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Consensus reached at the first GreenPort South Asia Conference
In all, more than 110 delegates from global ports, terminal operators, shipping lines, consultants, industry organisations, consultants, manufacturers and suppliers to the industry attended the first GreenPort South Asia Conference held in Mumbai on 20-22 March 2013. The two day technical conference brought together presentations and papers providing evidence of established best practice examples from India and other international ports in a knowledge sharing platform.
Speakers included Mr Luxman Radhakrishnan, I.A.S Chairman, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, Patrick Verhoeven, Secretary General, European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO), Olumide Omotoso, assistant general manager - Hydro & Dredging, Nigerian Ports Authority and Knut Marquart, Head of shore-to-ship Power, ABB.
In order of priority, challenges to achieving sustainable development were identified as being: Financial cost, stakeholder engagement, legislation of regulation, status of the environment within the business plan and techniques and equipment. The conference covered a wide range of issues from policy to technology, from finance to community relations. Overall, delegates agreed on the positive role that the exchange of knowledge and experience through such events can play in the promotion of sustainable development in the port and supply chain.
The week started at the Welcome Reception hosted in the Malabar Room of the Trident Nariman Point Hotel where networking and discussion, which set the tone for the conference began, and continued at the Gala dinner on the evening of the first day of presentations, also at the Trident Hotel. Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) hosted a port visit for the port delegates on Friday 22 March 2013, which started at the Gateway of India.  JNPT is addressing green measure such as the maintenance of environmental stability through preservation; conserving the mangroves in the coastal area and increasing the forest and tree cover substantially and is aiming to protect the community from the harmful effects of pollution whilst promoting sustainability and educating the community on the Port’s environmental programme.  The visit took in the mangroves that provide habitat for a wide variety of flora and faunas, the Port Township, which has been developed since 1989 and the lake near the Shiva temple on Sheva Hill.  All attendees enjoyed the visit and opportunity to enjoy the sun and fresh air after two days of listening to presentations and participating in discussion and debate.
Dates for the 2014 GreenPort South Asia Conference will be released shortly.
Mercator Media produces the established GreenPort Congress, magazine, website and e-newsletter. GreenPort focuses on the environmental aspects of ports and terminals and how this can balance with the reality of economic demands. The objective is to provide information for senior decision makers in ports and terminals as well as the complete logistics chain, shipping lines, shippers and other stakeholders. Over the past seven years, it has a proven record of providing a valued platform for discussion and networking for all parties involved.  The company also produces a range of related market leading media brands including Port Strategy.

For further information about GreenPort South Asia, please visit the website, contact Isobel Roberts, GreenPort Events Manager on:  tel: +44 1329 825335, email: or Mohan Bhambhani, GreenPort India Representative on: tel: +91 91670 14224, email:

About Mercator Media Limited
Mercator Media Ltd is based in Fareham in Hampshire, UK. Established in 1989, the company maintains valued B2B marketplaces centred on the world’s marine infrastructure. It is experienced at creating integrated marketing strategies for clients using a range of channels including print, online, events and research. Some of Mercator’s events include: The Motorship Propulsion and Emissions Conference, Seawork International Exhibition, Icelandic Fisheries Exhibition and the Gas Fuelled Ships Conference.

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