Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari digitally flagged off a Ro-Ro cum general cargo
vessel M.V. IDM DOODLE carrying a consignment of 185 trucks manufactured by
Chennai based Auto Major Ashok Leyland from Chennai Port to Mongla Port in
Bangladesh on October 28th..
the gathering which had assembled at Chennai portís wharf through video
conferencing from the National capital Mr Gadkari said that the trucks, were
being transported through the circuitous land route travelling a distance of
1500 Kilometers. The sea route currently
attempted by the auto major will save about 15-20 days of travel time.
this trip alone that involves transport of 185 trucks, a total of about 3 lakh
vehicle km of road travel will be saved as the land route is long and valuable
time gets lost at the congested Petrapole-Benapole check point at the Indo-
Bangladesh border. Besides saving time, coastal transport will also be more
cost effective and environment friendly. The Minister called upon all
automobile manufactures to use coastal shipping mode for transporting their
Chennai based Ashok Leyland Ltd is currently exporting around 12,000 truck
chassis to Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and some African Countries. The volume to
Bangladesh and Sri Lanka is likely to increase by 80 per cent in the coming
years. Now, more than 500 trucks per month are expected to be exported through
the sea route. This move will take away a lot of traffic away from roads.
Coastal Shipping Agreement between India and Bangladesh was signed during Prime
Minister Narendra Modiís visit to that country in June
2015. Based on the bilateral Agreement, Sea transportation from Indian ports to
Bangladesh ports is being treated as Coastal movement, making it eligible for
40 per cent concession on vessel related and cargo related charges in both the
Ports.. For coastal movement through Ro-Ro vessels, 80 per cent concession on
vessel related and cargo related charges are applicable in Indian Ports. All
these will result in considerable savings in freight costs.
Port pioneered coastal Ro-Ro voyage way back in 2016 when 800 Hyundai cars were
shipped on Ro-Ro vessels from Chennai to Pipava Port in Gujarat for
distribution in Northern India.But the Coastal movement could not be sustained
since there was no return cargo from Gujarat Ports to Southern India. The Ship Operator
tried his best to rope in Maruti and other automobile units in Punjab but could
attempt was made by Sical Industries, a Steamer Agent based in Chennai by
pooling the cars manufactured in the city including Hyundai, Nissan, Daimler
and Ford. The company chartered a vessel to carry these cars from Kamarajar
port in Ennore close to Chennai to Ports in Gujarat. After two or three voyages,
Sical also gave up the attempt saying that it was not a paying proposition. The
company has however indicated that they would resume the service shortly.
like this are aimed at providing innovative logistic chain solutions under
Sagarmala. The ultimate objective is to save logistic costs and time of
transportation and boosting trade by making Indian goods competitive in
fuel consumption at per ton cargo is much lower in the sea route, so
transportation by sea will also reduce carbon footprints on the environment.
Further, the modal shift to coastal shipping will save wear and tear of the new
vehicles and also reduce traffic on congested roads.