The Indian Shipping Ministry is keen to give
Coastal Shipping and Inland Waterways their due place in the country’s shipping
pantheon, and dispel the accusation of these sectors being neglected over the
years. “This is one of the main pillars
of the Vision 2030 Document, which is being given shape at the moment,” said
Director-General of Shipping (DGS), Amitabh Kumar, at an industry specific
‘Maritime India – Vision 2030 Document’
“Vision 2030 is
still a draft vision, and the final document is not ready. But it will remain
dynamic over the next decade, changing its contours with time, and adapting to
situations that may arise, and keeping abreast of developments.”
Properly developed ports are
one of the four limbs of Vision 2030: DGS
“Properly developed ports are one of the four
limbs of Vision 2030,” said Kumar. “We have already solicited the participation
of the private sector in maritime infrastructure development, and adopted the
private-public partnership (PPP) model for terminal management at ports.
Coastal Shipping and Inland Waterways as the second limb of the Vision 2030
document. He said that the vast network of inland waterways would slash the
costs of moving goods from remote landlocked places to the nearest ports on the
two Indian coasts.
Assistance of the ports could be enlisted in developing the inland
The DGS felt that
the assistance of the ports could be enlisted in developing the inland
waterways, and shipbuilding yards could be given governmental assistance for
building tugs and barges that would be the backbone of inland waterways
The Vision 2030
document would therefore look at shipbuilding, aimed primarily at Indian
shipowners, with a view to increasing the size of the merchant fleet flagged in
Another important limb of the
Vision 2030 document is maritime training.
limb of the Vision 2030 document is maritime training. We are looking at
launching at least five seamen courses to deal with ships that will come into
the market during the decade 2020 to 2030,” said Kumar.
“The courses will
combine electronics with nautical science, and electronics with marine
engineering. A lot of emphasis will be given to research by bringing together
not just the maritime sector institutes, but also related stakeholders like the
Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).