The National Shipping Board (NSB) has suggested the need to enhance financial and executive powers of chairmen of major ports. This matter came in for discussion at the 120th meeting of NSB in Mangalore.

Addressing presspersons here, P.V.K. Mohan, Chairman of NSB, said: “We felt there is a need to enhance such powers, and towards this, we will suggest that a committee be set up.

“This committee should go into the powers of the port chairmen, review them, and look at the possibilities of ports getting ‘miniratna’ status. We want to give more powers so that decision-making will be faster. Competitions from non-major ports are also increasing. We need to gear up,” he said.

Better productivity

Since more responsibility will be taken by ports at the local level, it will help achieve better productivity.

The meeting also discussed the formation of a VTS (vessel traffic service) authority. “Because we find that we need to go to the next level of managing and monitoring the ships. For this, training of technical officers, pilots and others is a must.

The Board has requested various stakeholders to send more and more people for training to the Director-General of Light Houses at Kandla,” he said.

Mohan said various factors affecting the coastal shipping industry and the need to provide a level-playing field for Indian ships were also discussed. “There would be several recommendations made from the office of Director-General of Shipping and the National Shipping Board to see that how we could get more cargo for Indian ships,” he said.

Gautam Chatterjee, Director-General of Shipping, and P. Tamilvanan, Chairman of New Mangalore Port Trust, were present on the occasion.

vinayak.aj@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on November 7, 2012)
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