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    Ministry of Shipping
    05-October, 2015 19:19 IST
    1st meeting of the National Sagarmala Apex Committee held

    The 1st meeting of the National Sagarmala Apex Committee (NSAC) under the chairmanship of Sh. Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Shipping and Road Transport & Highways was held on 5th October, 2015. The meeting was attended by Union Ministers from Ministries of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation; Railways; Rural Development; Civil Aviation; Petroleum & Natural Gas, Environment, Forests & Climate Change; and Vice Chairman of Niti Aayog, besides Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh and Goa, and State Ministers/ Port Ministers of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Odisha and Tamil Nadu. The National Sagarmala Apex Committee provides overall policy guidance and high level coordination, approves and reviews various aspects of planning and implementation of the National Perspective Plan.


    Sagarmala programme seeks to achieve the Prime Minister’s vision of port led development by focusing on port modernization and capacity augmentation, efficient and speedy evacuation; port led industrial development and coastal community development.


    While reviewing the progress made in taking this national initiative forward, Minister for Shipping & RTH stated that a platform for central, state governments and local authorities has been established in order to work in tandem under the established principles of “cooperative federalism”, in order to achieve the objectives of the Sagarmala Programmeand ensure port-led development.


    One of the focus areas of the conference was to highlight the opportunities emerging from the origin destination study of coal. It was highlighted that there is a potential to transport 100 MMTPA of thermal coal by coastal shipping as against the present volume of 23 MMTPA by 2020. This will lead to an annual savings of about Rs. 7000 Crore in coal logistics cost by 2020 and will also free up approximately 80,000 rake days which can be effectively utilized. This step has the potential to reduce cost of power generation by 15 per cent will give a boost to manufacturing sector. The critical rail, inland waterways and port projects to facilitate this movement by coastal shipping was also discussed in the meeting.

    Besides, thermal coal, opportunities as identified under the work done so far on National Perspective Plan for POL, EXIM Container and steel were also deliberated by the committee. It was appraised that against the current bunkering volume of 1.8 MMTPA, it has potential to go up to 12 MMTPA.

    While approving the approach and methodology of the preparation of the National Perspective Plan [NPP] and the identification of “Early Bird “projects till the finalization of the NPP, the NSAC also provided direction and guidance for the integrated development of India’s maritime sector. The state governments have expressed their full support in collaborating with the central government in planning and execution of this critical project.

    The committee also deliberated on emerging opportunities from benchmarking study which has been conducted for improving the operational efficiency of major ports. The potential benefits from the above opportunities include freeing up of approximately 100 MMT port capacity from existing infrastructure, generating Rs.1000 Crore additional operating surplus and avoiding Rs.1,100 Crore of capital expenditure through improved port efficiency. For achieving these 104 initiatives have been identified for execution across the major ports over a period of three years.


    The Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and Shipping, Shri Nitin Gadkari addressing a press conference on the 1st National Sagarmala Apex Committee Meeting, in New Delhi on October 05, 2015. The Secretary, Ministry of Shipping, Shri Rajive Kumar is also seen
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    Plan to spend Rs 70k cr on 12 major ports: Gadkari
    NEW DELHI, Oct 06, 2015, DHNS
    The Centre is planning to invest Rs 70,000 crore for the development of 12 major ports in the country under the Sagarmala Project.

    Union Shipping and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, who chaired the first meeting of the National Sagarmala Apex Committee here on Monday, told reporters that the project is aimed at providing an institutional framework for ensuring integrated development, including modernisation and setting up of new ports, and efficient evacuation to and from hinterland. He said about Rs 70,000 crore would be spent on development of major ports only which have received 104 suggestions from international consultants to increase efficiency.

    Once implemented, this will result in cargo traffic increasing three-fold while the ports will also go under performance audit, the minister said. He said the government is focusing on waterways as transport through rivers is much cheaper and costs barely 30-40 paise per km in comparison to Rs 1 through Railways and Rs 1.5 through roads.

    “Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd in Odisha is expanding its output capacity to 260 million tonnes from the present 60 million tonnes and if the coal is transported through water, this will save Rs 7,000 crore annually,” he added. He said two ports — Kandla and Paradip — were being developed into Green smart cities and the government is eyeing at Rs 4,500 profit from ports this fiscal. Government also aims to promote tourism and fishery under Sagarmala, he said, adding that there are 290 light houses and 1,300 islands in the country which could be developed.

    He said 13 states and union territories were involved in Sagarmala initiative which will be implemented across India’s 7,500 kms coastline.
     
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    The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi at the foundation stone laying ceremony for 4th Container Terminal, at J.N Port, Mumbai on October 11, 2015. The Governor of Maharashtra, Shri C. Vidyasagar Rao and the Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and Shipping, Shri Nitin Gadkari are also seen.
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    The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi at the foundation stone laying ceremony for 4th Container Terminal, at J.N Port, Mumbai on October 11, 2015. The Governor of Maharashtra, Shri C. Vidyasagar Rao, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Devendra Fadnavis and the Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and Shipping, Shri Nitin Gadkari are also seen.
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    PM lays foundation stone of JNPT's Rs 7,900 cr 4th terminal

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi today laid the foundation stone of an ambitious project which will more than double the capacity of the country's largest container port JNPT in next two years.

    Modi laid the foundation stone at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), situated off the financial capital's eastern seafront, for the Rs 7,900 crore fourth terminal project to be carried out in two phases.

