Kochi will host the fifth edition of the ‘Coastal Shipping and Inland Water Transportation Business Summit 2017’ on September 22 at Hotel Crowne Plaza.
The summit will be an initiative to explore the immense potential of coastal shipping and waterways as well as an effort to build a shared commitment and decipher the role that each stakeholder will have to play in integrating the coastal and waterways transport infrastructure.
Kerala Governor P Sathasivam will present the India Seatrade Award for Excellence in Coastal Shipping & Inland Water Transportation.
Nutan Guha Biswas, Chairperson of Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI), Alok Srivastava, Special Secretary to Ministry of Shipping, Madhu S Nair, Chairman & Managing Director, Cochin Shipyard and Ravi M Parmar, Chairman, Kandla Port Trust will participate in the event.
Former Shipping Secretary K Mohandas, Chairman of the summit, said that a shift from land-based transportation of cargo to water-based movement can happen only with deliberate, well-coordinated efforts from the governments, the infrastructure providers, the trade, and the shipping industry. Together, they have to find the pragmatic path forward and this conference is expected to facilitate that.
The summit will create a platform to discuss various topics such as Indian Coastal Shipping & Inland Water Transport: Policies, Current Updates & Vision, IWAI’s perspective to propelling trade and economic growth, with focus on Kerala, understanding the cargo owners’ perspective on a commitment towards an instant modal shift and reviving coastal shipping; call to move and handle domestic cargo on coastal waters and river-borne trade.
Original Source: thehindubusinessline.com
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