De­vel­op­ments that de­fined this year

The year pass­ing by has seen the in­dus­try quickly catch up with dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion, in spite of be­ing a late en­trant to it. The fo­cus was on in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment and im­prov­ing con­nec­tiv­ity not only within the coun­try, but also with neigh­bours

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The year pass­ing by has seen the in­dus­try quickly catch up with dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion. The fo­cus was on in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment and im­prov­ing con­nec­tiv­ity.

As we look back now, 12 months on from the start of 2018, it is amaz­ing to re­mem­ber the at­mos­phere of op­ti­mism which hung over us at the start of the year, guided by grow­ing con­tainer­ised trade, ris­ing vol­umes at the ports, im­prov­ing trade re­la­tions with neigh­bours, bet­ter con­nec­tiv­ity and the ef­forts put in to rise on the ease of do­ing busi­ness rank­ing. De­spite pro­tec­tion­ist poli­cies of the su­per pow­ers that trig­gered trade wars, trade flour­ished and In­dia was bet­ter po­si­tioned for trad­ing across bor­ders. Flip­ping through the back is­sues of the mag­a­zine we have tried to com­pile some of the key de­vel­op­ments that re­de­fined the mar­itime and lo­gis­tics land­scape in the year pass­ing by.


Coastal ship­ping

The gov­ern­ment has ex­tended the pe­riod of Coastal

Berth Scheme be­yond the 12th Five Year Plan, i.e. from April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2020. The scope of the scheme has also been en­larged to cover the cost of prepa­ra­tion of De­tailed Project Re­port (DPR) and cap­i­tal dredg­ing at ma­jor ports.

SCI Mum­bai V386 of Ship­ping Cor­po­ra­tion of In­dia called at Kandla In­ter­na­tional Con­tainer Ter­mi­nal, mark­ing the first coastal ser­vice call into Kandla. On a sep­a­rate note Karaikal Port berthed MV Chowgule 8 RSV through coastal move­ment from Chen­nai Port.

Cargo move­ment on Brahma­pu­tra flagged off

Union Ship­ping Min­is­ter Nitin Gad­kari flagged off cargo move­ment on the Pandu-dhubri route along the Brahma­pu­tra. First par­cel cargo train from Guwa­hati to Ma­ha­rash­tra

In­dian Rail­way con­nected North­east to West Coast (Mum­bai/gu­jarat), by com­menc­ing op­er­a­tions of a par­cel cargo ex­press train for trans­porta­tion of agri­cul­tural pro­duce of North­east from New Guwa­hati Yard to Kalyan in Ma­ha­rash­tra.

Kr­ish­na­p­at­nam Port launches rail ser­vice to Cen­tral In­dia

Kr­ish­na­p­at­nam Port and Con­cor launched a new weekly di­rect con­tainer rail ser­vice con­nect­ing ICD Nag­pur.

Ded­i­cated train from Mun­dra Port to ICD Sane­hwal

Gate­wayrail started a weekly ded­i­cated train ser­vice for Khanna Paper Mills Ltd from Mun­dra Port to ICD Sane­hwal, Lud­hi­ana.

CON­COR starts con­tainer train from Sukh­pur Rail Ter­mi­nal

Con­cor started con­tainer train from Morbi-ra­jkot to Shal­i­mar, Kolkata. CON­COR will ini­tially run ser­vices to des­ti­na­tions such as Shal­i­mar (Kolkata), Kan­pur, Patna,

Amin­gaon (Guwa­hati), Ban­ga­lore, Hy­der­abad, etc. Indo-bangla trade

The Bangladesh cabi­net has al­lowed In­dia to use the Chit­tagong and Mongla ports to trans­port cargo to its north-east­ern states. In­dia has called upon Bangladesh to use Kolkata and Hal­dia for tran­ship­ment. To de­con­gest bor­der points, min­imise in­ter­ven­tions at the bor­der and pro­vide speed­ier clear­ance to ex­ports for Nepal and Bangladesh, the gov­ern­ment of In­dia through Cus­toms No­ti­fi­ca­tion

No. 52/2017 has no­ti­fied the ICDS in Kan­pur for ex­port clear­ance to these coun­tries.

