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"It's London and Hong Kong. It is too vibrant and unsullied to spend a quality time in a break." says Prashant N Popat, Director, Velji Dosabhai & Sons Pvt. Ltd.
A Vietnamese vessel, MV Hai Duong 09, tilted to one side at the EQ berth number 5 in Visakhapatnam Port Trust (VPT) in Vizag city at around 3.30 pm on Wednesday while iron billets were being loaded on to it.
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RAJKOT : "We have thrown a pebble in the pond and its ripples are spreading now." This is how Raj Khalid, who represents Port of Antwerp in India, summed up the first roadshow organized by the port on Wednesday.
In fact, this was the first ever roadshow-cum-seminar organized by any international port in Saurashtra's commercial capital, which is the hub of engineering goods and auto parts in India.
"It was a historic moment for Rajkot exporters and forwarders as no other port has ever approached them with such detailed information on easing their supply chain logistics to tap the international market," Khalid, former trader commissioner to Flanders, told TOI.
The seven-member delegation led by Luc Arnouts, its international working director also included Babette Desfossez, customs attache of Belgium, Peter Huyghebaert, Consul General of Belgium in Mumbai and other top officials of the Port of Antwerp.
Besides the forwarders and exporters, representatives of AP Moller Maersk Terminals Port Pipavav also participated in the seminar to highlight the fact that they have direct shipping lines from their port to Antwerp now.
Among the major concerns of exporters and forwarders was the customs procedure at Antwerp. "They were surprised to know that it takes less than two minutes to get custom clearances for goods as the entire system is based on algorithm and there is no human interface involved," Khalid added.
According to rough estimates, around 2,000 containers are exported from Rajkot through various ports including Mundra and Mumbai's Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT).
One of the biggest takeaways were the savings they could achieve with a smooth supply chain and delivery system due to efficient ports.
"The purpose of meet was to encourage exporters to take a closer look at their supply chain to get optimum efficiency, delivery times and costs. Often manufacturers look within the factory and the manufacturing process to get efficiencies when they may well lie beyond the factory walls," added Khalid.
The Port of Antwerp had organized the roadshow in association with Velji Dosabhai, the largest forwarder in Rajkot, Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) and the Saurashtra Vyapar Udyog Mandal (SUVM).
Parag Tejura, president of SUVM, said, "Exports of small and medium scale units in Rajkot have scaled up to Rs 300 crore after we organized three international conferences in the last two years. The meeting was very cordial and we hope more foreign ports will come and showcase their facilities now."
Dear Valued Customer,
Kindly be informed that on account of Maratha Kranti Morcha on 9th Aug 2017 which is going to take place @ Mumbai will foresee 57 silent rallies across Maharashtra, the Maratha community will come together on Wednesday, to conduct a massive silent rally in Mumbai that is expected to draw lakhs of participants.
The Maratha Kranti Morcha, that is sure to disrupt traffic movement in the city, will have a host of demands including reservations for the Maratha community. The rally will start from Jijamata Udyaan at 11am and culminate at Azad Maidan near the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus at 5pm.
In order to ensure a smooth traffic flow for the commuters, police will divert some of the routes apart from closing down other roads. Even then On 9th August Wednesday we expect huge traffic jams due to this Morcha. Mumbai Pune road, Eastern Express Highway and Freeway will be affected badly. Lakhs of Vehicles and motorcycles are expected to enter Mumbai city.
We expect that this will affect the import and export cargo movements as well.
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), India’s No1 Container Port that handles more than 55% of total container traffic of all major ports, has advanced to become the first Major port to equip Radiological Detection System at all its Port gates – North, Central & South- in order to detect presence of any special nuclear material in containers passing through these gates. This system has been placed in view of detecting radiological elements in the containers passing through roads & rail gates. Installation of such devices in main areas would give an added lease of life to the major importers in the region of Aurangabad, Jalna, Wardha and others who import huge volume of scraps and raw metals to make finished goods.
With this installation, JNPT has successfully complied with the directives of the Govt of India to enable Radioactive Detection System for Port Security and has fully equipped itself to handle 100% secure in handling radioactive materials in all kinds of cargo, as per the international safety standards.
