News Bulletin – 10th February 2018

1. 9th Maritime Employee Survey reveals rising confidence in shipping industry employment prospects

9 Feb 2018 : Shore-based shipping industry employees around the world feel slightly more positive about their employment prospects and are less likely to seek new positions in the near future according to research conducted by leading international maritime recruiter Halcyon Recruitment and online training provider Coracle. Just over half (56%) of the (2,863 respondents) indicated concern over job security whilst only 28% said that they were considering a job change in the next 12 months. This compares with the findings of the 8th Maritime Employee Survey published in late 2016 which found that 63% of employees were worried about job security and 37% were considering a change of job.

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2. India’s Major Ports See More Volumes in First Nine Months

9 Feb 2018 : Major ports in India handled 560.9 million tonnes of cargo during the period April 2017 to January, 2018. The number represents a growth of 4.6% compared to 536.41 million tonnes handled during the corresponding period of previous year.

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3. India: Major ports register positive growth of 4.58% during April, 2017-January, 2018

8 Feb 2018 : The major ports in India have recorded a growth of 4.58% and together handled 560.97 Million Tonnes of cargo during the period April 2017 to January, 2018 as against 536.41 Million Tonnes handled during the corresponding period of previous year. For the period from April 2017 to January 2018, Eight Ports i.e. Kolkata including Haldia, Paradip, Visakhapatnam, Chennai, Cochin, New Mangalore, JNPT and Deendayal have registered positive growth in traffic.

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4. India’s Adani to help start up 5 mln T/yr LNG terminal in April, May

8 Feb 2018 : A 5 million-tonne-per-annum LNG import terminal at Mundra in Gujarat state on the west coast of India, part owned by the Adani Group, will likely be operational in April or May, a senior company official said on Wednesday. The terminal will have receiving, storage and re-gasification facilities for liquefied natural gas (LNG) and will be connected to Gujarat State Petronet’s existing pipeline network at Anjaar, Gujarat.

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5. JNPT recorded the highest container handling of 4.18 Lakh TEUs in a month

7 Feb 2018 : The Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), handled 4.18 lakh TEUs in January 2018, which is highest ever container traffic handled during a month at JNPT and increase of 13% over the same month last year. JNPT’s sustained efforts in creating trade-friendly measures over the last few months is reaping reward with an improvement. With the commencement of operations of fourth terminal, EXIM trade gets an opportunity to use state-of-the-art facilities and avail JNPT port for further increasing the volume of traffic.

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6. UAE introduces mandatory insurance for seafarer

6 Feb 2018 : Ship owners operating Emirati and foreign ships in the waters and ports of the UAE will need to get insurance contracts for all sailors on board, the UAE’s Federal Authority for Land and Maritime Transport (FTA) has announced. An FTA circular issued in January states that all sailors on board should be compensated in the event of injuries during work. They must be deported to their home countries in case of abandonment by the ship owner. Ships not complying with these requirements will not be allowed to anchor or call on the UAE ports.

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7. PSA Opens New Container Terminal in Mumbai

6 Feb 2018 : Singapore’s PSA has inaugurated a new container terminal at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT). The terminal, Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals (BMCT), received its first container vessel call with the berthing of CMA CGM’s Centaurus on February 2. The call of Centaurus, following the earlier receipt of containers by road and rail, has brought BMCT’s facilities into full operation, PSA said.

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8. PSA opens its big box terminal at JNPT

5 Feb 2018 : Singapore’s PSA International Pte Ltd opened a swanky new container terminal at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) near here on Friday morning. Capt Cristian Ungureanu, a Romanian national, steered container ship Centaurus to berth. Hundreds of cargo containers were on board the Marshall Islands-flagged vessel owned by Greek firm Unitized Ocean Transport Ltd and chartered by French line CMA CGM S A to operate on its Swahili Express (SWAX).

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9. Dubai, one of the top ten maritime capitals

5 Feb 2018 : Dubai has become one of the top ten maritime capitals last year, and fifth in terms of competitiveness and attractiveness, according to Norway-based Menon Economics. The Group predicted the Emirate is well on track to become one of the world’s most important maritime destinations by 2022 due to a number of waterfront projects and recreation-friendly policy initiatives. Among the new projects, the Dubai Harbour project alone will include a 1,400-berth marina and will increase Dubai’s capacity for handling yachts by almost 50 per cent from the current 3,000 berths in the Emirate. The Dubai Canal has also bolstered Dubai’s position as a maritime capital.

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