Goa shipping industry plans to transport long-distance cargo

PTI Panaji | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on May 23, 2013

Hit by the ban on mining activities, Goa shipping industry is exploring a new avenue of carrying long-distance cargo from inland waterways to ports in the neighbouring States, passing through the Arabian Sea.

“Since there is an uncertainty over mining in Goa, we are exploring the possibility of using our ships for other kind of long-distance cargo,” Atul Jadhav, President of All Goa Barge Owners’ Association (AGBOA), said.

Around 300-odd barges carrying iron ore from different jetties to the Mormugao Port and Panaji Port have been rendered jobless, due to the Supreme Court ban on iron ore exports from Goa.

“The Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) has already conducted a study on Goa’s 105-km-long coastline and declared its water as partially smooth, which will give a right to the ships from the State to travel up to 12 nautical miles in the sea,” Jadhav added.

Ships in Goa, which are currently registered under the Inland Vessels Act, 1970, will have to be registered under the Merchant Vessels Act, 1958, to enable them to travel mid-sea.

INCOIS has already submitted its report to Goa’s Captain of Ports, who will have to forward it to the Union Ministry of Shipping.

Jadhav said that the barges would later be termed as “coastal vessels” and can carry cargo of different industries from Goa’s inland waterways to the ports in Mumbai or even up to Gujarat.

“Maharashtra and Gujarat governments have already got a study conducted by INCOIS, which has certified their waters as partially smooth,” he said.

Ship owners in Goa are also looking at the forthcoming industrial investment policy of Goa which will allow construction of jetties along the inland waterways.

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Published on May 23, 2013
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