Goa KHabar:India’s first government funded floating concrete jetty has just been constructed and installed on the River Mandovi at the Captain of Port Jetty in Panjim. It was inaugurated on Friday, 21 Feb 2020 at the hands of the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Goa, Dr Pramod Sawant and Hon’ble Union Minister of State for Shipping, Mr Mansukh Lal Mandaviya in presence of Hon’ble Union Minister of Ayush, Mr Shripad Yeso Naik, and the Hon’ble Minister of Port, Mr Michael Lobo. The other dignitaries present included the Secretary Shipping Govt of India, Mr Gopal Krishna, IAS, Secretary (Ports) Govt of Goa, Mr P S Reddy, IAS, Chairman Mormugao Port Trust, Mayor of CCP, Mr Uday Madkaikar, Dr E Ramesh Kumar, Captain of Ports, Goa, Capt James Braganza and the Chairman Marinetek Middle East & Asia, Mr Kai Malmivaara
Looking to bring the latest technologies from across the globe to the Indian shipping sector, the first Government of India has recently adopted the novel concept of floating concrete jetties. In a first of its kind project the Ministry of Shipping has, through its arm the Inland Waterways Authority (IWAI), funded 4 floating jetties for the state of Goa. Three of these jetties will be on the River Mandovi, at Panjim and Old Goa, and one on the River Chapora.
The Captain of Ports, Goa has contracted the task of building and installing the jetties to the world leaders in the business of floating concrete jetties and structures – Marinetek O.Y. of Finland who are executing the project through their local subsidiary Marinetek India. The entire project is being project managed by the Chief Engineer Mormugao Port Trust under the technical guidance of IIT Madras while the Indian Register of Shipping (IR Class) is responsible for vetting Marinetek’s design and production aspects.
According to Mr Gautama Dutta, Managing Director Marinetek India, “Floating concrete jetties are the need of the hour for India’s waterways. In the CRZ regime, it is a very long, tedious and expensive process to construct fixed concrete piled jetties. The permissions take forever. On the other hand a floating concrete jetty very eco friendly with no permanent intrusions in the river or seabed, hence can be ordered and installed very quickly without waiting for formal CRZ sanctions no. Besides they are very stable, safe, long lasting, easy to install and can be removed or realigned from time to time”.
He further added, “Floating concrete pontoons are unsinkable, and require little or no maintenance, unlike steel pontoons”.
Marinetek India has established its pontoon and floating jetty component manufacture in Palghar near Mumbai. The company has already installed floating concrete jetties in Maharashtra, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and West Bengal.