature during the monsoons.


GEIMS upscales its simulative training

GEIMS upscales its simulative training

Posted to GEIMS upscales its simulative training (by Joseph Fonseca) on June 12, 2013

While all efforts are underway to make life at sea safer, more secure, cleaner and also comfortable, the Great Eastern Institute of Maritime Studies (GEIMS) has taken unprecedented steps to go even further to make learning easier for future seafarers.


When Bill of Lading become the problem

When Bill of Lading become the problem

Posted to When Bill of Lading become the problem (by Joseph Fonseca) on July 1, 2013

The mounting problems caused in relations to the Bills of Lading (B/L), an important document in the EXIM Trade, have been a matter of concern. Many importers, exporters, freight forwarders, shipping agents, carriers, other transporters etc.…


Anglo Eastern 1st ship manager to hold 2nd mate’s course

Anglo Eastern 1st ship manager to hold 2nd mate’s course

Posted to Anglo Eastern 1st ship manager to hold 2nd mate’s course (by Joseph Fonseca) on July 3, 2013

Call it competition or a race to keep ahead of others. But there is an obvious trend to enhance quality of training so that those passing out of these institutes are more capable, better skilled and resilient to meet the challenges of the future.


Mumbai Port in troubled waters

Mumbai Port in troubled waters

Posted to Mumbai Port in troubled waters (by Joseph Fonseca) on July 8, 2013

Mumbai Port which has long been the principal gateway to India and has played a pivotal role in the development of the national economy, trade & commerce and prosperity of Mumbai city is now seen to be running the gauntlet. The heavily employee-laden port now appears to be prone to hurdles…


Outlook & Emerging Challenges in Ports and Shipping

Ranco’s Integrated Port-cum-SEZ will harness Upstream Servicing opportunities

Posted to Outlook & Emerging Challenges in Ports and Shipping (by Joseph Fonseca) on July 15, 2013

Ranco’s Integrated Port-cum-SEZ, set to take shape on the Gujarat coast is touted to create a sea-change in the upstream E & P operations on the Indian offshore. This unique venture being put up by Mumbai-based Ranco Energy and Projects Pvt.

Outlook & Emerging Challenges in Ports and Shipping

Posted to Outlook & Emerging Challenges in Ports and Shipping (by Joseph Fonseca) on July 10, 2013

While the on-going economic crisis continues to plague the maritime industry, Integrated Business Media found it to be the right time to take a review of certain sectors of the industry. For this it conducted the first of ten editions of SeaPorts…


Global Intelligence features Maritime Agenda 2020

Global Intelligence features Maritime Agenda 2020

Posted to Global Intelligence features Maritime Agenda 2020 (by Joseph Fonseca) on July 24, 2013

Global Intelligence’s first event MARITIME INDIA 2013 that was held in Mumbai last week drew surprisingly a lot of participants considering that the city is facing its severest monsoon in decades and also it is a time of the year when most in…


G E Shipping orders 2 new-builds - Kamsarmax carriers

G E Shipping orders 2 new-builds - Kamsarmax carriers

Posted to G E Shipping orders 2 new-builds - Kamsarmax carriers (by Joseph Fonseca) on July 29, 2013

Has the recession bottomed out? There has been some cautious optimism around to suggest that the worst of the rapid decline in world economic output may be over and we will be seeing better days ahead. However, Great Eastern Shipping Company…


New guidelines for Tariff at Major ports notified

New guidelines for Tariff at Major ports notified

Posted to New guidelines for Tariff at Major ports notified (by Joseph Fonseca) on July 31, 2013

As the role of Tariff Authority for Major Ports (TAMP) - the port regulator - had been under severe criticism, the Indian government this evening announced a new set of guidelines for the determination of Tariff at Major Ports that come under the federal government.


Will Bharati Shipyard take control of Great Offshore?

Will Bharati Shipyard take control of Great Offshore?

Posted to Will Bharati Shipyard take control of Great Offshore? (by Joseph Fonseca) on December 2, 2009

It was supposed to be a fight to the finish. But the battle to gain control of Great Offshore, the country’s largest integrated offshore services firm by the two rival bidders ABG Shipyard and Bharati Shipyard - the country’s top two shipbuilders - came to a tame end with Bharati winning hands down.

Will Bharati Shipyard take control of Great Offshore?

Posted to Will Bharati Shipyard take control of Great Offshore? (by Joseph Fonseca) on December 2, 2009

It was supposed to be a fight to the finish. But the battle to gain control of Great Offshore, the country’s largest integrated offshore services firm by the two rival bidders ABG Shipyard and Bharati Shipyard - the country’s top two shipbuilders - came to a tame end with Bharati winning hands down.


AET may get to trade on the Indian coast

AET may get to trade on the Indian coast

Posted to AET may get to trade on the Indian coast (by Joseph Fonseca) on December 7, 2009

The possibility of American Eagle Tankers (AET), a subsidiary of Malaysia International Shipping Corp being permitted to flag in one of their vessels under the Indian registry has caused resentment within the Indian shipping industry. Though…


Ship Manning almost unscathed by downturn

Ship Manning almost unscathed by downturn

Posted to Ship Manning almost unscathed by downturn (by Joseph Fonseca) on December 9, 2009

Ship Manning companies in India seem hardly affected by the economic turmoil that has played havoc with shipping worldwide. With the exception of a few companies which had some of their ships, especially container vessels, getting mothballed…


Dilution of Dragados’ share in Indira Container Terminal not to affect project

Dilution of Dragados’ share in Indira Container Terminal not to affect project

Posted to Dilution of Dragados’ share in Indira Container Terminal not to affect project (by Joseph Fonseca) on December 14, 2009

The move by Dragados Spl, subsidiary of the Spanish construction giant ACS, to dilute its stakes in Indira Container Terminal Pvt Ltd will in no way disrupt the construction of Bombay Port’s star project, Mumbai Offshore Container Terminal.


SAL set to boosts Mumbai Port’s Project Cargo Hub plans

SAL set to boosts Mumbai Port’s Project Cargo Hub plans

Posted to SAL set to boosts Mumbai Port’s Project Cargo Hub plans (by Joseph Fonseca) on December 16, 2009

With Mumbai port (MbPT) getting repositioned as a project cargo hub on the West coast of India, Schiffarhtskontor Altes Land GmbH (SAL) a major heavy lift carriers whose vessels call regularly at various Indian ports, have plans to make Mumbai…


Ship detentions – a cause for concern

Ship detentions – a cause for concern

Posted to Ship detentions – a cause for concern (by Joseph Fonseca) on December 21, 2009

Ship detentions have become the cause for serious concern in shipping circles. The number of Indian ships getting detained in foreign ports by port state control authorities this year has already surpassed the figure of the past four years average.


Greatship takes delivery of MPSSV

Greatship takes delivery of MPSSV

Posted to Greatship takes delivery of MPSSV (by Joseph Fonseca) on December 23, 2009

Greatship Global Offshore Services Pte. Ltd. (GGOS) has taken delivery of Greatship Maya, a Multipurpose Platform Supply and Support Vessel (MPSSV), from Keppel Singmarine Pte. Ltd., Singapore. Greatship Global Offshore Services Pte. Ltd (GGOS)…


Amendments to ISM code sought - Review of Risk Assessment & Control

Amendments to ISM code sought - Review of Risk Assessment & Control

Posted to Amendments to ISM code sought - Review of Risk Assessment & Control (by Joseph Fonseca) on December 28, 2009

Last week’s Indian government sponsored Annual Seminar-cum-Workshop held at Powai to review Risk Assessment and Control vis-à-vis the ISM Code turned out to be an opportunity for industry‘s representatives and some veteran seafarers to take a pot-shot at the administration’s short comings.


Indian Marine Officers migrating to foreign ships

Indian Marine Officers migrating to foreign ships

Posted to Indian Marine Officers migrating to foreign ships (by Joseph Fonseca) on December 30, 2009

The flight of Indian marine officers to foreign shipping companies has become a cause of worry for Indian shipping companies who are already plagued by shortage of officers. Recently, the Indian National Shipowners Association (INSA) requested the Ministry of Shipping…


More companies taking the dredging route

More companies taking the dredging route

Posted to More companies taking the dredging route (by Joseph Fonseca) on January 4, 2010

With soaring dredging prospects, more and more shipping companies and port operators are taking the dredging route in India to boost their revenues. With just three Indian dredging companies existing about a decade ago the Indian Union Minister of Shipping, G.


AET affords first 100% FDI in shipping for India

AET affords first 100% FDI in shipping for India

Posted to AET affords first 100% FDI in shipping for India (by Joseph Fonseca) on January 6, 2010

The New Year has brought in good news not only for the Indian maritime trade but also for American Eagle Tankers (AET). With the Indian government allowing American Eagle Tankers to flag in their single hull tanker to operate on the Indian coastal…


Pentagon Marine in the forefront of growth

Pentagon Marine in the forefront of growth

Posted to Pentagon Marine in the forefront of growth (by Joseph Fonseca) on January 11, 2010

If there was a Top Performers’ Excellence Award dedicated to the fastest growing ship manning company in it would certainly go to Pentagon Marine Services Private Limited (PMS). The company’s ability to overcome various obstacles is remarkable – notwithstanding the global recessionary hurdles…


Accidents on the Indian coast send the administration into a tizzy

Accidents on the Indian coast send the administration into a tizzy

Posted to Accidents on the Indian coast send the administration into a tizzy (by Joseph Fonseca) on January 13, 2010

Reports of accidents taking place despite the best efforts of the administration have upset the industry and port authorities alike. What is appalling is that these incidents seem to defy all the safety measures put in place for making oceans safe and secure and to bring in efficiency in shipping…


Immense Potential for moving cargo by inland waterways

Immense Potential for moving cargo by inland waterways

Posted to Immense Potential for moving cargo by inland waterways (by Joseph Fonseca) on January 18, 2010

Conscious of the potential of the inland water transport the Indian authorities are getting set to remove all hurdles and give a boost to this cheaper cost effective, environment friendly mode of transport. The signal from the government at…


Liquefaction of Iron ore cargo caused vessel to list & ground

Liquefaction of Iron ore cargo caused vessel to list & ground

Posted to Liquefaction of Iron ore cargo caused vessel to list & ground (by Joseph Fonseca) on January 20, 2010

Investigation into the causes of grounding and subsequent listing of the 17,240 DWT Black Forest has only reaffirmed the dictum that the trade should have long term approach in establishing safety standards towards accident free image rather than profitability alone.


Ship Recycling in India on its last lap?

Ship Recycling in India on its last lap?

