MARG Karaikal Port & MSSRF jointly organized Career Guidance Programme 2013

This is the second time that the career guidance program has been organized by MARG Karaikal Port & MSSRF

MARG Karaikal Port Pvt. Ltd. in association with M.S.Swaminathan Research Foundation today organised a Career Guidance Programme at Karaikal for the student community in the district. Mr. Anto Alphonse, IPS, Senior Superintendent of Police, Karaikal graced the occasion as the Chief Guest and released the “Career Guidance Booklet”. The special guest for the programme Captain K.N. Ramesh, Chief Operating Officer, MARG Karaikal Port gave key note address. Others who addressed the inaugural session included Vetrivel Ramadhass, Asstt. Vice President, MARG Karaikal Port and Ms. Nancy J Anabel, Director, IEC, MSSRF, Chennai.

The fair attracted more than 350 students & commenced with the release of “Career Guidance Booklet” – an exhaustive compilation on career options. This booklet provides a detailed insight into various career streams that youngsters from Karaikal & Nagapattinam can pursue. The objective of this booklet is to guide and channelize the resources available with these youngsters in the most optimal manner in tune with their skill sets.

As part of MARG Karaikal Port’s CSR initiatives, this career guidance program has been designed to benefit the students and provide them with valuable and constructive information on higher education, degree and the diploma courses. Having seen the tremendous response to the first edition of the Career Guidance programme held in 2011, MARG Karaikal Port and M.S.Swaminathan Research Foundation have once again joined hands to reach out to the student community of both Karaikal & Nagapattinam region.

Commenting on this initiative, Capt. Ramesh, Chief Operating Officer, MARG Karaikal Port said, “Our strategic collaboration with MSSRF has been continuing since 2011 and is aimed towards holistic development in this region. This collaboration has effectively complemented our community development initiatives being driven through our CSR brand ‘MARG Parivarthan’. Jointly with MSSRF, we have already reached out 20,000 farmers, fisher folk & women SHGs at Nagapattinam & Karaikal region through a unique technology enabled ‘Knowledge connectivity programme’. The project has since drawn attention for its innovative model and positive impact. This education initiative is part of a comprehensive CSR plan that we have for the region.”
This career guidance programme is unique as it has opened up a wide range of off-beat courses to the participants in the spheres of Industrial Training Institutes (ITI), Arts & Science, Polytechnic & Technical Education, Catering courses, Marine Biology, Oceanography, Coastal Aqua Culture, Agricultural courses, Veterinary and animal sciences, Engineering courses, Law education, Medicine etc.

Capt. Ramesh also added, “The career guidance programme is mainly aimed towards rural students who have limited opportunities for exposure to the spectrum of educational choices available. A lot of our bright students miss out on lucrative careers on account of this. I am happy that we have been able to contribute fruitfully to the student community in this region.”

The fair witnessed over 350 enthused students from Karaikal & Nagapattinam districts. Experts from diverse fields/ professions and premier educational institutes enlightened the students on various career options and opportunities. Host of dignitaries and experts who shared their wisdom on the occasion included Dr. Nagoor Meeron, Director, Tamil Nadu – Fisheries University, Nagapattinam, N.M. Sivasamy, Senior Regional Manager – Indian Overseas Bank, Nagapattinam, Dr. Mohamed Ismayil, Vice Principal – E.G.S. Pillai Arts and Science College, Dr. A . Valliammai, Director, Placement Cell – ADM College for women, Nagapattinam, Dr. Poonkuzhazhan, Associate Professor – PAJANCOA, Karaikal, Govindarassu.A, Principal, – National Institute of Hotel Management, Karaikal and J. Kanagasekar, Head Master – Govt. High School, Kovilpathu, Karaikal.
The fair concluded with a question & answer session facilitated by S.Velvizhi, Principal Scientist – MSSRF.