An in­au­gu­ral con­sign­ment was sent from Tripura through the Agar­tala-akhaura In­te­grated Check Post to Bangladesh. Con­cor flagged off a con­tainer train to Banga­bandhu West sta­tion in Bangladesh to ex­plore the techno-eco­nomic fea­si­bil­ity for com­mer­cial op­er­a­tions. Hal­dia In­ter­na­tional Con­tainer Ter­mi­nal (HICT) com­menced a new Bangladesh ser­vice un­der the Indo-bangladesh Coastal Pro­to­col.

Bangladesh and In­dia signed an agree­ment to estab­lish a 130 km oil pipe­line aimed at pump­ing In­dian oil to Bangladesh with a ca­pac­ity of 1 mil­lion tonnes per an­num. The pipe­line con­nects Nu­ma­li­garh in As­sam to Par­batipur in Bangladesh.


PCS 1X de­vel­oped by Por­tall

PCS1X is de­vel­oped af­ter close ex­am­i­na­tion of the ap­pli­ca­tion ar­chi­tec­ture and sys­tems ar­chi­tec­ture of the ex­ist­ing PCS 1.0. PCS 1X is Cloud-based with frame de­sign that eases use of value added sys­tems.

Maersk & IBM launch Blockchain so­lu­tion

Known as Trade­lens, Blockchain-en­abled ship­ping so­lu­tion de­signed to pro­mote more ef­fi­cient and se­cure global trade, bring­ing to­gether var­i­ous par­ties to sup­port in­for­ma­tion shar­ing and trans­parency, and spur in­dus­try­wide in­no­va­tion.

ECTS for Nepal-bound con­tain­ers

Visakha­p­at­nam Cus­toms im­ple­mented the Elec­tronic Cargo Track­ing Sys­tem (ECTS) for Nepal-bound con­tain­ers. The new pro­ce­dure is much sim­pli­fied as against the long pro­cesses of doc­u­men­ta­tion fol­lowed ear­lier, re­sult­ing in de­lay in mov­ing con­tain­ers from the ter­mi­nal.

Rail­ways launches SFOORTI ap­pli­ca­tion

In a ma­jor dig­i­tal ini­tia­tive to help plan the traf­fic flows and op­ti­mise freight op­er­a­tions, the Min­istry of Rail­ways has launched Smart Freight Op­er­a­tion Op­ti­mi­sa­tion & Real Time In­for­ma­tion (SFOORTI) app for freight man­agers, which pro­vides fea­tures for mon­i­tor­ing and manag­ing freight busi­ness us­ing GIS views and dash­board.

E-trans­port at JNPT

JNPT started an on­line trans­port so­lu­tion through four lo­gis­tics com­pa­nies. Im­porters can book on­line trans­port of their cargo di­rectly from the port with cus­toms clear­ance on the port premises.

Dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion at APM Ter­mi­nals Pi­pavav

APM Ter­mi­nals Pi­pavav has de­vel­oped an on­line ver­sion of Form 13 (gate-in per­mits is­sued by ter­mi­nals) re­quired for each im­port/ ex­port con­tainer. Known as e-form 13, it will save close to 3 mil­lion km of road trips and their as­so­ci­ated car­bon emis­sions each year. Ev­er­green launches new elec­tronic doc­u­men­ta­tion

Ev­er­green has in­tro­duced two new In­tel­li­gent Ser­vices – the in­tel­li­gent I-B/L (Bill of Lad­ing) and i-dis­patch, a so­lu­tion that de­liv­ers doc­u­ments as­so­ci­ated with such trans­ac­tions.

