Nor­way ex­plores Gu­jarat’s mar­itime sec­tor

The con­fer­ence de­lib­er­ated on the fu­ture of mar­itime in­dus­try in­clud­ing dig­i­tal­iza­tion, green ship­ping, tech­no­log­i­cal de­vel­op­ments and much more

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The con­fer­ence de­lib­er­ated on the fu­ture of mar­itime in­dus­try in­clud­ing dig­i­tal­iza­tion, green ship­ping, tech­no­log­i­cal de­vel­op­ments and much more.

ANor­we­gian busi­ness del­e­ga­tion led by Ann Ollestad, Nor­way's Con­sul Gen­eral in Mumbai, vis­ited Ahmedabad on 28 June to ex­plore busi­ness and in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties in Gu­jarat’s mar­itime sec­tor and con­nect with po­ten­tial part­ners. The con­fer­ence, hosted by the Nor­we­gian Con­sulate Gen­eral along with other Nor­we­gian agen­cies, brought to­gether com­pa­nies, aca­demics and pol­icy mak­ers from two coun­tries to de­lib­er­ate on the fu­ture of mar­itime in­dus­try in­clud­ing dig­i­tal­iza­tion, green ship­ping, tech­no­log­i­cal de­vel­op­ments and much more.

The con­fer­ence had sev­eral dig­ni­taries from the In­dian side in­clud­ing Dr. Jagdish Narayan Singh, Gu­jarat’s Chief Sec­re­tary and Chair­man of Gu­jarat Mar­itime Board (GMB), Ajay Bhadoo, Vice Chair­man and CEO of GMB and Dr. Malini Shankar, Direc­tor Gen­eral - Direc­torate Gen­eral of Ship­ping.

Dr Singh, who was also the Chief Guest at the con­fer­ence, hoped Gu­jarat’s mar­itime sec­tor to ben­e­fit from Nor­way’s en­gi­neer­ing and tech­no­log­i­cal ca­pa­bil­i­ties. Mr. Ajay Bhadoo, a key­note speaker, in­vited Nor­way to in­vest in ports and LNG in­fra­struc­ture projects and pro­vide skilled pro­fes­sion­als for sus­tained de­velop- ment of Gu­jarat’s mar­itime in­dus­try. Dr Malini Shankar, Direc­tor Gen­eral - Direc­torate Gen­eral of Ship­ping, spoke about emerg­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in In­dia’s ship­ping and the need to make mar­itime lo­gis­tics more sus­tain­able. GCCI Pres­i­dent Dr Jaimin Vasa, Pres­i­dent- Gu­jarat Cham­bers of Com­merce, spoke about op­por­tu­ni­ties for small and medium en­ter­prises in mar­itime sec­tor and scope of tie-ups be­tween the two coun­tries.

Nor­we­gian speak­ers pre­sented their as­sess­ments on the fu­ture of ship­ping in­clud­ing de­vel­op­ment of au­ton­o­mous ves­sels, green and clean ship­ping and ves­sel track­ing sys­tems for ships. No­table speak­ers in­cluded Helge Try ti-com­mer­cial Coun­sel l or in­no­va­tion Nor­way, Svein Michel­son, Special Ad­vi­sor- Nor­way's Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs and Tor Chris­tian Slet­ner, Direc­tor-en­vi­ron­ment, re­search and In­no­va­tion- Nor­we­gian Ship owner’s As­so­ci­a­tion among others

Speak­ing at the Con­fer­ence Ollestad said: “Nor­way's mar­itime sec­tor is among most global, in­no­va­tive and for­ward-look­ing in­dus­tries. The op­por­tu­ni­ties which In­dia's mar­itime sec­tor, par­tic­u­larly Gu­jarat, has to of­fer re­quires long-term ef­forts from the var­i­ous players in­clud­ing compa- nies, author­i­ties and re­searchers in the in­dus­try. One of the ways is to keep in­ter­ac­tion go­ing on a sus­tained ba­sis among stake­hold­ers of both the coun­tries.”

Capt. Navin Passey, Chair­man of Nor­we­gian Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion (In­dia) and Wallem Ship­ping, pre­sented the vote of thanks.

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