    He was accompanied by Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao, Union Shipping and Ports Minister Nitin Gadkari and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

    The port aspires to be among the top 15 of the world with the implementation of several infrastructure projects, including the fourth terminal. At present it is ranked 31st.

    The terminal will help the exim trade, and comes at a time when the country is aspiring to be a manufacturing powerhouse which is clear through the government's flagship 'Make in India' initiative.

    The fourth terminal project is being executed by Bharat Mumbai Container Terminal, a subsidiary of Port of Singapore, on a design, built, fund, operate and transfer basis under which JNPT will get a 35.9 per cent share in revenues.

    With the two-phased project, the overall container handling capacity of JNPT will more than double to 10 million standard units from the present 4.5 million, Union Shipping Secretary Rajive Kumar had said yesterday.

    Work on the project has been divided into two phases, entailing an investment of Rs 4,719 crore and Rs 3,196 crore, respectively, and work is expected to be complete by the end of 2017.

    The project involves construction of two berths of one km in each of the two phases and land acquisition is also minimal as 70 hectares of land will be reclaimed from the sea for each of the berths.

    At present, JNPT operates one of the three terminals at the port while the other two are done by D P World and APM Terminals, Kumar had said, adding that addition of the fourth terminal will mean three of the biggest port operators being present at the port.

    A corporate film tracing growth of JNPT into the 31st biggest container port globally and projects being undertaken to increase capacity, including a standalone berth and a Special Economic Zone, was shown at the ceremony.

    Modi, who is on a day-long visit to the financial capital which includes a public meeting, did not speak at the event.

    The event comes amid a growing trend of state-run major ports losing market share to the privately run non-major ports, which has resulted in Gautam Adani-led Mundra Port to emerge as the largest port by cargo handled.
     
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    Promoting coastal shipping of cargo to save Rs 40,000 crore: Government - The Economic Times

    NEW DELHI: As much as Rs 40,000 crore could be saved by promoting cargo transportation by enhancing coastal shipping in 10 years under the ambitious Sagarmala project, a port-led development scheme, as per government estimates.

    Sagarmala is an ambitious project to promote port-led direct and indirect development of coastal states and to provide infrastructure for transporting goods via ports quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively.


    "Higher coastal shipment of coal by 100 million tonne per annum (MTPA) and higher coastal shipment of other commodities (cement, steel, fertiliser, food grains, POL) by 50 MTPA" alone could result in savings to the tune of Rs 11,500 crore by 2025, an official document on Sagarmala has said

    Building of new coastal capacities for 120 MTPA steel and cement in southern Gujarat, Central Andhra Pradesh, northern Karnataka, Odisha and northern Andhra Pradesh would result in savings of another Rs 8,500 crore, it said.

    According to the document, another Rs 12,500 crore could be saved in the next ten years by reducing time to export container by 5 days through customs efficiency and last mile connectivity by building dedicated road corridors.

    Apart from these, the government plans saving Rs 7,500 crore by increasing "share of railways in modal mix from current 18 per cent to 25 per cent, creating "transshipment hub at Southern tip" and building "three new container ports" at Vadhavan, central Andhra Pradesh and Sagar. It said these will reduce the cost to export by Rs 3,000 per container.

    The government last month has announced to spend Rs 70,000 crore on development of major ports only which have received104 suggestions from international consultants to increase efficiency.

    Once implemented, this will result in cargo traffic increasing three-fold while the ports will also go under performance audit.

    Last month, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari has said, "Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd in Odisha is expanding its output capacity to 260 million tonnes from the present 60 million tonnes and if the coal is transported through water, this will save Rs 7,000 crore annually."

    He has said two ports - Kandla and Paradip - were being developed into Green smart cities and the government is eyeing at Rs 4,500 profit from ports this fiscal.

    Gadkari has said the Prime Minister's emphasis is on "cooperative federalism" and Chief Ministers of states like Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Odisha, who attended the first meeting of Sagarmala had come out with many good proposals.

    He has said 13 states and union territories were involved in Sagarmala initiative which will be implemented across India's 7,500 kms coastline.

    In March, the Cabinet had given 'in-principle' nod to the project, aimed at port-led development in coastal states.
     
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    18-October, 2016 18:09 IST
    Shri Nitin Gadkari says Inland Waterways A Game Changer in National Connectivity

    While addressing the Regional Editors Conference in Chandigarh today, the Minister for Road Transport Highways & Shipping, Shri Nitin Gadkari gave an overview of his Ministry’s achievements as well as plans for future growth. Beginning with Shipping, he informed that while ports around the world had faced losses, Indian ports had shown a growth of 2.6 percent, earning profits of nearly Rs. 6000 crore. At present the country has 12 Major ports and there are plans to add 6 more. The Minister briefly touched upon the Sagarmala Project whose port-led economic growth intends to give a boost to the coastal economy, as it would develop manufacturing hubs as well as promote fishing. The Minister said that according to experts the Sagarmala Industrial clusters will attract investment of 8 lakh crore. Shri Gadkari informed that it is necessary to increase the draft capacity of Indian ports to enable larger ships to dock so as to increase the transportation capacity and reduce commercial cost.