IWAI launches ded­i­cated por­tal

IWAI has launched a ded­i­cated por­tal to con­nect cargo own­ers and ship­pers with real time data on avail­abil­ity of ves­sels.

Niryat Mi­tra mo­bile app launched

De­vel­oped by FIEO the app pro­vides wide range of in­for­ma­tion re­quired to un­der­take in­ter­na­tional trade right from the pol­icy pro­vi­sions for ex­port and im­port, ap­pli­ca­ble GST rate, avail­able ex­port in­cen­tives, tar­iff/pref­er­en­tial tar­iff, mar­ket ac­cess re­quire­ments - SPS/TBT mea­sures, etc.


In­fra­struc­ture schemes for rail­way yards

To de­velop freight ter­mi­nals through pri­vate in­vest­ment, the Min­istry of Rail­ways has launched fol­low­ing schemes: • Pri­vate Sid­ing - The pri­vate sid­ing pol­icy en­ables rail con­nec­tiv­ity at the party’s doorstep

• Pri­vate Freight Ter­mi­nal (PFT) Scheme - The scheme fa­cil­i­tates rapid de­vel­op­ment of a net­work of freight ter­mi­nals with pri­vate in­vest­ment

In­ter-state e-way bill

Fer­ry­ing goods across states got quicker as elec­tronic-way billing was made com­pul­sory pan In­dia from Fe­bru­ary 1. Fer­ry­ing goods worth more than Rs50,000 within or out­side a state now re­quires se­cur­ing an e-way bill by prior on­line reg­is­tra­tion of the con­sign­ment.

E-seal­ing of con­tain­ers

Like other global ports, of­fi­cials armed with hand­held RFID read­ers clear­ing boxes started at In­dian ports as well with the in­tro­duc­tion of e-seal­ing. CBEC had in­tro­duced the new pro­ce­dure for seal­ing of con­tainer­ized ex­port goods with ef­fect from Oc­to­ber 2017, how­ever, only those ex­porters per­mit­ted for self-seal of their ex­port con­tain­ers are el­i­gi­ble to avail the ben­e­fit of the elec­tronic seal­ing fa­cil­ity.

Lo­gis­tics pol­icy for Ut­tar Pradesh

The Ut­tar Pradesh gov­ern­ment for the first time is draft­ing its own lo­gis­tics pol­icy. The pol­icy will en­tail the es­tab­lish­ment of at least five in­dus­trial parks across the state with an in­vest­ment of Rs.200 crore.

Re­vised MCA for ma­jor ports

The union cabi­net ap­proved amend­ments in the Model Con­ces­sion Agree­ment to make the port projects more in­vestor-friendly and make in­vest­ment cli­mate in the port sec­tor more at­trac­tive. The amend­ments in the agree­ment en­vis­age con­sti­tu­tion of a So­ci­ety for Af­ford­able Re­dres­sal of Dis­putes - Ports (SARODPORTS). The agree­ment pro­vides exit route to de­vel­op­ers by way of di­vest­ing their eq­uity up to 100 per cent af­ter com­ple­tion of 2 years.

Cab­o­tage re­lax­ation

In a bid to check out­flow of In­dian exim cargo to for­eign ports and to boost trans­ship­ment at In­dian ports, the gov­ern­ment has de­clared new pol­icy giv­ing re­lax­ation for coastal move­ment of exim trans­ship­ment con­tain­ers and emp­ties on for­eign car­ri­ers.


The Fi­nance Min­is­ter an­nounced in­crease in bud­getary al­lo­ca­tion to in­fra­struc­ture for 2018-19 to `5.97 lakh crore against es­ti­mated ex­pen­di­ture of `4.94 lakh crore in 201718. This marks an all-time high al­lo­ca­tion to rail and road sec­tors.

