India wants to become the global center for green shipbuilding by 2030: Sonowal Ship’s crew

Aiming to make India a global hub for building green vessels, the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways (MoPSW) is launching the Green Tug Transition Program (GTTP) on Wednesday, bringing all tugs working in the country into “ Green Hybrid” will convert tugs that run on non-fossil fuels such as methanol, ammonia, hydrogen.

There are plans to expand the conversion of tugboats into green tugboats into a full-fledged manufacture of these important boats in the country, which are essential elements of any port and assist in mooring or docking a ship by towing or pushing a ship towards port.

Announcing the launch of the GTTP, the union minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways said the plan is underway to make India the “global hub for building green ships” by 2030.

“… we have been working to increase our efforts to build green ship building self-reliance and to install green solutions in all possible areas within the Ministry’s purview. We hope to become the global hub of green ship building by 2030 as we see tremendous business potential and yet are fully committed to building a greener world,” said Sonowal.

The minister said GTTP will first convert tugs into eco-friendly hybrid tugs powered by hybrid propulsion systems and then introduce non-fossil fuel solutions.

The ministry has set itself the goal of having the first green tugs in operation in all major ports by 2025. At least 50% of all tugs are to be converted to green tugs by 2030, which will significantly reduce emissions as the country progresses towards sustainable development.

With these initiatives, the center aims to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of sustainably managing marine and coastal ecosystems and protecting them from pollution, conservation and sustainable use of marine resources.

The center will also contribute to the development of the regulatory framework and roadmap for the introduction of alternative clean shipping technologies in India.

The centre, housed in the TERI complex in Gurugram, will work towards fulfilling the Paris Agreement commitments.

The PM Gati Shakti – National Master Plan for Multimodal Connectivity together with the Green Ports initiative has already accelerated the development of green logistics supply chain in the country. The ports have also set a target of reducing CO2 emissions per tonne of cargo handled by 30% by 2030. The Maritime Vision Document 2030, issued by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is a 10-year blueprint for India’s vision of a sustainable maritime sector and a vibrant blue economy.

India was selected as the first country under the IMO Green Voyage 2050 project to conduct a pilot project related to green shipping. The Ministry has already identified Paradip Port, Deendayal Port and VO Chidambaram Port to be developed as Hydrogen Hubs – capable of handling, storing and generating green hydrogen by 2030. With the development of this infrastructure, India will be able to export green hydrogen produced in the country using renewable sources, with the support of NCoEGPS in technology and market leadership.

“This center is an important step towards the Mission LiFE movement as it aims to make ports and shipping greener. This is a genuine attempt by the country to become carbon neutral by 2070, as envisaged by the PM,” Sonowal said.

NCoEGPS will act as the technological arm of the MoPSW to provide the necessary support for policy, research and collaboration in green shipping areas for ports, DG Shipping, CSL and other institutions under the MoPSW umbrella. The center will consist of several technological branches to support the port and shipping sector and will provide solutions to a variety of problems faced by the industry through scientific research. It will also conduct valuable maritime education, applied research and technology transfer at the local, regional, national and international levels. It will focus on the following areas such as energy management, emissions management, sustainable maritime operations, etc.

The NCoEGPS aims to strengthen Make in India in port, coastal and barge transport and engineering through the development of cutting-edge technologies and application products, the ministry said in a statement, adding that it will also enable rapid innovation to provide the most suitable solutions to various challenges in these industries.

The center also aims to create a pool of competent workforce for the industry, equipped with the latest theoretical and practical know-how. The NCoEGPS will work on 10 key projects, including developing a regulatory framework for the use of wind energy for marine applications and identifying a suitable biofuel for blending with conventional marine fuels. It will also work towards identifying a fuel cell technology for long-distance shipping and to develop a regulatory framework for the transport of hydrogen up to a pressure of 700 bar. It will also produce detailed project reports on a low-energy port and on an offshore platform for solar energy development, production, storage and use of green hydrogen.

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