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Nargol greenfield port heralds international expansion of Israeli port technology

IT may be a relatively lesser known project, but if all plans flow as well as they currently are, Nargol port in India near Mumbai, will soon become one of the world’s largest greenfield high-tech automated ports.

In an initial construction phase, two container quays and two general cargo quays will be built for import export traffic to feed demand in the massive, growing populous of India,- a country sized more like a continent.

Nargol port will be located north of Mumbai close to the planned new rail corridor between New Delhi and Mumbai.

Behind the greenfield port plan is an intriguing and novel joint venture partnership between India’s transport logistics company, Cargo Motors, a subsidiary of the Cargo Group, and Amarillis, the new high-tech international arm of Israel Ports Company (IPC).

Both companies quietly established the joint venture which officially won a $700m tender to build and operate the new port of Nargol in March.

Since then, Guarajat regional government has stamped its seal approval on the project.

Although the Nargol port is subject to environmental impact clearance from the government of India, its developers say the project remains on course for opening in 2015.

While Cargo Motors (74% owner of the joint-venture) is currently securing project finance for the green-field project – finance deals which are now scheduled to close in the 1st quarter of 2013 for - Amarillis will provide key technological know-how and engineering solutions for the new port.

“Cargo Motors is interested in Israeli knowhow and collaboration with additional Israeli companies, primarily in the areas of renewable energy, water desalination and logistics, and I imagine that additional Israeli companies will be integrated into the Nargol Port effort." Jayant Nanda, the head of Cargo Motors and its owner, said during a recent visit to Israel.

For Amarillis, the Nargol port project heralds the first opening port construction deal on the international market since the country’s creation in February 2011.
Under Israeli law, Israel Ports Company, the state-run ports operator is prohibited from operating outside of Israel.

Speaking to Port Finance International, Amarillis CEO, Richard Ben Hamin explained Israel created  IPC subsidiary, Amarillis, to enable the global expansion of its bespoke port technology equipment and solutions and to generate revenue for continued investment in new technology.

“We are very confident about the progress of the Nargol project,” Mr Ben Hamin said.

While the extent of automation planned for Nargol port remains a closely guarded secret, all of Amarillis products currently on the market will be deployed in the new facility.

“All our technology solutions will be used at the new port,” he said.

Among recent automated port technology created in Israel, a country renowned for prowess in technological investment and development, is the electronic Maritime Trade Community System, a technology platform that facilitates trade processes, reduces administrative costs, data errors and time to release cargo by linking all of the community partners though a single electronic window application.

According to Mr Ben Hamin, Israel is the only country in the world in which 100% of seaborne trade is moved using the electronic single window system.

A fully automated smart and safe gate system in use at the port of Ashdod, has proven to increase security levels as well as efficiency and transparency with the identity and destination of the container and driver of truck all fully computerised says Mr Ben Hamin.

Interestingly he says the system also avoids any unforeseen costs at port when clients go to get pick up their containers.

It also monitors the location of containers in terminals, allowing owner of the goods to know where and when any damage may have occurred and it reduces congestion at ports.

“Using our technology systems means you can truck deliver or pick up a container and leave a port within 20 minutes,” Mr Ben Hamin says.

Ships to shore security solutions include a mobile security suitcase filled with a passport scanner to detect the veracity of seafarer identity and a printer to print off identity cards.

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