Guwahati, January 29: Union Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways (MoPSW), Sarbanand Sonowal today chaired a meeting with all major ports, CSL and IWAI to review the progress on various green initiatives being implemented, as per Maritime India Vision (MIV) 2030, for the development of Green Ports and Green Shipping in India.
As part of MIV 2030, as many as 963 initiatives have been identified for implementation across major ports with an estimated investment of Rs. 6,77,720.24 crores, of which a total of 208 initiatives with estimated investment of Rs. 44,424.47 crores have been completed in the financial year 2021. Further 504 initiatives with estimated investment of Rs. 48,256.14 crores are under implementation.
A number of initiatives have been taken in India to promote green ecosystem in maritime sector. These are in line with International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s 2030 Decarbonization strategy and 2050 Green House Gases (GHG) strategy. Initiatives are being implemented by Major Ports of India that include areas, such as increase share of renewable energy to more than 60% across major ports by 2030, setting up of solar power plants, availing of shore power supply to vessels via berths, multi-clean fuel adoption for vehicles within port ecosystem, gradual phasing out of diesel locomotives at ports, etc.
The green port initiatives include acquisition of equipments for monitoring environmental pollution, acquisition of dust suppression systems, setting up of sewage/ waste water treatment plants, setting up of garbage disposal system for ports and ships, developing shore reception facility for wastes from ships, setting up projects for energy generation from renewable energy sources, providing shore power to ships at berths, creating Oil Spill Response (Tier-1) capabilities at all ports, taking actions to improve harbour water quality, inclusion of sustainable practices in terminal design, development and operation, increasing green cover within port premises etc.
Possibilities are also being explored for deployment of fully electric ferry and hydrogen fuel cell ferries at Inland Waterways for enhancement of river cruise tourism in the country.
For instance, Electric Catamaran Water Taxi deployment is being considered at Varanasi and Guwahati in first phase. Additionally, use of Hybrid Electric Roll on -Roll off (Ro-Ro) vessels having dual fuel system (LNG+ battery) is being considered at Guwahati for river crossings. Use of Hybrid LNG-electric Inland Cargo Carrier vessels is also being considered in NW2 and NW1 . Possibility of deploying CNG vessels at Varanasi is also being explored.