Union Ministry of Shipping Current Affairs - 2019

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India & Portugal to set up National Maritime Heritage Museum

India and Portugal will cooperate in setting up of a national maritime heritage museum at ancient Indian site of Lothal in Gujarat. Lothal (literally means the mound of dead) was one of port cities of Indus Valley Civilization (Harappan Civilization).

Key Highlights

  • Background: In March 2019 Government of India allocated a grant for building maritime museum and foundation stone for project was laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Then during Portuguese Defence Minister João Gomes Cravinho visit to India in April 2019, initial discussions were held between India and Portugal for developing maritime museum.
  • Feature: The proposed maritime museum in Indian is likely to come up on lines of similar museum at Lisbon, which is administered by Portuguese Navy.
  • Implementing agencies: Museum Project will be implemented by Union Ministry of Shipping through its Sagarmala programme, along with involvement of State government, Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and other stakeholders.
  • Indian Navy is also keen to be a stakeholder in project and Portuguese Navy has agreed to assist the former with their experience of administering maritime museum in Lisbon.
  • Purpose:
  • It will showcase and preserve India’s rich and diverse maritime heritage.
  • It also seeks to highlight ancient shipbuilding and navigational technologies developed by India.

Why Portugal?

Portugal is home to the Navy Museum (a maritime museum) in Lisbon, which is administered by Portugal Navy. So the two countries discussed that India could also follow the similar mode. Soon a Defence Ministry-led delegation would also be visiting Portugal to study existing museum in Lisbon.

How JNPT surged into top 30 of Lloyds Report?

India’s premier container port Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) has become India’s only port to get listed among the top 30 global container ports in Top 100 Container Ports report. JNPT has notched up five spots, to be 28th on the list, compared to its previous ranking.

What made this jump possible?

The Union Ministry of Shipping has outlined the various initiatives at JNPT which has made the jump possible:

  • New processes activated under the ‘ease of doing business’ initiative have helped in the overall growth of the port business.
  • The new processes also aided the Export-Import trade to save time and cost which in turn have accentuated the growth story.
  • JNPT has also launched the app services to facilitate better tracking of consignment and ease the trade process for their EXIM partners.
  • The app launched by the JNPT allows traders to access all the relevant information about their consignment and port-related updates regarding traffic and weather on their fingertips.

Top 100 Container Ports Report

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The report also provides in-depth profiles, analysis, and insight of all 100 facilities, detailing terminals operators, box volumes, recent developments, and pipeline projects.