NSB committee on Ro-Ro and Ro-pax seeks stake holder views

The National Shipping Board under the directions of its Chairperson, Dr. Malini Shankar has constituted  various committees to look at specific issues relating to development of the maritime trade in India.

One such committee is tasked with examining the development of usage of coastal shipping as well as inland waterways.

In a recent review held by the Hon. Minister of Shipping, after noting some recent developments and updates, the Hon. Minister asked recently formed coastal shipping committee headed by Shri Rahul Modi to examine the use of Ro-Ro and or Ro-pax vessels as one of the methods to effectively increase transportation of cargo and people along India’s coastline.

The committee noted that some earlier attempts have been made to try and commence such Ro-Ro and Ro-pax services between two Indian ports. In fact, some of the members have first-hand knowledge in the provision of such services. However, earlier efforts to run profitable services have met with limited success.

It has been decided that this committee would specifically ascertain and prepare a report on issues relating to operations of Ro-Ro and/or RO-pax services along the Indian coast.

In order to be able to understand this option better, the Committee invites suggestions, opinions, ideas, updates of hurdles faced or likely to be faced as well as identify solutions; all of which would  aid ship owners, cargo owners, ship operators, trucking companies, fleet operators and the general trade at large to be able to carry out effective and efficient movement of cargo and passengers using RO-RO and Ro-pax vessels.

Feedback may be sent by email to rorocomments@insa.org.in along with your full name and your contact details in order for the committee to connect with you, in a press release Shri Rahul Modi, chairman, coastal shipping committee said.