Govt un­veils guide­lines for ports

Cargo Talk - - Shipping -

The gov­ern­ment has ap­proved new guide­lines for coastal shipping. With this move gov­ern­ment aims at pro­mot­ing coastal shipping to re­duce pres­sure on rail and road trans­port sys­tems.

The Min­istry of Shipping has is­sued new guide­lines un­der which 12 ma­jor ports will have to give pri­or­ity berthing to dry bulk or gen­eral cargo coastal ves­sels ir­re­spec­tive of the ori­gin and fi­nal des­ti­na­tion of the cargo.

The 12 ports are: Mumbai, Jawa­har­lal Nehru Port Trust, Kolkata (with Hal­dia), Chen­nai, Visakha­p­atanam, Cochin, Paradip, New Man­ga­lore, Mar­ma­gao, En­nore, Tu­ti­corin and Kandla.

The guide­lines, ap­proved by Nitin Gad­kari Shipping Min­is­ter, also pro­vide for con­ces­sional port charges whether the ves­sel is berthed on pri­or­ity ba­sis or on nor­mal ba­sis.

Nitin Gad­kari, who took charge of the min­istry along with the Min­istry of Road Trans­port and High­ways on May 29, had said that in or­der to save on fuel cost and pro­mote wa­ter trans­port the gov­ern­ment may al­low trans­port of ve­hi­cles through sea. The 12 ma­jor ports han­dle ap­prox­i­mately 61 per cent of the coun­try’s to­tal cargo traf­fic be­sides about 200 non-ma­jor ports.

En­nore Port, near Chen­nai, has al­ready seen ex­port of 4.49 lakh au­to­mo­bile units till De­cem­ber 2013, in­clud­ing by au­to­mo­bile man­u­fac­tur­ers such as Nis­san, Ford and Ashok Ley­land from Chen­nai, Toy­ota from Ban­ga­lore and Honda from Delhi.

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