Sa­gar­mala projects picked up steam as a to­tal of 224 projects worth `1.85 lakh crore were awarded till March 2018 and 59 projects worth `11,299 crore have been com­pleted till March 31. Fur­ther 196 projects worth `71,868 crore are ex­pected to be awarded in 2018-19. The gov­ern­ment also in­tro­duced `4,000-crore Fi­nan­cial As­sis­tance Pol­icy for In­dian ship­yards for a pe­riod of 10 years, for con­tracts se­cured be­tween April 1, 2016 and March 31, 2026.

Project UNNATI for ma­jor ports

The Min­istry of Ship­ping ini­ti­ated project UNNATI to boost all-round per­for­mance of Ma­jor Ports. A to­tal of 116 ini­tia­tives have been iden­ti­fied for ma­jor ports, of which 86 have been im­ple­mented so far. The project bench­marks op­er­a­tional and fi­nan­cial per­for­mance of the 12 ma­jor ports with se­lected In­dian pri­vate ports and best-in-class in­ter­na­tional ports for iden­ti­fy­ing im­prove­ment ar­eas.

In­dore-man­mad new rail­way line project

An MOU was signed be­tween Jnpt-min­istry of

Ship­ping, Min­istry of Rail­ways, govt of Ma­ha­rash­tra and govt of Mad­hya Pradesh for im­ple­men­ta­tion of 362 km In­dore-man­mad New Rail­way Line Project.

Chen­nai Port grows bunker­ing busi­ness

Chen­nai Port is de­vel­op­ing a 181-me­tre long and

15-me­tre wide berth as a multi-user fa­cil­ity near the oil dock that can han­dle two 5,000 DWT medium-size barges or tankers of up to 10,000 DWT for han­dling liq­uid car­goes.

Kr­ish­na­p­at­nam Port’s drive through con­tainer scan­ners

The port in­stalled ‘Rapis­can Ea­gle P 60’ drive through x-ray con­tainer scan­ner and ra­di­a­tion por­tal mon­i­tors.

The scan­ner will in­crease the vol­ume of im­port con­tain­ers han­dled by at least 5,000 teus per month.

Blue Dart launches avi­a­tion hub in Chen­nai

Blue Dart has de­vel­oped avi­a­tion hub at the Blue Dart Avi­a­tion Ter­mi­nal, Meenam­bakkam, Chen­nai, with both air and land side ac­cess. Spread on 4,912 sq. me­tres the hub boasts Bcas-ap­proved se­cu­rity screen­ing with its own X-ray ma­chines, equip­ment and ded­i­cated man­power.

APM Ter­mi­nals opens ICD

APM Ter­mi­nals In­land Ser­vices in­au­gu­rated a new ICD and sup­ply chain so­lu­tions fa­cil­ity to serve the Pune district. Lo­cated around 150km in­land from Mum­bai, the ICD cov­ers an area of more than 12 acres and is de­signed to han­dle more than 60,000 con­tain­ers an­nu­ally.

Adani Ennore Con­tainer Ter­mi­nal com­mences op­er­a­tions

Adani Ennore Con­tainer Ter­mi­nal at Ka­ma­ra­jar Port com­menced op­er­a­tions. The ter­mi­nal ca­pac­ity in the first phase in­volves 0.8 mil­lion teus with quay length of 400 me­ters, 15 mtrs draft, 4000 ground slots, four su­per post panama cranes, 12 E-RTG’S and on-dock rail con­nec­tiv­ity.

Adani bags Bha­vana­padu Port

Andhra Pradesh gov­ern­ment ap­proved APSEZ Ltd as the de­vel­oper of Bha­vana­padu Port project. The port would serve the hin­ter­lands of Odisha and Chat­tis­garh and nearby districts in AP.

JNPT adds 4th ter­mi­nal

JNPT dou­bled its con­tainer han­dling ca­pac­ity with ad­di­tion of its new 4th ter­mi­nal. The con­tainer ter­mi­nal will add ca­pac­ity of 24 lakh con­tain­ers per year in Phase-i and af­ter com­ple­tion of Phase-ii in 2022 the ca­pac­ity of JNPT will be 100 lakh con­tain­ers per year.

