Chairman's Message

cochinport-chairman

 

Dear colleagues,

Though the economic downturn due to the pandemic had its repercussions in the logistics sector during the last financial year, the trends indicate the revival of the logistics and transport industry in the current financial year. 

This is greatly reflected in the cargo handling in Cochin Port too. The port registered a total throughput of 10.10 MMT in 2021-22 (Apr-Jul), attaining a growth of 30.10% over the corresponding period of 2020-21, when the COVID-19 pandemic had seriously impacted the throughput. POL registered a 5.92 MMT throughput and Container, 2.20 Lakh TEUs in 2021-22 (Apr-Jul), growing by 30.23% and 31.65% respectively over the corresponding period of 2020-21. This growth is indeed very encouraging and we hope to achieve the targeted throughput by the end of the financial year.

During the pandemic period we were able to help the health care sector in their efforts to fight the Covid-19 by ensuring speedy handling of liquid medical oxygen (LMO) that reached Cochin Port by ships and trains for onward distribution in the state of Kerala. The handling charges of LMO (including vessel related charges, storage charges etc) were exempted as per the directions of the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways. The Covid-19 hospital with 102 oxygen beds set up at Samudrika Hall of Cochin Port in coordination with Corporation of Cochin continues to function for the benefit of the Covid patients in the City.

The pandemic turned out as an opportunity for organisations to accelerate the pace of innovation, transformation and reconfiguration with a view to optimise the cost and efficiency of the processes and functioning for survival. We at Cochin Port are doing our best to improve the efficiency at work by imbibing increased use of information technology. But we need to strive harder to offer cost effective services by optimising productivity in order to attract more business.

The efforts taken by the frontline workers of Cochin Port to keep the port services uninterrupted throughout the pandemic period are remarkable. I heartily commend the commitment shown by them during the difficult times.

Let us usher in the New Year of Malayalam Era with greater optimism for a robust year ahead and deeper commitment to achieve new milestones.

I wish you all a Happy Onam.

Best wishes,

Dr. M. Beena IAS

 

 

Chairman's Message

cochinport-chairman

 

The Ministry of Ports, Shipping, and Waterways, is all set to organise the Maritime India Summit - 2021 (MIS 2021) from 2nd to 4th March 2021. The Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri. Narendra Modi, will inaugurate the summit on 2nd March 2021 at 11.00 hrs, in virtual mode.    The event, which comprises a 3-day Summit and Exhibition, is expected to witness participation from 40 countries and will be attended by various stakeholders in the maritime sector including senior and eminent policy planners, domestic and international investors, CEOs of Indian and global maritime companies, industry experts, thought leaders, technology providers, bankers and insurers, representatives of major ports and shipping lines from across the world.  The Summit shall cover 5 Plenary Sessions with Break-out Sessions viz. (1) Developing World Class Ports (Break Out Session: Manpower Development- Skilling in Maritime Sector- Seafarers); (2) Shipbuilding, Ship Recycling, Ship Repair (Break Out Session: Shipping- Latest Trends, Future post Pandemic) (3) Coastal Shipping, Hinterland Connectivity and Multi-modal logistics hub (Break Out Session: Opportunities in Maritime Financing and Insurance); (4) Water Transport - Promoting Cargo and Passenger Movement, Opportunity for Sea Planes (Break Out Session: Bulk Cargo Transportation: Focus on liquid Cargo); and (5) Port-linked Industrialization – Building Port Cities and Maritime Clusters (Break Out Session: Technology Innovations: Focus on Green Technology).  Cochin Port will be signing 27 MoUs worth around Rs. 3,300 crore during the 2nd edition of Maritime India Summit 2021. These MoUs will be majorly signed between Fertilisers and Chemicals Travancore Limited (FACT); Kottayam Port & ICD Services; BPCL; IOCL; IGTPL etc. The MoUs will be signed in the areas like dredging for maintenance of channels and basins, coastal connectivity, cargo handling, tourism related projects, aviation fuel terminal, deepening and widening of port channels, etc.

          The Virtual Exhibition along with exclusive demo sessions to be held on all two days of the event will showcase the latest technology, products and services as well as help disseminate knowledge about the latest developments in the maritime sector.  It will also provide a platform to interact closely with leading global maritime organizations to explore business opportunities and create awareness amongst participants about the latest technology trends across the maritime spectrum and provide a platform for the partner countries to showcase their sector strengths.

I would request all officers/employees and pensioners of Cochin Port Trust as well as their family members to actively participate in this virtual event and make it a grand success.  Registrations are to be made in the website of MIS Summit 2021 (https://registrations.ficci.com/vmains/business-registrationb.asp).

25 February 2021

Dr. M. Beena IAS

(Chairman)