The Shipping Ministry is toying with the idea of declaring some of the
major and non major ports situated near the routes of the global shipping lines
as transshipment hubs to attract calls from the mother ships according to a
draft action plan for promoting transshipment of containers in India. An action
plan was also formulated by the industry to facilitate the transshipment
operations in select Indian ports.
At a high level meeting held in Mumbai on August one it was decided to
enhance the infrastructure in these declared ports to support large vessel
calls and improve ease of doing business in them. These measures will be apart
from the government’s recent decision announcing relaxation for chartering
foreign vessels for carrying coastal traffic in India.
Ministry of Shipping called for a brainstorming session on promoting
transhipment in India with key stakeholders in Mumbai on August 1, in the light
of large chunk of goods emanating especially from east coast ports are being
transhippe3d from Colombo and Singapore incurring additional costs.
meeting was chaired by the Chairman of Indian Ports Association and saw
participation from representatives of DG Shipping, Customs and the Port Trusts
of JNPT Mumbai, VOCPT Tuticorin, VPT (Vizag) and ChPT (Chennai).
transhipment in India would lead to cargo growth at Indian ports, emanating not
only from India but also potentially other countries in the region, which, in
turn, would lead to creation of jobs in India, growth of the accompanying
ecosystem, revenue growth for Indian ports, and retention of foreign exchange
in India. The development of transhipment hubs shall provide a fillip to the
overall growth in the Indian port and shipping sector, it was pointed out.
sessions were held with container shipping lines and port terminal operators to
understand the operational and commercial constraints which need to be
alleviated in order to realise the Ministry of Shipping’s vision of
transforming India into a global transhipment hub.
the end of the day-long brainstorming session, an action plan was prepared by
the officials to support the requirements and conditions proposed by the
industry, said a release.