Reiterating Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of Aatmanirbhar Bharat or self-reliant India, Minister of State for Shipping (Independent Charge) Mansukh Mandaviya has called for innovation in ship repairing facilities in India to make them world-class.
Mandaviya said that every year nearly 30,000 vessels sailed to Indian ports and the country must make the most of this opportunity. He also directed the officials to come up with the action plan to increase the number of Indian flagged ships, as it would save around $13 billion of forex, create additional employment and bring stabilisation in freight rates at a lower level with Indian tonnage.
The minister made these observations while chairing a video conference with representatives of Ship-owners Association, Harjeet Kaur Joshi, Chairman & Managing Director Shipping Corporation of India (SCI), Amitabh Kumar, Director General of Shipping and senior officials of the Ministry of Shipping for a vision to augment ship repairing facilities in India and Indian flagged ships in the world.
Mandaviya sought suggestions from the industry representatives for preparing a robust ecosystem for ship repairing facilities to transform India into a ship repair hub. He stressed aspects like upskilling the expertise of Indian service engineers, enhancing yard capacity and maintaining the supply of indigenously manufactured spare parts.