India pushes ahead with LNG fuel plans along its rivers

Taking a leaf out of China’s bid to clean up the Yangtze, India is pushing ahead with big reforms along its internal waterways.

Ships on India’s rivers will increasingly be called to use LNG as a fuel under new guidelines from New Delhi.

The government is also looking at building 80 LNG-fuelled ships to operate on the Ganges.

Shipping minister Nitin Gadkari commented recently, “We will use LNG as a fuel for the next generation of vessels in the inland waterways. We want clean and affordable fuel for both protecting environment and bringing down the cost of transportation.”

Three LNG fuelling hubs will be created at Varanasi, Sahebganj and Haldia.

Neighbouring China has pushed ahead with a dramatic switch to LNG for ships inland, especially along the nation’s longest river, the Yangtze.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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