Posted to Ship Recycling in India on its last lap? (by Joseph Fonseca) on January 25, 2010

As the flourishing ship recycling industry soars towards its zenith, those in the field appear to have the premonition that the business in India will fold up soon. Not to be associated with to the cyclic nature of shipping, the presentiments…


Two Product Tankers join SCI fleet

Two Product Tankers join SCI fleet

Posted to Two Product Tankers join SCI fleet (by Joseph Fonseca) on January 27, 2010

In the past 48 hours, the government owned, Shipping Corporation of India Ltd. (SCI), India’s largest shipping company has taken deliveries of two Medium Range Product Tankers, m.t. Swarna Mala and m.t. Swarna Pushp. The acquisition was effected on 25th January & 27th January 2010 respectively.


Two Container Terminals set to take shape at JNPT

Two Container Terminals set to take shape at JNPT

Posted to Two Container Terminals set to take shape at JNPT (by Joseph Fonseca) on February 1, 2010

Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT) the biggest container port in India handling 60% containers traffic of the country is set to shore up its capacity. With the Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure (CCI) having given its approval last week the port…


Proactive Anglo Eastern group sets up pre- sea academy

Proactive Anglo Eastern group sets up pre- sea academy

Posted to Proactive Anglo Eastern group sets up pre- sea academy (by Joseph Fonseca) on February 3, 2010

The possibility of marine officers’ shortage playing havoc with ship manning plans has continued to weigh heavily on manning companies world wide. Many have opened their offices in India to source Indian marine officers but have not been able to find a lasting solution to their problem.


DP World’s CT to cause a paradigm shift to container trade

DP World’s CT to cause a paradigm shift to container trade

Posted to DP World’s CT to cause a paradigm shift to container trade (by Joseph Fonseca) on February 8, 2010

Once the D. P. World’s International Transshipment Container Terminal (ICTT) at  Vallarpadam, Cochin gets commissioned by June 2010 the container trade in South Asia is expected to experience a paradigm shift. The D. P. World’s transshipment…


Port security enhanced to contain dangers from hazmat

Port security enhanced to contain dangers from hazmat

Posted to Port security enhanced to contain dangers from hazmat (by Joseph Fonseca) on February 10, 2010

Accidents occurring on the Indian coast have been a cause of concern for the maritime fraternity and the government. With 50% of dry bulkers moving hazardous cargo and an increasing number of tankers with dangerous / explosive material calling at Indian ports…


Vallarpadam CT to give a boost to feeder services

Vallarpadam CT to give a boost to feeder services

Posted to Vallarpadam CT to give a boost to feeder services (by Joseph Fonseca) on February 15, 2010

The commissioning of the transshipment hub of D.P. World at Vallarpadam in South India in three months’ time is expected to bring in two million containers that are transshipped at foreign ports. With the focus on transshipment is likely to shift to Vallarpadam…


ClassNK has a dramatic role to play in India

ClassNK has a dramatic role to play in India

Posted to ClassNK has a dramatic role to play in India (by Joseph Fonseca) on February 17, 2010

As ClassNK celebrates its 110 anniversary, Noboru Ueda, it’s Chairman and President who is set to take over the Chairmanship of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) in July this year has firmed up a robust agenda…


NUSI threaten to boycott Gulf of Aden/Somalia coast

NUSI threaten to boycott Gulf of Aden/Somalia coast

Posted to NUSI threaten to boycott Gulf of Aden/Somalia coast (by Joseph Fonseca) on February 22, 2010

Fed up being mere spectators and sidelined by governments and the trade at large the National Union of Seafarers of India (NUSI) one of the leading trade unions has finally decided on taking the initiative to protect its members from piracy.


ITF Offshore team focuses on India

ITF Offshore team focuses on India

Posted to ITF Offshore team focuses on India (by Joseph Fonseca) on February 24, 2010

Though it is generally believed that the meeting of the Offshore Task Force of the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) held in India for the first time from 22 to 24 February 2010 was to share with the Indian affiliates the knowledge…


Pilot Shortage set to ease

Pilot Shortage set to ease

Posted to Pilot Shortage set to ease (by Joseph Fonseca) on March 1, 2010

The dearth of Pilots, who guide ships through the congested waters of the harbor, is being felt world wide. The recent proposed initiatives could well ease the situation considerably provided the government acts promptly in forming a pool of…


Contempt Notice served on ONGC’s CMD and Director (Offshore)

Contempt Notice served on ONGC’s CMD and Director (Offshore)

Posted to Contempt Notice served on ONGC’s CMD and Director (Offshore) (by Joseph Fonseca) on March 3, 2010

Several vessel operators in the Indian offshore engage people illegally to serve on their vessels through unregistered agents. Recently, a contractor who had employed five persons to serve as catering staff on one of the vessels owned by the…


Ports, all at sea – Capt. Saggi, Government Advisor

Ports, all at sea – Capt. Saggi, Government Advisor

Posted to Ports, all at sea – Capt. Saggi, Government Advisor (by Joseph Fonseca) on March 8, 2010

Although there are various checks in place there are many instances of ships without proper insurance cover that continue to call at various ports and pose a danger. Because port authorities do not have any means of ascertaining the veracity…


Karaikal Port being repositioned for a higher throughput

Karaikal Port being repositioned for a higher throughput

Posted to Karaikal Port being repositioned for a higher throughput (by Joseph Fonseca) on March 10, 2010

Karaikal, the green-field private port on the South-East coast of the Indian peninsula, is being repositioned to handle a faster growth rate to keep pace with the spiraling demand. “At present, plenty of containerized cargo which moves through…


Strength in numbers - Federation of Maritime Professionals formed

Strength in numbers - Federation of Maritime Professionals formed

Posted to Strength in numbers - Federation of Maritime Professionals formed (by Joseph Fonseca) on March 15, 2010

Being disregarded more often then not caused three maritime professional bodies to come together as a single massive entity with the aim of exercising greater clout with the authorities, the maritime community and the public at large. On 5 March 2010…


‘Year of seafarer’ is a paradox - CMMI

‘Year of seafarer’ is a paradox - CMMI

Posted to ‘Year of seafarer’ is a paradox - CMMI (by Joseph Fonseca) on March 17, 2010

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) may have declared ‘2010 as the Year of the Seafarer’ to acknowledge the fervent service rendered by the seafarers worldwide, but the Company of Master Mariners of India at its meeting last week noted this gesture more of a paradox.


Univan Ship Management in safe hands

Univan Ship Management in safe hands

Posted to Univan Ship Management in safe hands (by Joseph Fonseca) on March 22, 2010

When the ship management legend Captain Charles Arthur Joseph Vanderperre passed away in September last, doubts were expressed about the future of Univan Ship Management Ltd., the company he had established and nurtured. In just 80 days of having donned the mantle Richard Hext…


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DP World pitches for Cabotage Law relaxation

DP World pitches for Cabotage Law relaxation

Posted to DP World pitches for Cabotage Law relaxation (by Joseph Fonseca) on March 24, 2010

Following sentry of American Eagle Tankers’ vessel in the Indian coastal trade despite stiff opposition from Indian shipping companies, another foreign maritime operator - this time the international terminal operator D.P. World - is enmeshed with Indian ship owners. D.P.


European Ports sign MOUs with Indian ports

European Ports sign MOUs with Indian ports

Posted to European Ports sign MOUs with Indian ports (by Joseph Fonseca) on March 29, 2010

In order to secure more cargo traffic, European ports which had been content with merely setting up representative offices in India have switched over to a more aggressive mode since the past few years. A distinct trend has developed in this…


SCI & SAIL enter into a JV for coal transport

SCI & SAIL enter into a JV for coal transport

Posted to SCI & SAIL enter into a JV for coal transport (by Joseph Fonseca) on March 31, 2010

The Shipping Corporation of India (SCI), country’s largest shipping company signed 50:50 joint venture agreement with Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL), the largest integrated irons and steel producer in India on 29 March, 2010 in New Delhi.


Seafaring a career of opportunities

Seafaring a career of opportunities

Posted to Seafaring a career of opportunities (by Joseph Fonseca) on April 5, 2010

In keeping with the “Go To Sea” campaign of the International Maritime Organisation for promoting seafaring, the Indian administration as part of the National Maritime Day celebrations held seminars at different metros of India on 1 April 2010 on the theme “Seafaring, a career of opportunities”.


Mumbai Port on cruise control

Mumbai Port on cruise control

Posted to Mumbai Port on cruise control (by Joseph Fonseca) on April 7, 2010

Mumbai Port, India’s premier port is focusing on developing a super specialty offshore cruise terminal to cash in on the growing tourist boom. Once commissioned it could perhaps replace the two berths at Ballard Pier Extension in Indira Docks…


Piracy may affect seafaring career

Piracy may affect seafaring career

Posted to Piracy may affect seafaring career (by Joseph Fonseca) on April 12, 2010

All efforts to eliminate piracy have failed to yield pragmatic results. The observations by International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) on Piracy is that the “on going piracy and armed robbery attacks have been on the increase and are becoming more violent and audacious”.


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Government’s shipping policy off course

Government’s shipping policy off course

Posted to Government’s shipping policy off course (by Joseph Fonseca) on April 14, 2010

Let down once again by the government in its latest budget proposals, Indian ship owners have raised their pitch taking on a do or die approach for securing a level playing field in order to face competition from foreign shipping. Spearheading the fight to the finish is S Hajara…


INSA switches to open door policy

INSA switches to open door policy

Posted to INSA switches to open door policy (by Joseph Fonseca) on April 19, 2010

Since its establishment in 1929 the Indian National Shipowners’ Association (INSA) the only trade body of ship owners in the country has maintained a closed membership policy. Entry to this body so far has been restricted only to elite shipping…


2 stage turbocharging of large 2 strokes

2 stage turbocharging of large 2 strokes

Posted to 2 stage turbocharging of large 2 strokes (by Joseph Fonseca) on April 20, 2010

In recent weeks we have seen announcements of work with variable valve timing, advances in electronic control and various waste heat and hybrid drive trains for large 2 stroke plants. Again we see many old time principles which have reappeared after many years of dormancy.


