3rd India Port Expansion and Capacity Upgrading Summit, 2012
November 22nd - 23rd , 2012, Mumbai, India
The overall port capacity in the country is expected to grow at a CAGR of 13.3% from 1,020 million tonnes in FY11 to 3,130 million tons in FY20. The capacity at non␣␣major ports is projected to expand at a faster CAGR of 18% during FY11––20 from 375 million tonnes to 1,670 million tonnes. As compared to this, the capacity at major ports is expected to grow at a CAGR of 9.5% during this period, from 645 million tonnes to 1,460 million tonnes. The share of non major ports in port capacity is anticipated to increase from 36.8% in FY11 to 53.4% by 2020.
The 3rd India Port Expansion Summit, organized on the 22nd and the 23rd of November, 2012 in mumbai brought together key players in the Indian Port industry to discuss the current state of the port industry and to exchange ideas regarding the way ahead.
The chairman for Day 1 of the conference, Mr. Anand V Sharma, Managing Director, Mantrana Maritime Advisory opened the conference by welcoming all the delegates to the summit. He proceeded to speak about the business risks and regulatory hurdles in the Indian Port Sector. His presentation introduced the current port ownership structures, the Competition laws that are currently applicable within the port sector and gave a few examples of Inter and Intra port completion. His presentation also included case studies of Port Development and conflicts of interest and port operations.
Another eminent speaker on Day 1 was Capt. Subhash Kumar, Marine Advisor, JNPT. His presentation dealt with the expansion plans of the JN Port. He began his presentation by taking the delegates through the current outlook for Indian ports, traffic trends at major and non-major ports and the goals for the port sector for 2020. He also took the gathered delegates through the projected growth in traffic and briefly touched upon new job opportunities in the private sector owing to the development of major ports. He then took the delegates through the current features of the JN Port and concluded his presentation by speaking of the expansion plans including extensions, the additions of new terminals, increasing rail connectivity and further additions to ensure that JN Port remains a green port.
Speaking about Greenport Initiatives for Existing and Greenfield ports in India, Mr. Vijay Agrawal, India Ports & Marine Lead, Associate Director, Aecom, gave an interactive presentation. His talk dealt with “What is not currently green about Port Operations”. He also spoke at length about the required features in order to be termed as a green port, and discussed techniques to reduce Vessel Emissions, Alternative Marine Power methods, automation and use of electric vehicles, and opportunities for Alternative power generation methods for Ports. His presentation was very well received by the delegates and concluded in a lively Q&A session.
Over the course of Day 1, the delegates also heard talks on Traffic Regulations and the Role of Traffic Authority for Major Ports by Mr. T.S. Balasubramanian, Member Finance, Tariff Authority for Major Ports (TAMP), an Update in figures and Vessel Types within the Indian Shipping Market, given by the chairman, Mr. Anand V Sharma among others. Day 1 concluded with a lively panel discussion, moderated by Capt. Nihal Keppetipola, Managing Director, Sri Lanka Port Authority, with Mr. Anand V Sharma and Mr. Vijay Agrawal on the panel. The panel dealt with Port construction in line with Environmental Requirements and was followed with great interest by the attending delegates.
The chairman for Day 2 of the conference, Capt. Nihal Keppetipola, Managing Director, Sri Lanka Port Authority welcomed the delegates to Day 2 of the conference. He spoke about Ultra Large Container Ships. His presentation dealt with Canals and their impact on the shipping sector, the growth of container ships, major hub ports around the world, the benefits of connecting Indian cargo through Sri Lanka. He also gave information about ports in Sri Lanka and an update on the progress of the Port of Colombo. He concluded his presentation by highlighting the developments in the Sri Lankan port sector and explaining the long-term plan of the Sri Lankan Port Authority.
Providing an international perspective, Capt. Ram Iyer, Representative of the Port of Le Havre in INDIA, introduced the delegate to HAROPA collaboration between the Ports of Le Havre, Rouen and Paris. His presentation illustrated the advantages of HARPOA, its various features including large logistical and industrial areas, a favorable geographical position and several indicators of performance. He ended his presentation by speaking about the current investments and improvements to HAROPA and the features, which make HAROPA an environmentally friendly port.
Port security was a topic of major concern at the conference and Commander (Retd.) Sudhir Kumar, VP-Strategic Planning Geekay Security Services Pvt Ltd addressed it during his talk. His presentation dealt with The Challenges of Port Security in Indian Context & Globally. He spoke about the challenges of providing effective security in view of the changes taking place in the port sector. He also spoke about the need to have a sustainable strategy to ensure that ports remain secure, while also keeping in mind that Ports can be used in terrorist activities, and hence have to be safeguarded as well. He ended his presentation by proposing some solutions, including global collaboration, high level support services, periodic risk analysis audits and the need to invest in some hi-tech security systems in order to ensure better security at our ports.
Noppen would like to thank our partners, including Indian Private Ports and Terminals Association, Mantrana Maritime Advisory, our sponsors Arcelor Mittal, Metrocargo and QingzhouYongsheng Dredging Machinery Co. Ltd. We would also like to extend our thanks to all the speakers and gathered delegates for taking part and ensuring the success of the summit.