The Union Minister for Shipping announces five initiatives to make India a world leader in the maritime sector

Union Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways (MoPSW) Sarbananda Sonowal on Monday announced five major initiatives by his ministry, focusing on green shipping and port digitization to transform India into a global leader in the maritime sector. The five initiatives, or “Panch Karma Sankalp” as the minister calls it, were announced following the conclusion of his ministry’s second Chintan Shivir event here in Munnar, a government statement said.

The Panch Karma Sankalp include a 30 percent financial support from the Ministry for the promotion of green shipping, the procurement of two tugs each for the ports of Jawaharlal Nehru, VO Chidambaranar, Paradip and Deendayal under the green tug conversion program and the development of hydrogen hubs in some of these ports, it said.

“Under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, we reaffirm our commitment to a robust approach to green shipping and the digitization of operations for maximum efficiency, aiming to become a global leader in the maritime sector,” Sonowal said, according to the statement.

The other two initiatives are the establishment of a single-window portal to facilitate and monitor river and sea cruises and the conversion of Jawaharlal Nehru, VO Chidambaranar and Tuticorin into smart ports by next year, it said.

After completing the Chintan Shivir, the minister said these initiatives will help bring about more sustainable development in the maritime sector.

“By consistently incorporating the sustainable element, we are aiming for transformative transport that is effective, efficient and energetic,” he said.

The minister also said he would review progress towards these targets in a mid-year Chintan Shivir after a few months and warned of strict measures in case of delay in completing the projects, the statement said.

During the Chintan Shivir, there were in-depth analysis and discussions on the improvement of port management, standardization and cargo handling rate in major ports, as well as how to improve cargo, VGF and PPP in inland waterways and coastal shipping, the statement said.

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