‘Non-major port market share should be developed’
Shubhendu Das, VP – Freight Management Schenker India talks on Indian Ports:
Q: What expectations do you have from the Indian Ports Authority and the Indian government to make this industry better?
Indian ports, when you look into the capacity versus the utilisation, I think the threshold is absolutely on the brink and that’s one of the reasons we have the highest congestion at any given time. Normally, y, the threshold should not go g above 70% but we are running at + 82%. The optimum utilisation levels are due to the uneven development of port infrastructure across the country.
Q: How do you ease that?
Growth of non- major ports & Coastal shipping. Currently non-major port has appox 38% market share & this needs to be developed. The East coast ports’ further development p will help p to handle bulk commodities more efficiently. Coastal Shipping currently is appox. 7% in overall cargo movement much lower compared European & Asian standard. Development will help transportation cost-effective, fuel – efficient & environment-friendly. I think first of all we have major ports but we also need to have non-major ports. That’s where we need to invest and this investment can only come through the PPP model.