APM Ter­mi­nals' in­te­grated cold chain so­lu­tions

APM Ter­mi­nals in­au­gu­rated its first state-of-the-art cold stor­age ware­house for fish, fruits, medicines, and spe­cialty chem­i­cals which re­quire strict tem­per­a­ture con­trol.

New MMLP in Goa

A MMLP at Balli Sta­tion near Madgaon in Goa on the Konkan Rail­way route has been in­au­gu­rated with an in­vest­ment of `43 crore through MOU be­tween Konkan Rail­way and CON­COR.

APSEZ ex­pands Dhamra Port ca­pac­ity

APSEZ in­au­gu­rated the Phase II ex­pan­sion of Dhamra Port, in­creas­ing cargo han­dling ca­pac­ity of the port to over 100 mil­lion tonnes per an­num (mtpa), up from 25 mtpa cur­rently.

NSICT and JNCH im­prove ease of do­ing busi­ness

The Nhava Sheva In­ter­na­tional Con­tainer Ter­mi­nal in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Jawa­har­lal Nehru Cus­tom House has be­come In­dia’s first ter­mi­nal to in­tro­duce ‘on-wheel ex­am­i­na­tion and sam­pling’ for Full Con­tainer Load ship­ments un­der the DPD scheme.

FSRU based LNG Ter­mi­nal at Jaigarh Port

H-en­ergy Gate­way Pvt Ltd launched In­dia’s first Fs­rubased LNG ter­mi­nal at JSW Jaigarh Port in Rat­na­giri District. It has an­nual ca­pac­ity of 4MTPA.

Es­sar Vizag Ter­mi­nal com­mis­sions iron ore han­dling com­plex

Es­sar Vizag Ter­mi­nal com­mis­sioned 24 mtpa Vizag iron ore han­dling com­plex, up­grad­ing cargo load­ing ca­pac­ity of the fa­cil­ity to 24 mtpa.

Rail­ways launched dou­ble stack dwarf con­tain­ers

In­dian Rail­ways in­tro­duced dou­ble-stack dwarf con­tainer ser­vices. The first such freight train was flagged off from West­ern Rail­way’s Ra­jkot rail­way sta­tion to Haryana.

Rax­aul-bir­gunj In­te­grated Check Post

The check post on the out­skirts of Rax­aul brings re­lief to Nepal’s exim trade, re­mov­ing con­ges­tion on the high­ways

Liq­uid cargo han­dling ter­mi­nal at KOPT

Kolkata Port Trust (KOPT) signed a con­ces­sion agree­ment with Hooghly Oil & Gas Ter­mi­nal Pvt. Ltd for set­ting up a Liq­uid Cargo Han­dling Ter­mi­nal at Shalukkhali.

GMR bags port near Kak­i­nada

GMR se­cured the con­tract to build a port near

Kak­i­nada. It will be 30km north of Kak­i­nada and touches Visakha­p­at­nam-chen­nai In­dus­trial Cor­ri­dor.

Es­sar Vizag Ter­mi­nal com­mis­sions iron ore han­dling com­plex

Es­sar Vizag Ter­mi­nal Ltd ded­i­cated to the na­tion its newly-com­mis­sioned 24 mtpa Vizag iron ore han­dling com­plex. It can berth Su­per Cape­size ves­sels up to 200,000 DWT.

Mun­dra LNG ter­mi­nal in­au­gu­rated

Mun­dra LNG ter­mi­nal, the An­jar-mun­dra pipe­line project and the Palan­pur-pali-barmer pipe­line project, at An­jar were in­au­gu­rated

Mul­ti­modal ter­mi­nal on Ganga

Mul­ti­modal ter­mi­nal on Ganga in Varanasi has been in­au­gu­rated and re­ceived first cargo from Kolkata.

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