The ports are the inevitable part of Shipping Industry. They play a major role in import and export of materials through the sea root from and to various destinations around the globe. Ports come under the ministry of shipping, government of India. The general body of the port management is constituted by the board of trustees which contains 19 members. The chairman is head of the management.
Of the 13 ports in India today, the Cochin port trust occupies a prominent position in the international trade of country. From the earlier years, Cochin has been flourishing as the international trade center. The origin of port is linked with a major geographical development in 1314 A.D, when there was a change in the mouth of Periyar, the River of Sorrow' of Kerala with its devastating flood, when it is said to have forced a way in to the sea opposite to the present town Ernakulam and there by made the emergence of Cochin harbor. Cochin is a very important port, with its harbor filled with ships, street crowded with merchants and warehouses stored with goods from every part of Asia and Europe.
[...] Hinterland With its strategic location on the south west- coast of India and at a commanding position at the cross road of the east-west ocean trade, the port is a natural gate way to the vast industrial and agricultural produce markets of the south-west India. The hinterland of the port includes the whole of Kerala state and parts of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka states. A study carried out on the traffic flow in the hinterland of the port indicates that about 97% of the total volume of traffic is accounted by Kerala state. [...]
[...] Traffic Department The Port handles a variety of traditional as well as non- traditional items of cargo. The major items of imports through the port are crude oil, food grains, fertilizers (raw materials and finished), coal, raw cashew nuts, machinery and hardware, newsprint, zinc concentrate, bauxite, iron and steel, etc. The major items of exports through the Port includes POL, coir products, tea, coffee, cashew kernels, marine products, cotton piece goods, limonite sand, spices, etc. Marine Department This department is headed by the Deputy Conservator, is concerned with the marine conservancy of the port. [...]
[...] Significant Achievements of Cochin Port Trust Award of ISO 9001:2000 Certification The concerted efforts of the port in trying to bring about a quantitative and qualitative improvement in port operations saw it being awarded the ISO - 9002 certification in December for "Providing Seaport Facilities and Related Support Services for Sea borne Trade at Cochin Port". The efforts for switching over to ISO 9001 :2000 version of ISO Certification of Quality Management System was initiated and the certification for the new version of ISO 9001-2000 Standard was received in January Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) The efficiency in over all Port operation has improved to a great extent with the implementation of EDI in the Port. [...]
[...] Also if the medicine is not available in the employees can buy the medicine from outside shops on the prescription of the port and the whole amount spent for it are reimbursed. Stores and Purchase Department This department purchases the various items used for the various purpose and which are being used for various equipment for their operations. These include electrical goods, electronic goods, sanitaries, engines for floating vessels of the Port uniforms and various other properties being used for the maintenance and infrastructure of the port. [...]
[...] RFP documents received are pending awaiting decision on Sales Tax/Vat exemption from the Government of Kerala for the bunker sales to the foreign going vessels International Ship Repair Complex The Cochin Port Trust has already invited Expression of Interest (EOI) to set up a ship repair complex on BOT/JV basis. Many players have evinced interest Crude Oil Handling For Kochi Refineries Ltd. The project is being implemented by M/S Kochi Refineries Ltd. (KRL). Cochin Port Trust has signed an MOU with the Kochi Refineries Ltd for establishment of Single Buoy Mooring (SBM) facility with an estimated investment of Rs crores on 11th June 2003. [...]
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