Gujarat is the flagship of India’s maritime success story: Union Shipping Minister Sonowal

Gandhinagar: An international conference on Green Ship Recycling and Vehicle Disposal is held at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar. The conference was organized by the Union Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways and the Gujarat Maritime Council in coordination with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).

“Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendrabhai Modi, Gujarat is now moving towards port-led development. Gujarat is India’s coastal gateway. The state is home to Alang, the largest shipbreaking yard in the world. Just as Gujarat has been leading in the ship demolition and recycling sector, so will it be in green recycling. Gujarat has the potential and the political will to become a hub for green ship recycling. The Government of Gujarat is committed to making Gujarat a global center for green recycling. Alang also has a well-developed ecosystem and vehicle scrapping capability and will make a major contribution to the vehicle scrapping policy,” said Chief Minister Bhupendrabhai Patel,

In his address, Union Ports, Shipping and Waterways Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that Gujarat is India’s commercial gateway and one of the world’s favorite maritime destinations. .

“With a coastline of 1,600 km, Gujarat handles over 40% of India’s freight throughput and contributes 18% of the total freight transported by cabotage. Gujarat was the first Indian state to privatize the port sector and due to its strategic location, proactive policies and robust infrastructure, it has become the flagship of India’s maritime success story. India is a leading destination for ship recycling and the planned doubling of the capacity of Alang-Sosiya shipyard in Gujarat will create a large number of job opportunities and bring more economic prosperity to Gujarat and in the country,” Mr. Sonowal said.

Talking about the Sagarmala scheme, he said that it has given impetus to the thriving maritime sector in Gujarat with projects such as port upgrades, rail, road, cruise tourism, RO-RO and passenger jetties, fisheries, coastal infrastructure, skills development, etc.

“There are 74 projects worth Rs. 57,000 crore under the Sagarmala scheme in Gujarat, out of which 15 projects worth Rs. 9,000 crore have been completed, 33 projects worth more than Rs. 25,000 crore is being implemented and 26 projects worth Rs. 22,700 crore are being developed,” he said.

The International Conference on Green Ship Recycling and Vehicle Disposal showcases the current status of the ship recycling industry in Gujarat and the adoption of HKC Convention compliances. The conference also facilitates discussion on how the EU maritime industry can take advantage of ship recycling facilities in Gujarat and explore partnerships with EU member countries.

Underlining the importance of the conference, Mr. K. Das, Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Ports and Transport, Government of Gujarat, said, “The conference will put Alang on the global map as a preferred destination for sustainable ship recycling. which has safe and environmentally friendly ships. recycling best practices in place. The conference will also help explore synergies between Alang’s ship recycling industry and the vehicle scrapping industry, and enable Alang to emerge as a hub for vehicle scrapping. .

Two sessions were also organized as part of the conference. The first session on “Ship Recycling Industry in India and Compliances” focused on Ship Recycling Act, role of GMB, compliance with HKC and EU regulations on Ship Recycling (EUSRR) and Safe and Sustainable Recycling.

The second session focused on vehicle scrapping policy and gave an overview of the policy. He also showcased Alang’s capabilities as a vehicle scrapping hub.

Representatives from the Ministry of Ports and Shipping, CEOs and national and international representatives of the shipping industry, including shipping companies, ship recyclers, shipowners, etc. participated in the conference. The conference will be followed by a visit to the Alang shipbreaking yard on September 13th.

Mr. Sonowal also visited the site of the proposed National Maritime Heritage Complex near Lothal and reviewed the progress of the project in the presence of senior officials from the Government of Gujarat and the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways. . The project is being developed by the Indian government through MoPSW for an estimated amount of Rs.3500 crore. The proposed complex will showcase India’s rich and diverse maritime heritage and will be the first of its kind in the country and one of the largest maritime museums in the world dedicated to India’s maritime heritage legacy.

The project will boost tourism in the state of Gujarat, thereby developing the economy of the region, including the neighboring villages, namely Saragwada and Utelia. The six proposed galleries planned in the NMHC project will focus on different periods of maritime history for visitors.

Speaking after the visit of Trade Union Minister Shri. Sonowal said that “the project will be developed as a new international destination for tourists and to stand on par with other renowned international museums of the world under the Sagarmala program of the Ministry of Merchant Marine. It will also create a employment opportunity for the local people and will help them to develop a number of cottage industries, thus materializing the Atmanirbhar Bharat vision of our Hon’ble PM Shri Narendra Modiji.

Earlier, in her welcome address, Mrs. Geeta Goradia, Chairperson of FICCI Gujarat State Council, said that global majors are now looking favorably on India as one of the top recycling destinations for waste materials. ships.

“We are seeing phenomenal growth in the recycling industry and business growth is contributing significantly to the country’s GDP. The secondary steel market is another big beneficiary of the ship recycling industry and around 10% of the country’s secondary steel needs will now be met in an environmentally friendly way. The voluntary fleet modernization program launched by the Prime Minister in August last year and the selection of Gujarat as a model state for its implementation will push Gujarat to become a vehicle scrapping hub. We are confident that this conference will pave the way for Gujarat to emerge as a hub for green ship recycling and also take the lead in vehicle scrapping.