The Institute of Marine Engineers India (IMEI) Kolkata Branch and The Company of Master Mariners of India (CMMI) Kolkata Chapter jointly organised the online ISCO 2020 with the theme Maritime –Sustainability – Global Opportunities on 26th November 2020.

Shri. Karan Paul, Chairman, Apeejay Surrendra Group & Apeejay Shipping Limited inaugurated the Conference. In his inaugural address he explained the importance of shipping for world economy and also appreciated all the seafarers who works round the clock tirelessly. He appreciated the initiatives taken by Ministry of Ports, Shipping & Waterways and DG Shipping in solving nearly all issues of crew change in Indian ports. He also stated that economic and environmental sustainability go hand-in-hand in shipping. Emphasising the need to adopt newer technologies and use of alternate fuels to meet targets set by IMO, he highlighted the measures which have been taken by 18 leading banks towards decarbonisation called Poseidon principles and by leading Charterers for transparently sharing their carbon emission data. Diversity in crew and gender equality will attract best talent to shipping. He said collaboration and inclusivity will ensure that the next decade will be one of change that propels growth.

Capt. Narasimhan, ISCO organising committee member and CEO of Apeejay Shipping released the ISCO souvenir on behalf of Shri.Karan Paul. Capt. B. K. Jha, Master, CMMI and Shri. Uday Purohit, President IMEI expressed their joy over both organisations joining hands together to organise an event of this magnitude especially during difficult times of COVID. Shri. Amit Bhatnagar, Chairman Kolkata Branch, and ISCO Convener, informed the gathering that total 25 papers will be presented in the two- day Conference. Capt. Kaustuv Dutta, Chairman CMMI, Kolkata Chapter & Co Convener highlighted the topics covered in the conference starting from regulations to conventions, technology, business perspectives etc. Shri. Amitava Banerjee, Chairman ISCO welcomed the delegates from across the globe. Capt. D. N. Goswami compered the proceedings.

Among the eminent personalities present were Shri.S. Hajara, Former Chairman, SCI, Shri.Jagmeet Makkar, Chairman, Maritime and Logistics Arbitration at Hong Kong Centre of International Commercial Arbitration and Shri. K.M. Rao, Principal Officer, Mercantile Marine Department, Kolkata.

The inaugural session of the conference ended with a vote of thanks by the Secretary Shri. Gautam Sen, Kolkata Branch.   

Plenary and SESSION I (Inaugurated by Mr. Arun Sharma, Executive Chairman & Vice Chairman IACS)
The Technical Seminar and Plenary session of the Conference was inaugurated by Shri. Arun Sharma, Chairman, Indian Register of Shipping and Executive Chairman & Vice Chairman IACS on 27th November. He talked about Maritime Sustainability, need of reducing fuel consumption and also talked about usage of newer technologies which are the need of the hour for the industry.
Shri. Jagmeet Makkar, spoke on ‘Maritime Education: Need for Cross Functional Approach’.
R. Adm. N. K. Mishra, Former, Chairman & Managing Director, Hindustan Shipyard Limited spoke on ‘Towards Shipbuilding 4.0 – Indian Perspective’.
Dr. B. K. Saxena spoke on ‘Future of Maritime Education & Training for Maritime Sustainability’.
Shri. Sujay Baug spoke on ‘Maritime Sustainability: Global Opportunities’.
Vote of the thanks was given by Capt. S. L. Mohapatra, Secretary, CMMI Kolkata Chapter.
SESSION II (Future of Shipping: Chaired by Mr. S. Hajara, Former Chairman & Managing Director SCI)
Capt. Vinod Naveen spoke on ‘Digitalisation and Blockchain’ and its applicability in future shipping.
Shri. Karan Doshi and Shri. Apurba Ranjan Kar spoke on ‘Remote Surveys – The past, the present and the future.’
Dr. Jossia Joseph, Dr. C. Anoopa Prasad and Dr. R. Venkatesan, spoke on ‘Sustainable Ocean Observation towards an Ocean Based Blue Economy.’

SESSION III (Shipbuilding & Training, Chaired by Shri. J Dasgupta, Chairman, Institute of Naval Architects)
Capt. Debashis Basu, spoke on ‘Using Ramification in Maritime Training.’
Shri. Jagmeet Makkar, spoke on ‘Cropping of Propeller Blades: Effect on Engine Performance and Torsional Vibrations – A Case Study.’
Shri. Sanil Peter, spoke on ‘Development of New Ship Building & Repair Facilities in the East Coast: Factors and Challenges.’
SESSION IV (Commercial Aspects & Safety: Chaired by Capt. M. M. Saggi, Former Nautical Advisor to Govt. of India)
Shri. Jagmeet Makkar, spoke on ‘Charter Party: Disputes & Prevention: Speed and Consumption Claims.’
Capt. Jeetendra Kampani, spoke on ‘Elements of International Trade and Business Development.’
Capt. Deb Narayan Goswami, spoke on ‘Cost of Injury in the World of Captured Regulation.’

SESSION V (Safety & Security: Chaired by Capt. D. N. Goswami, Sailing Master)
Capt. Bidyut Kumar Banerjee, spoke on ‘Safety in Shipping – It could be worthwhile to have.’
Shri. Pralay Kumar Bhattacharya, spoke on ‘Security Threats and Impact on Maritime Sustainability.’
Shri. R. Srinivas, spoke on ‘Implementation of Cyber Risk Management in a Shipyard.’

SESSION VI (Student Session: Shri. K.M. Rao, Principal Officer, Mercantile Marine Department)
Cdt. Shree Waghmare, spoke on ‘Watt in Water: Energy from the Oceans to Propel Ships’,
Cdt. Ansh Bhatnagar spoke on ‘Future of Shipping and Underwater Research – Hybrid Underwater Vehicle’
Cdt. Soumik Dutta spoke on ‘Study of Hydrodynamic Coefficient & Motion Nature Due to the Shape Change of Floating Objects’.
Cdt. Jawaad Zulqernine Muhammed spoke on ‘A Comparative Study on the Resistance of KCS and JBC Hull for Determination of Optimal Ship Speed’.
Cdt. Ayush Sharma spoke on ‘Maritime Sector – A Compass to the Vision of Aatma Nirbhar Bharat’.
Cdt. Md Abir Mahadi spoke on ‘A Study on Motion Sickness Incidence at Several Positions of a Ship in Irregular Waves’.
SESSION VII (Inland Water Transport: Chaired by Capt. Budyut Banerjee, Sailing Master)
Capt. S. Subhedar, spoke on ‘Inland Water Transport.’
Shri. S. Dandapat, spoke on ‘Indo-Bangladesh Protocol on Inland Water Trade.’
Capt. Inderveer Solanki, spoke on ‘Augmenting Capacity of Waterways: Manoeuvring Perspective’, discussed present issues on the subject.

First Prize: Cdt. Shree Waghmare.
Second Prize: Cdt. Mohammed Abir Mahadi.
Third Prize: Cdt. Jawaad Zulqernine Muhammed.
At the end, vote of thanks was proposed by the Vice Chairman of the IME(I) Kolkata, Shri. Abhijit Banerjee.
During the conference Indian Register of Shipping (IRS), Bangladesh office signed two contracts of 12 nos. & 3 nos., of classing of new vessel construction. The Kolkata Branch signed agreement with Hoon Maritime Institute for promotion of certified training of on-board crew through IRS.
Thanks to Sailor Today for the live telecast on all media platforms.

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