Half of India’s contribution to shipping industry comes from Gujarat: Modi
Ahmedabad: Gujarat needs to infuse a culture of creative leadership in the shipping industry if it wants to become a global hub for ship-building, the former President, A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, said here on Saturday.
“Gujarat Maritime Board’s mission [to become a global ship-building and vessel repair centre etc.] is good but it needs a new dimension. The industry should have people with passion and creative leadership qualities,” Mr. Kalam said in his inaugural speech at a two-day International Seminar on Ship-building Opportunities in Gujarat.
Korea currently handles 40 per cent of the world’s ship-building business and this it had been able to achieve through sheer will power of the people as epitomised by the father of its ship-building business Dong Shik Shin, Mr. Kalam said.
He said the country was on course to achieve 10 per cent GDP growth and the added vibrancy in the shipping industry would further boost the growth momentum, besides creating immense employment opportunities.
Terming the Gujarat government as proactive, Mr. Kalam said the State had a good industrial climate with a large coastline and the availability of raw materials made it conducive for the entrepreneurs to make a quick mark in the shipping sector globally.
India’s contribution to the world’s ship-building business is about one per cent, half of which comes from Gujarat, Chief Minister Narendra Modi said.
“Our target is five per cent in the next three years for which the State government has taken an integrated approach that would see development of ports, infrastructure, ship-building, repair and refuelling hubs all along its 1,600 km long coastline,” Mr. Modi said.
A ship technology centre will be set up in partnership with shipbuilders, which will focus on ship design and productivity improvement. Also, an innovative aid scheme would be started by which ship builders will be able to benefit from state support, Mr. Modi said.
“We foresee 100 shipyards coming up in Gujarat in a series of marine ship-building parks to be located along the coastline of the State and operating with an annual turnover of 30 million DWT by 2020,” he said.
The Chief Minister also spoke about the Sagar Khedu campaign, entailing an expenditure of Rs. 11,000 crore for the development of the coastal community.
Mr. Dong recounted how four decades ago his country embarked on the path to match the west in ship-building.
He promised all help to India in its objective to become a major ship-building centre.
Mr. Dong said despite India having a miniscule presence in the sector, many good ships had been built at Mumbai by capable Indian engineers. — PTI