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Several initiatives being taken for shipping development, facilitating ease of doing business: DG Shipping

Panaji, Apr 22 (UNI) Director General of Shipping Malini V Shankar has said that several initiatives are being taken for shipping development and facilitation of doing business in the sector.
Speaking at a round table meeting on ''Shipping Industry an Economic Enhancer for International Trade, organised by World Trade Centre Goa, and World Trade Centre (WTC) Mumbai, here yesterday,
she said,''The Government of India and Directorate of Shipping bearing in mind the potential and significance of shippining industry and its contribution to Indian trade and economic development, have taken several initiatives for shipping development and facilitating
the ease of doing business. Commercial Shipping Act is being revamped. The government has launched Sagarmala Project which is expected to integrate coastal trade.''
Stating that pojects had also been taken up to increase the number of navigable water ways and increase the number of cargo ferries through Indian water, she said, ''We have five national water ways and more than 100 water ways have been identified which have potential of carrying domestic cargo. End to end e-governance
project has also been launch which would be commencing in a few weeks. It will enable seamless processing of applications of not only of ship owners, ship managers and sea farers but also all stakeholders.''
Mr Shankar said, ''The plans for shipping development are ambitious on the part of the government and we intend it seriously.
Proactive involvement of all stakeholders is required and this will certaily accelarate the pace of growth. Increase in the tonnage of Indian ship will not only increase the foreign exchange money but will also enable Indian companies to be price setters in the freight rates.''
The official lamented that there was little change in shipping lines in spite of the fact that they had immense opportunities.
''Shipping lines have immense opportunities to better their performance but I am told very little have changed. Improvement in bunker management and network design in the shipping industry will definitely create more opportunities. There is need to focus on the quality and quantity of supply of Indian sea fareres to the world trade. With increase in the encouragement of the government to the passenger and commercial ships, coastal shipping and indian water traffic the industry is going to require trained work force in technical and ancilliary profession,'' she said.
Ms Shankar said Goa, having the experience and being a natural player in the tourism industry, was well placed to take the advantage of the growing opportunity.
Ship owners, ship managers as well as other stakeholders could think of establishing and adopting or mentoring manufacturing institutes with a few of aligning the content with industry's requirment, she said.
However, she suggested that coastal ships needed to be encouraged and helped to comply with pollution prevention requirment.
''Cruise ships have excellent response in India. People have money, they want some adventure, they want new experiences. One of the key aspect here is of course streamlined, seamless operations so
that people walk in and out of ships. Improvement in hygiene both off shore and on shore will propel growth in the sector,'' she said.
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