Inland Waterways Flags its First Cargo Vessel to Sail from Pandu Ghat

BY Tiya Chatterji 5.Nov.2019

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In a bid to enhance connectivity and utilize the potential of inland waterways, a cargo vessel will set sail from Pandu Ghat for the first time. The cargo container is carrying 53 TEU’s of consignment and is to sail through the Brahmaputra national waterway -2. The first time a container cargo vessel sailed in the country was last year on national waterway -1. Now the Northeast is taking a leap in the inland waterways through the Brahmapurta.

“Container movement is something that happens on high seas. On Indian rivers, this is very new and of course first on national waterway 2,” an Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) official said to TOI. The container cargo vessels MV Maheshwari carrying petrochemicals, edible oil and beverage flagged off from Haldia, in Purba Medinipur district of West Bengal on November 4. Two other vessels — MV Aai and MV Beki — will carry coal for Cement plant at Sonapur near Guwahati.

The vessel will reach the IWAI’s Pandu terminal after sailing for 12-15 days through national waterway 1 (Ganga), national waterway 97 (Sunderban), Indo Bangladesh Protocol (IBP) route and finally to national waterway -2 (Brahmaputra). The total distance travelled will be of 1,425 KM. “The container movement is going to boost the confidence of private players in using the national waterway 2 in particular for ferrying goods to the region, primarily because of the safety of goods and easy handling of them,” the official said.