Ports Current Affairs - 2020

India’s first trans-shipment hub in Cochin port, Kerala

On July 15, 2020, the Minister of State for Shipping Shri Manasukh Mandaviya reviewed the development activities of Vallarpadam terminal at Cochin. The terminal accommodates India’s first trans-shipment hub. What is Trans-Shipment Hub? A Trans-Shipment Hub handles containers and stores them temporarily. Later it transfers them to other ships for onward destination. The Vallarpadam terminal Read More…

Ministry of Shipping: Rs 107 crores approved for modern firefighting facilities

On July 14, 2020, the Ministry of Shipping approved Rs 107 crores to augment firefighting facilities in Haldia Dock Complex, Kolkata port. Background The current fire fighting facility at the port does not support handling of LPG and other petroleum products. It does not hold safety precautions as per the guidelines of Oil Industry Safety Read More…

India-Bangladesh sign Inland Water Transit and Trade Protocol

On May 20, 2020, India and Bangladesh signed the second Addendum of the Inland Water Transit and Trade Protocol in Bangladesh. Highlights Under the new protocol, the countries can ply on designated protocol route. Also, movement of shallow draft mechanized vessels have been allowed between Dhubri (India) and Chilmari (Bangladesh). This is being considered as Read More…

GoI allocates Rs 1,480 crores to National Technical Textiles Mission

On March 19, 2020, the Minister of Textiles Smt Smriti Irani presented the details of National Technical Textiles Mission at Rajya Sabha. The GoI has allocated Rs 1,480 crores for the mission National Technical Textiles Mission The Mission aims to improve technical textiles in India. The mission is to be implemented for a period of Read More…

Facts Box: Major Port at Vadhvan, Maharashtra

The Union Cabinet recently approved the proposal to set up major port at Vadhvan in Maharashtra. The GoI has sanctioned Rs 65,545 crores for the project. Highlights The port is being set up to achieve GoI target of developing infrastructure projects of worth 100 lakh crore rupees. The port will handle 16,000 to 25,000 TEUs Read More…