Shipping minister targets zero waiting time at major ports
Wait times at India’s major ports are expected to reduce drastically if shipping minister Sarbananda Sonowal’s ambitious targets are met.
“There should be zero waiting time for inbound and outbound cargo. This means there should be zero waiting of ships as well as for trucks carrying cargo,” Sonowal said at a Chintan Baithak (thought conclave) of the shipping ministry on innovative ideas to propel India’s blue economy. This will entail reducing current wait time of around a day for berthing at major ports to zero.
In FY20, the average time before a cargo ship was berthed at a major port was around 0.95 days. The pre-berthing period is the wait time for a ship before it enters its berth at a port.
According to official estimates, the container turnaround time at major Indian ports is about 26.5 hours. This has come down from around 45 hours in 2013-14.
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Sonowal said the focus must be on public-private partnership (PPP) projects in greenfield port development. “We must look at the PPP model… that will also ease up government resources for greenfield port development. This will comprehensively develop the coastal regions for ease of living for people living in these areas and, at the same time, help businesses avail the best services through ease.”
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