As we are on the threshold of a New Year, it is a proud moment for the Cochin Port family. The Port has registered an impressive increase in cargo handling during 2019-20 (Apr – Dec, till 22nd) by achieving a throughput of 24.08 MMT which is 7.40% growth over the cargo handled for the corresponding period in 2018-19.
There is appreciable increase in Operating Income as well as reduction in Operating Expenditure of the Port resulting in an increase in Operating Surplus compared to the corresponding period of 2018-19. However, the payment of wage revision arrears to Employees and Pensioners in April, 2019 has led to a reduction in the net profit during the period.
We have to aspire for much better performance in the coming days, so much so that we can gradually overcome the burden of about Rs.2600 crores in the Pension Fund and repayment of the remaining GoI loans of about Rs.500 crores.
As the GAIL pipeline connecting LNG Terminal at Cochin Port with Mangalore is in the final stage, it is expected that there would be considerable growth in the LNG throughput in the coming year.
In addition, the much delayed construction of LPG Terminal at Cochin Port has resumed recently, thanks to the support extended by the State Govern-ment. Completion of the Terminal by 2022 would help Cochin Port improve the cargo traffic considerably.
I am sure, we can achieve higher productivity by optimum utilization of our resources, can attract more cargo to Cochin by offering cost effective and reliable service, and can cope with the demands of new age logistics sector and strengthen the core areas of Port activities by redefining the work culture.
In this regard, it is pertinent to note that Cochin Port has decided to upgrade our e-Port system implemented during 2009 by migrating to the Cloud along with a new Port Operating System to replace the decade old legacy CALMS. The new Port Operating System – ‘PortKonnect’ will be having new features and facilities available to the internal users and the stakeholders. Lot of efforts have been put in by Cochin Port team in building the new platform. The project is scheduled to go-live on 1st January, 2020.
It is a matter of great pride that Cochin Port Trust has got Rajbhasha Kirti Puraskar (3rd Prize) for best implementation of Hindi as official language of the Union under Board/Autonomos Institutions category of “C” Region of India. The Award has been received from the Hon’ble Union Home Minister on 14-9-2019 at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi, on the occasion of Hindi Diwas Celebration.
The programmes conducted as part of ‘Swachhta Pakhwada 2019’ (from 16-9-2019 to 30-9-2019 and ‘Swachhta Hi Seva’ campaigh (from 11-9-2019 to 2-10-2019) as directed by the Department of Drinking Water & Sanitation, Ministry of Jal Sakthi and the Ministry of Shipping were noteworthy.
Formal inauguration of the Swachhta Pakhwada & Swachhta Hi Seva (SHS) programme in the Port was done by Shri Mansukh Mandaviya, Hon’ble Minister of State for Shipping (Independent Charge) during his visit to Cochin on 20-9-2019. The Hon’ble Minister also commissioned Battery operated Buggies (3 Nos.) for Cruise Passengers.
It is worthwhile to note that as a result of the efforts put in by all the major Ports and other organizations, Ministry of Shipping has been ranked 3rd among all the Ministries/Departments of the Government of India for the implementation of the Swachhata Action Plan for the year 2018-19. In this regard, the Secretary, Ministry of Shipping, vide DO letter dated 7-10-2019 congratulated the Cochin Port and our team for achieving this success.
The various initiatives taken towards reduction of Single Use Plastics (SLPs) in the Port area, the awareness programme by setting up SUP Christmas tree in co-ordination with the Port fraternity and the signature campaign launched towards stopping of SUPs have been lauded by public representatives.
All these have been possible due to the dedicated service put in by the employees and the Officers alike. 2019 has been a strike-free year for the Port of Cochin, which would definitely help Cochin to grow as a logistics hub in the region.
Let us strive to overcome the challenges ahead and join hands to scale greater heights in the coming days.
Wishing all the staff, the Officers and members of their family, a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.