The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has prepared an Action Plan for Coastal Shipping in September 2019, India’s Minister of Shipping informed Thursday. This action plan includes recommendations for infrastructure creation required to increase the use of coastal shipping in India.
The Indian Ministry of Shipping announced that a container cargo consignment voyaged on inland waterways from Haldia Dock Complex (HDC) to the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) terminal at Pandu in Guwahati on 4 November 2019, making it the first ever containerised cargo movement on this Inland Water Transport (IWT) route.
Indian shipping Minister Mansukh Mandaviya informed that the country aspires to begin the navigation in inland waterways and passenger transportation in the rivers in the North Eastern states of India. The company Water and Power Consultancy Services Limited (WAPCOS) is now preparing a model Detailed Project Report, in order to operate low-cost ferry services in the inland waterways in these states.
In line with the Government’s vision of promoting Inland Waterways, India inaugurated the first of its kind movement where an Indian inland waterways is being used for connecting two countries – landlocked Bhutan and Bangladesh.
The Indian Ministry of Shipping signed a Memorandum of Agreement with IIT Kharagpur for establishing the Centre for Inland and Coastal Maritime Technology at IIT Kharagpur. The centre will be a hub for latest technology tools for maritime sector and will reduce India’s dependence on foreign institutions.
Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) and Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for jointly developing infrastructure for fuels, lubricating oil, LPG, natural gas and any other related fuel and gas for meeting the requirement of Indian Waterways.
India’s Minister of State for Shipping Shri Pon Radhakrishnan shared the benefits of sending trucks through sea routes, as the country has been exploring new avenues for promotion of shipping, commerce and trade through coastal shipping.
Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, announced he is set to receive India’s first container cargo being transported on inland waterways. The newly constructed Multi-Modal Terminal is the first of the three Multi-Modal Terminals and two Inter-Modal Terminals being constructed on River Ganga at Varanasi, as part of the government’s aspiration to stretch the transportation of Ganga between Varanasi to Haldi.
The Inland Waterways Authority of India issued 13 standardised ship designs suitable for large barge haulage on river Ganga. This aims to serve as an enabler for domestic shipbuilding industry working on inland vessels and open possibilities for cargo and passenger movement on National Waterway-1.
In a bid to improve domestic maritime competitiveness, India announced plans to relax its cabotage law, which has been a matter of discussion for many years. Under the present Merchant Shipping Act 1958, only Indian-flagged vessels or foreign-flagged vessels as licensed by DGS, can ply the coasting trade of India.
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