The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Goa, in collaboration with the Society for Industrial & Technical Education of Goa (SITEG), recently organised a shipbuilding seminar at Vivanta by Taj. Goa’s shipbuilding industry is understated despite its performance and contribution to the state’s GDP, its prestigious projects and the sheer volume of business that it churns out quarter by quarter.
The deliberations were on various issues in the shipbuilding industry and discussions predominated the various means on how to channelise opportunities for local industry to participate in the shipbuilding sector, thus boosting Goa’s overall logistic sector as part of the efforts of industry to improve the logistics infrastructure and connectivity in the state. The conference addressed an audience of stakeholders from the shipbuilding sector, academia, vendor development, representatives of industry in Goa, leading importers and exporters operating in the state, as well as shipping lines involved in the shipment of goods into and out of the state.
RAdm Shekhar Mital, chairman, CII Goa State Council, Capt K P Jayakumar, nautical adviser to Government of India, Ministry of Shipping, Dharmendra Sharma, chief secretary, Government of Goa, Govind Jaiswal, IAS Secretary (Ports) Government of Goa, Atrey Sawant, past chairman, CII Goa State Council and business head, Atreya Engineering Works Ltd, Capt Premlal Sirsaikar, Deputy Captain of Ports, Government of Goa, Atul Jadhav, mentor, CII Logistics Panel Goa and managing director, New Era Shipping Private Limited, Dr Om Prakash Shah, Professor, Indian Institute of Technology – Kharagpur, Prasad Prabhakar Sawant, CEO and managing partner, Buoyancy Consultants & Engineering LLP, Vijay J Dialani, president, Shipyards Association of Goa, Roshan Kumar, state head, CII Goa, were all at the event. The conference aimed at showcasing the large shipbuilding and ancillary industry capability that exists in Goa, highlighting the opportunity for the Goa-based shipbuilding industry to capture new business, especially as an outsource partner to Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL). The conference also drew attention to the range of new opportunities in the industry created by the central government maritime initiatives – the Sagarmala Project, the focus on Coastal Shipping, and the projects being undertaken by the Inland Waterway Authority of India (IWAI)