Aatmanirbhar shipping | Government asks major ports to use only locally built tug boats

Shipping Minister Mansukh Mandaviya termed it as a step towards ‘Aatmanirbhar shipping’ under the ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ drive.

September 04, 2020 05:24 pm | Updated 05:26 pm IST - New Delhi:

Mansukh Mandaviya

Mansukh Mandaviya

To revive the Indian shipbuilding industry, the government has asked all major ports to procure or charter tug boats that are made in India, the Ministry of Shipping said on Friday.

Shipping Minister Mansukh Mandaviya termed it as a step towards ‘Aatmanirbhar shipping’ under the ‘ Aatmanirbhar Bharat ’ drive.

“The Ministry of Shipping has directed all major ports to procure or charter tug boats which are only made in India. The procurement being done by major ports would now need to be carried out as per the revised ‘Make in India’ order,” the Ministry said in a statement.

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A tug boat is a boat which helps in mooring or berthing operation of a ship by either towing or pushing a vessel towards the port. It said the move is aimed at promoting Indian shipbuilding industry and talks are also on with some countries for “Make in India shipbuilding”.

Mr. Mandaviya said the government is taking 360 degree actions to revive old shipyards and promote shipbuilding in India.

“It is a step towards bolstering the revival of Indian shipbuilding and a big move towards Aatmanirbhar shipping in Aatmanirbhar Bharat . The government will try to create an ecosystem for shipbuilding, ship repair, ship recycling and flagging in India,” Mr. Mandaviya said.

The statement said it is proposed to set up a Standing Specifications Committee under Managing Director, Indian Ports Association, comprising representatives from Cochin Ship Yard Limited (CSL), Shipping Corporation of India (SCI), Indian Register of Shipping (IRS) and Director General of Shipping in this regard.

Standing Specifications Committee would shortlist around five variants/types of tugs and prepare a ‘Approved Standardized Tug Design and Specifications (ASTDS)’, it said.

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This ASTDS would outline specifications, general arrangements, basic calculations, basic structural drawings, key system drawings and other construction standards, etc.

These standards would be vetted by the Standing Specifications Committee and, thereafter, certified in-principle by IRS and published by the Indian Ports Association on its website, it added.

The Ministry will also provide some window to major ports so that construction time would be availed. Recently, the government owned Cochin Shipyard Limited has also been successful in grabbing the order for two automated vessels from the Norwegian government.

These will be the first-of-its-kind unmanned vessels. The Ministry said various decisions taken by it will turn around the shipbuilding sector in the near future.

India has 12 major ports – Kandla, Mumbai, JNPT, Mormugao, New Mangalore, Cochin, Chennai, Kamarajar (Ennore), VO Chidambaranar, Visakhapatnam, Paradip and Kolkata (including Haldia) – that handle about 61% of the country’s total cargo traffic.

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