News Bulletin – 21 July 2018

1. WISTA: Voice of Women in Shipping to Be Heard at IMO

18 July 2018 : The International Maritime Organisation’s governing body, the IMO Council, approved WISTA’s application on July 5, 2018.
“Consultative status gives us the opportunity to promote diversity, inclusion and women’s empowerment, which are our main aims,”Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou, WISTA International President, said.

We can now formally contribute to the discussion for increasing capacity in our industry, a critical component of which is promoting women in the industry, both shoreside and shipboard. WISTA’s efforts support the overarching principles in IMO’s Strategic Plan, especially the promotion of Gender Equality and the empowerment of women.”

2. ‘Health and safety is paramount at Shoreham Port and we are in full support of Maritime Safety Week’.

17 July 2018 : It ran from July 9-13 and was a part of government efforts to share information of safety practices and highlight the work being done across the diverse shipping industry to strive for safety excellence.

Paul Johnson, director of Compliance at Shoreham Port, said: “Health and safety is paramount at Shoreham Port and we are in full support of Maritime Safety Week.“It helped to raise awareness, not just amongst professional mariners but all users of the maritime environment, from recreational mariners to beach goers.”The port regularly provides training courses for staff in each department.

3. India: 36,000 port workers to get 10.6% wage hike

16 July 2018 : Some 36,000 port and dock workers at the 12 major ports owned by the Centre will get a 10.6 per cent hike for a five-year period beginning January 1, 2017.

The wage increase was finalised recently by the Bipartite Wage Negotiation Committee comprising representatives from the Indian Ports Association (IPA) and the five workers unions at major port trusts.

At the lowest level, an employee will get a wage hike of ₹3,000 while at the highest level (excluding officers), a worker will get as much as ₹10,000, Rao said.

The workers will also be paid the arrears for 18 months from January 1, 2017. The wage revision comes at a time when the workers unions ended a 15-day campaign from June 28 “to create awareness among the port workers on certain basic issues pertaining to port and dock workers and industry and prepare them for a mass struggle against the ongoing anti-workers and anti-people policies of the government,” Rao said.

4. India keen to increase sea trade: Gadkari

16 July 2018 : The Government of india is keen to extend the sea trade in the coming years, by developing all the most important ports with advanced equipment, the Ministry of Shipping instructed the main ports.

The sources said that ministry and the key officials mentioned the competition from the private ports. The officials informed to the ministry that private ports are providing special sops to the operators; but, the management of the main ports are failing to reduce the tariff and to offer special discounts as the complete administration was centralised with the ministry. accepting the same. the officials of the MoS advised providing some powers to the operational heads to promote trade.

The officials and ministers discussed the inadequate road networks connecting the port areas, machinery inefficiency due to the poor hinterland connectivity through rail, road highways, coastal shipping and inland waterways. The meeting also broadly discussed the dredging activities and information technology development activities to confirm a good turnaround within the major ports.





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