India Seatrade, the organizer of this event, works with the sole purpose of creating perfect platforms to engage the policy makers, the industry and its stakeholders to work towards and developing a holistic road map for our nation’s maritime growth. India Seatrade strives to bring together experts and leaders associated with the Indian maritime industry towards fuelling constructive dialogue aimed at all round maritime development. All the events organised by India Seatrade work towards bringing about the convergence of ideas that in turn lead to investments in the right avenues and positive transformation of the industry.

In addition to events, India Seatrade delivers most relevant, India-focussed expert news coverage on a daily basis on the shipping, port and logistics sector. Carefully picked from reputed and well-known national and international media outlets, the coverage includes latest happenings and updates on shipping markets, investments in ports and logistics infrastructure, coastal shipping, inland waterways, shipbuilding, maritime education and government agencies. From breaking news, technological advances to shipping activities, India Seatrade News brings everything on to a single platform for you.

Thirdly, India Seatrade felicitates the best players in coastal shipping and inland water transport domains for their outstanding performance / contributions in these modes of transport, through Annual India Seatrade Awards


The logistics sector in India is going to play the crucial role in the economic development. It has occupied the center stage as the government is keen bringing in massive investments in building logistics infrastructure.

The demand and growth of this sector is evident from the tune of investments that are lined up by the central and state governments. Logistics sector will play a dominant role in the economy and the strength of this sector will be a key determinant in determining the growth of the economy,

Within the sector, multimodal transportation holds immense potential and is waiting to be tapped. This segment of logistics can help in reducing costs and increasing efficiencies. Nevertheless, it requires immediate attention from the policy makers to create the right business environment for the multimodal transportation to open up to its full potential.

The Cargo Connexions Conclave (CCC) 2019 will focus on “Quantitive tools to understand and forecast commodity markets of south India”.

The CCC 2019 is an effort to bring together the maritime stakeholders from the states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and from across the country to present the potential that exists, to deliberate on the challenges being faced and to evolve the way forward for a larger, inclusive and sustainable growth of the maritime industry in south India.

This conclave, across its inaugural and two focused sessions will attract and engage cargo owners, policy makers, industry leaders, experts and stakeholders in serious discussions on: meeting infrastructure and service demands; on ways to strengthen existing cargoes and to generate and attract additional cargo and derive ways for a collective and integrated approach that would enhance performance value in the logistics network and greater economic success to the region.


Coimbatore is an important and renowned manufacturing center located in Tamil Nadu. Its diverse manufacturing base makes it a hub for industrial activity and a prominent export centre in India. The city is home for numerous manufacturing plants producing auto components, textiles motor pumps, etc. Apart from being a major exporter of its products, Coimbatore also exports jewelry, poultry, and software.

Coimbatore is also the highest revenue-yielding district after Chennai (the state capital). Coimbatore also enjoys the nickname ‘Manchester of South India’ as it is surrounded by cotton fields that feed into a flourishing textile industry. Yet, the city has a diversified economy, catering to the IT industry through a skilled labor pool and special economic zones (SEZs) that have attracted leading IT companies and technology service providers..

Auto component makers in Coimbatore include Robert Bosch GmbH, PRICOL Ltd., Craftsman Automation and Roots Industries. Skilled talent from the technical institutes and engineering colleges in the city supply the engineers and technicians required by the industry. Domestic auto makers such as Tata Motors and Maruti Udyog source up to 30 percent of their automotive parts from Coimbatore. Many auto component manufacturing companies in the city are original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partners to multinational brands.

The decline of the cotton industry in India’s financial capital Mumbai due to increasing urbanization has benefited Coimbatore. Today it has more than 17 percent of India’s textile mills. It also has several textile research institutes, namely, the Central Institute for Cotton Research (CICR) – Southern Regional station, South Indian Textiles Research Association (SITRA), and the Sardar Vallabhai Patel International School of Textiles and Management.

