Ministry of Shipping outlines modes of Transportation used through Coastal Shipping & Waterways

Posted by Daily Shipping Times on 03-04-2017        Tweet

NEW DELHI: The proportionate share of cargo transportation through different modes in the Country as per report on Ports and Shipping under the National Transport Development Policy Committee (NTDPC), are:

Road:                                                                                    60%

Railway:                                                                               25%

Oil and Gas Pipelines:                                                      6 %

Coastal Shipping:                                                              6 %

Other modes such as like ropeways etc:                       2.6%

Inland Water Transport:                                                    0.4%

Total:                                                                                    100%                                                    

The Government has taken the following steps for promotion of transportation through   Coastal Shipping:

Coastal Shipping

i)             Moderating the manning and technical requirements for vessels operating within Indian  territorial waters through a River Sea Vessel notification.

ii)            Declaring the inland vessel limits for facilitating coastal trade operations.

iii)           Issuing Coastal Shipping rules for Coastal vessels operating within 20 miles off the coast.

iv)           Exempting Customs and Central Excise duty on bunker fuels (IFO 180 and IFO 380 CST) by   Indian flagged coastal container vessels.

v)            Bringing abatement of service tax at 70% for Coastal Shipping at par with road and rail.

vi)           Simplification of customs procedures.

Vii)         Cabotage relaxation for specialised vessel and increase in discount by Major Port in port  charges from 40% to 80% for two years w.e.f. 02/09/2016.

The total freight transported through Coastal Shipping in the Country during the last three years is as follows.

                                                                                (in million tonnes)

                               2013-14               2014-15                 2015-16 (P)

Major Port           114.66                   119.48                   125.259

Minor Port            46.70                     53.19                     53.661

Total                      161.36                   172.67                   178.920

The cargo movement on National Waterways including Goa and Maharashtra waterways is as follows:

              (in million tonnes)

                                2013-14              2014-15                2015-16 (P)

Total                      32.26                     36.54                     42.66

This information was given by the Minister of State for Shipping Shri Pon. Radhakrishnan in Lok Sabha.