A total of 28 Vehicle Monitoring System (VMS) has been installed at various locations, from where import containers are entering, for the purpose of radiological detection in the containers carrying various unshredded scraps and metallic waste. With the help of VMS, containers can detect the presence of radiological materials through specialized detecting characteristics in the system. In addition to this, JNPT has also installed 2 LIMB monitors for pedestrian traffic. Additionally, the system uses Portable Gazettes and monitors for detecting/identifying the radioactive source.
Shri Anil Diggikar, Chairman, JNPT, said, “This step towards National security has always been our priority in enabling right technology at right place to establish not only a safe and secure ecosystem but also to provide modern services to EXIM trade.”
These hi-tech detection devices will provide a passive, non-intrusive means to screen containers and pedestrians for the presence of nuclear and radioactive materials. These equipment alert security personnel by means of audio/visual alarms locally and remotely. These equipments are connected to centrally located control room to monitor and maintain the history of the events. Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL) has made these equipments and handed over to JNPT for further installation to fulfill Port security and has already trained the CISF persons on this equipment and provided the operating procedures for the same to stabilize this process.
This is to inform you that due to update of Budget 2017-18, the customs EDI system will be closed on 01st Feb 2017 from 03.00 pm till completion of updation of all changes in the EDI system. Due to this Shipping Bill numbers and Bill of Entry numbers are not getting generated. So no documents will be processed , which is out of our control.
Hence any shuts of cargo, we will not be responsible.
Kindly request you to plan your shipments accordingly.
With the restrictions on the Versova creek bridge on Ghodbundwer junction awaiting repairs, the Mumbai Ahmedabad National
Highway is jammed with vehicles piled up till Vasai.
One of the two lane bridge has been shut down. Cars are plying on the other lane and heavy barricades have been put up to prevent
buses from using the bridge.
North bound vehicles including cars and trucks are being diverted on the two-lane southbound bridge in a gap of 10 minutes.
Motorists heading to Mumbai took to social media to vent their anger on the over one hour wait to travel a three kilometer distance from
Maljipada in Vasai to the creek bridge.
Traffic officials manning the bridge told TOI that the closure of one lane and speed restriction of 20 kmph has caused massive traffic jam
on the highway.
Following the Mahad bridge tragedy in August, the state had undertaken inspection of all bridges. A crack was noticed on the Versova
creek bridge that was opened in 1973.
In December 2013, the bridge had undergone repairs.
Motorists said that the national Highway helpline number 1033 was unable to give any traffic updates.
Civil engineering expert Dr V K Raina who on Thursday inspected the north bound Versova creek bridge on Ghodbunder junction that needs
repairs said that the original drawings of the bridge constructed in 1973 are missing. A horizontal girder of the 48.5 meter two-lane bridge that
leads to Gujarat and Delhi is believed to have developed a crack. It was noticed during inspection of the bridge following the Mahad bridge
collapse on August 2, which killed 28 and around 12 are missing.
On Thursday, one lane of the bridge was shut for vehicles for about an hour to carry out inspection. Raina along with state Public
Works Department (PWD) officials examined the bridge. It is learnt that the non-availability of the original drawings of the bridge has made
it difficult to make any progress on its repair. When contacted Raina said that the contractors who constructed the bridge have not been able
to make available the original drawings of the bridge.
The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has decided to allow only light vehicles at a speed of 20 kmph. Heavy vehicles have been
banned on the bridge since September 10 though buses, both transport and private, are plying on it. The NHAI will be putting up barricades
on the bridge to prevent any heavy vehicles, including buses to ply on the bridge from Friday. The Thane collectorate has given its go-ahead
to shut the bridge. The NHAI is waiting for the Palghar collectorate to give its go-ahead for closure of the bridge.
NHAI sources said that the bridge can continue to remain open for light vehicles even while repair works are on. Sources said that not much
information about the bridge is available. The old drawings will help in understanding what needs to be done with the bridge.
Raina told TOI that he has inspected the bridge but would not be in a position to comment on its condition as he is still studying it. The bridge
was opened in 1973. He said that he is trying to gather as much material on the bridge to make sense of where the problem lies. The state
government will wait for Raina to submit his report before deciding on its repair.
All the bridges in the state are being inspected following the Mahad tragedy. NHAI sources said that they are trying to get down with repairing
the bridge on an urgent basis. The bridge was shut for six months in December 2013 when a horizontal girder developed a crack. The closure
of the bridge had led to massive traffic jams that extended to the Western Express highway.