16 November, 2013

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh by deciding to skip the CHOGM in Sri Lanka has respected the sentiments of people of Tamil Nadu, Shipping Minister G K Vasan

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh by deciding to skip the CHOGM in Sri Lanka has respected the sentiments of people of Tamil Nadu, Shipping Minister G K Vasan has said.

External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid has gone to Colombo as only the Centre can find a solution to the Tamils' problems and issue of attacks on Tamil Nadu fishermen, he told reporters here last night.

Marina lighthouse reopened to visitors

Union shipping minister G.K. Vasan on Thursday reopened the lighthouse on the Marina for visitors.

Talking to reporters after the reopening ceremony, Mr. Vasan said the place was readied two months ago. However, the authorities waited to complete the installation of all safety parameters, including stainless steel grills on the 10 floor, surveillance cameras and a lift, before inaugurating it.

The 46-metre-high lighthouse was closed to visitors nearly 20 years ago. In the intervening period, residents of Chennai and tourists from both within the country and abroad were unable to enjoy the vantage position the lighthouse gave.

Charges for visitors have now been fixed at Rs. 5 for child and Rs. 10 for an adult.

Mr. Vasan also inaugurated a technical museum within the lighthouse complex for which the entry fee is fixed at Rs. 10. The lighthouse will be open between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and in the evening, between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., on all days, except Mondays.

NAVIGATIONAL TEXT SERVICE

Mr. Vasan also said navigational text message telecast would give meteorological warnings, weather forecast and search and rescue messages to fishermen.

Seven Navtex monitoring stations will be established along the country’s coastline at a total cost of Rs. 20.25 crore. Work on this new facility is expected to be completed by December next year.

In Tamil Nadu, two such stations will be established — one at Muttam Point in Kanyakumari district and another at Porto Novo in Cuddalore district.

These stations will continuously check the weather conditions and pass on the message using MF transmitters at 518 KHz and transmit information in the local language, said Mr. Vasan.

NEW LIGHTHOUSE AT MARAKKANAM

A new lighthouse will be inaugurated in Marakkanam on November 30.

The shipping ministry decided to convert 15 lighthouses in the country into tourist attractions. This is being done in collaboration with the tourism ministry. The Marina lighthouse is the first one to be reopened to visitors. This will be followed by the Mamallapuram lighthouse in January next year, he said.

CCTV CAMERAS INSTALLED

Detailing the safety parameters at the lighthouse, Mr. Vasan said on every floor, a closed circuit television (CCTV) camera had been installed. The footage will be monitored on the ground floor. Similarly, alarms had been installed at various floors. Training was imparted to the employees of the lighthouse on handling fire extinguishers and first aid.

Emergency exits too had been provided on every floor for the benefit of the visitors, he said.

The capacity of Indian ports including major and non major ports has now crossed 1,300 million tonnes per annum (MTPA). The ministry's vision and our maritime agenda is to increase the capacity to 3,200 million tonnes by 2020," Vasan

"The capacity of Indian ports including major and non major ports has now crossed 1,300 million tonnes per annum (MTPA). The ministry's vision and our maritime agenda is to increase the capacity to 3,200 million tonnes by 2020," Vasan told reporters on the sidelines of an event here.

"Government of India has taken various initiatives to enhance capacity of Indian ports and also to modernise their operations," he said after inaugurating two terminals and signing of six concession agreements

The capacity of Indian ports including major and non major ports has now crossed 1,300 million tonnes per annum (MTPA). The ministry's vision and our maritime agenda is to increase the capacity to 3,200 million tonnes by 2020," Vasan

"The capacity of Indian ports including major and non major ports has now crossed 1,300 million tonnes per annum (MTPA). The ministry's vision and our maritime agenda is to increase the capacity to 3,200 million tonnes by 2020," Vasan told reporters on the sidelines of an event here.

"Government of India has taken various initiatives to enhance capacity of Indian ports and also to modernise their operations," he said after inaugurating two terminals and signing of six concession agreements

07 November, 2013

A delegation under the leadership of GK Vasan, minister of shipping will be visiting Japan from November 7 to November 12, on the invitation of Akihiro Ohta, minister of land, infrastructure transport and tourism, government of Japan

India and Japan decided to strengthen their cooperation in the shipping sector, said Union Minister of Shipping G.K. Vasan, ahead of his visit to Japan today at the invitation from Mr. Akihiro Ohta, Japan’s Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.

The visiting delegation from India will have discussions with the Japanese Government for better coordination with Japanese companies to utilize facilities at Indian Ports, especially Ennore and Chennai Ports, said the ministry in a statement. Mr. Vasan will also lead discussions for obtaining funding from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for the Outer Harbour project of VOC Port, Thuthikoodi.

The Government of Japan had earlier shown interest in developing Chennai-Bangalore Industrial Corridor as part of Penninsular Region Industrial Development corridor (PRIDe) of India. Ennore Port has been identified as one of the main logistic hub in this industrial corridor development. JICA has already commenced a study for the purpose.

The visiting Indian delegation consists of Secretary (Shipping) Mr. Vishwapati Trivedi, CMD of Ennore Port Ltd., Mr. M.A. Bhaskarachar, and other officials of the Shipping Ministry. The delegation besides meeting the political leaders, government officials and business leaders during their visit, would be visiting the Port of Yokohama and Port of Nagoya to see the port operations and the latest technologies being utilized in these two Ports.

Japanese automobile manufacturing companies like Toyota, Mitsubushi, Isuzu, Nissan and Toshiba have been using Chennai Port for importing automobile components through containers for their factories located in Chennai. The Japanese Company M/s Metal One (Mitshubishi group) is importing steel coils used for automobile through Chennai Port in the break bulk form. Around 240 Japanese companies have developed businesses in and around Chennai in the last decade.

Various Japanese Companies have also been evincing a lot of interest in enhancing their use of the Ennore Port. At present, Nissan Motors India and Toyota are the major Japanese Companies using the Ennore Port facilities for their export. Nissan Motors has exported about 3 lakhs cars from Ennore Port. Toyota has so far exported 42,000 cars from the Port.