    Shri Gadkari said that at present there are only 5 inland waterways and his government has identified 106 more, and now these 111 waterways are being developed as National Waterways. He added that the waterways will prove to be a game changer as this would reduce the cost of transportation for goods and passengers, reduce road congestion as well as play a vital role in reducing pollution. This will also give a boost to tourism. He said that his government plans to construct 2000 water ports. He also said that to enhance the use of these inland waterways sea planes, hovercrafts and amphibious buses would be introduced.

    While speaking about national highways, the Minister informed that the government plans to connect Mansarovar by next year. He said that Katra would also be connected by an express way that will reduce the travel time by 6 to 7 hours. Shri Gadkari informed the senior journalist that his government has restarted almost 95 percent projects that have been stuck for various reasons. The Minister said that his government would make sincere effort to add one lakh kms. roads during the five year term.

    The Minister also pointed out that there was an urgent need to reduce pollution in the country. As a step in that direction he planned to scarp 15 year old trucks. As a part of this scheme it was proposed to recycle the various parts of the truck and also provide concession to mitigate the loss to owners.

    Shri Gadkari also expressed concern about traffic accidents and lamented the large numbers of deaths and injuries caused to persons on the country’s roads. In this regard, he said that his Ministry had indentified 726 black spots in the country. For prevention of accidents he said that road engineering played a vital role. The Minister said that it was necessary that at the stage of preparing the detail project report (DPR) that various aspects of engineering should be taken into consideration. Adding crash barriers, signs, lights and markers at appropriate places would go a long way in making our roads safer.

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    19-October, 2016 15:27 IST
    Inland Waterways Authority of India awards contract for construction of Multi - Modal terminal at Sahibganj

    The multi-modal terminal at Sahibganj in Jharkhand is soon to become a reality. The Inland Waterways Authority of India has recently awarded the contract for construction of the terminal to Larson & Tourbo (L&T). With the targeted completion of Phase -1 in 2019, the state of the art terminal will have a cargo handling capacity of 2.28 MMTPA.

    Given Jharkhand’s coal reserves of nearly 80 billion tonnes, the location of the multi modal terminal at Sahibganj is especially significant. It will play an important role in transportation of domestic coal from the local mines to intended thermal power plants owing to its good railway connectivity . Besides coal, stone-chips are also expected to be transported through the terminal.

    The multi modal terminal will have facilities including berthing space for two vessels, stockyard for storing, belt conveyor system with fixed hoppers, barge loader, shore protection works, roads, ramps and parking area, and terminal buildings.

    The Sahibganj terminal is the second out of the three multi-modal terminals planned under the Ganga Jal Marg Vikas Project, to be awarded for construction in a record time. Earlier in May, IWAI awarded the contract to construct a multi-modal terminal at Varanasi to AFCONS Infrastructure Ltd. The third terminal will be constructed at Haldia in West Bengal.

    The Government is developing National Waterway-1 under the Jal Marg Vikas Project, with technical and financial assistance of the World Bank at an estimated cost of Rs. 4,200 crore. The project would enable commercial navigation of vessels with capacity of 1500-2,000 tons.

    Phase-I of the project covers the Haldia-Varanasi stretch. The project includes development of fairway, Multi-Modal Terminals at Varanasi, Haldia, and Sahibganj, strengthening of river navigation system, conservancy works, modern River Information System (RIS), Digital Global Positioning System (DGPS), night navigation facilities, modern methods of channel marking, construction of a new state of the art navigational lock at Farakka.

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    Ministry of Shipping
    24-October, 2016 16:29 IST
    Sagarmala: Revolutionizing logistics in India through port led development


    Sagarmala, the ambitious programme for ‘Port-led development’ in the country is all set to change the logistics sector performance by optimizing India’s logistics modal mix. The flagship programme by the Ministry of Shipping will help in reducing the logistics cost for both domestic and EXIM cargo with optimized infrastructure investment. An overall cost savings of INR 35,000 to 40,000 Crore per annum by 2025 is estimated from the same.


    According to a study conducted under the Sagarmala programme, there lies a significant potential for moving raw materials and finished products using coastal shipping and inland waterways which is 60-80% cheaper than road or rail transport. Although the share of coastal shipping and inland waterways in the country’s modal mix remains low, an emphasis on coastal shipping to complement road and rail transport can lead to overall logistic cost savings.

    The programme aims to increase movement of coal through coastal route from 27 MTPA in FY 2016 to 129 MTPA by 2025 and increase the share of inland waterways and coastal shipping in modal mix to increase from 6% to 12%. The programme envisions reduction in the cost of power generation by Rs 0.50 per unit of power.


    It is estimated that for power plants located 800 to 1,000 km away from coal mines, the cost of coal logistics can contribute up to 35 per cent of the cost of power production. Particularly in the case of the Coastal power plants in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, that currently receive coal from Mahanadi Coalfields by Railways, significant savings can be achieved by taking coal through the rail-sea-rail (RSR) route. It is estimated that coastal movement of coal to these plants can result in annual savings of over INR 10,000 Crore to the power sector.


    In addition, up to 50 Million tonnes of coal can be moved via coastal shipping for non-power thermal coal users (for example steel plants). Other commodities such as steel, cement, fertilizers, POL and food grains could also be moved via coastal shipping to the extent of about 80-85 MN tonnes by 2025. Additionally, an estimated 60 to 70 MN tones of cargo can also be moved over inland waterways (with focus on NW1, NW2,NW4 and NW5) by 2025.


