The first-ever U.S. Ports and Maritime Technology Trade Mission is presently on visit (February 17 – 24, 2012) to Kolkata, Chennai, Ahmedabad and Mumbai to explore the opportunities in the Ports and Maritime Technology Sector in India.
An interaction with the Trade Mission was organized by The Madras Chamber of Commerce & Industry (MCCI) in association with U.S. Commercial Service, Chennai on February 21, 2012 at The Raintree Hotels, Chennai with Shri G.K. Vasan, Minister of Shipping, Govt of India as the Chief Guest.
The Programme details:
- Inaugural Session.
- Welcome Address: by Mr T Shivaraman, Vice-President, MCCI.
- Keynote Address: by Mr Francisco Sanchez, Under Secretary for International Trade, U.S.
- Inaugural Address: by Shri G.K. Vasan, Minister of Shipping, Govt of India.
- Vote of Thanks: by Mr J. Krishnan, Chairman, Expert Committee on Logistics, MCCI.
- Introduction of the U.S. Ports and Maritime Technology Trade Mission: by Mr David McCormack, U.S. Foreign and Commercial Service.
- Addresses by
- Mr Atulya Misra, Chairman, Chennai Port Trust.
- Mr S. Velumani, Chairman & Managing Director, Ennore Port Ltd.
- Mr Paul Antony, Chairman, Cochin Port Trust.
- Mr G.V.L. Satya Kumar, Deputy Chairman, Visakhapatnam Port Trust.
- Commodore I.N. (Retd) S. Shekhar, Regional Director, National Maritime Foundation.
- Questions & Answers Session.
- Vote of Thanks.
U.S. Ports and Maritime Technology Trade Mission is led by Mr Francisco Sanchez, Under Secretary for International Trade, U.S. The trade mission comprises of
- AECOM: provides professional technical and management support services globally to a broad range of markets including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, water and government.
- The Beckett Group: can help to build local economy by identifying export opportunities, determining cost effective transportation choices, prioritizing infrastructure needs, developing funding strategies and mentoring and igniting entrepreneurs.
- ContainerTrac, Inc. : experts in providing a fully automated, cell level accurate, in-yard container Position Detection System (PDS) to seaport and rail transportation sectors.
- DSC Dredge, LLC: is a world leader in portable dredges; manufactures cutter suction dredges of all sizes and applications; also provides dredge parts, dredging support equipment and overall engineering expertise.
- Ellicott Dredges: since 1885, world leader in producing standard or custom built dredges for ports and waterways; also provide design and machinery package to build dredges at local shipyards.
- Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company: is America’s premier dredging contractor; they work worldwide to create, maintain and restore port and coastal assets including harbours, waterways, rivers, wetlands, beaches and storm-eroded shores by using specialized dredging equipment to excavate and transport underwater soils including silts, sands, clays and rock.
- International Research and Development Solutions, LLC: IRDS provides one stop results from a wide variety of expertise in Nation building; national security; homeland defense; bio-terrorism; cyber security; maritime/port security; joint operations centers; civil military support operations; logistics; systems integration; border and critical infrastructure protection; operations; doctrine; policy and much more.
- The Maryland Port Administration: MPA manages and oversees the six public marine terminals of the Port of Baltimore with a mission to stimulate the flow of waterborne commerce to provide economic benefit to Maryland citizens.
- NTELX: for the U.S. government provides the world’s largest container tracking system, the first risk-based, import screening system that uses trade, transport, open-source and governmental data.
- Port of San Diego: was created in 1963 to develop, operate, maintain, control, regulate and manage the harbour and public lands along San Diego Bay; promotes export of automobiles, oil and gas turbines, project cargo and minerals to India as well as the import of windmill turbine components, steel, automobiles and project cargo from India.
- Rapiscan Systems: world’s leading security screening provider for threat detection using non-intrusive inspection methods.
- Thermo Fisher Scientific: has a mission to keep the world healthy, cleaner and safer; caters to the needs of pharmaceutical and biotech companies, hospitals and clinical diagnostic labs, universities, research institutions and government agencies, as well as in environmental and process control industries.
Scope for development in Indian Ports and coastal area.
- Chennai, Ennore, Cochin and Visakhapatnam seaports are going for massive expansion through Public Private Participation in infrastructure development, dredging, cargo/container handling, screening, tracking etc; however most of the development/expansion/maintenance requirements are available in the respective websites of the ports.
- Other areas are: development of inland waterways, marine tourism, marine sports.
Commodore Shekhar, Regional Director, National Maritime Foundation stressed the need for the above development
- by considering India emerging to play a global role.
- to achieve the National Maritime Agenda brought out by the Ministry of Shipping in January 2011.
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