Commenting on this initiative Ms. Nancy J Anabel, Director, IEC – MSSRF, Chennai said,“ The Career Guidance Programme is a single step now, but could become a  giant leap in future. Education is the most powerful tool for human empowerment. Providing timely guidance to choose options for higher education and career advancement to the deprived populace of rural India is a  powerful way to tap and realize youth potential and talent thereby contributing to the Nation development”

MSSRF, Nagapattinam centre has been actively engaged in this region promoting sustainable rural livelihoods through digital empowerment based on a pro-poor and pro-women orientation to technology choice and dissemination and human resource development. The development programmes are executed based on the specific needs of the geography and The Career Guidance Fair is just one of the regular annual events.

MARG Karaikal Port’s Cargo Volumes Grow by over 26% in FY2011 – 12

Handled 8.5 Lakh tonnes of cargo in March 2012, highest ever in a single month

  • Total cargo handled at the Port rose to 6.01 million metric tonnes over the volume of 4.75 million metric tonnes handled during the previous financial year
  • All facilities now available at MARG Karaikal Port to be a multi-commodity & multi-cargo port
  • 5 berths operational with commissioning of 2 new deep drafts
  • Dedicated infrastructure to handle containers and liquid cargo
  • Fertilizer volume doubles in comparison with FY 2010-11

Chennai, April 3, 2012: MARG Karaikal Port, a subsidiary of Chennai headquartered MARG Limited, one amongst India’s fastest growing infrastructure companies, posted impressive growth in the volume of cargo handled during FY2012, making the Port one of the fastest growing in the country. The total cargo handled at the Karaikal Port rose to6.01 million metric tonnes, notching up a sharp growth of over 26.5% more than the volume of 4.75 million metric tonnes handled during the previous financial year.

One of the major factors in the growth was the increased volume of clean cargo such as fertilizer whose volumes nearly doubled in comparison with the previous financial year. March 2012 was a record setting month with the Port handling around 850,000 tonnes of cargo, the highest ever in a single month. Also the Port has handled large scale exports of raw sugar for the first time during the year and the Port also saw an increase in the export of processed sugar to various overseas destinations.

Commenting on the MARG Karaikal Port’s performance in FY 2011-12, GRK Reddy, Chairman & Managing Director, MARG Group said, “MARG Karaikal Port is fast emerging as one of the finest ports in the South East Coast of India and its performance in FY 2012 is very encouraging. Despite the rising inflation, tight liquidity, high interest rates, industrial slowdown and a challenging business environment, MARG Karaikal Port posted an impressive performance and it has consolidated its position as the new Maritime Gateway to Central Tamil Nadu. Capacity to handle large vessels and diverse cargo, single window clearance, E2E logistics, state-of-the-art equipment, competitive tariffs and an ideal location are the hallmarks of MARG Karaikal Port. 

The Port’s cargo handling capacity and capabilities increased significantly during the past 12 months as 2 new deep draft berths were commissioned, taking the total number of berths available at the Port to 5 at present. The Port has also deployed dedicated infrastructure to handle containers and liquid cargo and expanded the existing facilities catering to dry bulk cargo.

Berth no. Length overall (m) Width(m) Depth (m) Type of Vessel Cargo
Berth no.1 260 21 14.5 Panamax Liquid/General Cargo
Berth no.2 230 21 14.5 Panamax Container/General Cargo
Berth no.3 360 35.6 15.5 Capesize Coal
Berth no.4 365 35.6 15.5 Capesize Coal
Berth no.9 220 20 11 Handymax Container/General Cargo

FY 2011-12 witnessed the launch of container handling services at Karaikal Port when a feeder service linking the Port with Colombo and other Indian ports was flagged off. The container services at the Port received a further boost in March 2012 with the start of weekly scheduled train services by CONCOR that link Karaikal Port with the CONCOR ICD at Tondiarpet, Chennai.

