Indian Ports Association (IPA)
was constituted in 1966 under societies Registration Act,
primarily with the idea of fostering growth and development
of all Major Ports which are under the supervisory control
of Ministry of Shipping. Over the years, IPA has consolidated
its activities and grown strength by strength and considered
to be a think tank for the Major Ports with the ultimate
goal of integrating the maritime sector. In just a short
span of time IPA's proven expertise in ports is nothing
but another milestone.
undertake and promote Techno-Economic Studies and Research
into matters pertaining to the Planning Organization
- To offer complete solutions
to Port Management and to create a resource of information
as a tool for decision making.
- To efficiently promote
the use of Work Study, Management Accounting Strategies
and other top-of -the-line tools of Management with a view
to increase effciency and productivity in ports
- To bring together various
national as well as international organisations involved
in Port and Harbour Operations, Management and allied activities
and to maintain liasion between ports, Ministry of Shipping
and other Government agencies.
- To promote the culture
of Uniformity and Standardisation in the port functioning.
To make India as one of the major players in world
maritime trade, creating the international standards in port
operation and utilizing the great potentail in our country's
7517 km long coastline.
Our Seamless Activities
IPA with its enormous data bank undertakes the following activities
on behest of our Ministry and other Government agencies:
of Shipping and Traffic related activities of all Major Ports.
of Port Performance Indicators, Equipment Utilization and
other productivity parameters and also maintaining the physical
and financial progress of various port development projects.
technical and logistic support to our Ministry whenever required
for various policy related Reports Committees, Reviews, Background
notes etc., pertaining to Major Ports.
co-ordinate between the Government and the Ports in formulation
of Five Year Plans for the Port Sector and also help in preparation
of Annual Plans.
Centralised Web Based - Port Community System (PCS)
being the nodal agency for all Indian Major Ports, has taken
forward Government’s initiative
to establish a Centralized / Uniform Web based - Port Community System (PCS) covering all its
Major Ports to
move towards a paperless regime, as a part of its
collective, collaborative and co-operative approach to EDI
implementation, for the benefit of all the members of the
Indian Port Community, covering non-major ports also.
With an incomparable infrastructure, IPA expanded into an inhouse
professional body to offer its expertise through a full-fledged
Consultancy Services Division. A few areas of excellence in
the consultancy services are:
Feasibility studies on
/ Up gradation of Port Facilities
of Port Projects
level studies related to Port Management and Operation
The Studies are carried out by a team of dedicated experts drawn
and other Institutions of repute in areas such as Traffic Forecasting,
Project Appraisal, Port Operations, Transport Economics, etc.
As on date, about 100 Studies have been successfully undertaken.
Some of the widely acclaimed completed studies are :
level study on Human Resource Management for Major Ports of
study for setting up Crude oil handling facilities at Kochi Port.
of a Deep Water Iron Ore
berth with Mechanical Handling and other facilities at Paradip Port.
of NCB for mechanized handling of coal at Tuticorin Port
under Private Public Partnership.
of Second lock entrance at Haldia Dock Complex.
of (i) International Ship repair complex and (ii) Development
of Multi user Liquid Terminal at Cochin
Inner Harbor Development - Techno-Economic Appraisal
and Traffic Studies for Tuticorin
of Mechanical Ore
Handling Plant at Vishakhapatnam
India Port Sector Strategy –Demand & capacity
Assessment Study in collaboration with i-maritime Consulting
Pvt. Ltd.(World bank Study).
With the collection of more than 7000 books, periodicals and documents
of immense importance, the IPA Library is the only library
of its kind in India
and of course serves as one-stop documentation center. The
reservoir of IPA Library comprises of publications related
to Port Planning and Harbor Engineering, Operation and Management,
Information Technology, etc. and journals, both Indian and
foreign covering global maritime activities and of course,
a well-documented compilation of Reports of various Government
Committees, Expert Groups, World Bank, ILO, UNCTAD, IAPH etc.
The in-depth information acquired at IPA and the academic articles
from the people who matter are shared through our publications,
which are well received and most sought after by all concerned
in Maritime Industry. The publications are:
PORTS - a quarterly journal that covers articles on academic
interest related to maritime sector, port statistics and National
and International news etc.
PORTS - A PROFILE - an annual publication, gives a comprehensive
management information related to Cargo & Shipping, Port
Productivity, Financial Results, Human Resources, Port Facilities
of all the Major Ports with a brief on State Ports also.
widen IPA's horizons, a continuous co-ordination is maintained
with international organizations like IAPH, World Bank, European
Union, ESCAP, UNCAD, and ADB etc. IPA also undertakes the
aligning of IMO, FAL, and SOLAS convention documents for implementation
is regularly consulted by the apex national bodies like CII,
ASSOCHAM, CONCOR, RITES, FICCI, and TERI etc.
also supports its two national level training institutes of
repute viz. Indian Institute of Port Management, Kolkata and
National Institute of Port Management, Chennai.
Our Vision of Future
IPA is committed to moving ahead from strength to strength. The
future beckons us to go still further. Indian Ports are in
a healthy state. Yet it is IPA’s endeavor to set even higher
standards for them. Further expansion, modernization, and
diversification are the keywords for future development of
the Ports. No wonder, you understand India's prosperity when you take a
look at its Ports. We are strong today, and our vision sees
us stronger tomorrow.
look forward to expand our horizons still farther in the years