Guest Lecture on Practical Aspects Of Containerization And Shipping Logistics 2nd March 2019
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Guest Speaker: Dr Surender Kumar, MD, Aquamarine Maritime Academy, Mumbai
Topic: Practical Aspects Of Containerization And Shipping Logistics

About the Speaker:
Dr Surender Kumar, MD, Aquamarine Maritime Academy, Mumbai. He has more than 19 year of experience of meritorious services dedicated to nation with the Indian Navy. Onboard different warships and more than 7 year of sailing experience, naval vessels/offshore vessels in various capacities. He has 12 years of academic experience. He is a PhD guide for UPES & Dehradun. He is a visiting faculty in various reputed management institutes and also has been recognised as an accredited management teacher by All India Management Association, New Delhi.

Dr. Surender Kumar shared his experience and knowledge about containerization in shipping logistics. His lecture started with few facts about the world seaborne trade where its global volume is 10.7 billion tons and the sector has seen an annual growth 0f 4% which is fastest growth in last 5 years. Containerization consists of 17.1% of total sea trade. It was forecasted that between 2018 to 2023 the sector will see a growth of +3.8% with 85% of international trade by sea.
He also talked about how container market consolidation has changed, in January 2018 top 15 carriers accounted for 70% of fleet capacity which reduced to top 10 carriers by June 2018.The digitalization of the process on port has reduced the time of container being unloaded to 31.2 hours from 36 hours. Contribution of Asia to sea trade is about 60% without digitalization, this can drastically improve if digitization takes place. The throughput of container port for year 2017 was+6% with a volume of 752 million TEUs (twenty foot equivalent unit).

Then he talked about the different aspects of container, where he mentioned the ISO size of container which is of 8 feet wide,8.5 feet high and 20/40 feet in length. he also covered topics like why containerization is needed, types of containers, modernization of equipment in port’s, cycle of container handling, role of container in supply chain, repositioning of empty container, issues and lastly the hazard which containers face and according to research 20% of shipping container have concentration of gases.
Apart from this, he also talked about the recent tools used by the consignees. With the help of EPROM consignees track down the location of the container and approximates the time of arrival, so that the decisions related to inventory can be taken by the team. He also mentioned that the shipping companies are looking for green house efficient fuel as ships emit carbon dioxide, sulphur dioxide and other harmful gases. The body which looks after this is IMO (international maritime organization). He also stressed upon the various factors which affect the consignment scheduling and the precautions to be taken for containers carrying perishable products.

Lastly, he mentioned about the use of artificial intelligence in containers in the near future so that adequate conditions are maintained automatically to reduce the loss of material.