Norwegian company keen to invest in maritime cluster – The New Indian Express


By Express press service

KOCHI: Asko Maritime, the Norwegian company that promotes zero-emission shipping and sustainable logistics, has expressed interest in cooperating with the government of Kerala to develop a maritime cluster in Kochi. ASKO Maritime CEO Kai Just Olsen expressed his willingness to join the project during an interaction with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who is currently visiting Norway.

Pinarayi said the state government is taking steps to develop Kochi as a shipping hub. He said the government wants to implement environmentally friendly projects that will help reduce carbon emissions. Cochin Shipyard had delivered two autonomous electric barges to ASKO Maritime in July. These were the world’s first fully automatic electric barges and ASKO Maritime had supplied the basic design and battery for the barges.

Pinarayi said Kerala would consider buying the same barges for transport on national waterways. The CM visited the ASKO Maritime office in Horten and saw the two barges built by Cochin Shipyard. Industries Minister P Rajeeve, Chief Secretary VP Joy, Cochin Shipyard Chief General Manager Rajesh Gopalakrishnan and General Manager Deepu Surendran were with the CM.

Cochin University’s Department of Ship Technology had held a seminar in June on developing Kochi as a center of maritime excellence. However, the project report has not been prepared. “A cluster in Kochi will help integrate all maritime activities into one site. The presence of the Cochin shipyard is a great advantage for Kochi and we can start a shipyard for small vessels. Ship repair and ship demolition are the other sectors we can focus on. After the commissioning of Vizhinjam port, we will be able to start a coastal shipping service for the transportation of goods brought in by mother ships,” said Chairman of Kerala Maritime Board, NS Pillai.

“In addition to building and repairing ships, we can promote cabotage considerably. Another sector is marine education. Our students depend on Mumbai and overseas universities to pursue marine engineering courses. We can convert Kochi into a hub for these courses,” said CEO of Kerala Maritime Board, TP Salim Kumar.

Welcoming the decision to develop a shipping cluster in Kochi, Philip Mathew, CMD of LOTS Shipping Ltd, said it will help in the development of cabotage in Kerala. “We submitted a proposal to the Union government 10 years ago to develop six maritime clusters along the country’s coastline. It will help provide logistical support to industry. Although the state government offered a subsidy for cabotage, three service providers who had initiated cabotage had to withdraw. The government should do a study on the reasons for the failure of the project and fix it,” he said.

KOCHI: Asko Maritime, the Norwegian company that promotes zero-emission shipping and sustainable logistics, has expressed interest in cooperating with the government of Kerala to develop a maritime cluster in Kochi. ASKO Maritime CEO Kai Just Olsen expressed his willingness to join the project during an interaction with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who is currently visiting Norway. Pinarayi said the state government is taking steps to develop Kochi as a shipping hub. He said the government wants to implement environmentally friendly projects that will help reduce carbon emissions. Cochin Shipyard had delivered two autonomous electric barges to ASKO Maritime in July. These were the world’s first fully automatic electric barges and ASKO Maritime had supplied the basic design and battery for the barges. Pinarayi said Kerala would consider buying the same barges for transport on national waterways. The CM visited the ASKO Maritime office in Horten and saw the two barges built by Cochin Shipyard. Industries Minister P Rajeeve, Chief Secretary VP Joy, Cochin Shipyard Chief General Manager Rajesh Gopalakrishnan and General Manager Deepu Surendran were with the CM. Cochin University’s Department of Ship Technology had held a seminar in June on developing Kochi as a center of maritime excellence. However, the project report has not been prepared. “A cluster in Kochi will help integrate all maritime activities into one site. The presence of the Cochin shipyard is a great advantage for Kochi and we can start a shipyard for small vessels. Ship repair and ship demolition are the other sectors we can focus on. After the commissioning of Vizhinjam port, we will be able to start a coastal shipping service for the transportation of goods brought in by mother ships,” said Chairman of Kerala Maritime Board, NS Pillai. “In addition to building and repairing ships, we can promote cabotage considerably. Another sector is marine education. Our students depend on Mumbai and overseas universities to pursue marine engineering courses. We can convert Kochi into a hub for these courses,” said CEO of Kerala Maritime Board, TP Salim Kumar. Welcoming the decision to develop a shipping cluster in Kochi, Philip Mathew, CMD of LOTS Shipping Ltd, said it will help in the development of cabotage in Kerala. “We submitted a proposal to the Union government 10 years ago to develop six maritime clusters along the country’s coastline. It will help provide logistical support to industry. Although the state government offered a subsidy for cabotage, three service providers who had initiated cabotage had to withdraw. The government should do a study on the reasons for the failure of the project and fix it,” he said.

Previous World War I German submarine found off US coast 100 years after sinking
Next Move over Hay-On-Wye! Alan Bennett among stars at Primrose Hill Library Book Festival