The new office of the Association of Multimodal Transport Operators of India (AMTOI) was inaugurated here on Monday, September 11, 2017. The honours were done by Mr Arvind Parikh, Founder President of AMTOI and Chairman of the Lemuir Group, and Mr Deepak Shetty, Immediate Past Director-General of Shipping (DG Shipping), in the presence of AMTOI representatives and invitees from the trade.

The 1,169 sq. ft carpet area own premises is located at: Unit No. H-234, 2nd Floor, Kanakia Zillion, BKC Annexe, LBS Marg, CST Road Junction, Kurla West, Mumbai 70. Its Board Room is dedicated to Late Mr B. Paul Abrao of the Abrao Group, the grandfather of Mr George Abrao.

From 1993 to 2002, the AMTOI Secretariat was based in the offices of the Lemuir Group, and from 2002 to 2017 in the premises of the CKB Group, both in Mumbai.

Addressing those gathered, Mr Vivek Kele, President of AMTOI, said that the launch of the new office had brought to fruition something that was being discussed for nearly six years. He pointed out that the office would help the Secretariat better handle its added responsibilities subsequent to the statutory self-regulatory organisation (SRO) concept coming into force as per the revised Multi Modal Transportation of Goods (MMTG) Act. It would also facilitate the Association’s focused training programmes and enable a fixed venue for its monthly Managing Committee meeting, he added.

He thanked AMTOI’s Managing Committee, its Extended Board members and the trade at large for their support.

Mr Deepak Shetty pointed out that during his interactions with AMTOI, he had found it to be an extremely professional body with no hidden agenda. He appreciated the work being done by AMTOI, especially its focus on HRD/skills building.

He said that the revised MMTG Act, currently being finalised, is expected to focus on light-touch regulation, with the government being only a facilitator. Its provisions would give industry a platform to resolve their grievances on their own.

He highlighted that during his tenure as DGS, the new Merchant Shipping Bill, 2016 (which will replace the Merchant Shipping Act, 1958) was formulated, with a lot of archaic provisions, rules and regulations done away with to make things simpler for the trade. The new Admiralty Bill was also brought out, which was passed by Parliament earlier this year. He was hopeful of the new Merchant Shipping Bill and MMTG Act coming into force before the end of the current fiscal.

Legislative reform and transparency has been a constant endeavour, he stressed. He also touched upon the need for consultation and engagement with the industry, a practice he followed while bringing in even the smallest of regulatory changes, and emphasised that when he left office as DGS at the end of his term, 75-80 per cent of the Directorate’s services had been made available completely online.

Mr Arvind Parikh, in his address, reminisced about how a precursor to AMTOI was formed to bring all segments of the varied industry together, known as Multimodal Club and then Intermodal Club. They facilitated solving misunderstandings/misrepresentations across the table, he said. After the enactment of the Multimodal Transport Act, 1993, an informal body known as the Multimodal Transport Association was formed, which became a legal entity as AMTOI in 1998.


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