In a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha, India’s Minister of State for Shipping and Chemical & Fertilizers, Shri Mansukh Mandaviya, informed that the completion date of the Multi-Modal Terminal (MMT) being built at Sahibganj in Jharkhand on River Ganga is in August this year.
The Indian Government and National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) are thriving in light of their newly launched ‘human rights at sea’ agenda, also following their first seminar on the topic held in Mumbai on 28 February 2019, and last week’s historic NHRC meeting in New Dehli on Monday 8 July co-organised with the Forum for Integrated National Security (FINS) think-tank.
The IACS Council held its 79th session (C79) in Busan, South Korea, last week, where it marked the conclusion of the Korean Register’s Chairmanship. From 1st July 2019, Mr. Arun Sharma, Executive Chairman of the Indian Register of Shipping, took the helm of IACS.
In line with the Government’s vision of promoting Inland Waterways, India inaugurated the first of its kind movement where an Indian inland waterways is being used for connecting two countries – landlocked Bhutan and Bangladesh.
The Indian Government launched a mechanism to keep safe the Indian crew members on board Indian or foreign ships and sailing vessels especially in emergency situations like a pirate hijacking or fatal accidents. Shri Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of State (I/C) for Shipping stated that the Ministry of Shipping has prepared a Contingency Plan and documented Standard Operating Procedures.
IHI Corporation, a Japanese engineer, received an order for an EPC of two above-ground tanks for LNG receiving terminal in India jointly with a major construction company in India, Afcons Infrastructure Ltd. The LNG-receiving terminal will have a storage capacity of 200,000 cubic metres per unit, which is the largest capacity in India, and completion is planned for 2022.
Indian seafarers on board a ship that Indonesian authorities detained for five months, have claimed that they have been treated like criminals. Namely, the master and the crewmembers of the ship sent a letter to the Ministry of External Affairs, describing the challenges they are going through.
As the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) announced, with support from the Indian Government it will launch a Port Integrity campaign in India. The campaign aims to reduce and in the future eliminate integrity issues, as well as bottlenecks during trade operations.
The Union Council of Ministers of India has given approval for the MoU between India and Maldives for the establishment of passenger and cargo services by sea, which was signed on June 8, 2019 during the visit of Prime Minister of India to Maldives.
BIMCO’s Head of Maritime Security, Jakob P. Larsen, highlighted that there’s no reason to ‘turn a blind eye to piracy’ in the Gulf of Guinea. He supports the establishment of a contact group to fight piracy in the Gulf and protect the shipping industry.
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