Jaigarh to get its second port

Jaigarh to get its second port

Posted to Jaigarh to get its second port (by Joseph Fonseca) on April 21, 2010

Jaigarh based in the Ratnagiri region on the West coast of India between Mumbai and Goa will soon see its second green field port taking shape in two year’s time. This second private port is being developed by the Chowgule Group which owns two…


Now GL also helps to raise the bar ashore

Now GL also helps to raise the bar ashore

Posted to Now GL also helps to raise the bar ashore (by Joseph Fonseca) on April 26, 2010

Fervent pleas at various forums for help in inducting marine officers leaving the sea to start a new life ashore, has finally found a knight in shining armor. With an ever growing tide of marine officers coming ashore, Germanischer Lloyd (GL)…


Accident & Investigation issues dominate Maritime Potpourri

Accident & Investigation issues dominate Maritime Potpourri

Posted to Accident & Investigation issues dominate Maritime Potpourri (by Joseph Fonseca) on August 14, 2013

The Maritime Potpourri 2013 of the Company of Master Mariners of India held last weekend turned out to be a powerful message to the seafaring community, the government and the people at large. It brought into focus issues such as deaths and…


Maharashtra’s maritime infrastructure development on a fast track

Maharashtra’s maritime infrastructure development on a fast track

Posted to Maharashtra’s maritime infrastructure development on a fast track (by Joseph Fonseca) on August 19, 2013

Maharashtra is one of the few maritime states of India that has lagged behind in developing minor and intermediate ports in the state and in promoting water transport for cargo and passenger movement. If the assurances given by the new CEO of…


Coastal Shipping sailing in troubled waters

Coastal Shipping sailing in troubled waters

Posted to Coastal Shipping sailing in troubled waters (by Joseph Fonseca) on August 22, 2013

Enough praises have been sung about the great advantages of coastal shipping especially because water transportation provides tremendous carrying capacity while consuming far less energy compared to other modes of transport such as truck, rail or air.


Indian Ports (Consolidated) Act of 2010 in the offing

Indian Ports (Consolidated) Act of 2010 in the offing

Posted to Indian Ports (Consolidated) Act of 2010 in the offing (by Joseph Fonseca) on October 18, 2010

The draft of the Indian Ports (Consolidated) Act 2010 is likely to come before the Lok Sabha of the Indian parliament during the coming Winter Session. The proposed Act is said to be in line with the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) of USA…


Indian shipping gets set to face the Cross Border Tax

Indian shipping gets set to face the Cross Border Tax

Posted to Indian shipping gets set to face the Cross Border Tax (by Joseph Fonseca) on October 20, 2010

Consider these modest developments. Indian shipping tonnage touched a record 10 million DWT mark last month. Is it to be considered a significant achievement? Some shipping companies are in an expansion mode with the Shipping Corporation of…


Intended for the USA, Seasnake set to slither into Indian waters

Intended for the USA, Seasnake set to slither into Indian waters

Posted to Intended for the USA, Seasnake set to slither into Indian waters (by Joseph Fonseca) on October 25, 2010

It is said that a prophet is not accepted in his own country. This could be said about the Seasnake concept which was created more for meeting the challenges of the water transport industry in the US but has generated a lot of interest in India.


INMARCO INAvation 2010 to focus also on woes of Indian shipping

INMARCO INAvation 2010 to focus also on woes of Indian shipping

Posted to INMARCO INAvation 2010 to focus also on woes of Indian shipping (by Joseph Fonseca) on October 27, 2010

Indian shipping has reached a crucial juncture where the country’s security is in danger of being compromised in the event of any hostility occurring. The country loses over ten billion dollars annually to foreign shipping lines which carry 92% of India’s international trade.


Focus on Indian Ports’ expansion

Focus on Indian Ports’ expansion

Posted to Focus on Indian Ports’ expansion (by Joseph Fonseca) on November 1, 2010

China based Noppen Co. Ltd made its Indian debut with a well attended conference on “Indian Port Expansion and Capacity Upgrading” held last week at Mumbai. Participants from various quarters of the globe had opportunities to gather a wealth of information…


Konecranes take over Indian WMI

Konecranes take over Indian WMI

Posted to Konecranes take over Indian WMI (by Joseph Fonseca) on November 3, 2010

The Indian company WMI Cranes Ltd. (“WMI”) has been taken over by Konecranes. According to a spokesman of Konecranes’ which is well known for making heavy duty cranes for the maritime sector the acquisition marks an important step in strengthening…


Indian Maritime Administration gets thumbs down from World Body



Bernhard Schulte catalyzing the tanker conversion pace

Bernhard Schulte catalyzing the tanker conversion pace

Posted to Bernhard Schulte catalyzing the tanker conversion pace (by Joseph Fonseca) on November 10, 2010

Single hull tankers that are set to be phased out by this year-end may not yet see the demolition yards if companies like Bernhard Schulte have their way with them. The company’s project division has taken up tanker conversion on a massive scale.


Adani Group steps into shipping

Adani Group steps into shipping

Posted to Adani Group steps into shipping (by Joseph Fonseca) on November 15, 2010

Adani Group has become the latest entrant to get into shipping. The flagship company, Adani Enterprises Ltd. (formerly known as Adani Exports Ltd.), set up by Gautam S Adani in 1988, was first to get established as the biggest private port operator in the country.


d’Amico Ship set to invest heavily in training

d’Amico Ship set to invest heavily in training

Posted to d’Amico Ship set to invest heavily in training (by Joseph Fonseca) on November 17, 2010

d’Amico Ship, the Italian shipping company, is in the process of investing heavily into training in India to over come the need of skilled and competent seafarers. They have drawn up plans to catch young boys just out of junior college and train…


GlobalMET Charts a new course at India chapter

GlobalMET Charts a new course at India chapter

Posted to GlobalMET Charts a new course at India chapter (by Joseph Fonseca) on November 22, 2010

With focus on charting a new course the Global Maritime Education & Training Association (GlobalMET), which boasts of 106 members based in 35 economies, held its annual conference in Mumbai on 20 November 2010. Held jointly with the Nautical…


Indian Private Ports and Terminals Association gets rejuvenated

Indian Private Ports and Terminals Association gets rejuvenated

Posted to Indian Private Ports and Terminals Association gets rejuvenated (by Joseph Fonseca) on November 24, 2010

After its launch in 2003, the Indian Private Ports & Terminals Association (IPPTA), which had almost remained dormant until last week has now been rejuvenated with the realization having dawned about its pivotal role in the Indian maritime industry.


Vizhinjam to become major transshipment port in S. India

Vizhinjam to become major transshipment port in S. India

Posted to Vizhinjam to become major transshipment port in S. India (by Joseph Fonseca) on November 29, 2010

Vizhinjam, a port located near the Southern tip of India and close to the international shipping route is being developed into a major transshipment port. Once completed it is expected to attract annually over 10,000 ships that is half the number that pass through the Suez Canal.


Ports strive to enhance operational efficiency

Ports strive to enhance operational efficiency

Posted to Ports strive to enhance operational efficiency (by Joseph Fonseca) on December 1, 2010

Leading ports in India have placed enhancement of operational efficiency high on their agenda - one way of taking advantage of the growing volumes. Already some major ports (that are government owned) are operating beyond capacity. Accordingly…


Skuld syndicating with Lloyd seen as a boon for Indian players

Skuld syndicating with Lloyd seen as a boon for Indian players

Posted to Skuld syndicating with Lloyd seen as a boon for Indian players (by Joseph Fonseca) on December 6, 2010

For India, the opening of a new syndicate, Skuld 1897 at Lloyds’ is indeed great news and to a big extent certain to provide a confidence building salve to the maritime industry. This comes at a crucial juncture when the industry in the country…


Reincarnation of Coastal Association



INMARCO INAvation 2010 takes the innovative route

INMARCO INAvation 2010 takes the innovative route

Posted to INMARCO INAvation 2010 takes the innovative route (by Joseph Fonseca) on December 13, 2010

‘Innovate to churn out the maximum benefits of the growing opportunities’ was the message made known at the International Maritime Technology Conference & Exhibition 2010 (INMARCO-INAvation 2010) held in Mumbai from 9 to 11 December, 2010. Organized…


Is Criminalization turning to Martyrdom of seafarers?

Is Criminalization turning to Martyrdom of seafarers?

Posted to Is Criminalization turning to Martyrdom of seafarers? (by Joseph Fonseca) on December 15, 2010

What happened to Mumbai based sailor, Sakib Sakharkar could happen to any seafarer. He braved more than two dreadful years in jail by being wrongly framed for no fault of his for a crime that had not have happened. The despair, grief and misery…


Bharati Shipyard synergized by Tebma acquisition

Bharati Shipyard synergized by Tebma acquisition

Posted to Bharati Shipyard synergized by Tebma acquisition (by Joseph Fonseca) on December 20, 2010

The recent acquisition of 51 per cent stake in the Chennai-based Tebma Shipyards Ltd, by Bharati Shipyard Ltd is expected to bring remarkable dynamism to the operations of both entities as it throws open enormous opportunities. Though Bharati…


NAPA set to create dynamism in shipping

NAPA set to create dynamism in shipping

Posted to NAPA set to create dynamism in shipping (by Joseph Fonseca) on December 22, 2010

NAPA systems’ ability to help incorporate value addition, efficiency, high reliability and performance in ship buildings and other maritime fields has stirred interest amongst ship builders and several other players in the shipping fields. A…


Great Offshore pioneers Integrated Offshore Simulator Training

Great Offshore pioneers Integrated Offshore Simulator Training

Posted to Great Offshore pioneers Integrated Offshore Simulator Training (by Joseph Fonseca) on December 27, 2010

Great Offshore Limited inaugurated their state-of-the-art Offshore Ship & Crane Handling Simulator, considered the first of its kind in Asia, and which is likely to bring about a paradigm shift in offshore training in India. This integrated…


Orders pour in at Pipavav Shipyard

Orders pour in at Pipavav Shipyard

Posted to Orders pour in at Pipavav Shipyard (by Joseph Fonseca) on December 29, 2010

Pipavav Shipyard, India'slargest shipyard and rated as the world’s sixth largest shipping facility, is flush with orders and the number is growing dramatically. However, Pipavav has yet to make a debut on the delivery side though there is no definite day fixed for its first delivery.


Seafarers’ shortage a myth!

Seafarers’ shortage a myth!

Posted to Seafarers’ shortage a myth! (by Joseph Fonseca) on January 3, 2011

More and more ship owners and manning agents deny there being any seafarers’ shortage. According to a ship owner, those who continue to harp about it are merely indulging in empty rhetoric; these have evidently mistaken the ‘hull for the rudder’.


Indo-Norwegian pact to fight piracy & develop shipping

Indo-Norwegian pact to fight piracy & develop shipping

Posted to Indo-Norwegian pact to fight piracy & develop shipping (by Joseph Fonseca) on January 5, 2011

Distinct areas of co-operation were identified at the seminar organized on 4 January 2011 by the Danish Shipowners’ Association and the Indian National Shipowners’ Association which coincided with the current visit of the Norwegian Minister for Economic and Business Affairs to India.


