Tata Steel, today, shipped nearly 1,800 tonnes of finished steel products from Haldia Port in West Bengal to Pandu Port in Assam using the Indo-Bangaldesh Protocol (IBP) route via Brahmaputra River. This shipment of Tata Steel’s TMT bars – that arrived at Haldia on rail before being loaded on to river barges – marks the beginning of the use of multimodal logistics, a landmark effort to decarbonise the steel sector and the country.
Earlier last week, Hon’ble Union Minister of Ports, Shipping & Waterways, Sarbananda Sonowal, flagged off the barge ‘Kalpana Chawla’ carrying Tata Steel finished goods. Other dignitaries who were present at the inaugural included Shantanu Thakur, Hon’ble Minister of State for Ports, Shipping & Waterways; Dr Sanjeev Ranjan, Secretary, Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways; Vinit Kumar, Chairman, SPM Port Trust; Peeyush Gupta, Vice President Supply Chain, Tata Steel & Chairman TM International Logistics Limited (TMILL); Ranjan Sinha, Chief Group Shipping, Tata Steel; and Dinesh Shastri, MD, TMILL.
Sarbananda Sonowal, Hon’ble Union Minister of Ports, Shipping & Waterways and AYUSH, said that this maiden voyage showcases multimodal movement of cargo by harnessing the power of the river-sea combination for transportation. The Minister urged other stakeholders to move in the same direction and commit to make it a grand national success.
The Indo-Bangladesh Protocol route will help us service the growing North East market better. This route can also be explored for servicing other locations enroute this waterway to deliver steel in smaller lots and in better condition for the benefit of customers in the North-East. The initiative paves the way for seamless and robust integrated logistics solution towards utilising inland waterways for India and Bangladesh.”Peeyush Gupta, Vice President Supply Chain, Tata Steel
As Tata Steel became the first in Indian steel sector to transport products over inland waterways, the IBP route will also help them lower their scope 3 carbon footprint. In July 2021, the Company had also pioneered the use of electric vehicles to move finished goods in select locations.