Annual Indian Maritime Gateway Awards 2008

The Annual Indian Maritime Gateway Awards 2008 were presented at a spectacular event in Mumbai on September 18, 2008 in recognition of the innovative and successful practices of the Indian maritime players. The awards highlight the tremendous progress achieved by the Indian maritime community which is now being recognized as a major player at the global level.

The glittering event was held at InterContinental Hotel The Grand. The awards attracted many key port and logistics operators, and major shippers of freight and the who’s who of the maritime industry, offering an unparalleled evening of networking in a competitive, yet friendly atmosphere.

The ten award categories, that received 50 nominations, covered all the major segments in the maritime sector. The jury was headed by A.K. Mohapatra, Ex-Secretary, Department of Shipping, Road Transport & Highways and assisted by A.B. Ravi, Editor, Special Projects, CNBC TV18 and Mohan Krishnan, Senior Vice-President, IMRB-BIRD.

The Jury

A.K. Mohapatra, Former Secretary, Department of Shipping, Ministry of Shipping Road Transport & Highways
Mohapatra worked for the progress of the country’s maritime industry. As a policymaker from 2006-08, he was involved in the development of ports, shipping industry, inland water transport, port connectivity, international maritime affairs, linking infrastructure with export and import trade, regulation of shipping industry and the development of maritime personnel. He is a postgraduate from Utkal University, Bhubaneshwar and an MPhil in public administration from Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi.

Ravi AB, Editor, Special Projects, CNBCTV18
Ravi is responsible for weekend programmes at the Channel. He has more than two decades of journalistic experience having worked as executive editor, Business India, resident editor, The Financial Express, editor,, a Singapore-based portal besides USP Age, India Today and Business Standard. He has majored in commerce from Mumbai University and has a Diploma in Radio Speaking from St Xavier’s Institute of Communications. He lives in Mumbai with his 15-year-old son Karan.

Mohan Krishnan, Sr. Vice President, IMRB-BIRD
Mohan has over 17 years of experience in the research and consulting industry. He has advised both private and public sector companies in ICT, energy, environment, logistics, steel, automotive and financial services markets. Armed with an engineering degree from IIT, New Delhi and an MBA in marketing management from Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University, his earlier stint was at Development Alternatives where he worked on appropriate technology deployment in rural India.

Award Parameters at a Glance

• Cargo handling and throughput
• Valued-Added Services
• Technology Employed
• Turnaround Time
• Growth Rate
• Plans for Expansion
• Land & Warehouse Area
• Industrial Relations
• Turnover and Net Profit

Major Port of the Year
Private Port of the Year

S S Hussain, chairman of Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, receiving the award from A P V N Sarma, secretary, department of shipping, Govt. of India.

• Improved cargo throughput by 24.41%
• Highest growth rate YoY among all the major ports.
• Lowest turnaround time of 1.79 days.

Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, situated in Navi Mumbai, is one of the major maritime gateways in India. The port is an integration of three container terminals and dry docks. It handles dry bulk and break bulk apart from the containerized cargo.

JNPT has improved its cargo throughput in 2007-08 by 24.41% compared to the previous year. This is the highest growth rate YoY among all the major ports. JNPT also has the lowest turnaround time of 1.79 days. This and other factors have led JNPT to win the Major Port of the Year Award.

Sandeep Mehta, CEO of Mundra Port receiving the award.


• Recorded an impressive growth of 45% in cargo handling YoY
• A growth of 24% in the net profit.

The biggest private port in the country, Mudra Port & SEZ Limited is one of the sophisticated and fastest growing ports in India. Located strategically near the hinterland of North-western and Northern India, the port caters to the exim needs of business enterprises in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, NCR, Himachal Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh.

The growing importance of Mudra Port is evident from the increase in traffic from the hinterland during 2007-08. This has been made possible through easy connectivity to the port by both rail and road. The throughput too eventually increased in the said period. The port recorded a 24% increase in its net profit during the period.

Shipping Company of the Year
Logistics Company of the Year

Jayesh Trivedi, vice-president, legal & company secretary of Great Eastern Shipping Company Ltd receiving the award.