    The concept of "port led development" is central to the Sagarmala vision. Port led development focuses on logistics intensive industries (where transportation either represents a high proportion of costs, or timely logistics are a critical success factor). The population in adjoining areas would have to be sufficiently skilled to participate in economic opportunities on offer. The synergistic and coordinated development of four components, namely logistics intensive industries, efficient ports, seamless connectivity and requisite skill-base will lead to unlocking of economic value.


    India, where the logistics cost (19% of GDP) is amongst the highest in the world will undergo complete transformation under the Sagarmala Programme, by unlocking the full potential of India’s coastline and waterways.

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    28-October, 2016 13:36 IST
    Cargo Commitments for Multimodal Terminal at Haldia

    The Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) has received a commitment for transport of 5.92 million tons (MTs) of cargo volume per annum through the Multimodal Terminal at Haldia by the year 2018. This follows a series of consultations IWAI held at Haldia with various industries, firms, shipping lines, cargo operators, shippers and manufacturers. The main items for which commitments have been received are fly-ash, edible oil, vegetable oil, gypsum, etc. Fly-ash is expected to be the major cargo with a commitment of 3.8 MT followed by vegetable oil (0.63 MT), cement (0.36 MT), among others.

    IWAI is to construct a Multimodal Terminal at Haldia under Jal Marg Vikas Project (JMVP) which is being implemented with the technical and financial support of the World Bank at a cost of Rs. 4200 crore for augmenting navigation on Haldia-Varanasi segment of the National Waterway-1. To construct the terminal, land measuring 61 acres has been taken on lease at Haldia Dock Complex from Kolkata Port Trust. The terminal is located in the Coastal Regulatory Zone and requires CRZ clearance from the West Bengal Coastal Zone Management Authority. Construction work of the terminal would commence soon after CRZ clearance is received.

    ddition to Haldia, two Multimodal Terminals are being constructed under JMVP. Construction has commenced at the Varanasi terminal and Sahibganj terminal has been awarded on 14th Oct, 2016. The completion of JMVP would ensure commercial navigation of vessels with capacity of 1500-2,000 DWT Tonnage on National Waterway-1.

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    02-November, 2016 16:21 IST
    Ministry of Shipping sponsors safety training progarmme for ship recycling workers under Sagarmala

    As part of its Coastal Community Development Programme under Sagarmala, the Ministry of Shipping has sanctioned Rupees 10 Crore as part of the first instalment to the Gujarat Maritime Board for capacity building and safety training of 20,000 workers involved in the ship recycling activities at Alanag- Sosiya recycling yard in Bhavnagar district in Gujarat. The total project cost is estimated to be Rupees 30 Crore over a period of 3 years.

    The initiative has been identified in the National Perspective Plan (NPP) of Sagarmala for the upliftment of the coastal community and aims to provide health and safety training to the skilled and semi-skilled workers which is required while performing their work at ship recycling yards. Due to the accident prone nature of the ship breaking activity, Gujarat Maritime Board has been running an indigenous Safety Training and Labour Welfare Institute at Alang and has trained about 1.10 lakh labors over the last 12 years. However, with the increased volume of ship recycling over last decade and to bring the training standards at par with the international regulations like UN Body -International Maritime Organization, it is imperative to enhance the capacity build-up and upgrade the existing training standards.

    The safety training programme under Sagarmala has been specifically designed and conforms to the Common Norms for Skill Development Schemes under National Skill Qualification Framework notified by the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship in Gazette Notification dated 8th August, 2015. A new module has been proposed which would impart comprehensive training to workers about Occupational Safety & Hazards at workplaces that are likely to cause injuries, death or chronic occupational diseases.

    In India, ship recycling has emerged as an activity of sizeable volume, supplying raw material to steel industry for both re-rolling and re-melting. The Alang Sosiya Recycling yard is the largest ship-recycling yard in Asia, which employs an average 15000,-25000 labourers at a time and generates about 35 lakh LDT (Light displacement) per annum. On an average 350 numbers of ships are recycled every year in which more than 3 million MT of steel is generated through recycling route.

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    Nutrient Based Subsidy Policy extended to coastal shipping of fertilizers : will lead to estimated yearly savings of Rs 1000 crore by 2025 under Sagarmala

    The policy for reimbursement of freight for movement of phosphatic and potassic (P&K) fertilizers under the Nutrient Based Subsidy (NBS) Policy and for urea has been extended to movement by coastal shipping and inland water transportation. The subsidy that was earlier only applicable to the movement of fertilizer by rail from the plant or the port to various rake points in various districts, will now also apply to the movement of fertilizers through coastal shipping and inland waterways.

    This would promote transportation of fertilizers through coastal shipping under the Ministry of Shipping’s flagship programme Sagarmala. The Origin destination study conducted as part of the progarmme identified that the total opportunity for coastal movement of fertilizers is 9-10 MTPA by 2025, with an estimated savings of around 900 Crore to 1,000 Crore per annum.

    The demand for fertilizer has grown along with the demand for food. Currently India imports 28 MMT of finished fertilizers and raw materials with Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Odisha being the biggest clusters. Kakinada, Mundra and Kandla will continue to be the largest finished fertilizer importing ports, while Paradip, Kandla and Vishakhapatnam will be the largest fertilizer raw material–importing ports. Fertilizers constitute about 2 percent of the total cargo handled at ports in India.

