Govt could make locally manufactured barges mandatory for coastal & inland waterways movement
shipbuilding industry, the government is focusing on barge building and could
make it mandatory to deploy locally made barges for coastal and inland waterways.
In fact, the shipping ministry has directed all major ports to go in for
India-made tug boats for procuring and also for chartering, an effective
initiative to encourage and promote domestic manufacturing. The ministry also
is said to be considering according infrastructure status to ships.
considered moves appear to encourage the ship building industry. It is but in
line with the government’s objective of port-led development for the country;
ports and ships are inseparable and the growth of one must go along with the
Amitabh Kumar who has played a very laudable role in repatriation and crew
change exercise has also pointed out that the government is concerned with
taking several effective policies aiming to encourage the shipbuilding
The government is
taking a cluster-based approach to help small shipbuilders make seaworthy ships
of international standards. The plan is to replace old vessels with
Indian-built vessels, which will account for 60% of the ships operating in the country
five years from now from the present level of less than 10%, Kumar had said.