Ports round-UP - May 2023 news updates

In recent news, several developments in the ports and waterways sector have taken place.

Here's a round-up of the latest updates:


1. Guwahati Religious Sites Connected by Waterways

Seven Religious Sites to be Connected by Waterways in Guwahati The Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways (MoPSW) is spearheading the development of a 'Riverine Based Tourism Circuit' connecting seven historic temples in Guwahati. The Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI), Sagarmala Development Company Limited (SDCL), Assam Tourism Development Corporation Limited (ATDC), and Directorate of Inland Water Transport (DIWT) Assam have signed an MoU for this project. The circuit will connect temples like Kamakhya, Pandunath, Ashwaklanta, Doul Govinda, Umananda, Chakreshwar, and Auniati Satra. The initiative aims to reduce travel time and promote tourism in the region.


2. Green Port Guidelines Launched

Union Minister Launches 'Harit Sagar' Green Port Guidelines The Ministry of Ports, Shipping & Waterways has launched the 'Harit Sagar' Green Port Guidelines. The guidelines emphasize ecosystem dynamics in port development, operation, and maintenance, aligning with the concept of 'Working with Nature.' They promote the use of clean and green energy, such as green hydrogen and green ammonia, in port operations. The guidelines also focus on achieving zero waste discharge and adopting global environmental reporting standards. Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, Union Minister for Ports, Shipping & Waterways, inaugurated the guidelines and conferred the 'Sagar Shreshtha Samman' awards to major ports for their exceptional achievements.


3. JNPA sets global benchmark in Container cargo handling

Jawaharlal Nehru Port Sets Global Benchmark in Container Cargo Handling Jawaharlal Nehru Port Authority (JNPA) has achieved a remarkable feat by setting a global benchmark in container cargo handling. With a turnaround time (TAT) of just 22 hours, JNPA ranks among the top performers worldwide. The port attributed its success to various measures, including operational efficiency, better connectivity, digitization, and streamlining berthing processes. JNPA aims to reduce logistics costs and time for the EXIM trade while enhancing its efficiency and performance.


4. MoPSW Ranks Second in Data Governance

Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways Ranks Second in Data Governance. The Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways has secured the second position among 66 ministries in the Data Governance Quality Index (DGQI) assessment. Conducted by the Development Monitoring and Evaluation Office (DMEO), NITI Aayog, the assessment measures the maturity level of administrative data systems and their use in decision-making. MoPSW's impressive score of 4.7 out of 5 showcases its commitment to excellence in data governance. The ministry's data-driven approach enables effective policy implementation and enhances transparency and accountability.

These recent developments reflect the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways' commitment to enhancing connectivity, promoting sustainability, and leveraging data for informed decision-making in the ports and waterways sector.

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