Ports in India can’t accommodate vessels longer than 305m
Indian ports too small for container giants
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With India’s shipping channels being too shallow, much of the containers destined for the country and carried by such large vessels have to be trans-shipped at ports in Colombo, Singapore or Dubai.
Backup infrastructure such as connecting roads, railway lines and storage space at ports and at warehouses are also inadequate.
Besides missing out on economies of scale, the trans-shipment involved results in additional port fees and delays, all adding to costs on India’s trade, said former shipping secretary D.T. Joseph.
The threefold increase in logistics infrastructure won’t be able to cope as freight movement trebles in the coming decade, putting growth at risk, according to a September 2010 study by global consulting firm McKinsey and Co.
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