Friday, December 13, 2013

Trailer Organisers Association enters own office building


Mr D.Jayakumar, former Speaker, Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly greets Mr M M Gopi, secretary of the Trailer Organisers Association during the function. Also seen (from left) Mr Ennarasu Karunesan, Director & CEO, DP World Chennai, Mr A.V. Vijayakumar, Managing Director Paramount Shipping Services Pvt Ltd and Mr G Raghu Shankar, Executive Director, International Clearing & Shipping Agency (I) Pvt. Ltd.

Trailer Organisers Association, one of the important associations in Chennai having members from trailer owners and container movement organisers fraternity, moved into their own office building located at S. N. Chetty Street, Royapuram, on Dec. 12.

Mr. D. Jayakumar, former Speaker, Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly and MLA from Royapuram constituency, inaugurated the new building housing the office of Trailer Organisers Association in the presence of Mr. Ennarasu Karunesan, Director & CEO, DP World Chennai, and Mr. P. Dhanraj, President of the Association.

Welcoming the guests, Mr. M. M. Gopi, Secretary of the Association, said that it was a dream come true for the organisation, which was struggling for want of its own office premises for more than a year. While congratulating the members and well-wishers, he promised that the organisation would work for the betterment of logistics services for Chennai Port and always remain a voice for the trailer owners and organisers.

Addressing the gathering after inaugurating the building, Mr. Jayakumar stated that the State Government is extending all possible help to the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) which is executing the Chennai-Ennore Port Connectivity road project (formerly Ennore Manali Road Improvement Project- EMRIP) from Chennai Port up to northern suburbs of Chennai.

With the cooperation of the State Government, the Rs. 600-crore road project saw the light of the day and now about 80 per cent of work has been completed so far, he added.

He also urged the association as well as other logistics players, linked to EXIM trade with Chennai Port, to bring to his notice the difficulties, if any, for early solution.

While congratulating the association and its members for moving into their own office premises, Mr. Ennarasu Karunesan appealed to the organisation leadership to desist from resorting to flash strikes or any other form of agitations that could prove detrimental to the growth of container handling operations in Chennai Port.

Underlying the prevailing condition in the port-bound logistics trade where many trailer owners find it difficult to get good and trained container lorry drivers for their vehicles, he wanted the Association Secretary to think strongly about dealing with the scarcity of trained drivers for the industry at the earliest.

Reacting to his request, Mr. Gopi replied that the organisation has plans to start a training academy for trailer drivers soon and would seek the State Government’s as well as local MLA’s help to set up the facility on the outskirts of Chennai.

Besides other representatives from different unions, Mr. A. V. Vijayakumar, former President of Chennai Custom House Agents Association (CCHAA) and Managing Director of Paramount Shipping Services Pvt Ltd; and Mr. G. Raghu Shankar, Chairman, Shipping Committee, Southern India Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) and Executive Director of International Clearing & Shipping Agency (I) Pvt. Ltd, attended the ceremony and wished the association great success in future.

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