Findings by Vishwa lab could bring about a new way to settle claims

Findings by Viswa lab could bring about a new way to settle claims

Posted to Findings by Vishwa lab could bring about a new way to settle claims (by Joseph Fonseca) on January 10, 2011

Revelations by Houston based Viswa Lab has made insurance companies and P & I Clubs sit up and try to get their act together. In cases of machinery breakdown, deterioration of machinery performance and other losses suffered due to malfunctioning…


Technical shipmanagement continues to keep off Indian shores

Technical shipmanagement continues to keep off Indian shores

Posted to Technical shipmanagement continues to keep off Indian shores (by Joseph Fonseca) on January 12, 2011

Making a success of Technical Shipmanagement business in India remains a pipe dream with several obstacles in the way and no easy solutions on the horizon. Some Indian ship owners undertake limited operations, while some third party ship manager’s…


Maritime Agenda for India promises immense opportunities

Maritime Agenda for India promises immense opportunities

Posted to Maritime Agenda for India promises immense opportunities (by Joseph Fonseca) on January 17, 2011

The much awaited Maritime Agenda 2010-2020 - a perspective plan of the shipping ministry, Government of India was finally launched by G. K. Vasan, the Union Minister of Shipping in Delhi on 14 January 2011. It sets out the goals for the maritime…


Scavenger2000™ the answer to India’s water pollution

Scavenger2000™ the answer to India’s water pollution

Posted to Scavenger2000™ the answer to India’s water pollution (by Joseph Fonseca) on January 19, 2011

Sai Water Tech India and Technologies USA have come together to focus on controlling pollution in lakes and rivers in India – a threat that has been plaguing the country and could go out of hand if not checked. The unbridled contamination of…


Growing Challenges & Opportunities in India’s Ports

Growing Challenges & Opportunities in India’s Ports

Posted to Growing Challenges & Opportunities in India’s Ports (by Joseph Fonseca) on January 24, 2011

Making their debut in India, Port Finance International chose to highlight the “Challenges and Opportunities in India’s Ports” in their conference held on 19 & 20 January, 2011 at the Novotel Hotel, Juhu Beach, Mumbai. Coming at a time when…


Ship recycling At Alang hits the peak

Ship recycling At Alang hits the peak

Posted to Ship recycling At Alang hits the peak (by Joseph Fonseca) on January 26, 2011

Alang, the World’s largest ship re-cycling yard is seeing unprecedented ship breaking activity and has surpassed all previous records. The slow-down in Bangladesh as a result of their court order and the accumulation of vessels over the past…


Ship breaking surge will be short lived

Ship breaking surge will be short lived

Posted to Ship breaking surge will be short lived (by Joseph Fonseca) on January 31, 2011

P. S. Nagarsheth, the outgoing President of the Iron Steel Scrap & Shipbreakers’ Association, said that the ship breaking at Alang in Western India, which is now seeing brighter days, will all come to an end in course of time. Since its inception in 1982…


FORAN V70 launched in India

FORAN V70 launch in India

Posted to FORAN V70 launched in India (by Joseph Fonseca) on February 2, 2011

Another system for the design and production of ships and off-shore platforms will be launched in India close at the heels of NAPPA systems. Popularly known as FORAN V70 it is scheduled to be launched  on 16th February 2011 in Mumbai by the Spanish multinational…


Cabotage relaxed as D P World’s Transshipment Terminal is set to get underway

Cabotage relaxed as D P World’s Transshipment Terminal is set to get underway

Posted to Cabotage relaxed as D P World’s Transshipment Terminal is set to get underway (by Joseph Fonseca) on February 7, 2011

The relaxation of cabotage law for container ships by the Indian government has come as a precursor to the launch of D. P. World’s International Container Transshipment Terminal (ICTT) and this will help pave the way for expeditious evacuation of transshipped containers that land there.


Capt Karkare shapes Dhamra port

Capt Karkare shapes Dhamra port

Posted to Capt Karkare shapes Dhamra port (by Joseph Fonseca) on February 9, 2011

It took one man to stand up to ‘monstrous’ bureaucratic hurdles, to ‘run the gauntlet’ of mind boggling government clearances, to win over environmentalists and the locals, to meet head-on stiff opposition from the Defence Research & Development…


Forum-Maritime debuts with focus on PSC Inspections

Forum-Maritime debuts with focus on PSC Inspections

Posted to Forum-Maritime debuts with focus on PSC Inspections (by Joseph Fonseca) on February 14, 2011

The trend of setting up forums is taking shape with the latest by a consortium of three entities of maritime field all based in Mumbai. Germanischer Lloyd Academy has joined hands with ISF Maritime and Offshore Institute and Marex Media to provide a platform…


Rotterdam and Mumbai agree to mutually cooperate

Rotterdam and Mumbai agree for mutual cooperation

Posted to Rotterdam and Mumbai agree to mutually cooperate (by Joseph Fonseca) on February 16, 2011

Yet another port has been positioned to serve as the European gateway for shipments to and from Mumbai. This time on 10 February the representatives of the city port of Rotterdam visited Mumbai and met those of the city port of Mumbai and resolved…


CMMIs’ Maritime Spectrum generates immense interest

CMMIs’ Maritime Spectrum generates immense interest

Posted to CMMIs’ Maritime Spectrum generates immense interest (by Joseph Fonseca) on February 21, 2011

For ship captains returning home from long bouts at seas, the Company of Master Mariners of India (CMMI) has been organizing regular events providing excellent opportunities to come together and share some wonderful moments in a spirit of camaraderie.


Greatship Global orders Self Elevating Drilling Rig

Greatship Global orders Self Elevating Drilling Rig

Posted to Greatship Global orders Self Elevating Drilling Rig (by Joseph Fonseca) on February 23, 2011

Greatship Global Energy Services Pte. Ltd. (GGES), a Singapore incorporated subsidiary of Greatship (India) Limited (GIL), which is a subsidiary of The Great Eastern Shipping Company Limited, has placed an order for construction of One (1) Mobile…


SCI holds biggest ever Worldwide Agents’ Meet

SCI holds biggest ever Worldwide Agents’ Meet

Posted to SCI holds biggest ever Worldwide Agents’ Meet (by Joseph Fonseca) on February 28, 2011

State owned, the Shipping Corporation of India (SCI), the biggest shipping company in country held its largest ever worldwide agents’ meet today (28 Februry) in Mumbai with 148 agent participating. This unique event for any shipping company in India saw representatives from the Far East…


Piracy seen to take on sinister dimensions - GlobalMET

Piracy seen to take on sinister dimensions - GlobalMET

Posted to Piracy seen to take on sinister dimensions - GlobalMET (by Joseph Fonseca) on March 2, 2011

Brutal murders of seafarers in recent weeks galvanised the Global Maritime Education & Training Association (GlobalMET) to take the bull by the horns. Instead of waiting for the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to come up with a lasting solution to the problem of piracy…


Indian Budget gives big Boost to coastal shipping

Indian Budget gives big Boost to coastal shipping

Posted to Indian Budget gives big Boost to coastal shipping (by Joseph Fonseca) on March 7, 2011

Like the curate’s egg, the Indian fiscal 2012 budget is good in parts. Various players of the maritime sector have expressed both optimism and disappointment over various aspects of the budget pertaining to seaports and the efficient, safe and cost-effective movement of freight.


Complacency - a major cause of ship accidents

Complacency - a major cause of ship accidents

Posted to Complacency - a major cause of ship accidents (by Joseph Fonseca) on March 9, 2011

Complacency is a factor that can alter even the best shipping company into an accident prone one. In fact much of today accidents at sea are linked to complacency. Unfortunately, an observation made is that however much a manning company may…


Law to curtail Shipping Trade Malpractices

Law to curtail Shipping Trade Malpractices

Posted to Law to curtail Shipping Trade Malpractices (by Joseph Fonseca) on March 14, 2011

An Act to facilitate swift and efficient movement of goods in India in relation to export/ import or coastal cargo is set to be enacted soon. It promises to bring transparency in trade practices by publishing of tariff by shipping transport…


Weathernews on demand

Weathernews on demand

Posted to Weathernews on demand (by Joseph Fonseca) on March 16, 2011

Good weather or bad it is going to be smooth sailing for several Indian shipping companies who have decided to bank on the forecast and guidance provided Weathernews the world largest full service weather company. But Weathernews Inc relationship with India does not end just there.


MSC loss in Chitra collision crosses $ 100 million

MSC loss in Chitra collision crosses $ 100 million

Posted to MSC loss in Chitra collision crosses $ 100 million (by Joseph Fonseca) on March 21, 2011

Loss to Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) from last August’s collision between MSC Chitra and m. v. Khalija 3 has already crossed the $ 100 million mark. The collision ended up with MSC Chitra listing and in the process discharging a huge…


Modest Infrastructure on expansion mode

Modest Infrastructure on expansion mode

Posted to Modest Infrastructure on expansion mode (by Joseph Fonseca) on March 23, 2011

Cashing on the emerging boom in ship building, Modest Infrastructure is set on expanding its facilities in Gujarat near Bhavnagar. Having acquired land with 1,200 meter seafront about 23 km from its present yard in Ratanpar, Modest Infrastructure…


Liquid bulk operators flee Mumbai as the port lacks facility

Liquid bulk operators flee Mumbai as the port lacks facility

Posted to Liquid bulk operators flee Mumbai as the port lacks facility (by Joseph Fonseca) on March 28, 2011

The paucity of tank farms in Mumbai port as well as unresolved issues such as octroi, stamp duty and rise in pilferage all of which are exclusive to Mumbai port has caused liquid bulk operators shut shop in Mumbai. In fact, in the past few years 60 per cent of the operators including ship owners…


Coast Line (Shipping) on gold rush trail on Indian coast

Coast Line (Shipping) on gold rush trail on Indian coast

Posted to Coast Line (Shipping) on gold rush trail on Indian coast (by Joseph Fonseca) on March 30, 2011

It was not just his fancy for the lusty Indian coast that got the better of Amit Seth, Managing Director of Coast Line Shipping (India) Pvt. Ltd that made him get into the business of coastal shipping but seeing the immense opportunities in…


Roadmap for tripling Indian port capacity

Roadmap for tripling Indian port capacity

Posted to Roadmap for tripling Indian port capacity (by Joseph Fonseca) on April 4, 2011

Since cargo volume is projected to grow three-fold, the Indian government has in the Maritime Agenda 2020 declared enhancement of port capacity to around 3200 MT with an investment of about $ 63.8 billion to handle the expected traffic of about 2500 MT by 2020. How do we do it?


Indian ship owners demand Armed Guards on ships

Indian ship owners demand Armed Guards on ships

Posted to Indian ship owners demand Armed Guards on ships (by Joseph Fonseca) on April 6, 2011

With piracy taking a turn for the worse, Indian ship owners have upped their ante making a desperate bid for the ultimate step of using armed guards on board the vessel. Despite the Naval authorities and major manning companies frowning on such measures…


Traffic growth slumps at major Indian ports

Traffic growth slumps at major Indian ports

Posted to Traffic growth slumps at major Indian ports (by Joseph Fonseca) on April 11, 2011

The growth of cargo traffic at the 12 major ports in India declined to a mere 1.57 per cent for the period 2010-11 from 5.8 per cent the year before. This was disclosed by the Indian Ports Association (IPA) the apex body of these state owned ports.