    Future movement and usage

    In the last five years, the consumption of fertilizers has increased by around 2.5 percent and is expected to rise at approximately 4 percent in the future. Growing agri-produce and an increase in the overall sown area will prompt greater demand for fertilizer end products—around 70 MMTPA by 2020 and around 120 MMTPA by 2035. Urea consumption in India is around 29 MMTPA, of which around 22.5 MMTPA is produced domestically and around 7 MMTPA is imported. While domestic plants are increasing capacity by around 5 MMTPA in 2020, the rising demand for urea (expected to be 35 MMTPA in 2020) will ensure that India continues to import around 7 MMTPA of urea. It is estimated that the volume of imports of fertilizer raw materials and finished products will grow at around 4 percent, keeping the volumes handled at Indian ports fairly stable by 2020.

    Coastal shipping and inland waterways currently form around 7 percent of the total modal mix in India, compared to around 10–20 percent for other emerging countries like China. While rail is currently the primary mode of transport for long-distance fertilizer movement, analysis indicates that a modal mix shift towards coastal shipping can significantly reduce costs. Coastal plants in Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat have the potential to coastally ship their products to the peninsular states. If key rail movements are considered to be from the major fertilizer plants to the top-200 fertilizer-consuming districts in the country, around 10 plants have the potential to shift to coastal shipping. Fertilizer corporations with multiple plant locations across the country seem to have the highest potential to leverage coastal shipping (e.g., IFFCO and RINL). The revision in the existing NBS policy, would help in decongesting the rail & road network and would help in bringing down the logistic costs.

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    The Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and Shipping, Shri Nitin Gadkari inspecting the jetty at the inauguration of the Upgraded Terminal Hall, at New Ferry Wharf (Bhaucha Dhakka), in Mumbai on November 07, 2016.
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    The Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and Shipping, Shri Nitin Gadkari, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Devendra Fadnavis and other dignitaries, at the inauguration of the Upgraded Terminal Hall, at New Ferry Wharf (Bhaucha Dhakka), in Mumbai on November 07, 2016.[​IMG]
    The Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and Shipping, Shri Nitin Gadkari at New Ferry Wharf (Bhaucha Dhakka), in Mumbai on November 07, 2016. The Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Devendra Fadnavis and other dignitaries are also seen.
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    The Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and Shipping, Shri Nitin Gadkari delivering the inaugural address of the Passenger Upgraded Terminal Hall, at New Ferry Wharf (Bhaucha Dhakka), in Mumbai on November 07, 2016. The Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Devendra Fadnavis and other dignitaries are also seen.[​IMG]

    The Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and Shipping, Shri Nitin Gadkari inaugurated the Passenger Upgraded Terminal Hall, at New Ferry Wharf (Bhaucha Dhakka), in Mumbai on November 07, 2016. The Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Devendra Fadnavis and other dignitaries are also seen.[​IMG]

    The Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and Shipping, Shri Nitin Gadkari unveiled the plaque of “Fifth Oil Berth, Bunkering Facility at Berth no. 2, Jawahar Deep and Infrastructure Facility for Ro - Ro Pax Service, at New Ferry Wharf (Bhaucha Dhakka), in Mumbai on November 07, 2016. The Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Devendra Fadnavis and other dignitaries are also seen.
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    The Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and Shipping, Shri Nitin Gadkari releasing the IT Task Force Report “Next Generation Port Infrastructure -Technology Transformation for Integrated Port Operations”, in New Delhi on November 09, 2016.[​IMG]

    The Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and Shipping, Shri Nitin Gadkari addressing at the release of the IT Task Force Report “Next Generation Port Infrastructure -Technology Transformation for Integrated Port Operations”, in New Delhi on November 09, 2016.
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    Ministry of Shipping
    17-November, 2016 15:18 IST
    Status of Development of New Ports

    The Government proposes to develop a number of new and small ports for commercial shipping transportation. Based on the traffic and cargo scenario of the 12 Major Ports, a Master Plan has been prepared for expansion of port capacity, which includes a number of new ports. Their details and the present status are as follows :

    Major Port proposed to be developed

    Sagar Island (West Bengal)

    Enayam near Colachel, (Tamilnadu)

    Paradip Outer Harbour (Odisha)


    Ministry of Shipping
    17-November, 2016 15:16 IST
    Port Projects Identified under Sagarmala

    Expansion, modernization and upgradation of Major Ports in the Country is a continuing process to keep them abreast with new technologies and to meet their commercial requirements. The process inter-alia involves construction of new berths and terminals, mechanization of existing berth and terminals, capital dredging for deepening of drafts for attracting large vessels in port channels, road and rail connectivity etc.


    Under the Sagarmala programme of the Government of India, 142 port projects for various Major Ports have been identified for modernization and infrastructure development. These infrastructure projects will be implemented on PPP basis with major part of the cost being met by the ports from their internal resources and the remaining from private sector partners. Government Budgetary Support (GBS) is provided to ports in respect of some of the projects, basically relating to capital dredging, connectivity etc. Non-Major Ports fall under the jurisdiction of State Governments who plan these activities with regard to them. The GBS granted to the various Major Ports under the Annual Plan of the Ministry during the last three years and the current year is as under:




    Ministry of Shipping
    17-November, 2016 15:18 IST
    Proposal to develop new Sea Routes and Shipping Services

    The Government proposes to develop new sea routes and shipping services connecting with various countries. These services are reviewed and restructured as per the viability study, giving due regard to the availability of cargo for a given port-pair at desired freight levels, transit time and other such considerations which impact the service schedule and profitability. New sea routes are considered with a view to enhance regional connectivity from the strategic and trade perspectives, and also to enhance maritime cooperation with neighbouring countries like Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Thailand.


