East India celebrates the best in the Branch

Posted on Saturday, December 10, 2022

Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers - East India Branch - 27th Annual Day Celebrations - 10th December 2022

ICS East India Branch celebrates best student

The ICS - East India Branch celebrated its 27th Annual Day on Saturday, 10th  December 2022 at the Madras Gymkhana Club. Chief Guest for the event was Ms. V. Rama Mathew, IRS, Member, Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs. Ms Rama Mathew, IRS spoke on Customs as a facilitator and enforcement authority for the shipping industry. She delved on digitalisation, faceless assessments and various trade friendly practices including Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) scheme and its advantages.

Shri MVS Choudary, IRS, Chief Commissioner of Customs and Shri Prasad, IRS, Commissioner of Customs graced the occasion.

The Chief Guest and Guest of Honour distributed Membership certificates to Capt. R.S.Kishore Kumar, Mrs. Naveen Selvakumar and Capt. Sridharma Sastha, who all had successfully completed the professional qualifying examinations (PQE) of the Institute.

HIMT Toppers award was presented to Capt. R.S. Kishore Kumar MICS.

Mrs. Naveen Selvakumar MICS and Capt. Byju Mannil MICS took prizes in individual subjects.

Capt. R.S.Kishore Kumar MICS also did the ICS EI Branch proud by receiving the 'Shipwright Prize' from ICS London.

The Annual Day celebrations was preceded with a Technical Seminar on the theme "Commercial Perspectives in Shipping - Focus on Dry Cargo Trade in India".

Speakers included:
-         Mr. Krishna Kumar, Senior Vice President, MSC India, who spoke on Container Shipping vis a vis Global and Indian trade,
-         Mr. Manas Bose, Executive Director, (Logistics & Infrastructure), SAIL, Kolkata, who provided insights on the India Steel Sector from the Charterers perspective &
-         Capt. Suresh Amirapu FICS, Advisor, PSA India, who illustrated the National logistics policy from the perspective of the Indian Maritime Industry.
As a finale to the seminar, a panel discussion on UNCTAD - Review of Maritime Transport Report 2022 was conducted.

Moderated by Capt. K.G. Ramakrishnan FICS, Director Benline Agencies, the panellists discussed issues viz., freight rates and transport cost, KPIs for ports and shipping fleet, consolidation and competition in container shipping, trade facilitation, legal issues and regulatory developments.

The expert panel comprised:
-         Mr. K.C. Shiva Manohar FICS, Director, Shiva Chartering Pte Ltd,
-         Mr. Punit Oza FICS, CEO, WIZ Bulk Pte Ltd. Singapore,
-         Mr. M. Jagannath FICS, Director, Nau Pte Ltd. Singapore &
-         Mr. J. Krishnan, Partner, S. Natesa Iyer Logistics LLP, Chennai.

Attendees included Fellows and Members of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, members of the Maritime Fraternity and students and faculty of the Indian Maritime University and Hindustan Institute of Maritime Training. The event concluded with fellowship and dinner.