At least half of India’s motors and pumps come from this region, thus lending it the name the “Pump City.” Major pump manufacturers like Aquasub engineering, Mahendra Pumps, Suguna pumps, Sharp Industries, Deccan Pumps, CRI Pumps, Texmo Industries, PVG Industries, Flowserve, and Kirloskar Brothers & KSB Pumps have their manufacturing base here. These companies hold a majority share in the Indian pump market and meet more than 40 percent of the country’s requirements.


DATE:  8 February, 2019           PROGRAMMS


Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, though, geographically located in India’s South, straddles the country’s western and eastern seaboards, giving it a unique position.

With global and local investors announcing investments of thousands of crores to set up manufacturing and production facilities in these four states, the coastline will have to brace up to cater to the requirements for shipping and port related activities to support these initiatives.

While Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu have been proactive in framing port policies to attract potential investors, Kerala and Karnataka are also slowing realizing the importance of a vibrant maritime sector to the economy of the states.

With the NDA government’s flagship Sagarmala program on port-led development envisaging the creation of coastal economic zones to boost industrialization and GDP, the four southern states are expected to play an important role in this plan.

Are the four states prepared to meet the infrastructure challenges – both on water and on land – that would be crucial to the success of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Port-led development which he successfully implemented as chief minister of Gujarat?

Apart from the export-import potential of the port-led development program, Sagarmala also seeks to integrate India’s untapped coastal shipping and inland waterways network, offering immense opportunities to the four states that are blessed with these cost-efficient and environment friendly modes of transport.

Kerala, mainly a consumption driven state, particularly has a lot to benefit from this exercise.

The international container transhipment terminal at Vallarpadam run by D P World is now looking up after a slow start, putting behind many operational glitches. Another container transhipment terminal is coming up at Vizhinjam near the state capital Thiruvananthapuram under the aegis of the Adani Group.

These two large projects are expected to change the face of shipping in Southern India, driving new opportunities in terms of port focussed logistics and ultimately boosting cargo growth.

Kerala also is home to one of the best managed shipyards in the country – Cochin Shipyard Ltd. The Cochin-based shipbuilder is priming up to enter new and niche areas such as LNG ships and passenger-cum cargo ships to add to its crowning glory – the on-going construction of India’s first locally-built aircraft carrier. This further opens-up a new window of opportunity for the shipping and ports industry as the yard is dependent on overseas suppliers to a great extent on building as well as repairing ships.

To cap the state’s maritime lineage is the countless number of seafarers employed globally.


N. Sivasailam, IAS
Special Secretary (Logistics) Department of Commerce

Ranjan Kumar Routray, IRS
Chief Commissioner of Customs

Ganesh Kumar Gupta
Federation of Indian Export Organisations

Dr. P Tamilvanan
Advisor (Marketing)
Cochin Port Trust

Raja M Shanmugham
Tirupur Exporters Association

P Natraj
The South India Mills Association

D Srikant, ITS
Joint DGFT

Hari Rajan
Harsh Coconut.

V Krishnakumar
The South India Engineering Manufacturers Assn.

Ennarasu Karunesan
Adani Ports & SEZ Ltd. Southern India Ports

Capt Ramanujam
Logistics Sector Skill Council

A.V. Vijay Kumar
Paramount Shipping Services

Mr. Rajesh Kumar
GLO Shipping Pvt. Ltd.

Mr. Rahul Modi
Managing Director
Pushpak Logistics Pvt. Ltd.

Sr Adv. V.J. Mathew
Kerala Maritime Board

Mr. Julian Michael Bevis
Senior Director
Group Relations, Asia - Maersk Group

R Murugaraj, IRTS
Group General Manager
Container Corporation of India Ltd.

Dipak Shah
Crystal Tea India Pvt. Ltd.

Kiran Nandre
Head- Indian Coastal Services
Sima Marine India Pvt. Ltd.

Eric Lavenu
Dakshin Bharat Gateway Container Terminal



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