Hunt for talent grows as Indian ship builders take to expansion

Hunt for talent grows as Indian ship builders take to expansion

Posted to Hunt for talent grows as Indian ship builders take to expansion (by Joseph Fonseca) on April 13, 2011

With shipping well on its way to recovery, much of ship building activity in India is on an expansion mode. However, the immediate hurdle faced is the shortage of talent and trained work force that can assure productivity. Though poaching and lucrative offers have become the order of the day…


SCI orders two ships as part of their robust acquisition plan

SCI orders two ships as part of their robust acquisition plan

Posted to SCI orders two ships as part of their robust acquisition plan (by Joseph Fonseca) on April 18, 2011

Taking on a strident pitch in its acquisition program the government owned Shipping Corporation of India Ltd. (SCI) has signed contracts for acquisition of two resale Supramax bulk carriers with M/s Grand Yard Investments Ltd., China on 15th April, 2011.


Valles Steamship looks to deepening relationship with India

Valles Steamship looks to deepening relationship with India

Posted to Valles Steamship looks to deepening relationship with India (by Joseph Fonseca) on December 14, 2011

Hong Kong based, 101 years old shipping firm, Valles Steamship Company Ltd is set to deepen relations with India. Their Top Management team led by Eric Koo, Director along with Wellington Koo, their Commercial Manager, Kingsley Koo, Technical Director, Capt. Oscar G.


SCI takes delivery of a Supramax Bulk carrier

SCI takes delivery of a Supramax Bulk carrier

Posted to SCI takes delivery of a Supramax Bulk carrier (by Joseph Fonseca) on December 19, 2011

Country’s largest shipping company, the State-owned Shipping Corporation of India took delivery of a Supramax bulk carrier m. v. Vishva Bandhan on Friday 16 December, 2011. This is their third vessel out of the six Supramax bulk carriers the company has ordered with STX (Dalian) Shipbuilding Co.


JNPT dredging to take off under a new business model

JNPT dredging to take off under a new business model

Posted to JNPT dredging to take off under a new business model (by Joseph Fonseca) on December 21, 2011

L Radhakrishnan, Chairman of the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, country’s largest container port informed that the dredging of the approach channel to the port will be taken up under a new business model. The norms set for the dredging contract…


Mundra Port to acquire biggest cutter suction dredger

Mundra Port to acquire biggest cutter suction dredger

Posted to Mundra Port to acquire biggest cutter suction dredger (by Joseph Fonseca) on December 25, 2011

Mundra Port and Special Economic Zone Limited (MPSEZ), India’s largest private port and special economic zone will acquire the biggest cutter suction dredger ever to be owned by any Indian company. Under construction at the IHC Merwede shipyard in Sliedrecht…


Administration soft peddling piracy attacks on Indian seafarers

Administration soft peddling piracy attacks on Indian seafarers

Posted to Administration soft peddling piracy attacks on Indian seafarers (by Joseph Fonseca) on December 28, 2011

The seafaring community, seafarers’ union, ship owners and the trade appear to have reached the end of their tether as a result of the apathy of the Indian administration towards continuing piracy and mere lip service being paid to the plight of the unfortunate hijacked Indian seafarers.


Prospecting for oil and gas in deep waters

Prospecting for oil and gas in deep waters

Posted to Prospecting for oil and gas in deep waters (by Joseph Fonseca) on January 2, 2012

The insatiable hunger for energy is causing oil and gas imports to spiral since no major strike has taken place since Bombay High and the findings of gas by Reliance in KG basin. This is posing an immense challenge to government planners and economists.


Chinese passing the baton to Indian seafarers

Chinese passing the baton to Indian seafarers

Posted to Chinese passing the baton to Indian seafarers (by Joseph Fonseca) on January 4, 2012

Shipping companies which traditionally employ Chinese seafarers are increasingly turning to India to get their vessels manned. The latest to join the bandwagon is Europe’s leading shipping group - Investment Group Denmark A/S. Some of the group’s…


Great Eastern & its subsidiary take delivery of VLCC & AHTSV

Great Eastern & its subsidiary take delivery of VLCC & AHTSV

Posted to Great Eastern & its subsidiary take delivery of VLCC & AHTSV (by Joseph Fonseca) on January 9, 2012

Great Eastern Shipping Company Ltd. (G E Shipping) along with its subsidiary Greatship (India) Limited (GIL) took delivery of two vessels on 6 January 2012. The two vessels included a Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) and an Anchor Handling Tug cum Supply Vessel (AHTSV).


Marshall Islands appoint IRS as Recognized Organization

Marshall Islands appoint IRS as Recognized Organization

Posted to Marshall Islands appoint IRS as Recognized Organization (by Joseph Fonseca) on January 11, 2012

The Marshall Islands Registry has accorded the status of Recognized Organization to the Indian classification society, IRS (Indian Register of Shipping), in order to act on behalf of vessels operating under the flag of Marshall Islands. The…


Fostering Maritime co-operation to combat piracy and criminalization

Fostering Maritime co-operation to combat piracy and criminalization

Posted to Fostering Maritime co-operation to combat piracy and criminalization (by Joseph Fonseca) on January 16, 2012

To foster maritime co-operation between seafaring communities, the Indian branch of the Nautical Institute has started a process of bringing together all related agencies in order make a concerted effort to eradicate piracy and criminalization of seafarers.


Bharati to set up two shipyards on East coast of India

Bharati to set up two shipyards on East coast of India

Posted to Bharati to set up two shipyards on East coast of India (by Joseph Fonseca) on January 18, 2012

India’s second largest ship builder, Bharati Shipyard Ltd, has firmed up plans to set up two mega shipyards on the East coast of India through the joint venture (JV) route. The 50 : 50 JV between Bharati Shipyard and Apeejay Shipping, the latter a unit of the Kolkata based Apeejay Surrendra Group…


Aegis confident of transforming bunkering business in India

Aegis confident of transforming bunkering business in India

Posted to Aegis confident of transforming bunkering business in India (by Joseph Fonseca) on January 23, 2012

Bunkering in India, traditionally a monopoly of government owned companies such as Indian Oil, Bharat Petroleum, Hindustan Petroleum, etc., is seeing private operators making entry with plans to divert much of the business from the neighboring overseas ports in a big way.


The Indian Naval Dilemma on Piracy

The Indian Naval Dilemma on Piracy

Posted to The Indian Naval Dilemma on Piracy (by Joseph Fonseca) on January 25, 2012

Going after the Somalian pirates to help maintain the flow of international trade has not been an easy task for the Indian Navy despite having achieved some amazing successes. Entrenched in their bellicose and forthright surveillance garb lies…


Is Manpower quality destroying us?

Is Manpower quality destroying us?

Posted to Is Manpower quality destroying us? (by Joseph Fonseca) on January 30, 2012

When the situation is not all honky dory and near misses and incidents continue to set new records, it is time to review, retrospect, evaluate strategies, and to revamp the whole system with a view to put in place a new improved model before things get out of hand.


Arun Sharma takes over IRS

Arun Sharma takes over IRS

Posted to Arun Sharma takes over IRS (by Joseph Fonseca) on February 1, 2012

Arun Sharma assumed charge as “Chairman and Managing Director” of the Indian Register of Shipping (IRS) this morning having taken over from  Capt J. C. Anand who founded and nurtured the organization raising it to occupy a significant place in the Maritime history of independent India.


Krishnapatnam Port has the deepest draft

Krishnapatnam Port has the deepest draft

Posted to Krishnapatnam Port has the deepest draft (by Joseph Fonseca) on February 6, 2012

Krishnapatnam Port, India’s first private green field all-weather deep-sea port with round the clock operations now claims to have the deepest draft in the country. The port has started accepting vessels with maximum permissible draft of 18 meters.


Shipping Corporation of India orders 6 AHTS vessels

Shipping Corporation of India orders 6 AHTS vessels

Posted to Shipping Corporation of India orders 6 AHTS vessels (by Joseph Fonseca) on February 8, 2012

Continuing with its acquisition program, state-owned, Shipping Corporation of India Ltd. (SCI) placed orders for six Anchor Handling, Towing and Supply (AHTS) vessels with ABG Shipyard Ltd, India’s largest private sector shipbuilder. This is…


Taming the Arctic sea route

Taming the Arctic sea route

Posted to Taming the Arctic sea route (by Joseph Fonseca) on February 13, 2012

Global warming is doing a lot of good! Shipping is one such beneficiary. The Arctic, where the action is likely to shift with the ice cap getting liquidated is set to make the North Pole hospitable not just for Santa Claus but also for shipping and seafaring.


Akash Dredging & Marine Services acquire cutter suction dredger

Akash Dredging & Marine Services acquire cutter suction dredger

Posted to Akash Dredging & Marine Services acquire cutter suction dredger (by Joseph Fonseca) on February 15, 2012

With the inauguration of their first cutter suction dredger (CSD), AKASH-1 this morning at ABG SHIPYARD, Dahej, Akash Dredging & Marine Services (P) Ltd, Visakhapatnam (ADAMS) has become the new entrant into the dredging arena. The company,…


SMP conference takes the gateway to growth

SMP conference takes the gateway to growth

Posted to SMP conference takes the gateway to growth (by Joseph Fonseca) on February 20, 2012

The last few months have seen a number of conferences and exhibitions taking place in different metros of India most of them going unnoticed. However, the SMP World Conference 2012 which is always conducted on a dual theme was different. For…


Marine Surveyors Unite

Marine Surveyors Unite

Posted to Marine Surveyors Unite (by Joseph Fonseca) on February 22, 2012

Having been formed more than a year ago, the (IIMS) International Institute of Marine Surveying – Indian Chapter, finally got their act together and held their reunion this month in Mumbai at the Members Meet for the West Zone of IIMS. The three…


Adani Ports and SEZ to set up a dry bulk terminal at Kandla Port

Adani Ports and SEZ to set up a dry bulk terminal at Kandla Port

Posted to Adani Ports and SEZ to set up a dry bulk terminal at Kandla Port (by Joseph Fonseca) on February 27, 2012

India’s largest private multi-port operator, Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ), has received the letter of intent from the Kandla Port Trust - one of the 13 major ports - to set up a dry bulk terminal at the Kandla Port. This is…


US Trade Team explores opportunities in India

US Trade Team explores opportunities in India

Posted to US Trade Team explores opportunities in India (by Joseph Fonseca) on February 29, 2012

A high-powered Ports & Maritime Technology Trade Mission from the USA that concluded its eight – day visit of India indicated that they see a lot of opportunities and could play a critical role in forging a lasting partnership in areas of shipping and ports in India.


