According to a report published in NDTV, the goal of the Indian Prime Minister about making this country a factory risk in the world is presently being a little delayed because the country does not have appropriate infrastructure for ports for drawing in bigger ships. Across the Indian coast, most harbors are not enough deep for handling large vessels such as Ever Alot. It happens to be the largest boxship in the world, measuring four hundred meters in length. It has the capacity to over twenty-four thousand twenty-foot units. Ever Alot which is the size of the Empire State Building has recently visited India’s neighboring countries like Malaysia and Sri Lanka as well.
The Jawaharlal Nehru port which happens to be the biggest port in India presently cannot accommodate a ship as large as the Ever Alot. It still requires a draft of seventeen meters for the navigation of this ship. Although the Mundra Port still has some capacity for it but, it has been skipped. Till now, the Raffles has been the biggest vessel to have been boarded in India last year in the month of January.
Shailesh Garg, who happens to be the director of Drewry Maritime has said that big ships add up to the large-scale economy too. He further stated that just making an increase in the size of the vessel alone shall not suffice. It also requires greater infrastructure between rail and road links between shops, factories, and warehouses as well. According to a report published in 2002 by the RBI, poor connectivity of shipping in India has indeed stunted its growth across the global scenario. In view of this weak infrastructure, the Prime Minister of India is trying to take initiatives around it. Resolving it shall bring growth in the export ratio of this country across the world.
In a reply to queries by email, Moller-Maersk has written that the current terminal infrastructure and port in India limit the nation’s capacity for completely utilizing the benefits that can be added by the large vessels. It also included bigger cranes too for unloading and loading the cargo. Maersk has further mentioned that the other factors for consideration while making arrangements for harboring bigger vessels the export and imports. Since the exporters and importers are spread over different parts of the country so, smaller vessels need to operate more. It would collect the cargo in small quantities and bring it to the port and then leave for collecting the next batch. This would cut down on the hassles of porting large vessels and also keep generating exports and imports with the world market.
If India develops its maritime capacity, it shall easily be able to compete with China and the other Southeast Asian hubs. Currently, China has far greater efficiency and developed infrastructure facilities for logistics and ports. Roy Paul who happens to be a spokesperson from Adani Group has said that Kerala’s Vizhinjam Port has the facility for deep-sea. It also has a draft between twenty to twenty-four meters. Currently, this project is being worked on and shall be operational by 2024.