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Vishaka Container Terminal P L (VCTPL) and Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers - ICS East India Branch join hands on COVID 19 Pandemic Webinar on 8th August 2020

The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers is an internationally recognized professional body devoted to promoting ethics and professionalism on a global basis in the various disciplines of commercial shipping, by setting the required high standards through its members who are qualified professionals of international merit

The primary aim of ICS,UK, is:-

Ø To build a global base of duly qualified and competent members who can seek membership only after passing the Professional Qualifying Examination and satisfying other evaluation criteria.

Ø Provide high class education and training to cover the various facets of commercial  shipping to those seeking a career in the shipping industry.

Ø To set the syllabus for the Professional Qualifying Examination and conducting Examinations.

Ø Add value to the shipping industry by updating the latter’s knowledge and professional skills by conducting international level seminars and workshops on relevant topics.

The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, East India Branch was established at Chennai in 1995 as ICS Madras Branch.  Ever since its inception and due to the pro-activeness of its members, the Branch has emerged as one of the most active and leading branches of ICS UK. It also monitors and coordinates ICS activities at Kochi, New Delhi, Mangalore, Tuticorin, Bangalore, Vishakapatnam and Kolkata.

Events Conducted by ICS in the past 2 years.

1)    Workshop on Insurance & Cargo Claims  along with Karaikal Port.
2) World of Shipping & Logistics – Current Scenario.
3)  Last Mile connectivity challenges in Chennai Exim conducted along with CII.
4)  Winds of Change – ‘Challenges to Shipping & the way Ahead’, a two day event held in 2018 with several International Speakers.
5) ICS 24th  Annual day along with a Panel Discussion on `Blue Economy & the challenges to overcome in December 2019.
6) ICS Seminar on `Professionalism in shipping’ on 15th February 2020 at Hotel DSF Grand Plaza in Tuticorin.

On the 8th of August 2020, the ICS East India Branch held a webinar as part of its professional development activity along with VCTPL, Vizag on the topic,“VCT Address on COVID 19 challenges”

The Speakers were Mr Ravee S Tittei , Chairman ICS, Mr Anil Narayanan , Dy COO VCT and Mr S Sankaran , Past Chairman.

The COVID 19 Pandemic effect on International and Domestic Shipping was introduced by Chairman Mr Rave STittei.

Mr. Anil Narayanan, DY- COO from VCT gave an insight about the VCT port operations and the challenges faced by them.

The presentation addressed almost all the safety measures that needed to be practiced to ensure the safety of personnel and uninterrupted services by the port.

The best practices of VCT was enunciated more in detail covering the WHO guidelines of adopting social distancing, reducing men and machine interface areas of concern on  sanitization, checking the personnel entry at gate without human interface with the help of latest devices to temperature reading, Oxi -

Metre usages, etc.

Whilst the safety and security issues of the terminal was   presented as the prime focus, VCT covered it's hinterland reach too.  It was a motivating to learn that VCT will handle more volume and add services to the industrial belt situated that are presently serviced by other ports.  Sure welcome news for the Exim Trade.

With the expansion of the terminal, Mr. Anil Narayanan   informed the terminal capacity would be 1.5 million teus per month.

Mr S Sankaran appreciated the best common practices adhered to by VCT and concluded that the terminal had a very wide scope to grow with theadvent of new industries around the hinterland, further avoiding congestion at other ports with its foresight of expansion to cater the trade demand.

There were 85 participants and many of the ICS members also participated with a lively question answer session that followed.

ICS East India Chairman Mr Ravee S Titteithanked the event managers ,Mr. Anil Narayanan of VCT, Mr Sankaran and the participants for making the webinar a successful learning experience.


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