Road map to improve working - SCI global agents’ meets

Road map to improve working - SCI global agents’ meets

Posted to Road map to improve working - SCI global agents’ meets (by Joseph Fonseca) on March 5, 2012

Embarking on a strategic maneuver, India’s biggest ocean carrier, Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) convened a two-day meeting of their worldwide agents last week with the hope of steering the company back on to a cost-effective course. Around…


Lift and Shift transports 20 modules of up to 4,500 ton for offshore quarters

Lift and Shift transports 20 modules of up to 4,500 ton for offshore quarters

Posted to Lift and Shift transports 20 modules of up to 4,500 ton for offshore quarters (by Joseph Fonseca) on March 7, 2012

Lift and Shift India Pvt Ltd, India’s first heavy lift and project cargo forwarder has just completed transportation of the final module of the offshore living quarters weighing 4,500 tons. Designed to house 275 people, these living quarters…


Warring Unions put Indian seafarers in a spot

Warring Unions put Indian seafarers in a spot

Posted to Warring Unions put Indian seafarers in a spot (by Joseph Fonseca) on March 12, 2012

For over a decade the Indian ratings and petty officers serving on Indian ships had to go without increment in wages and had to accept a nominal interim relief which was agreed to in 2006, backdated to cover the previous six year period. This…


Conference, a strategy in bond building at EXMAR

Conference, a strategy in bond building at EXMAR

Posted to Conference, a strategy in bond building at EXMAR (by Joseph Fonseca) on March 15, 2012

The reason for it being able to buck the downtrend as claimed by EXMAR Shipmanagement is the management’s policy of consistently striving to enhance the mariners’ level of proficiency and maintain a higher quality standard than what is prescribed by regulatory authorities.


SCI acquires AHTS vessel - part of offshore fleet replacement

SCI acquires AHTS vessel - part of offshore fleet replacement

Posted to SCI acquires AHTS vessel - part of offshore fleet replacement (by Joseph Fonseca) on March 19, 2012

The state owned the Shipping Corporation of India Ltd. (SCI) took delivery of an 80 T BP Anchor Handling, Towing & Supply vessel “m.v. SCI Mukta” this morning as part of  offshore fleet replacement program. SCI, the largest shipping company in the country…


Freight Wings move six-storeyed Propane Refrigerant Sphere to Australia

Freight Wings move six-storeyed Propane Refrigerant Sphere to Australia

Posted to Freight Wings move six-storeyed Propane Refrigerant Sphere to Australia (by Joseph Fonseca) on March 22, 2012

Moving a six-storeyed high Propane Refrigerant Sphere of mammoth dimensions - 19.5 meters x 19 meters x 20.3 meters - weighing 530MT, from Kandla on the West coast of India to the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plant on Barrow Island, Western Australia…


Indian Maritime Administration in doldrums

Indian Maritime Administration in doldrums

Posted to Indian Maritime Administration in doldrums (by Joseph Fonseca) on March 26, 2012

The Indian Maritime administration appears to be in the doldrums? Like a sinking ship with no wherewithal to even send an SOS it seems to have got caught in a maelstrom where there is little hope of survival. Everything seems to be going horribly wrong for it.


PFI sees India taking big strides in port development

PFI sees India taking big strides in port development

Posted to PFI sees India taking big strides in port development (by Joseph Fonseca) on March 28, 2012

The second conference of Port Finance International India held again at the same venue in Mumbai turned out to be a roaring success. The number of delegates attending and the sponsors lending support overshot their expectations. This has prompted…


Amsterdam delegation visits Mumbai for tie up

Amsterdam delegation visits Mumbai for tie up

Posted to Amsterdam delegation visits Mumbai for tie up (by Joseph Fonseca) on April 2, 2012

There is a growing interest among some West European maritime countries for building a strong bond with Mumbai and its two ports. This trend has been taking shape since the past five years. It began with the French delegations which came first…


SCI, on robust acquisition course, takes delivery of two new vessels

SCI, on robust acquisition course, takes delivery of two new vessels

Posted to SCI, on robust acquisition course, takes delivery of two new vessels (by Joseph Fonseca) on April 4, 2012

Unfazed by the downturn the state owned the Shipping Corporation of India Ltd. (SCI) is continuing with its acquisition spree. Its latest addition to its fleet being an Anchor Handling, Towing & Supply (AHTS) vessel “m.v. SCI Kundan”. The delivery took place yesterday…


National Maritime Day celebrations losing sheen

National Maritime Day celebrations losing sheen

Posted to National Maritime Day celebrations losing sheen (by Joseph Fonseca) on April 9, 2012

Like most maritime nations, India too celebrates its National Maritime Day on 5 April. It signifies the day on which India’s first vessel ventured into the international waters on her maiden voyage from Mumbai to London in 1919 before India’s independence.


SCI diversifies into terminal handling

SCI diversifies into terminal handling

Posted to SCI diversifies into terminal handling (by Joseph Fonseca) on April 11, 2012

India’s largest shipping company, the Shipping Corporation of India, which recorded a loss in the last quarter, has now diversified into terminal handling operations. It has taken over the management of the recently commissioned two - million…


India & Norway protocol to promote Indian maritime industry

India & Norway protocol to promote Indian maritime industry

Posted to India & Norway protocol to promote Indian maritime industry (by Joseph Fonseca) on April 16, 2012

For the second time in two years a Norwegian trade delegation visited India to participate in the meeting of the ‘Joint Working Group – Maritime’ of the India – Norway Joint Commission and held talks on 16 April 2012. The meeting concluded with…


Awaiting MLC & STCW tide to come in

Awaiting MLC & STCW tide to come in

Posted to Awaiting MLC & STCW tide to come in (by Joseph Fonseca) on April 18, 2012

Though the Manila Amendments to the STCW and MLC, 2006 seeks to bring in consistency and rationality in seafaring and shipping in order to serve better the cause of safety of life at sea, maritime security and protection of environment, yet…


Raising the Maritime Training standards

Raising the Maritime Training standards

Posted to Raising the Maritime Training standards (by Joseph Fonseca) on April 22, 2012

The major problem of retaining experienced and expert trainers took center stage at the conference of 21 April 2012 organized by GlobalMET in Mumbai on “Raising the standard of M. E. T. with innovative Training”. Obviously this is one factor…


Newly launched Angre port to bring in vibrancy to India’s trade

Newly launched Angre port to bring in vibrancy to India’s trade

Posted to Newly launched Angre port to bring in vibrancy to India’s trade (by Joseph Fonseca) on April 25, 2012

Angre Port, which went on stream yesterday, is all is set to bring in vibrancy to the import-export trade originating from the hinterland of Maharashtra and surrounding areas. Involving an investment of $110 million for this first phase, the port offers a total of 700 meter quay length…


Transafrica, a dedicated Indo-Africa freight corridor service launched

Transafrica, a dedicated Indo-Africa freight corridor service launched

Posted to Transafrica, a dedicated Indo-Africa freight corridor service launched (by Joseph Fonseca) on April 30, 2012

In a major development for cargo movement between India and the African continent, the Indo-Africa freight corridor branded, TransAfrica service was launched in Mumbai last fortnight. Promoted jointly by Transocean Express Logistics Pvt Ltd.…


SCI takes delivery of Supramax Bulk Carrier

SCI takes delivery of Supramax Bulk Carrier

Posted to SCI takes delivery of Supramax Bulk Carrier (by Joseph Fonseca) on May 2, 2012

The largest shipping company in the country, the state owned, Shipping Corporation of India Ltd. (SCI) took delivery of a Supramax Bulk carrier, m.v. Vishva Diksha this morning. The vessel is the last of six Supramax bulk carriers which SCI…


Getting set for Salvaging & Wreck removal on Indian coast

Getting set for Salvaging & Wreck removal on Indian coast

Posted to Getting set for Salvaging & Wreck removal on Indian coast (by Joseph Fonseca) on May 7, 2012

World’s leading salvagers had a field day in showcasing their prowess of their recovery and restoration capability at the last week’s conference on ‘Salvage and Wreck Removal in India’ organized by HINODE (www.hespl.in). The first such event…


G E Shipping delivers VLCC to buyers

G E Shipping delivers VLCC to buyers

Posted to G E Shipping delivers VLCC to buyers (by Joseph Fonseca) on May 9, 2012

The Great Eastern Shipping Company Ltd. (G E Shipping) took delivery of its 318,000 dwt Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) “Vasant J Sheth” from Hyundai Heavy Industries Ltd, (HHI) South Korea this morning and subsequently delivered the vessel to its new buyers.


Light dues collection likely at all ports

Light dues collection likely at all ports

Posted to Light dues collection likely at all ports (by Joseph Fonseca) on May 14, 2012

The trade appears to have lost all hopes of getting exempted from payment of ‘light dues’ for ‘on deck cargo’ including containers as applicable to all ships engaged in international trade arriving at or departing from any Indian Port. Their…


Shipping Professionals set-up Network in Mumbai

Shipping Professionals set-up Network in Mumbai

Posted to Shipping Professionals set-up Network in Mumbai (by Joseph Fonseca) on May 16, 2012

Despite there being plenty of networking websites, personal contact is still being viewed as a powerful medium for promoting business here in Mumbai. However, not all conferences and seminars provide the right ambience or promote business prospects for networking.


JNPT to take a huge leap forward - massive expansion plans to get underway

JNPT to take a huge leap forward - massive expansion plans to get underway

Posted to JNPT to take a huge leap forward - massive expansion plans to get underway (by Joseph Fonseca) on May 21, 2012

The country’s biggest port, JN Port, which handles India’s 55% container traffic (4.32 million TEU) is set for mega expansion valued at $ 2.8 billion. The Chairman of the port, L. Radhakrishnan, announced that the expansion would be to the tune…


Mediation – the way forward for resolving Hull Insurance Claims Disputes

Mediation – the way forward for resolving Hull Insurance Claim Disputes

Posted to Mediation – the way forward for resolving Hull Insurance Claims Disputes (by Joseph Fonseca) on May 23, 2012

Having ‘Mediation’ as the alternative dispute resolution clause in the policy is gaining grounds these difficult days for resolving hull insurance claims disputes. Both the insurance industry (due to the steep decline of premium rates in marine…


Jaigarh, a tale of two ports

Jaigarh, a tale of two ports

Posted to Jaigarh, a tale of two ports (by Joseph Fonseca) on May 28, 2012

Jaigarh river, today is a tale of two ports situated on either side of the river, both of which are situated about 110 nautical miles south of Mumbai. The concession agreement with the Chowgule Ports & Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd., a constituent company of Chowgule Group was signed in March…


Essar Ports’ pact with Port of Antwerp International

Essar Ports’ pact with Port of Antwerp International

Posted to Essar Ports’ pact with Port of Antwerp International (by Joseph Fonseca) on May 30, 2012

Essar Ports Limited, one of India’s largest private port companies, has entered into a long-term strategic alliance with Port of Antwerp International (“PAI”). The latter has made an investment of approx. The Antwerp Port Authority and Essar Ports will collaborate in the areas of training…


Ecofriendly base oils & Lubricants set the benchmark

Ecofriendly base oils & Lubricants set the benchmark

Posted to Ecofriendly base oils & Lubricants set the benchmark (by Joseph Fonseca) on June 4, 2012

The conference highlighting a niche segment of the marine and automobile industry such as one held by HINODE on “Outlook for Base Oils & Lubricants in India” on June 1, 2012 threw up plenty of surprises as speakers focused on projecting the various developments and advancement that are underway.


