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.

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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.

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