Maritime industry stakeholders all over the world are increasing their contribution to the reduction of carbon footprint. While shipping companies decided to modify their vessels in order to comply with the upcoming 2020 Sulphur Cap regulation, the port industry took their own measures to cut pollution.One of these is India’s second-largest, private-sector port and terminal company by capacity and throughput, Essar Ports, that has a total operational capacity of 110 MTPA in India.Speaking to World Maritime News, the company’s CEO & MD, Rajiv Agarwal, said that Essar Ports believes that green ports “are truly the future of the industry.”Rajiv Agarwal, CEO & MD, Essar PortsAgarwal explained that the company took numerous steps and has invested in reduction of the carbon footprint at all of its four terminals by implementing technologies such as cold-fog system, sprinkling systems for dust and pollution control, completely mechanized handling facilities ensuring zero spillage and covering the entire conveyor system.He added that these measures “have been pivotal in our vision of developing environmentally friendly facilities.”Additionally, developing deeper draft ports and terminals enabled operations with larger parcel size “which further the initiative lowering carbon footprint. We will continue to invest in modern technologies which ensure cargo handling through environmentally friendly means.”Essar Ports’ terminals are focused on bulk and dry bulk cargoes that are primarily used as raw material in core sector industries, like steel, power and cement.So far, the company has invested more than USD 1.6 billion in the development of port terminal facilities in India. Essar Ports said that its terminals are not only capable of handling the biggest ships sailing today “but also provide one of the best turnaround times of India,” contributed by the modernization and development of the company’s Vizag iron ore handling complex.The iron ore handling complex can now berth Super Capesize vessels up to 200,000 dwt, with a depth of 20 metres. The 24-million-tonne terminal has seen a growth rate of 45% in overall cargo throughput driven by a sharp increase in new customers, the company explained.Speaking about Essar Ports’ future plans, the CEO noted that the company is always on the lookout for opportunities to grow its businesses as the four terminals have further expansion possibilities.“Our target is to grow at a rate of more than 20% in the near future. To achieve this growth we have put a strategy in place to expand our customer base in the near future. The focus is now on increasing revenue, diversifying cargo base, optimizing costs, and improving our operational and financial performance.”During the first quarter of the year, Essar Ports reported a 17.4% growth in cargo volumes across its four terminals. The combined throughput stood at 13.5 million tonnes, up from 11.5 million tonnes in the same period of 2018.Of the four terminals, the Salaya and Vizag terminal showcased a strong performance in cargo handling with a striking increase in third-party cargo utilization thereby helping the company achieve its target of handling 60 million tonnes of cargo by the end of the current financial year.World Maritime News Staff; Image Courtesy: Essar Ports (Hazira Port)
AS it concerns today’s Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) elections, president of the GuyanaSteve NinvalleBoxing Association (GBA) Steve Ninvalle says his hope is that whoever is elected has the best interest of sports at heart, and the boxing fraternity will be looking to work with whoever is elected on the executive.Speaking with Chronicle Sport earlier this week, Ninvalle, who is out of the country, said that once the elections are democratic and the elected officials have the development of sports at heart then his Association looks forward to working with them.“My only hope is that the elections are run in a democratic way in keeping with the constitution and whosoever may win we are willing to work with that person.“Whoever wins I hope that sports will get its just and right support, and support doesn’t always come with finance and equipment; someone who has sports at heart and someone who can move us from point A to point B and get all the departments together to take us forward,” Ninvalle said.Unless a surprising upset presents itself today, from all appearance incumbent president K. A. Juman-Yassin is set to return to the helm of the GOA. He has indicated his intention to contest the post of presidency, while thus far no other candidate has publicly indicated any possibility of vying for the position.A lot of criticism has been directed at the GOA’s administration, particularly Yassin over the years. This condemnation intensified in the lead-up to the elections. Yassin has been the head of the Association since he took over in 1996.Some critics believe that Yassin must shoulder the blame for Guyana’s failure to perform creditably on the international scene. This lack of notable performance was brought to the fore with Guyana’s presentation at the Rio Olympics back in August of this year, where only one of the six participants made it into a final. Our one finalist was USA-born and bred, Troy Doris, who has Guyanese lineage through his parents.However, on that issue Ninvalle expressed that he does not believe that the blame for the failure of sports in Guyana can be laid at the feet of any one entity.“When you look at sports in Guyana it’s a multi-faceted thing. Until all hands are on deck we will keep casting blame left, right and centre. If all hands are not on deck we can’t take sports anywhere.“We cannot, and should not, blame anyone department alone for sports not to be taken anywhere. Getting sport from where it is to where we want it to be has to be a multi-faceted approach – with efforts from the government, the GOA, the private sector, and the Associations,” Ninvalle commented.The GOA Annual General Meeting (AGM) and elections will go down at 17:00hrs at the body’s Liliendaal headquarters, where representatives from a total of 23 sporting associations across Guyana are expected to vote in the new seven-member executive.The executive comprises the president, three vice-presidents, the secretary-general, the treasurer, and assistant secretary-treasurerThe 23 sporting fraternities expected to cast votes are athletics, badminton, baseball, basketball, bodybuilding, boxing, canoeing, cycling, fencing, football, hockey, judo, karate, netball, rifle-shooting, rugby, weightlifting, table tennis, taekwondo, lawn tennis, swimming, squash and volleyball.Each association is allowed two electors.
“In the last two years, we were told we did not have “In the last two years, we were told we did not have enough fire power in the middle order. Now, if you see, Naman Ojha in the last match had come at number seven, Moises (Henriques) at number six and Deepak Hooda at number five and Morgan at four,” Laxman said. “So, I think we got enough depth in our batting. Bowlers like Bipul (Sharma) and Karn (Sharma) can also bat and so does Bhuvneshwar Kumar. So, I think we are very pleased. “But, in T20 format, its also important that your top 3 batsmen perform and invariably, when that happens, you are always in a comfortable position to pile up a big total or chase a big total. So, the importance of the top three is very crucial,” Laxman said. He also complimented the way SRH bowlers, including Bhunveshwar Kumar, Mustafizur Rahman, Barinder Sran have performed in the recent matches. “We are very pleased with the way our bowlers have performed. Especially, if you see the last two games against formidable batting line ups, our bowlers did really well. Not to single out anyone, as a bowling group, I thought, to defend both the teams below 150 was exceptional on good batting wickets. Thats something which we want to continue,” he said. Laxman said seasoned players Ashish Nehra and Yuvraj Singh, who are recovering from injuries, would be invaluable when they join the team after being declared fit. “To answer when Nehra and Yuvraj comes, both of them are match winners and experienced players. We are fortunate to have both of them. We will try to use their experience. “I am sure both of them are raring to go. But, we have to wait on their fitness. Once, both of them are fit, they will be invaluable to win the matches. Its important to have match winners. We do not want to rely on one or two individuals to win us matches. the more the number, the better for us.” Replying to a query, Laxman said Hyderabads key player Kane Williamson is now fit. The 41-year-old from Hyderabad said captain David Warner does have a big say in team selection and that the playing XI is picked as per teams requirements. “But, I think me, Tom (Moody), Murali (Muralidharan), along with David, we sit down and select the XI and we choose the XI depending on the opposition we are playing and depending on the condition we are going to confront,” he said. “But, having said that, I think we want to be as consistent as possible with our selection. I have experienced in the past, if you chop and change with one or two bad performances, it will create a feeling of insecurity within the group which we dont want. “Over the years, we have been very consistent in giving opportunities to each and every individual. Warner definitely has a big say in picking up the XI,” he said. PTI SJR ATK ATKadvertisement