Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways has finalized and issued the
guidelines for floating structures, with a vision to set up world-class
floating infrastructure all along the coastline, in the upcoming projects as
per the provisions contained in the guidelines.
The guidelines sets out various technical aspects for implementation of
Floating Jetties / Platforms for Marinas, Minor Harbors, Fishing Harbours /
Fish landing centers, Waterdromes and such other similar facilities in coastal
areas, estuaries, waterways, rivers and reservoirs.
These guidelines be
suitably used for floating platforms in various waterborne systems
These guidelines may also be suitably utilized for floating
pontoons/platforms in various waterborne systems and floating wave attenuators
(or breakwaters) for Minor Harbors/Fish Landing facilities.
Benefits of the
Floating structure because of its inherent advantages is an attractive
solution and hence being promoted by the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and
Waterways. The benefits of floating jetties/structures over the conventional
quay and fixed concrete structures include its cost-effectiveness, faster
implementation, easily expandable and re-locatable; and having minimal
Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways has successfully implemented few
projects including setting up of passenger floating jetties in Goa,
water-aerodromes at Sabarmati River & at SardarSarovar Dam (for the
seaplane services) which are working satisfactorily. Several projects of the
Ministry are under the planning stage for overall development and upliftment of
the coastal community.
Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways (I/C) Shri Mansukh Mandaviya
stated that Ministry has set a benchmark and evolved standard specifications in
these guidelines at par with international standards. These platforms have
several advantages over the conventional/fixed concrete structures. It is the
endeavor of our Ministry to promote laying up of such world class infrastructure
across the country in the upcoming projects to achieve the best results of
utilization, durability, safety, low maintenance, cost-effectiveness and above
all with minimal ecological impacts.
The document of finalized guidelines along with Specification/Schedule of
Technical Requirements (SOTR) for floating structures can be accessed at http://sagarmala.gov.in /circulars/
These guidelines would be helpful for all Maritime states, State Maritime
Boards, Major Ports, IWAI and Fisheries Departments of all State governments
for their upcoming projects.