    The following steps have been initiated by Government as part of various preventive/ mitigating security measures to deal with sea-piracy:


    i. Guidelines for anti-piracy measures to be implemented on Indian Ships through issue of Merchant Shipping Notice No. 1 of 2011 dated 14.01.2011 by the Directorate General of Shipping for elaborate anti-piracy measures (Best Management Practices), including safe house/citadel for vessels.


    ii. Banning of sailing vessels to ply in waters south or west of the line joining Salala and Male through Merchant Shipping Notice No. 3/2010 dated.31.03.2010.


    iii. Naval escort provided by Indian naval ships in the Gulf of Aden since 2008.


    iv. Enhanced vigil by the Indian Navy in the Indian Exclusive Economic Zone (EFZ) and westward upto 65 degree east longitude.


    v. Active participation of India in the security meeting of the International Maritime Organization Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS) and other international fora.



    vi. Directorate General of Shipping has issued circulars from time to time, emphasizing action to be taken by Indian Merchant Ships, Shipping companies and other departments/ associations to deal with piracy and included Seafarers Piracy Awareness module/training program of 2 days duration to sensitize seafarers about piracy and guidelines provided in Best Management Practices (BMP) Version 4 issued by the International Shipping Industry.


    This information was given by the Minister of State for Shipping Shri Pon. Radhakrishnan in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

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    Ministry of Shipping
    17-November, 2016 15:15 IST
    Mumbai Port Trust proposes to develop Land and Waterfront

    Mumbai Port proposes to develop its land and water front. It has about 752 HA of land in Mumbai city and its nearby areas. Out of this about 200 HA are used for port operations. About 500 HA of land is proposed to be developed with a mix of port operations, business, office, commercial, retail, entertainment, community projects and convention centres, etc.

    The proposed projects would also include renewable energy and waste water recycling, creation of spaces for community recreation and engagements, maritime museum, marinas etc. Mumbai Port has already invited global tender from eligible national/international consulting firms for “Appointment of Consultant for Planning, Design and Program Management Support for Master Planning and Infrastructure Design of the Mumbai Port”.

    Government of India had set up a Committee under Chairmanship of Smt. Rani Jadhav for preparing a road map for development of Port’s water front and land. The Committee has submitted the report. The report is under examination in the Ministry of Shipping.

    This information was given by the Minister of State for Shipping Shri Pon. Radhakrishnan in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.
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    Ministry of Shipping17-November, 2016 15:13 IST
    37 Waterways Projects to develop in the next three years


    A decision to undertake development of National Waterways (NWs) declared under The National Waterways Act, 2016 is based on Techno Economic Feasibility Study and Detailed Project Report, commissioned on each of them, by the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI). This Act has been enforced with effect from 12th April 2016. It has been decided to undertake development of 37 NWs in the next three years. Specified stretches of River Sutlej and Beas have been included in the list of declared NWs as NWs No. 17 and 98 respectively. As per a RITES Report of 2014 on “Integrated National Waterways Transportation Grid (INWTG)” the cost comparison between Inland Water Transport (IWT) mode and rail and road transport is given below:

    Mode

    Pre tax freight (Rs. per tonne km)

    Post Service tax freight

    (Rs. per tonne km)

    Railways

    1.36

    1.41

    Highways

    2.50

    2.58

    IWT

    1.06

    1.06








    The significant cost saving shows that the promotion of Inland Water Transport (IWT) would have positive impact on reduction of overall logistics cost. On NW-1 (River Ganga), works have been awarded under the Jal Marg Vikas Project for construction of Multimodal Terminals at Varanasi and Sahibganj and Navigational lock at Farakka and award of work for Multimodal Terminal at Haldia is in the final stage. On NW-2 (River Brahmaputra), Ro-Ro transportation between Dhubri and Hatsingamari has commenced and slipway facilities are being constructed at Pandu. Normal development works are ongoing on NW-3. On NW-4, award for tender for dredging of shoals between Vijaywada and Muktiyala on River Krishna is in the final stage. On NW-5, work for development of fairway in the non-tidal stretch between Erada and Padanipal has been awarded. Tendering for award for projects on the remaining 32 NWs to be undertaken in the next three years will begin from November 2016 and go on till December 2018.

