Trans-ship­ment gets ship­ping min­istry’s sup­port

The Min­istry of Ship­ping re­cently or­gan­ised a brain­storm­ing ses­sion with in­dus­try stake­hold­ers for pro­mot­ing trans-ship­ment of con­tain­ers in In­dia. A suit­able ac­tion plan will be pre­pared fo­cus­ing on the key steps dis­cussed dur­ing the ses­sion.

Cargo Talk - - Contents - Hazel Jain

The Min­istry of Ship­ping, along with the ma­jor ports sat down to hear from the con­tainer ship­ping lines about their con­cerns and re­quire­ments so that they can do trans-ship­ment of con­tain­ers. Lis­ten­ing to their chal­lenges were

Kailash Ku­mar Ag­gar­wal, Joint Sec­re­tary, Min­istry of Ship­ping; Malini Shankar, Direc­torate Gen­eral of Ship­ping; San­jay Bha­tia, IAS, Chair­man, IPA and Mumbai Port Trust, Joint Sec­re­tary, Cus­toms; and Neeraj Bansal, Chair­man, JNPT. Ag­gar­wal asked the ship­ping lines for their views re­gard­ing trans-ship­ment in In­dian ports. Pro­mot­ing trans-ship­ment 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 such trans-ship­ment hubs shall pro­vide a fillip to the over­all growth in the In­dian port and ship­ping sec­tor. 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.


One of the things that the con­tainer ship­ping lines and port op­er­a­tors are seek­ing is a change in the bi­lat­eral coastal ship­ping agree­ment signed be­tween In­dia and Bangladesh to per­mit trans-ship­ment of Bangladesh cargo from In­dian ports. The In­dia-Bangladesh coastal ship­ping agree­ment cov­ers only ori­gin-des­ti­na­tion cargo be­tween

the two neigh­bour­ing coun­tries.

Capt Deepak Ti­wari, Chair­man, Con­tainer Ship­ping Lines As­so­ci­a­tion (CSLA), gave voice to this and said, “We have started dis­cus­sions with author­i­ties in Bangladesh to al­low trans-ship­ment of their cargo from In­dian ports. Chit­tagong port in Bangladesh is heav­ily con­gested so maybe we can take ad­van­tage of that.” The MoS will sep­a­rately pur­sue an amend­ment to the pact.


It was rec­om­mended that in ad­di­tion to the re­cent re­lax­ation for char­ter­ing for­eign flagged ves­sels in In­dia by im­prov­ing on the ease of do­ing busi­ness and im­prov­ing the port in­fra­struc­ture to sup­port large ves­sel calls, some of the ex­ist­ing ma­jor and non-ma­jor ports in the coun­try could po­ten­tially be recog­nised on the routes of global ship­ping lines with calls from mother ships.

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