• Youngest Fleet
• Recorded growth of 60% in net profit YoY
• Huge expansion plans (new tonnage)

GE Shipping boasts of the healthiest fleet of all the shipping lines under the Indian Flag. With interests in cargo transportation and offshore services, GE Shipping has been making conscious efforts in keeping its fleet young. It has recorded a growth of 60% in its net profits YoY for 2007-08. Being only next to SCI in size of fleet and size of operations, GE shipping is the first private shipping line to see the opportunity in the offshore business.

Shashi Kiran Shetty, CEO of AllCargo Global Logistics Ltd receiving the award.


• Highest Tonnage per acre
• Recorded an impressive 48% growth in its net profits YoY
• Gone global through acquisition of ECU Hold NV

AllCargo is one of the fastest growing integrated logistics services providers. With its network of warehouses and container freight stations, AllCargo brings a holistic approach in providing third party logistics services to its customers. In addition to serving in the Indian market, it has also gone global through its acquisition of ECU Hold NV. It has recorded an impressive 48% growth in its net profits YoY.

Container Freight Station of the Year
Inland Container Depot of the Year

A.K. Bhattacharjee, senior general manager of Gateway Distriparks, receiving the award.


• Recorded 45% YoY increase in cargo handling
• State-of-the-art infrastructure
• Customer-friendly service

One of the fast emerging players, Gateway Distriparks has strategically positioned its container freight stations in Mumbai, Chennai and Visakhapatnam. Its state-of-the-art infrastructure and customer friendly service offerings have made it stand tall in the competition.

Amit Chaudhri, chief manager,
ICD/Tughlakabad, CONCOR, receiving the award.


• 57 ICDs and 8421 wagons
• Largest ICD at Tuqulakabad
• Highest cumulative throughput

CONCOR has been associated with the logistics industry since decades. With its vast establishment, pan India network and one of the largest ICDs in Asia at Tughlakabad, CONCOR has been providing highly customer-focused services. CONCOR provides a number of value-added services for its customers through its ICDs and links its ICDs to all the major ports through its mammoth train network.

Container Terminal of the Year
Largest Terminal Operator

Prakash Tulsiani, COO and Arvind Bhatnagar, CEO of Gateway Terminals receiving the award.


• Highest berth productivity
• Handled largest single parcel size in record time
• Sophisticated technology in operation

A joint venture between AP Moller Maersk and CONCOR, Gateway Terminals has many firsts to its credit. It has the highest berth productivity and loading of the largest single parcel size in record time. With huge capacity expansion plans in store, Gateway Terminals has been chosen for the Container Terminal of the Year Award.

Ganesh Raj, senior vice-president and MD, DP World Subcontinent receiving the award.


• Five container terminals in operation
• Sixth and the largest under development
• Highest cumulative throughput – 4.232 million TEU

DP World is the largest container terminal operator in India with five terminals currently in operation at Chennai, Nava Sheve, Mundra, Cochin, and Visakhapatnam. The sixth and the largest container terminal is under construction at Vallarpadam, Kerala. DP World’s total container throughput, including all the five terminals, for the year 2007-08 was 4.232 million TEU.

Achievement in Environmental Protection
Newsmaker of the Year

Ashley Dinning, chief financial officer, Port of Pipavav, receiving the award.


• Environment-friendly coal yard design
• Unique design and protection from coal dust
• Eco-friendly RTGs
• Development of surrounding green belt

Gujarat Pipavav Port Limited is India’s first Private sector Port. The coal yard at the port is unique in nature and its environment-friendly design speaks of the port management’s importance to eco-friendly measures. One of the emerging private ports, Pipavav installed the necessary infrastructure to reduce pollution and contamination in and around the port.

Sandeep Mehta, CEO of Mundra Port, receiving the award on behalf of Gautam Adani.


• Ranked 91 on Forbes’ List of ‘The World's Billionaires 2008’
• Instrumental in increasing the port throughput
• Helped increase the turnover by 44%
• Has developed ports at Dahej and Dholera apart from Mundra

Gautam Adani, a trader, exporter, industrialist, infrastructure developer and a management guru, is the man behind today’s Mudra Port and the development of the area surrounding it. Not contented with just Mundra, Adani has been instrumental in developing the ports at Dahej and Dholera.

Under his stewardship, Mundra port recorded a 12.4% increase in net profit and 43.9% in revenues during 2007-08. Adani ranks 91 on Forbes’ List of ‘The World's Billionaires 2008’.