    A State-wise list of 111 NWs declared under the National Waterways Act 2016 is as follows


    LIST OF 111 - NATIONAL WATERWAYS

    Sl. No - National Waterway - Approximate Length(Km.) State


    1.National Waterway-1 - 1620 - UP, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal
    2.National Waterway-2 - 891 - Assam
    3.National Waterway-3 - 365 - Kerala
    4.National Waterway-4 - 2890- Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telanagana
    5.National Waterway-5 - 588 - Odisha, West Bengal
    6.National Waterway-6 - 71 - Assam
    7.National Waterway-7 - 96 - West Bengal
    8.National Waterway-8 - 28 - Kerala
    9.National Waterway-9 - 38 - Kerala
    10.National Waterway-10 - 45 - Maharashtra
    11.National Waterway-11 - 98 - Maharashtra
    12.National Waterway-12 - 5.5 - UP
    13.National Waterway-13 - 11 - Tamil Nadu
    14.National Waterway-14 - 49 - Odisha
    15.National Waterway-15 - 137 - West Bengal
    16.National Waterway-16 - 121 - Assam
    17.National Waterway-17 - 191 - HP & Punjab
    18.National Waterway-18 - 73 - Assam
    19.National Waterway-19 - 68 - UP
    20.National Waterway-20 - 94 - Tamil Nadu
    21.National Waterway-21 - 139 - Telangana Karnataka
    22.National Waterway-22 - 156 - Odisha
    23.National Waterway-23 - 56 - Odisha
    24.National Waterway-24 - 60 - UP
    25National Waterway-25 - 33 - Goa
    26 National Waterway-26- 53- J&K & Punjab
    27National Waterway-27- 17-Goa
    28 National Waterway-28 - 45 - Maharashtra
    29National Waterway-29- 135- West Bengal
    30National Waterway-30 - 114-Assam
    31National Waterway-31 - 110-Assam
    32National Waterway-32 - 63-Assam
    33National Waterway-33-61-Assam
    34National Waterway-34-130-West Bengal
    35National Waterway-35-113-West Bengal
    36National Waterway-36-121-West Bengal
    37National Waterway-37-300-Bihar & UP
    38National Waterway-38-62-Assam & West Bengal
    39National Waterway-39-49-Meghalaya
    40National Waterway-40-340-Bihar & UP
    41National Waterway-41-112-Karnataka
    42National Waterway-42-518-UP
    43National Waterway-43-10-Karnataka
    44National Waterway-44-64-West Bengal
    45National Waterway-45-650-Haryana, Punjab & Rajasthan
    46National Waterway-46-35-J&K
    47National Waterway-47-131-West Bengal
    48National Waterway-48-590-Rajasthan & Gujarat
    49National Waterway-49-110-J&K
    50National Waterway-50-43-Meghalaya & Assam
    51National Waterway-51-23-Karnataka
    52National Waterway-52-54-Karnataka
    53National Waterway-53-145-Maharashtra
    54National Waterway-54-86-UP & Bihar
    55National Waterway-55-364-Tamil Nadu
    56National Waterway-56-23-Jharkhand
    57National Waterway-57-46-Assam
    58National Waterway-58-236-Bihar
    59National Waterway-59-28-Kerala
    60National Waterway-60-77-West Bengal
    61National Waterway-61-28-Meghalaya
    62National Waterway-62-100-Assam
    63National Waterway-63-327-Rajasthan
    64National Waterway-64-425-Odisha
    65National Waterway-65-81-West Bengal
    66National Waterway-66-248-Gujarat
    67National Waterway-67-94-Karnataka
    68National Waterway-68-41-Goa
    69National Waterway-69-5-Tamil Nadu
    70National Waterway-70-242-Maharashtra, &Telangana
    71National Waterway-71-27-Goa
    72National Waterway-72-60-Maharashtra
    73National Waterway-73-227-Gujarat
    74National Waterway-74-78-Karnataka
    75National Waterway-75-141-Tamil Nadu
    76National Waterway-76-23-Karnataka
    77National Waterway-77-20-Tamil Nadu
    78National Waterway-78-265-Maharashtra & Telangana
    79National Waterway-79-29-Andhra Pradesh
    80National Waterway-80-125-Tamil Nadu
    81National Waterway-81-35-Bihar
    82National Waterway-82-72-Assam
    83National Waterway-83-31-Maharashtra
    84National Waterway-84-42-HP & J&K
    85National Waterway-85-31-Maharashtra
    86National Waterway-86-72-West Bengal
    87National Waterway-87-212-Gujarat
    88National Waterway-88-14-Goa
    89National Waterway-89-46-Maharashtra
    90National Waterway-90-29-Karnataka
    91National Waterway-91-52-Maharashtra
    92National Waterway-92-26-West Bengal
    93National Waterway-93-62-Meghalaya
    94National Waterway-94-160-Bihar
    95National Waterway-95-111-Assam
    96National Waterway-96-314-Jharkhand, West Bengal & Odisha
    97National Waterway-97 (Sunderbans)-654-West Bengal
    98National Waterway-98-377-Punjab & HP
    99National Waterway-99-64-Tamil Nadu
    100National Waterway-100-436-Maharashtra & Gujarat
    101National Waterway-101-42-Nagaland
    102National Waterway-102-86-Mizoram
    103National Waterway-103-73- UP
    104National Waterway-104-230-Telangana, Karnataka & AP
    105National Waterway-105-16-Karnataka
    106National Waterway-106-20-Meghalaya
    107National Waterway-107-45-Tamil Nadu
    108National Waterway-108-53-UP
    109National Waterway-109-164-Maharashtra & Telangana
    110National Waterway-110-1089-Haryana, UP & Delhi
    111National Waterway-111-50-Goa
     
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    Ministry of Shipping
    24-November, 2016 15:28 IST
    12 Major Ports Identifed Under Sagarmala for Future Cargo Handling



    Port Master Plans for 12 major ports have been prepared keeping in view the requirements for cargo handling till 2035. A total of 142 Port Modernization and 30 Port Connectivity projects have been identified in the Master Plans. The objectives of these projects are to promote port led development and to provide infrastructure to transport goods to and from ports quickly, efficiently and cost effectively and efficient evacuation to and from hinterland.

