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Shipping Ministry formulates Action Plan to promote transshipment traffic from Indian ports

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.

The 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.

The 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).

Promoting 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.

 Separate 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.

 At 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.


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