Cargo container manufacturing hub planned at Bhavnagar
The Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways has formed a committee to examine feasibility of making containers at Bhavnagar in Gujarat.
The Centre wants to develop it into a manufacturing hub for steel boxes that have become global standard for shipping a variety of goods across ships, rail and road.
As a first step in this direction, freight forwarder Pushpak Logistics has rolled out a pilot project by placing orders for a few containers with manufacturers in Bhavnagar.
Indian coastal shipping adds about 10,000 TEUs of new containers annually, while India’s largest container rail operator, the Container Corporation of India, may require 2,000-2,500 TEUs of new containers every year.