Ministry of Shipping directs ports to procure indigenously-built vessels
The Ministry is aiming to promote the Indian shipbuilding industry
The Union Ministry of Shipping has directed all major ports to procure or charter small vessels which are built in India in order to promote shipbuilding in the country.
The new plan will help to build small vessels at 16 major shipyards in the country. More than 23,000 ships regularly arrive in the country and merchant ships need repairing facilities.
The guideline has been issued in view of the facility of shipbuilding to make the maritime industry self-sufficient. The Ministry of Shipping will also provide some window to major ports so that construction time would be availed.
The Ministry is aiming to promote the Indian shipbuilding industry and also have a discussion with some leading countries for Make in India shipbuilding.