New Delhi relaxes cabotage laws for certain ship types

Foreign car carrier operators can now operate in Indian waters, according to local media source, Livemint. New Delhi has changed the laws recognising that moving the cars by sea is far cheaper than by rail or road.

“The shipping ministry has issued an order relaxing cabotage for specialised ships such as roll-on-roll-off, pure car carriers, pure car and truck carriers, liquefied natural gas vessels, over-dimensional cargo and project cargo carriers which are in short supply in the country but which have potential to shift cargo away from the roads and railways to coastal shipping in order to increase coastal traffic movement, for a period of three years,” a spokesman for the shipping ministry was quoted by Livemint as saying.

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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