Speaking on the occasion Secretary, Shipping said, Skill Development in the Port & Maritime sector is an opportunity to improve India’s coastal areas, usher in port led prosperity and provide the world with skilled youth. India is one of the leading suppliers of seafarers in the world and now want to be the leading supplier for all talent in the Port and Maritime sector. Bishnu Pada Ray, Member of Parliament from Andaman and Nicobar also lauded the efforts made by the Ministry of Shipping. The workshop brought together employers, training partners and government institutions working in the Port and Maritime sector. The workshop also highlighted various skill development initiatives undertaken by the Ministry of Shipping.
The Ministry of Shipping has completed skill gap studies of 21 coastal districts in eight states and three Union Territories (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Odisha, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Puducherry, Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep) and currently its implementation is underway. Training of 500 students per-year-per-district for the next 3 years through Sagarmala DDU GKY (MoRD) – convergence for Port and Maritime sector skills is being undertaken and respective State Governments are issuing Expression of Interest (EoI) for empaneling training partners. Project approvals for Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal have been done. For the first phase, training has commenced for 2028 students, 1917 have been trained and 1128 have been placed. 92 students are under training in Odisha.
Additionally, under the Ministry of Shipping’s flagship Sagarmala Programme a world class Center of Excellence in Maritime and Ship Building (CEMS) is being set up in partnership with Siemens and Indian Register of Shipping (IRS) at a cost of INR 766 crore. It will have campuses at Vishakhapatnam and Mumbai and will train 10,512 students per year. The CEMS aims to become an international nodal Centre in South Asia, attracting students from neighboring countries like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia for skill development in the Port and Maritime sector. Partial operationalisation of CEMS is expected to start by end of June 2018 and complete operationalisation is expected by September 2018.
In order to improve Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) in ship breaking yards in Alang, Bhavnagar, Gujarat, a mandatory 12-day Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) training for all entry level workers has been undertaken. So far 5011 workers have been trained in OSH. The course has been reviewed by DG FASLI, Ministry of Labour and third party certification for the training is under consideration. For Maritime Logistics, a Multi-skill Development Centre for Maritime Logistics is being set up in Uran near JNPT Mumbai. This centre in collaboration with Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship will provide for entry level skilled workforce for maritime logistics.
Major Ports Register Positive Growth of 2.41% During April to May, 2018* Vis-A-Vis April to May, 2017
The Major Ports in India have recorded a growth of 2.41% and together handled 116.26 Million Tonnes of cargo during the period April to May, 2018 as against 113.52 Million Tonnes handled during the corresponding period of previous year.
For the period from April- May 2018, Nine Ports (Kolkata (including Haldia), Paradip, Visakhapatnam, Kamarajar, Chennai, Cochin, New Mangalore, JNPT and Deendayalhave registered positive growth in traffic.
Cargo traffic handled at Major Ports:
·The highest growth was registered by Kamarajar Port (11.69%), followed by Kolkata[incl. Haldia] (11.33%), Cochin(8.70%),Paradip (7.61%) and New Mangalore (6.66%).
·Kamarajar Port growth was mainly due to increase in Other Misc. Cargo by 28.16%,Other Liquids by 16.67%, Thermal& Steam Coal by 6.64% and POL by 5.99%.
· In Kolkata Port, overall growth was 11.33%. Kolkata Dock System (KDS) registered traffic growth of 2.00%. WhereasHaldia Dock Complex (HDC) registered positive growth of 15.64% which is highest among all the Major Ports.
· During the period Aprilto May 2018, Deendayal (Kandla) Port handled the highest volume of traffic i.e. 19.66 Million tonnes (16.91% share), followed by Paradip with 17.43 Million Tonnes (14.99% share), JNPT with 11.70Million Tonnes (10.07% share), Visakhapatnam with 10.60 Million Tonnes (9.12% share) and Mumbai with 10.16 Million Tonnes (8.74% share). Together, these five ports handled around 60% of Major Port Traffic.
· Commodity-wise percentage share of POL was maximum i.e. 29.54%, followed by Container (20.36%), Thermal & Steam Coal (16.58%), Other Misc. Cargo (12.63%), Coking & Other Coal (7.70%), Iron Ore & Pellets (6.63%), Other Liquid (4.20%), Finished Fertilizer (1.34%) and FRM (1.03%).