    These identified projects will be taken up over the next 20 years (till 2035) for implementation in phases. The details of 10 Projects received from the State Government of Gujarat, action taken thereon and funds allocated for the purpose are given below-

    S.No. - Project Name -
    Project detail, Action taken and Funds allocated

    1. - Ro – Pax Ferry services between Ghogha and Dahej in Gulf of Cambay -


    Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) requested Ministry of Shipping to fund 50% of the cost of Capital Dredging project for Ro-Pax Ferry at Gogha and Dahej in Gulf of Cambay under Sagarmala Programme. The capital dredging cost is Rs. 234 Crore.

    The proposal was appraised by the Standing Finance Committee in the Ministry of Shipping on 30thAugust 2016, and after approval Rs. 58.5 Cr. (50% of Rs 117 Crore) has been released, as first instalment, to GMB on 21st September, 2016.


    2 . Training programme for skill development/capacity building of workers involved in Alang Ship Recycling activities

    Proposal was submitted by Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) for Rs 30 Crore for 3 year training period.
    Rs. 10 Cr. has been released to GMB on 19th Sept. 2016 for FY 2016-17 for safety training at Alang Ship Recycling yard.

    3. Creation of dedicated coastal infrastructure i.e. Berth to promote movement of coastal cargo/passenger by sea at Porbandar Port.
    Proposal with DPR, for 50% of project cost of Rs 37.0 Crore was submitted to the Ministry of Shipping (MoS).
    This project is being processed in the Ministry of Shipping under Coastal Berth Scheme. Under the scheme 50% of the cost of the project is provided by the Ministry of Shipping. The proposal is under process for approval of the project.


    4. Providing Broad Gauge Rail linkage to Old Bedi Port

    Pre-feasibility report has been submitted to Ministry of Shipping for 50% funding of total project cost of Rs 26.64 Crore.

    Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) has been advised to submit the Detailed Project Report (DPR); thereafter GMB will be provided the requisite funds for the project under Sagarmala Programme.

    5. Providing alternative road from Bhavnagar to Sosiya – Alang Ship Recycling Yard

    Proposal along with Detailed Project Report (DPR) having total project cost of Rs 70.55 Crore was submitted to the Ministry of Shipping for 100% financial assistance to the project.

    Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) has confirmed that this is one of the 18(Eighteen) projects considered under Bharatmala, and the same has been informed to GMB vide letter dated 11th July 2016.

    6. Jetty for coastal movement of cement, fertilizer at Navlakhi

    Gujarat Maritime Board(GMB) has been informed that following documents are required before taking a decision with respect to funding of the project:

    · Detailed Project Report (DPR);

    · sanction of the Competent Administrative Authority;

    · commitment letter for remaining 50% funding from GMB

    The documents are awaited from GMB.


    7. Development of Marine Shipbuilding Park

    In a meeting held on 16th May 2016 in the Ministry of Shipping, Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) was suggested to ascertain the demand for shipbuilding in the current market situation.

    GMB has appointed consultant for preparation of Detailed Project Report (DPR) for Marine Ship-Building Park at Old Port, Bhavnagar. GMB has stated that, upon receipt of DPR, which is due in December 2016, technical feasibility and financial viability of the project would be known and thereafter it will be submitted to the Ministry of Shipping for consideration.

    8. Central Scheme for providing assistance to Major ports and Oil Handling non-major ports under State Maritime Boards/State Govt. for combating Oil Pollution and for mitigating measures.

    Proposal under the scheme for the identified Gujarat Port was submitted for Rs. 65 Crore for procurement of Pollution Response Equipment.

    The proposal received from Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) has been forwarded to Indian Coast Guard for categorisation of ports for extending assistance under the Oil Pollution response for procurement of Pollution Response Equipment.

    9. Maritime Cluster in Gujarat

    The Government of Gujarat proposed to locate the country’s first Maritime Cluster within the GIFT City, Gandhinagar.

    The draft master plan for the maritime cluster is prepared under Sagarmala Programme and is under finalisation. Of the two sites selected, GIFT City and Bhavnagar region in Gujarat is one of the sites for development of maritime cluster. The draft master plan has been shared with GMB for their observations and their inputs are being incorporated in the final master plan.

    10. National Maritime Heritage Complex (NMHC)

    Proposal is to establish a world class National Maritime Heritage Complex (NMHC) to showcase India’s rich and diverse maritime heritage.


    Expectations from Govt. of India:

    · Appointment of a Consultant for International Maritime Museum;

    · Statutory permission and No Objection Certificate(NOC) from Archaeological Survey of India(ASI) for development of Archaeological Museum;

    To consider this as a special project and financial assistance from Ministry of Shipping, Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Tourism;

    · To provide guidance on the project planning and implementation.


    Ministry of Shipping (MoS) has already initiated the process of selection of consultant for NMHC. MoS is also constituting a sub-committee for content development. The action for selection of Director NMHC has also been initiated. Maritime and Heritage Complex Committee under Chairmanship of Secretary (Shipping) will provide guidance on project planning and implementation.

    This information was given by the Minister of State for Shipping Shri Pon. Radhakrishnan in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.