Cargo movement solutions for Karnataka
Using multimodal logistics and the potential in waterways for moving liquid cargo were discussed. The need for stringent compliance of regulatory mechanisms was voiced.
Connectivity options for Karnataka hinterland along with shipping lines, ports and warehousing services offered were discussed in detail
To handle the growing volumes of liquid cargo, bulk, and break-bulk, the government is planning to renew the development of five national waterways, Shashi Bhushan Shukla, IRS, Member (Traffic), Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) said.
Shukla gave the presentation on ‘Utilizing the Inland Waterways for Efficient Handling of Cargo’ in India Liquid Cargo Summit 2018 held in Chennai. The Indian government had declared 106 waterways as national waterways in 2016. This decision helps to renovate and develop all these and make ready for cargo transportation in a big way within the nation and to neighboring countries.
Waterways are the most beneficial but not sought after mode of transportation because of no infrastructure. Now the government is addressing this issue on a priority basis to make waterways potential and attractive for various stakeholders in shipping, logistics, and export-import players.
Government is completing Gangabhagirathi-hooghly river system as national waterway 1 on a priority basis and it will be ready by November this year. It starts from Allahabad and goes up to Haldia in West Bengal with a stretch of 1680 KM. GOI is developing three multi-modal terminals for rail-road connectivity from this waterway. One inter-modal terminal is coming up at Ghazipur for exclusive LNG terminal. Multi-modal terminals are coming in Varanasi, Sahibganj and at Haldia.
“We are planning the traffic in the strip between Varanasi to Haldia which will be uniform, so that vessels up to 2000 tonnes can sail throughout the year. To gain the logistic efficiency, it’s going to be operational for 365 days, and we are making this stretch navigable in the night to use it for 24 hours without stopping the vessels movement” Shukla explained.
The government is going to develop multi-modal logistics hub in Varanasi alongside multimodal terminals to provide various infrastructure facilities such as transit, warehousing and more.
He also said that national waterway 1 can be extended from Haldia to Sundarban, from there it can be connected to Bangladesh river systems for seamless connectivity to trading players in both countries.
Containerized form came out of various necessities of the end users or customers. Unitized form is inevitable for the sake of convenience and handling the liquids better and safer, Harish S. Lalwani, Joint Managing Director, SUN Logistics said. He shared the importance of handling liquid cargo in a unitized form in India.
"Now a number of products are coming from chemicals and the customer needs are changing, to cater to various players in the supply chain, it's become important for logistics to serve them as per their requirements. Tank containers, flexitanks, bitumen tanks or bitutainers and other unitized forms play a vital role” Harish explained.
“With all the infrastructure and facilities that are coming up, we can handle the high demand for liquid cargo, but when it comes to dangerous goods - the awareness and preparedness is NOT there” Sashi Kaladhar, Consultant and Trainer, Dangerous Goods by Rail and Port opined. He shared his views on handling dangerous goods, quoting the Maersk Honam fire accident on March 6, 2018, which killed five, and Indian Coast Guard suspected the blaze was a chemical fire.
Misdeclaration, undeclared goods, accidents by potential causes, underestimating the possible threats, growing casualness and a host of reasons for accidents on cargo ships, panelists R. Venkataraman and Haresh Lalwani shared.
They said that taking ownership, stringent compliance regulatory mechanisms, proper declaration of goods and verification, defining and following the safe handling standards and protocols can help accident-free handling and transportation of liquid cargo in long term.
(L to R) Sashi Kaladhar, Consultant and Trainer; Shashi Bhushan Shukla, IRS, Member (Traffic), Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI); Harish S. Lalwani, Joint Managing Director, SUN Logistics; T Venkataraman, MD, Goodrich Maritime.