Anil Singh, Sr Vice President & Managing Director ISC, DP World Pvt Ltd
INDIAN MARITIME BUSINESSMAN OF THE YEAR
For diligently working towards enhancing the operational parameters of the terminals, facilitating expansion and ensuring DP World stays ahead of competition, Anil Singh, Vice President and Managing Director, Sub-continent was awarded the Indian Maritime Businessman of the Year Award. It was presented to him by Michael Pinto, IAS (Retd) Former Secretary, Ministry of Shipping and M Riaz Hamidullah, High Commissioner, Bangladesh High Commission. Anil Singh said, “It is gratifying, and also humbling, for me to have been chosen as the ‘Indian Maritime Businessman of the Year’ by the jury. At DP World, we are not only committed to being trade enablers that support economic development, but also believe in building a sustainable future that help communities evolve. We have been diligently working towards the social and economic welfare of our port communities around the globe and our continuous focus on skill development of women and youth, quality healthcare, environmental sustainability and safety are some of our core values, and an integral part of who we are and what we do. Captain Anil Singh has been in the maritime industry for 35 years having spent his earlier years at sea. He joined DP World from Thailand, where he spent seven years as Group CEO of container terminals B1 and A0, a joint venture between APM Terminals, PSA and Marubeni. He was involved with acquisitions, expansion while developing industry best practices leading to a throughput of 1 million teu in 2007. Singh had also worked at senior management level for P&O Australia for about 13 years, of which he was in Papua New Guinea for 8 years as Managing Director of Century Group, a company operating in the field of Ports, Ship-owning, Ship-agency, Mining and Petroleum logistics for metal and mining major BHP Rio Tinto and American multinational energy conglomerate Chevron. His other assignments included CEO of Nhava Sheva Container Terminal, Mumbai, and as Project Manager for Asia/south America region based in Sydney. Before moving to the Subcontinent, Capt. Singh headed DP World’s Africa area.
Whether it was introducing technology at the port gates to hasten truck movement or aiding the productivity scheme at JNPT, he has been leading the effort from the front. Under his leadership, there was a 4.5 percent increase in tariff rates at the Vallarpadam terminal ensuring greater returns and also measures to step up the efficiency at the terminal were implemented. To improve movement of cargo from and to the port, DP World-operated Container Rail Road Services also added two new rail services to their portfolio for improving connectivity between Jawaharlal Nehru Port with Kanpur, and Mundra with ICD Bawal in Rewari district of Haryana. These services were envisaged by the firm to operate on eco-friendly and energyefficient modes of transport to ease congestion at ports and national highways. Through these measures, Anil Singh’s actions demonstrated that the Subcontinent region plays a strategic role in DP World’s long-term growth plans. It was also in the same year that DP World created an Indian holding company to invest in container terminals, among other projects, across India. DP World currently operates six container terminals in India, including Chennai, Mumbai, Kochi and Mundra. The firm is understood to be evaluating acquisition opportunities in the bulk and liquid businesses. The idea of restructuring is to provide the firm with better control over their companies. Currently, they have different companies for each port and this rejig will help all the group companies converge under one firm. DP World is involved in marine and inland terminals, maritime services, logistics and ancillary services to technology-driven trade solutions. The company has presence in 31 countries across six continents with a significant presence in high-growth and mature markets. Container handling is company’s core business and generates more than three quarters of its revenue. With a number of projects in the pipeline, its capacity is expected to touch more than 100 million teu globally by the year
2020. In Asia Pacific and Indian Subcontinent alone, the group has presence in 11 countries with 26 operating terminals with combined capacity of 35 million teus.
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Hamidullah, High Commissioner, Bangladesh High Commission, Sri Lanka;
Anil Singh, Sr Vice President and Managing Director, ISC, DP World;
Michael Pinto, IAS (Retd) Former Secretary, Ministry of Shipping (L to R) H.E. M Riaz Hamidullah, High Commissioner, Bangladesh High Commissionl; Anil
Singh, Sr VP & MD, ISC, DP World ; Michael P
Pinto, Former Secretary, Ministry of Shipping