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This is interesting:
In 2020-21, 83 Million Tons of cargo was hauled on the Indian National Waterways. Target is 200 Million Tons per year by 2030.
In what we call the Gold Standard of Waterways development, Europe, 524 Million Tons was hauled over the waterways in 2021.

Now one can argue that its only 16% of European figure now and will only be 40% of European figure by 2030, but the fact is that not only do Europeans have a headstart, they also have an almost $20 Trillion economy, much larger than Indian economy. So our figures are not too shabby.

Would be interesting if we had the ton-kilometers statistic as well.

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This is interesting:
In 2020-21, 83 Million Tons of cargo was hauled on the Indian National Waterways. Target is 200 Million Tons per year by 2030.
In what we call the Gold Standard of Waterways development, Europe, 524 Million Tons was hauled over the waterways in 2021.

Now one can argue that its only 16% of European figure now and will only be 40% of European figure by 2030, but the fact is that not only do Europeans have a headstart, they also have an almost $20 Trillion economy, much larger than Indian economy. So our figures are not too shabby.

Would be interesting if we had the ton-kilometers statistic as well.

Sources:-
The gold standard for waterways is still China. IWT there carries almost 4 billion tons of cargo. The USA is roughly the same as the EU. To achieve something like this, you need to carry out extensive dredging of waterways to allow bigger ships, and also demolish pretty much every bridge and rebuild them as proper cable stayed or suspension bridges.

 

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Developing A Self-Reliant Blue Economy: India’s Shipping Ministry To Promote Ship Building For Inland Waterway Transportation
by Ankit Saxena - Apr 11, 2023, 04:52 PM
A view of the sea

An inland shipping vessel on NW-2.
The Union Shipping Ministry plans to boost the construction of inland vessels and ships, aiming to achieve self-reliance and develop a blue economy.
The Ministry is reportedly working on a Rs 5,000 crore package to incentivise companies to build these vessels. Under this scheme, the government will offer Viability Gap Funding (VGF) to firms interested in building these vessels.
As per a Mint report, the plan, currently under discussion and formulation, would first focus on developing an ecosystem to build inland vessels to support cargo movement on national waterways.
VGF may also be considered later for entities manufacturing sea-bound vessels, including cruise ships.
VGF is a capital grant from the government that targets large and long-term infrastructure projects that involve public-private partnerships. These grants play a crucial role in making such projects commercially viable, thus encouraging private investment.
The objective of the programme is to facilitate the production of inland vessels, catering to the transportation of passengers and goods, throughout India's progressively expanding inland waterways network, which has increased from only three in FY15 to 22 in FY23.
Furthermore, this scheme intends to encourage the development of coastal shipping.
According to the report, there has been a significant increase in annual cargo movement on waterways in India, with an increase from 30 million tonnes (MT) in FY15 to more than 116 MT in FY23, and is anticipated to rise further, to over 200 MT by the year 2030.
Additionally, it has been projected that the modal share of inland cargo movement will grow over 5 per cent by 2030, necessitating the production of more vessels.
Recently the Union Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways, Sarbananda Sonowal discussed plans to provide more financial support to encourage vessel manufacturing.
He stated that under the Ship Building Financial Assistance (SBFA) policy, financial assistance will be provided to Indian shipyards, to promote the construction of technologically advanced green ships, extending to the manufacture of all types of vessels.
This is aimed to make India an attractive destination for advanced vessel production.
He added that their policy not only involves developing the port, but also promoting shipbuilding nationwide, comprising shipbuilding, ship repair, and accessory facilities.
 

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Ganga To Brahmaputra Via Bangladesh: Cargo Ship Carrying 200 MT Foodgrains From Patna Docks In Guwahati
This will also help in the following :

Japan is proposing some industrial parks in Bangladesh, with supply chain linkages to North east India.

 

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Hydrogen-Powered Boat To Be Launched By PM Today
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Kochi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate India’s first indigenously developed and built hydrogen-powered boat virtually from Thoothukudi on Wednesday. The vessel was manufactured by Cochin Shipyard Limited.
“PM Modi will virtually launch the service at around 9.45am on Wednesday. The boat will ply from CSL to the high court Water Metro terminal during its inaugural voyage. The technology has been the result of CSL’s research. The research was also funded by the CSL. In the future, the CSL will be able to manufacture more vessels operating on hydrogen,” said a CSL official.
“The vessel was constructed for the Inland Water Authority of India. It is learned that the agency will put the vessel into use in Varanasi,” the officials said.
As per the press note issued by CSL, the hydrogen ferry was built as a pilot project as part of the central government's plans to stop greenhouse gas emissions in India by 2070. “The project is part of efforts to adopt hydrogen as a maritime fuel. The ferry emits no polluting gases. Energy usage is also efficient. In effect, it also helps in reducing global warming impact,” said the press note.
The project will power the use of hydrogen as a maritime fuel, as envisioned by the National Green Hydrogen Mission. The project will also give India a competitive edge globally by deploying hydrogen fuel cell technology in the fastest marine transport sector, said the CSL authorities.
The inauguration of the project will provide an impetus to use hydrogen in marine applications as envisaged under the National Green Hydrogen Mission, CSL officials said.
The early adoption of hydrogen fuel cell technology in the marine sector will provide it with a global competitive advantage by meeting the sustainable green energy aspirations of the country for net zero emissions, they said.
 

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