Great Offshore becomes India’s first full member of International Salvage Union

Great Offshore becomes India’s first full member of International Salvage Union

Posted to Great Offshore becomes India’s first full member of International Salvage Union (by Joseph Fonseca) on June 6, 2012

India has finally got their own internationally recognized and fully established salvage company which can now operate beyond the country’s borders and bid for major contracts all over the world that are open only to members of International Salvage Union.


The impending salvage of m. v. RAK carrier



Mumbai port’s offshore terminal project staggers

Mumbai port’s offshore terminal project staggers

Posted to Mumbai port’s offshore terminal project staggers (by Joseph Fonseca) on June 13, 2012

The offshore container terminal project of the Mumbai Port (MbPT) has been beleaguered by impediments ever since its construction commenced. Several of these obstacles could be attributed to lack of foresight and planning and the lack of will…


Taking Ship Recycling Convention forward

Taking Ship Recycling Convention forward

Posted to Taking Ship Recycling Convention forward (by Joseph Fonseca) on June 18, 2012

ClassNK joined hands with Indian Register of Shipping (IRS) to bring into focus the Hong Kong convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships which was been adopted on 15 May 2009. In order to show the way forward ClassNK…


Will there be an Indian P & I Club?

Will there be an Indian P & I Club?

Posted to Will there be an Indian P & I Club? (by Joseph Fonseca) on June 20, 2012

Proposals for setting up an Indian Protection and Indemnity Club has been mooted a number of times in the past. Shipping trade being cyclic in nature, pressure begins to build up on P & I Clubs especially when shipping is down. It could be said…


Day of the Seafarer celebration feature wish list and appreciations

Day of the Seafarer celebration feature wish list and appreciations

Posted to Day of the Seafarer celebration feature wish list and appreciations (by Joseph Fonseca) on June 25, 2012

It was the first time that the Day of the Seafarer really got celebrated in India. There was a massive turnout this afternoon for the function which saw both mariners, who are still sailing and those having left the sea, attending the sole function to be organized on the occasion.


Asia’s first facility for training in Electrically Driven Deep well Pumps

Asia’s first facility for training in Electrically Driven Deep well Pumps

Posted to Asia’s first facility for training in Electrically Driven Deep well Pumps (by Joseph Fonseca) on June 28, 2012

Persistent to forge ahead and retain its pioneering role in maritime training, Anglo Eastern Maritime Training Center (AEMTC) joined hands with Marflex BV to launch Asia’s first Training Course in Electrically Driven Deep well Pumps in Mumbai.


ADANI’s to develop Bulk Terminal at Kandla Port

ADANI’s to develop Bulk Terminal at Kandla Port

Posted to ADANI’s to develop Bulk Terminal at Kandla Port (by Joseph Fonseca) on July 2, 2012

Adani Kandla Bulk Terminal Pvt. Ltd, signed a concession agreement with the Kandla Port Trust this morning for setting up a dry bulk terminal at the Kandla Port on build, operate and transfer basis (BOT). The project, which will be the one of largest bulk terminal on the west coast of India…


EXMAR Shipmanagement increasing its footprint in India

EXMAR Shipmanagement increasing its footprint in India

Posted to EXMAR Shipmanagement increasing its footprint in India (by Joseph Fonseca) on July 4, 2012

EXMAR Shipmanagement is all set to see its footprint grow in India. Already six of their vessels call at Indian ports regularly and its ship manning operations from India are on a high growth trajectory. To meet the Indian demand for LPG the…


India’s On-Line COC examination draws global interest

India’s On-Line COC examination draws global interest

Posted to India’s On-Line COC examination draws global interest (by Joseph Fonseca) on July 9, 2012

Maritime regulatory authorities, the world over, are showing keen interest in the on-line examination system, ‘ePariksha’ for seafarers who appear for the certificate of competency (COC) examination. The Director General of Shipping (DGS), Ministry of Shipping…


Monsoon’s first salvage operation by Great Offshore

Monsoon’s first salvage operation by Great Offshore

Posted to Monsoon’s first salvage operation by Great Offshore (by Joseph Fonseca) on July 11, 2012

The Indian coast seems to have become a gold mine for salvage operators during the savage monsoon months with several casualties taking place consistently along the coast. Already many major players have set up base in the country all set to get into the act at the first opportune moment.


Indian Navy and Coast Guard to the rescue of the Indian Administration?

Indian Navy and Coast Guard to the rescue of the Indian Administration?

Posted to Indian Navy and Coast Guard to the rescue of the Indian Administration? (by Joseph Fonseca) on July 16, 2012

The Government of India is mulling over the idea of handing over the statutory functions of the Indian Administration (Directorate General of Shipping) to the Indian Navy and the Coast Guard. As a beginning, the two agencies are likely to begin…


ABG’s Advance Pollution Control vessel for Coast Guard

ABG’s Advance Pollution Control vessel for Coast Guard

Posted to ABG’s Advance Pollution Control vessel for Coast Guard (by Joseph Fonseca) on July 18, 2012

ABG Shipyard, India’s largest private shipbuilding company has built what is considered to be one of the most advanced pollution control vessel in the world. Christened Samudra Paheredar the vessel is set to be commissioned tomorrow and will…


SCI takes delivery of Panamax Bulk carrier

SCI takes delivery of Panamax Bulk carrier

Posted to SCI takes delivery of Panamax Bulk carrier (by Joseph Fonseca) on July 23, 2012

Country’s largest shipping company, the Shipping Corporation of India Ltd. (SCI) accepted delivery of a Panamax Bulk carrier, m.v. Vishva Anand on Friday 20th July, 2012. The vessel is the first vessel of the four Panamax bulk carriers ordered by SCI with STX (Dalian) Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., China.


Essar Ports’ profits soar by 73% - expansion well underway

Essar Ports’ profits soar by 73% - expansion well underway

Posted to Essar Ports’ profits soar by 73% - expansion well underway (by Joseph Fonseca) on July 25, 2012

Essar Ports Limited (EPL), part of the Essar Group reported an impressive profit escalation of 73 percent for the first quarter from $ 7.6 million to $ 13.2 million. One of the largest port companies of India, its capacity enhancement program…


Though challenged MbPT says offshore CT to come up on time

Though challenged MbPT says offshore CT to come up on time

Posted to Though challenged MbPT says offshore CT to come up on time (by Joseph Fonseca) on March 11, 2013

The Mumbai Docklands Regeneration Forum has challenged in the Bombay High Court the feasibility of the offshore container terminal (OCT) of the Mumbai Port Trust. The OCT now under construction has been termed a “white elephant’ by the Forum…


‘Is Ship Recession Affecting ISM Compliance?’

‘Is Ship Recession Affecting ISM Compliance?’

Posted to ‘Is Ship Recession Affecting ISM Compliance?’ (by Joseph Fonseca) on March 14, 2013

Ship detention having dropped to 10 from 14 in the previous year may not be a rosy picture. The possibility of finally migrating from the grey list of the Paris MOU to its White list provided not a single detention takes place could find the…


Dirty shipping business takes place prior to recycling

Dirty shipping business takes place prior to recycling

Posted to Dirty shipping business takes place prior to recycling (by Joseph Fonseca) on September 4, 2013

The hue and cry about casualties taking place at ship breaking yards may have died down after intense hostile protests by Greenpeace and other NGOs against the methods employed in ship breaking yards. They may have got measures in place to curb…


Ship Recycling Convention may put stakeholders in a fix

Ship Recycling Convention may put stakeholders in a fix

Posted to Ship Recycling Convention may put stakeholders in a fix (by Joseph Fonseca) on September 9, 2013

Will the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009 (the Hong Kong Convention) ever get ratified? What’s the difference between the Hong Kong Convention and the EU convention as far as beaching method of recycling is concerned?


Terminal operators join Vizag port to make it a hub

Terminal operators join Vizag port to make it a hub

Posted to Terminal operators join Vizag port to make it a hub (by Joseph Fonseca) on September 11, 2013

Under the aegis of the Indian Private Ports & Terminals Association (IPPTA) the nine BOT (build, own and transfer project) operators in Visakhapatnam Port (VPT) together with the port authorities are putting in their best efforts to develop the port into a major hub on the east coast of India.


Mundra Port continues on a record breaking trajectory

Mundra Port continues on a record breaking trajectory

Posted to Mundra Port continues on a record breaking trajectory (by Joseph Fonseca) on September 16, 2013

Despite several impediments in its path Adani Ports & SEZ Ltd, India’s largest port developer and part of Adani Group, a global integrated player, continues to exhibit stellar performance in cargo throughput setting up newer records. Last week…


GreenPort’s South Asian Initiative

GreenPort’s South Asian Initiative

Posted to GreenPort’s South Asian Initiative (by Joseph Fonseca) on March 25, 2013

A clear indication that it was time to raise the pitch for ‘going green’ came during the first GreenPort South Asia Conference held in Mumbai from 20 to 22 March 2013. The 110 delegates from global ports, terminal operators, shipping lines, consultants…


Marine Accidents – A Good Cause for study

Marine Accidents – A Good Cause for study

Posted to Marine Accidents – A Good Cause for study (by Joseph Fonseca) on March 27, 2013

Though marine accidents are universally known to be responsible for bringing international conventions into place, the Directorate General of Shipping (DGS), Government of India, also finds these as useful inputs for improving management systems…


Indian ship building set to recover lost glory

Indian ship building set to recover lost glory?

