In a candid conversation with Infrastructure Today, I Jeyakumar, Chairman, Mormugao Port Trust, puts forth the challenges faced by ports and his views on the way ahead.
The Indian port sector has gathered pace with the governmentÂ´s focus on revival of the manufacturing sector through the Â´Make in IndiaÂ´ campaign. The manufacturing sector is likely to drive the growth of the port sector as the carrier of cargo - ports
Cyril C George, Secretary, Cochin Port Trust has been appointed as the Deputy Chairman of the Mormugao Port Trust. George started his career in the shipping sector as a Labour Officer with Kandla Port Trust in 1987. He also served as the Deputy Chairman of Kandla Dock Labour Board. He became the Deputy Secretary of Kandla Port Trust in 2001 and was transferred to Cochin Port Trust as Secretary in 2003.
Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) received its largest cargo carrying ship till date, the MV Dhun, on 2 February. The ship brought around 1,04,000 tonne of cargo. MPT-Ã†s Chairman P Mara Pandiyan congratulated all the crew members of the ship for their efforts in bringing the large vessel into the port.
Though mining in Goa has been banned, the Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) has successfully turned the adverse situation into its favour by attracting new cargo to the port. The port said that now it expects tremendous amount of cargo from neighbouring states into through the MPT.
The Mormugao Port Trust in Goa could see an increase in its cargo as the Supreme Court allowing the e-auction of about 11 million tonne (mt) of iron ore mined in the state. However, this is just a fourth of about 40 mt of iron-ore cargo the port handled in its heydays.