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Government of India
Ministry of Shipping
13-January-2011 17:40 IST
Maritime Agenda 2010-2020 Launched
165000 Crore Rupees Investment Envisaged in Shipping Sector by 2020


            The Minister of Shipping Shri G.K. Vasan today launched the Maritime Agenda 2010-2020, a perspective plan of the Shipping Ministry for the present decade.  Launching the Maritime Agenda, the Minister talked about the goals set for the sector including:


·                    “To create a port capacity of around 3200 MT to handle the expected traffic of about 2500 MT by 2020.

·                    We want to bring our ports at par with the best international ports in terms of performance and capacity.

·                    We want to increase the tonnage under the Indian flag and Indian control and also the share of Indian ships in our EXIM trade.

·                    We want to promote coastal shipping as it will help in decongesting our roads and is environment friendly.

·                    We want to increase India’s share in global ship building to 5% from the present 1%.

·                    The share of Indian seafarers is between 6 to 7% in the global shipping industry.  We want to increase it to atleast 9% by 2015.”


The Ministry envisages an estimated traffic of 2495 MMT in all ports including the non-metro ones.  The total capacity of all these ports is expected to be 3280 MMT.  The total proposed investments in major and non-major ports by 2020 is expected to be approximately 287000 crores and the total proposed investments in the shipping sector by 2020 – Rs. 165000 crores.


            The Maritime Agenda projects a total traffic of 2494.95 million tonnes for all major and non-major ports taken together and a capacity of 3280.04 million tonnes.  The proposed investments in ports by 2020 is expected to be 119449.41 crore and in non-major ports it is 167930.84 crore.


            The agenda for the decade for the Ports are:

              Create Port capacity of 3200 M.T. for handling about 2500 M.T. of cargo

              Improve Port performance on par with the best in the world.

              Increase tonnage both under the Indian flag as well as Indian control.

              Increase Coastal Shipping and facilitate hassle-free multimodal transport

              Increase India’s share in global ship building to 5%.

              Promote use of the inland waterways for cargo movement

              Increase   India’s share of seafarer to 9% of the global strength by 2015

              Implementation of the Port development projects

              Develop Two New Major Ports one each on east and west coasts.

              Full mechanisation of cargo handling and movement

              Major Ports to have draft of not less than 14 metres and  hub ports 17 metres

              A new policy on dredging

              Identification and implementation of projects for rail, road and inland waterway connectivity to ports

              Development of two hub ports on each of the West and the East coasts – Mumbai (JNPT), Kochi, Chennai and Visakhapatnam

              Port Policy Measures

              Corporatisation of Major Ports

              New Land Policy for Major Ports

              New Policy on captive berths

              Establishing  a Port Regulator for all ports for setting, monitoring and regulating service levels and technical & performance standards

              New Policy on dredging

              Shifting of transhipment of Indian containers from foreign ports to Indian ports

               Policy on co-operation and competition amongst Indian Ports

              Establishing ‘Indian Ports Global’ for overseas investments by Indian Ports


The agenda for the decade for Shipping are:

                 Increase in Indian tonnage through necessary policy interventions

                 Declaration of Coastal Shipping Policy

                 Establishment of a ‘Freight Exchange’

                 Creation of Ombudsman/ Tribunals for Shipping matters

                 Formation of an independent Marine Casualty Investigation Cell

                 Establishing a P & I Club in India

                            SCI to have ambitious vessel acquisition plans to lead the growth in Indian tonnage

                            Introduction of passenger ferry services between India and nearby countries

                            Ro-Ro Ferry service in Gulf of Kutch, Gulf of Cambay and other suitable places

                            Strengthening of capacity for Port State Control and Flag State Inspections

                            Promotion of multi-modal transport operations for door to door delivery

                            Promotion of a Salvage Company in India, with Viability Gap Funding if required

                            Introduction of new Shipbuilding Subsidy Scheme

                            Grant of Infrastructure Status to shipbuilding industry

                            Purchase preference for Indian shipyards in procurement of ships by Government through global tenders

                          Expansion of Cochin Shipyard


For Inland Waterways the agenda envisages:

                 Development of IWT infrastructure

                 Declaration of River Barak as National Waterway no.6

                 Development of National Waterways 4 & 5

                 Extension of National Waterway No. 3 in Kerala


The agenda also envisages:

                          Enactment of a new Indian Ports Act replacing Indian Ports Act 1908 and the Major Port Trusts Act 1963

                          Enactment of Admiralty Act

                          Enactment of Shipping Trade Practices Act

                          Review of the law on the Multimodal Transportation of Goods

                          Revision of the law on Lighthouses and Lightships

                          Amendment of Merchant Shipping Act

                          Control of piracy through concerted international action

                          Bilateral maritime agreements with selected countries/regions for mutual benefit

                          A framework for cooperation between Indian ports and those in other countries

                          Collaboration of IMU with top global academic institutions in the maritime sector

                          Renewal and strengthening of Indo-Bangladesh Protocol on Inland Water Transport