India Aims for Green Maritime Future: All Inland Waterway Ports to Go Renewable in Five Years

The government unveils ambitious plans to transition all coastal and river ports in inland waterways to “completely green” operations within five years, relying on renewable energy sources, according to T K Ramachandran, Secretary in the Ministry of Ports, Shipping & Waterways.

Currently, VO Chidambaranar Port, Deendayal Port Authority, Visakhapatnam Port, and Jawaharlal Nehru Port already utilize green energy for their operations.

Ramachandran affirms, “We will ensure that we find ways of making 100 per cent renewable energy efficient ports within a period of about five years.” The initiative aligns with the Amrit Kaal plan, targeting a green energy transition for “all major ports” by 2047.

Three ports, Kandla, Tuticorin, and Paradip, are identified for piloting green hydrogen production, part of the broader National Green Hydrogen Mission.

The plan includes retrofitting ships for green hydrogen use and developing bunkering facilities for eco-friendly fuels on international shipping lanes. The Ministry has allocated Rs 80 crore to the Shipping Corporation of India for enabling older ships to use methanol as fuel.

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