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V O Chidambaranar, Cochin Ports Get New Deputy Heads



Port Wings News Network:

On 07.02.2020,

Shri Bimal Kumar Jha has assumed the charge as Deputy Chairman of V.O. Chidambaranar Port Trust, Tuticorin, on 7 February succeeding Shri N. Vaiyapuri, who retired on superannuation on 31 October 2019.

Likewise, Shri. A.K. Mehera assumed the charge of Deputy Chairman, Cochin Port Trust on 10 February 2020.

Prior to the new assignment, Bimal Kumar Jha  served as the secretary of Paradip Port Trust and Deendayal (Kandla) Port Trust during 2012-19, and also held additional charge as Deputy Chairman of Deendayal Port Trust (Erstwhile Kandla Port Trust) from 24.7.2018 to 16.4.2019.

Bimal Kumar Jha

Mr Bimal Kumar Jha holds a First Class Degree in Maths (Hons.) from St. Xavier’s College, Calcutta University, Calcutta. He also holds Master degree in Business Management with specialisation in Personnel Management from Department of Business Management, University of Calcutta.

He is also UGC (NET) qualified in the field of Human Resource management, Industrial Relations and Labour Welfare. He had also participated in the training programme on ‘Port Management’ from Flanders Port Training Center (APEC) at Antwerp, Belgium.

Mr. Bimal Kumar Jha started his professional career in Port sector in the year 1994 and had served in various capacities at Cochin Port Trust from 2001 to 2012.

Having rich experience in Port & Shipping Sector for more than 25 years, he possesses practical knowledge in the Port operations and Management. His notable expertise includes Human Resources Management, Industrial Relations, Training & Education, Public Relations & Corporate Communications, Labour Welfare, Legal & Financial Affairs.

Shri. A.K. Mehera

A native of Kolkata Shri. A.K. Mehera is a Civil Engineer by profession having more than 27 years of service in the Port sector.  He was graduated from Bengal Engineering College, West Bengal in 1986 and completed the Masters degree in Civil Engineering in 1989 from Jadavpur University, Kolkata.

After six years of service in two private consultancy firms as well as in the State Government of West Bengal for about two years, he joined the Port sector in 1992 as Manager (Environment) in Kolkata Port Trust.  He was holding the post of Chief Engineer in Kolkata Port Trust from 2006 to 2015 and in Visakhapatnam Port Trust from 2015 to till 09-02-2020.

He was engaged in important projects like Environment control measures for both Kolkata and Haldia Dock Complex, Dredging related issues of Kolkata Port Trust, Project of 2nd & 3rd Oil Jetty at Haldia and Modernization of Storage & Stacking Yard at Kolkata Port Trust.  He was also entrusted with the additional charge of the Estate Division at Kolkata Port Trust from 2003 to 2011.

During the tenure in Visakhapatnam Port Trust as Chief Engineer, Sri. A.K. Mehera was instrumental in completing four new deep drafted berths having dredging depth (-)16.1 mtr to accommodate fully Loaded Panamax Vessels.  Other projects carried out at Visakhapatnam Port Trust include Restoration of Offshore Tank Terminal Jetty, which was tilted and damaged during the Hudhud Cyclone in 2014 and Dredging of the inner harbour and inner harbour entrance channel from (-)12.5 mtr to (-)16 mtr.  He was also involved in the Estate Management of Visakhapatnam Port Trust during the period from 2015 to 2019.

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