In­dia: A mar­itime hub?

De­spite hav­ing a long coast­line, In­dia is not ben­e­fit­ting with port trade. Coun­tries such as Hong Kong, Sin­ga­pore and Dubai are reap­ing ben­e­fits be­cause In­dia does not have the ap­pro­pri­ate in­fra­struc­ture and reg­u­la­tory re­forms in place. CARGOTALK looks at

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The mar­itime in­dus­try is as old as the In­dian civil­i­sa­tion and as vast as the In­dian Ocean. With al­most 7,500 km of coast­line, In­dian mar­itime sec­tor has all the in­gre­di­ents to be­come com­pet­i­tive in the global sce­nario and script a suc­cess story, as the Mar­itime In­dia Sum­mit 2016 dis­cussed. The only need is to keep up with the chang­ing trends in the in­ter­na­tional trade to be­come com­pet­i­tive. In­dia’s growth is needed to pro­pel by fast­track­ing reg­u­la­tory re­forms and im­ple­men­ta­tion of projects.

Talk­ing about the prospects of In­dia be­com­ing a mar­itime hub, Di­nesh Gau­tama, Pres­i­dent, Navkar Cor­po­ra­tion, says, “In­dia has a huge coast­line of 7,517 km and a large sub-con­ti­nen­tal area along with a huge pop­u­la­tion for con­sump­tion and pro­duc­tion. Ide­ally the re­quire­ments of cre­at­ing a mar­itime hub for lo­gis­tics are avail­able and should be pur­sued. All types of prod­ucts and goods are al­ready mov­ing in var­i­ous sup­ply chains but they need to be bet­ter man­aged so that the over­all cost can be re­duced and ef­fi­ciency in­creased.” Pi­pavav, says, “Devel­op­ment of port in­fra­struc­ture re­mains the most crit­i­cal fac­tor in the equa­tion of world trade of In­dia. The need of the hour is to equip the ports with fa­cil­i­ties that are at par with global stan­dards. Ports in the global arena are also equipped with ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy.”

Ac­cord­ing to Ped­er­sen, In­dia needs to ad­dress fol­low­ing points to be at par with the best ports in the world. • • • • Mar­itime hub means ship build­ing, trad­ing in ships, com­mer­cial ac­tiv­i­ties like ship fi­nance, broking, training.” On the other hand, Gur Prasad Kohli, Man­ag­ing In­dia? Can we move liq­uid car­goes (in parcels of 20 tonnes) eas­ily within the coun­try and out­side? Can we move reefer car­goes eas­ily from port to the hin­ter­land? cargo as na­tions.” com­pared to other

“Re­laxed cab­o­tage reg­u­la­tion by the Min­istry of Ship­ping to the spe­cial ves­sels could have given fur­ther im­pe­tus to the coastal ship­ping in be­com­ing a pre­ferred mode of trans­port­ing ve­hi­cles via coastal mode,” he added.

The de­vel­oped coun­tries have reached a high level of ‘con­tainer pen­e­tra­tion’ which may be even around 70 to 80 per cent. In In­dia that has not hap­pened and have just reached about 18 to 20 per cent

Gau­tama says, “All our ship­ping laws are more than 50 years old. We are in the ‘con­tainer­i­sa­tion’ era

Pres­i­dent Navkar Cor­po­ra­tion

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