AP Maritime Board to function from Vizag

Andhra Pradesh Maritime Board that was constituted last month will have its headquarters at Vishakapatnam. The Maritime Board was constituted with an aim to develop port sector, off shore areas that are attached to the port, the hinterland and the industrialisation development in the region.

The Andhra Pradesh Maritime Board will have eight members and the chairman will be nominated by the State government. The Industries, Infrastructure, Investment and Commerce Department Principal Secretary will be the vice chairman of the Board. The secretaries of the Fisheries and Finance departments will be its members. Representatives of all private ports will be the members. Apart from them, the Board will also have a representative from the Ministry of Shipping, Customs and central Excise.

The government has decided to appoint the Chief Executive Office in the capacity of member secretary. There will also be four special invitees to the Maritime Board. They include one each from the Indian navy, Coast Guard and associations related to industry. In addition, the Maritime Board will also have two persons with experience in maritime trade, port policy, global shipping and PP contracts. Industrialists, businessmen and maritime experts opine that the formation of Maritime Board would lead to overall development of the state. They said that it would enhance trade and commerce in the state. IT is also said that the establishment of the Board will help in the overall development of the coastal areas.  

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