Posted to Indian ship building set to recover lost glory (by Joseph Fonseca) on April 1, 2013

India’s tryst with American history can be traced back to the role Indian ship building played in the creation of the U.S. National Anthem “The Star-Spangled Banner”. The lyrics came from “Defence of Fort McHenry”, a poem written in 1814 by Francis Scott Key when aboard the Minden…


New Tariff guidelines for ports/terminal operators can be reformative

New Tariff guidelines for ports/terminal operators can be reformative

Posted to New Tariff guidelines for ports/terminal operators can be reformative (by Joseph Fonseca) on April 3, 2013

The proposed Guidelines for Tariff Setting in Major Ports, 2013 have been well received by major ports and terminal operators alike however they have stopped short of giving their stamp of approval. The private operators especially the members…


Class in search of new ‘class’

Class in search of new ‘class’

Posted to Class in search of new ‘class’ (by Joseph Fonseca) on December 24, 2013

In the economic downturn now underway most classification societies seem to have risen to the occasion exceptionally well, playing their cards prudently and ingeniously befitting their line of business and providing value added services to their customers in particular and society in general.


Women need a level playing field – WISTA AGM

Women need a level playing field – WISTA AGM

Posted to Women need a level playing field – WISTA AGM (by Joseph Fonseca) on December 27, 2013

The first anniversary event of the Women International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA), India that took place recently not only focused on gearing up for tomorrow’s challenges but it also saw the largest gathering of women professionals…


INSA to support Cabotage relaxation for promoting coastal shipping – ICCSA’s incentive scheme

INSA to support Cabotage relaxation for promoting coastal shipping – ICCSA’s incentive scheme

Posted to INSA to support Cabotage relaxation for promoting coastal shipping – ICCSA’s incentive scheme (by Joseph Fonseca) on December 31, 2013

Keeping in line with the Ministry of shipping’s objective to shift a percentage of the cargo transported by road to the coastal and inland waterways, the Indian Coastal Conference Shipping Association (ICCSA) has come up with a formula based on incentives…


Revival of the Maritime Industry within reach

Revival of the Maritime Industry within reach

Posted to Revival of the Maritime Industry within reach (by Joseph Fonseca) on January 1, 2014

The current lackluster phase experienced by Indian shipping is expected to drag on for another two years at least. Earnings will bump along the bottom of the market. Ship owners don’t see returns from acquisition in any significant way. A recent…


Govt nod for MbPT’s Multipurpose Offshore berths

Govt nod for MbPT’s Multipurpose Offshore berths

Posted to Govt nod for MbPT’s Multipurpose Offshore berths (by Joseph Fonseca) on January 6, 2014

The proposed Offshore Multipurpose Cargo Berth of the Mumbai Port (MbPT) to be built on public–private partnership basis (PPP) basis has received the approval of the Ministry of Shipping, Government of India. When constructed the two berths will be 550 mtrs long and 100 mtrs wide.


Chowgule’s ship-lift fast becoming a reality

Chowgule’s ship-lift fast becoming a reality

Posted to Chowgule’s ship-lift fast becoming a reality (by Joseph Fonseca) on January 8, 2014

Mid-way between Mumbai and Goa on the West coast of India, a new ship-lift facility being constructed by the Chowgule group, is fast becoming a reality. Situated adjacent to the group’s Angre Port, the repair yard will have the capacity to handle six ships simultaneously of up to 10…


Major port traffic dips but outlook good

Major ports traffic dips but outlook good

Posted to Major port traffic dips but outlook good (by Joseph Fonseca) on January 14, 2014

Various factors are said to be responsible for six of the 12 major ports which are under the administration of the Federal government, registering a drop in cargo traffic in the calendar year of 2013. This certainly does not indicate that there…


Project Forwarders all set for the approaching boom

Project Forwarders all set for the approaching boom

Posted to Project Forwarders all set for the approaching boom (by Joseph Fonseca) on January 15, 2014

As the Heavy Lift & Project specialists look with anticipation for a bigger slice of the cake, the impending boom also mean that there is likely to be room for other players as well. Mega projects in India including expansion of refineries,…


Despite the allure, the offshore still short of manpower



Mega initiative to bring maritime world to the people



Marshall Islands Registry Hits 100 Million Gross Tons



Dry Bulk trade comes out of the gloom

Dry Bulk trade comes out of the gloom

Posted to Dry Bulk trade comes out of the gloom (by Joseph Fonseca) on January 29, 2014

Dry bulk trade is on the way up with 2013 having seen the second highest contracting trend after 2010. The outlook for the near future looks promising considering various factors including that the Chinese have put in place a stimulus plans…


Bibby Maritime upscale training in India

Bibby Maritime upscale training in India

Posted to Bibby Maritime upscale training in India (by Joseph Fonseca) on February 3, 2014

Despite the recessionary phase in shipping, training institutes in India known for their unflinching dedication to quality education have done better than most establishments in other sectors of the maritime trade. Even recent entrant such as Sir Derek Bibby Maritime Training Center…


Bunkering in India still in its infancy

Bunkering in India still in its infancy

Posted to Bunkering in India still in its infancy (by Joseph Fonseca) on February 5, 2014

Of the worldwide bunkering business which totals 142 MMTPA, India’s share is hardly 1 mi tons. Even though Asia accounts for the biggest share, Singapore port alone contributes 42.6 MMTPA. Whereas the 1 mi tons handled in India is the total…


Life Time awards to two maritime luminaries

Life Time awards to two maritime luminaries

Posted to Life Time awards to two maritime luminaries (by Joseph Fonseca) on February 10, 2014

Narottam Morarjee Institute of Shipping (NMIS) said to be a shipping institute “of the industry, by the industry and for the industry,” has blazed a trail since its inception on 3rd January, 1969 achieving several milestones and is now well saddled as a leading brand in the maritime training field.


SMP conference shows the way out of the gloom

SMP conference shows the way out of the gloom

Posted to SMP conference shows the way out of the gloom (by Joseph Fonseca) on February 13, 2014

Chemtech’s Shipping, Marine & Ports conference 2014, the first big event of the year, gave an insight into the industry’s expectations, challenges and opportunities in order that stakeholders strive to be globally competitive through innovations…


First Indian built floating dry dock by Katale Shipyard

First Indian built floating dry dock by Katale Shipyard

Posted to First Indian built floating dry dock by Katale Shipyard (by Joseph Fonseca) on February 17, 2014

The first floating dry dock to be built in India, at Katale Shipyard Pvt. Ltd., is ready and will be commissioned by end of March this year. The dry dock to be situated on the bank of Jaigad creek in Ratnagiri district on the West coast of India has a load capacity of 1800 tons…


It’s not just seafaring but d’Amico Group offers a career

It’s not just seafaring but d’Amico Group offers a career

Posted to It’s not just seafaring but d’Amico Group offers a career (by Joseph Fonseca) on February 19, 2014

Currently, d’Amico Group has positioned itself as one of the topmost ship owner in the segments where it competes worldwide, solely as a result of its total commitment to quality and maintenance of a high standard of operations. With over 100…


Abdul Kalam advocates ‘National Smart Waterways Grid Mission’

Abdul Kalam advocates ‘National Smart Waterways Grid Mission’

Posted to Abdul Kalam advocates ‘National Smart Waterways Grid Mission’ (by Joseph Fonseca) on February 24, 2014

At the 8 International Conference organized by the Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCC&I) on 14 February, 2014, Dr A.P.J. Kalam, Former President of India, advocated the creation of the "National Smart Waterways Grid Mission" being…


PSA awarded JNPT’s 4th Container Terminal project

PSA awarded JNPT’s 4th Container Terminal project

Posted to PSA awarded JNPT’s 4th Container Terminal project (by Joseph Fonseca) on February 26, 2014

With Singapore’s PSA finally being awarded the project for developing India’s largest container terminal at Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT), this afternoon, all apprehensions have finally been laid to rest. PSA was awarded the project nearly two…


Anglo Eastern’s Indian footprint may see remarkable expansion

Anglo Eastern’s Indian footprint may see remarkable expansion

Posted to Anglo Eastern’s Indian footprint may see remarkable expansion (by Joseph Fonseca) on March 3, 2014

Anglo Eastern Ship Management Ltd., is intensifying its focus on India and likely to get into a higher growth trajectory soon. This was reveal by Peter Cremers the Chief Executive Officer of Anglo Eastern Group during their two-day annual seminar held in Mumbai last week.


JNP set for mega development with 3 projects awarded at one go

JNP set for mega development with 3 projects awarded at one go

Posted to JNP set for mega development with 3 projects awarded at one go (by Joseph Fonseca) on March 5, 2014

While awarding three major projects of Jawaharlal Nehru port, G. K. Vasan, the Union Minister of Shipping, government of India, stated that he was confident that these projects would see the port rank among the top ten ports of the world. These…


IME(I) Annual Meet focuses on innovations



9/11 saw the ISPS code, but 26/11 saw none – IMO

9/11 saw the ISPS code, but 26/11 saw none – IMO

Posted to 9/11 saw the ISPS code, but 26/11 saw none – IMO (by Joseph Fonseca) on March 12, 2014

Comparing the horrendous September 11 attack in 2001 (referred to as 9/11) launched by the Al Qaeda Group upon the United States, a series of security measures have been brought into place. On the maritime side the International Maritime Organization…


Competence requirements of Future Mariner - GlobalMET

Competence requirements of Future Mariner - GlobalMET

Posted to Competence requirements of Future Mariner - GlobalMET (by Joseph Fonseca) on March 17, 2014

Divergent views were expressed on the ‘Competence requirements of Future Mariners’ at the GlobalMET Annual Conference held this year last week. At one extreme was the possibility of seafaring profession becoming extinct with automation taking…


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‘BWTBoat’ can prevent cost of Ballast Water retrofitting

‘BWTBoat’ can prevent cost of Ballast Water retrofitting

Posted to ‘BWTBoat’ can prevent cost of Ballast Water retrofitting (by Joseph Fonseca) on March 20, 2014

The Ballast Water Management Convention (BWMC) of the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) set for ratification comes at a time when shipping is facing an economic turbulence with ship owners uncertain of being able to meet the challenge.


Integrating India’s Transport Network

Integrating India’s Transport Network

Posted to Integrating India’s Transport Network (by Joseph Fonseca) on March 24, 2014

The logistics sector in India has today become an area of priority. One prime reason for it stems from the fact that years of high growth in the Indian economy have resulted in a significant rise in the volume of freight traffic movement. This…


2 Training ships to provide sea time for cadets

2 Training ships to provide sea time for cadets

Posted to 2 Training ships to provide sea time for cadets (by Joseph Fonseca) on March 26, 2014

Shortage of on-board training slot has placed both maritime training academies and the administration in a state of predicament. Unable to provide the required sea time for the many cadets who graduate from the Nautical Sciences, Marine Engineering…


Adani’s Mundra Port hits 100 MMT mark



Liquid bulk trade sees rapid growth

Liquid bulk trade sees rapid growth

Posted to Liquid bulk trade sees rapid growth (by Joseph Fonseca) on April 2, 2014

It is time for big investment as the country is experiencing an economic turnaround. This was the sentiments expressed at the 13 Annual celebration of the All India Liquid Bulk Importers & Exporters Association (AILBIEA) that took place last week.