During the year, MARG Karaikal Port received its first liquid cargo vessel when the first tanker vessel carrying crude oil for Chennai Petroleum Corp. (CPCL) refinery at Nagapattinam called at the Port during the last quarter of the financial year. This also marked the beginning of long term arrangement between CPCL and Karaikal Port to handle crude oil imports for the former’s refinery on an exclusive basis.

In keeping with the Government of India’s vision of promoting the use of coastal shipping for movement of cargo within the country, MARG Karaikal Port supported the shipping of cargo such as cement, construction materials and containers between Karaikal and various domestic destinations.

MLN Acharyulu, Executive Director- Marine Infrastructure, MARG Ltd., further added “MARG Karaikal Port’s strong growth trends in cargo volumes translated into all-round benefits for the local region as well, as the success of the Port has spurred the development of better quality road and rail links across the region, improving the connectivity options for local people and industries. Going forward, MARG Karaikal Port is confident of setting even higher standards of performance with the expected commissioning of mechanized dry bulk cargo handling facilities during the coming year, which is likely to increase the annual cargo handling capacity exponentially.

MARG Karaikal Port has transformed the field of marine architecture by Master Planning, Engineering, Design, on and off shore construction, project management and value engineering. It is committed to continuously invest in high quality infrastructure to meet the future maritime trade needs of the region. Higher discharge rates, no pre-berthing delays, faster turnaround times and savings in the integrated logistics costs vis-à-vis competing ports, has helped in attracting almost all major customers in the Central Tamil Nadu / Puducherry region.

MARG Karaikal Port, a premier, hi-tech, all weather port on the South East coast of India is notably the only all weather, deep water, multi-commodity port between Chennai port and Tuticorin port and is strategically located at the middle of this 680 km coastline. Located on the East Coast of India, MARG Karaikal Port is the new gateway to the state of Tamil Nadu in Southern India. Its combination of strategic location, state-of-the-art equipment and world-class infrastructure makes it the port of choice for industries and businesses located in and around Central Tamil Nadu and beyond.

About MARG Karaikal Port:

MARG Karaikal Port is a premier, deepwater, all weather port on the South East coast of India. The Port has a sizable hinterland because of its strategic location. It is the only all weather, deep water, multi-commodity port between Chennai port and Tuticorin port and is strategically located at the middle of this 680 km coastline.

Awarded under BOT basis by the Government of Puducherry in 2006, MARG Karaikal Port when fully developed is envisaged to have a total of 9 berths capable of handling upto 47 MMTPA. The Port is to be developed over 3 phases with the final phase getting operational by 2017. MARG Karaikal Port has shown its versatility by handling different types of cargo like coal, fertilizer, cement, raw sugar, project cargo, gypsum, containers, steel pipes, scarp, bagged sugar, construction material etc. Capacity to handle large vessels and diverse cargo, single window clearance, E2E logistics, state-of-the-art equipment, competitive tariffs and an ideal location are the hallmarks of MARG Karaikal Port.

MARG Karaikal Port’s operational processes and practices are on par with the best in the industry and the Port has managed to bag ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certifications in a record time, demonstrating the maturity and quality of operational processes followed at the Port.

About MARG Group:

MARG Limited (BSE: 530543), incorporated in 1994 and headquartered in Chennai, is an infrastructure major with presence across the value chain. The Company is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and its shares are traded on the NSE under the category of ‘Permitted Security’.

With over two decades of reassuring presence and the credit of pioneering the development of economic growth centers, MARG’s portfolio spans across the entire infrastructure value chain – urban and industrial infrastructure, urban residential clusters, marine infrastructure & services, malls and EPC division. The group is expanding its sectoral presence with airport projects in Bellary & Bijapur and Multi-level car park projects. Listed by Dun & Bradstreet among “India’s Top 500 Companies 2010”, today MARG Group has projects worth more than Rs. 3000 crores under execution, a seasoned human capital of more than 1100, global partners in the Infra space and offices spread across India, Singapore and China.

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