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Gujarat Maritime Board seeks higher limit for inland vessel movement

Gujarat Maritime Board seeks higher limit for inland vessel movement - 2011-07-01

The Gujarat Maritime Board is making a renewed bid to seek authority for giving single-voyage permission to inland water vessels. A single-voyage permission, as the name suggests, is granted for a journey from one port to another. Currently, the Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) gives such a permission, causing delay in movement of inland water vessels, besides resulting in a fall in cargo-handling at anchorage and prolonging turnaround time of vessels at ports in Gujarat. The Gujarat Minister for Industries, Planning and Finance, Mr Saurabhbhai Patel, had made an appeal on this issue at the 13th Maritime States Development Council meeting held in Hyderabad earlier this month. This is expected to be followed up with a meeting with the Union Shipping Minister and the Directorate General of Shipping. The Board expects that letting it grant permissions will also boost coastal-shipping opportunities along the Gujarat coast. Currently, the share of coastal cargo in the maritime trade of India is about 7 per cent — which for Gujarat is 12.4 per cent — as against comparable share of 15 per cent and 43 per cent in the US and the EU, respectively. The major coastal shipping routes in Gujarat include Jafrabad to Madgalla, Kutch region to Saurashtra, Sikka to Hazira and Pipavav to Kandla.  Source: Business Line