2nd India Port Expansion and Capacity Upgrading Summit
November 3rd-4th, 2011, Chennai, India
CHENNAI, INDIA, 3rd – 4th NOVEMBER 2011 –The Indian Port sector will invest US$66bn in the construction of new ports and upgrading of existing ports. The investment has been outlined for expansion or new developments of 276 ports throughout India.
The 2nd Annual India Port Expansion Summit took place on the 3rd and 4th of November, 2011 in Chennai, India. There were 90 attendees present, including government officials and senior level decision makers from shipping and logistics companies. All of the attendees gathered together to discuss progress in the Indian port industry as well as to discuss current trends in the shipping line and map out future trends, needs and challenges facing the port industry.
Day one of the conference began with Mr. Atulya Mishra, Chairman of the Chennai Port Trust speaking about the current port capacity and expansion areas. His presentation also included investment and expansion opportunities, development of mega container terminals on DBFOT basis and developments of dry port and a multi-modal logistics hub which are projects under implementation at the Chennai port trust. His talk gave several delegates an excellent insight into choosing the right strategy to enter the ports market Another interesting speaker on day one of the conference was Mr. P Marapandiyan, Chairman of Mormugao Port Trust. He gave the delegates a thorough insight on the implementation of effective risk management strategies in and around the port. The most important aspect of his presentation was the explanation of the benefits of using risk management in the implementation of efficient strategies. The delegates found his session to be very informative and asked him several questions regarding other applications of risk management strategies “With active participation from four of major international orts together with Indian major govt. and private ports, the summit gave a global perspective and good insight for mutual benefit.” Harmis Jose, Leighton Welspun Contractors Ltd. In the afternoon of day one, Mr. Paul Scherrer, Technical and Projects Director of the Le Havre Port made an important and impressive presentation on the port development and the environmental improvement of the Seine Estuary. He discussed working with nature, especially when developing new port structures around the world. He was shortly followed by Mr. G.V.L Sathyakumar, Deputy Chairman of Vishakapatnam Port Trust who spoke about inspection and evaluation of port structure. He discussed counter measures of port facilities and he ended his presentation on a very important note, discussing structural design and facility planning for port infrastructure at length. “An excellent opportunity to listen, learn, speak, and meet valuable experts from various fields of port business.”Daniel Dillenburger, Arcelor Mittal.
Day two of the conference began with Mr. L Radhakrishnan, the Chairman of the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust and he spoke about India’s port regulatory framework and future trends within the industry. His talk contained detailed highlights on the need for regulators, approach to regulation of infrastructure and tariff regulation in the port sector. His talk also addressed the various issues and options that need to be considered when developing port infrastructure. His presentation gave the delegates an insight regarding the current scenario in the ports industry as well as bringing to light the challenges which are being faced in the sector. The question and answer session following this dealt with the issues and possible solutions and suggestions for improvement. Mr. Sven De Wachted, the Indian representative of the port of Zeebrugge dealt with the interesting topic of green initiatives. His presentation highlighted green initiatives for sustainable development of ports like general green projects in and around ports. His presentation also briefly touched upon renewable energy that can be used at ports, waste management, bio-diversity and concluded with suggestions to improve air quality at ports. “It is a good networking area platform with vital players in port both domestic and outer national for enhancing self and trade growth”. Edward Dias, Geetapuram Port Services.
Also on day two, Mr. Meloth Krishnan, Project Manager for the Dublin Port company made a very interesting presentation which touched upon key issues for stake holders and dealt with what ports in India should prepare for in the future. He ended his presentation with a very insightful thought: “We may be the generation to lay the foundation, but unless the intent and purpose is to serve the coming generation, the legacy would not be created” . The final speaker before lunch on day two was Mr. Anand V Sharma, Director of Mantrana Maritime and he talked about the demand and supply assessment of ports in India & growth drivers for investors. His presentation consisted of historic trends for traffic growth by region as well as a brief analysis of commodities handled at Indian ports. Captain Prasad Rebala, the Senior Vice President, Marg Karaikal Port, followed him and made an insightful presentation on criteria for successful development of ports in India. His presentation also dealt with the current challenges for Indian Ports, critical success factors for ports as well as the challenges of building and operating a world-class port. He concluded his presentation by conducting an analysis of the Karaikal port Furthermore, Mr. K.V Natarajan, President of the Rewas Port touched base on the topic of “What ails port development in India?” His presentation dealt with the present status of PPP bids, stake holders and their deliverables, the hiccups of the Greenfield Project and ended with suggestions for PPP bids and for integrated development of Ports “Some of the topics like collision detection, rink environment were very useful. Nicely conducted”. M Danayudha Pani, Chennai Port Trust.
Other Notable speakers at the event include Mr. Antonio Revedin, Strategic Planning & Port Development of the Venice Port Authority, Mr. Daniel Dillenburger of Arcelor Mittal, Mr. Severin Kezeu of SK solutions, Commander Victor Joseph of G4S, Mr. Nishant Jain from Rollwell India.
Noppen would like to express a special thanks to all the great speakers at the event as well as the sponsors of the event: G4S Corporate Services (India) Pvt Ltd, ABB Ltd, North East Technology Solutions, Temcor Rollwell Domes Pvt Ltd, Winland Electronics, Arcelor Mittal Distribution Solutions, S K Solutions, Haritasa Checkmate Electronics Pvt. Ltd, and DCL Bulk Technologies Pvt Ltd.