zoom Classification society ABS has signed a Design Development Agreement with Shanghai Merchant Ship Design & Research Institute (SDARI) to develop a new generation of feeder container carriers. ABS Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Howard Fireman and SDARI President Jintao Hu, signed the agreement at SDARI on 3 December in Shanghai, China.“Changing environmental regulations, unpredictable energy prices and volatile freight rates have made it imperative for ship designers to continuously improve the operational and environmental performance of their next generation designs,” Fireman said. “ABS is working with industry as designs change and new concepts are introduced.”According to ABS, the objective of this project is to develop the next-generation feeder design with a focus on operational efficiency and flexibility. This new feeder container carrier design is expected to meet future market and trade needs that are being driven by the increase in ultra-large container carriers and the growth of specific regional markets.“ At this crucial moment when China is transforming from shipbuilding nation to a shipbuilding power, the collaboration that we have strengthened with ABS in container carriers positions us to generate new concepts based on market demand and to launch cutting-edge products,” says Hu.“I believe the development of this new generation of feeder container carriers will further strengthen the partnership between SDARI and ABS, promoting the transformation and upgrading of Chinese shipbuilding industry.”
New Delhi: The Centre has asked banks, PSUs and all its departments to review service records of employees working under them to weed out corrupt and non-performing ones. The Personnel Ministry has written to secretaries of all central government departments asking them to carry out the review of all categories of employees in “letter and spirit” and to ensure that decision to retire a public servant is not “arbitrary”. “All ministries/departments are requested to undertake the periodic reviews in letter and spirit, including in public sector undertakings (PSUs)/banks and autonomous institutions, under their administrative control,” it said. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep The ministries or departments should ensure that the prescribed procedure like forming of opinion to retire a government employee prematurely in public interest is strictly adhered to, and that the decision is not an arbitrary one, and is not based on collateral grounds, the Personnel Ministry said. All government organisations have been asked to furnish a report to the Ministry in a prescribed format by 15th day of each month starting from July 15, 2019, the directive said. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs The service records of employees working under banks, PSUs and central government departments will be reviewed as per the Personnel Ministry guidelines under Fundamental Rule 56 (J), (I) and Rule 48 of Central Civil Service (Pension) Rules 1972, a senior official said. These rules allows government to retire a public servant in public interest “whose integrity is doubtful” and those “found to be ineffective” in working, he said. The central government had recently retired 15 officers of Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise) in public interest under these rules. Earlier this month, 12 officers of Indian Revenue Service (Income Tax) were also dismissed from service. The mission to eliminate corruption from public life and government services will be implemented with greater zeal, President Ram Nath Kovind had said on Thursday, suggesting harsher steps may be on anvil to check graft. Addressing both the Houses of P0arliament, he had said the government will make zero tolerance policy against corruption more comprehensive and effective.