state owned Kerala shipping and Inland Navigation Corporation has launched a
300 metric ton capacity barge to transport petroleum products as part of the
move to reduce transport of hazardous cargo by road.
The barge is currently deployed to transport
furnace oil from Kochin to Kollam a distance of about 150 kilometers
demand for the barge Amrutha is on the rise as various industries demand its
service. List of possible customers include the Indian Oil corporation and
several private industries in Central Kerala region.
The initiative is in line with the
government’s policy of transporting hazardous materials through waterways, avoiding roads. The Kerala
shipping and Inland Navigation corporation has spent Rs 4.5 Crore for the
construction of the vessel in its yard. The vessel is IRS certified and
licensed by Cochin Port Trust. Apart from furnace oil, the barge is licensed to
transport petroleum products. The barge is capable of refueling large ships