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Maritime Industry

West Bengal is one of the 13 maritime states and union territories in India with a coastline of 950 kilometres. It is richly endowed with natural maritime advantages, navigable and potentially navigable waterways including NW1 and 15 other NWs. It lies on important national & international trade routes to China, Bangladesh, Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, etc. and other Coastal states. The state acts as a gateway to East & North-East, and serves as a port of entry to land locked states of Central & Northern India and Nepal and Bhutan, its neighbouring countries.

Ports of West Bengal-Current Scenario
Two major ports exist at Kolkata and Haldia:
KoPT was adjudged 'Major Port of the Year' for 2014-15 for handling 16% of total no. of vessels during 2014-2015. Capacity augmentation and mechanization at huge scale is necessary to cater to growing demand. Bhor Sagar Port, a major new deep-sea portat Sagar Island coming up in 2019, work on the project has started. A new deep-sea port is proposed near Tajpur and a minor port at Kulpi.

Major opportunities in Maritime Sector
  • Ports: Upcoming major and minor ports/fishing harbours.
  • Port led industrialization.
  • Port led infrastructure development.
  • Inland waterways.
  • Development of coastal region/coastal community development.

Opportunities in Port-led Industrialization
  • Proposed New Refinery.
  • Upcoming Chemical park/ Plastic park/ Rubber park.
  • New IOC Bottling Plant.
  • New LNG Terminal for Greater Calcutta Gas Supply Corporation.
  • Solar park in Sagar Island.
  • Thermal power plant cluster in Purba Medinipur.
  • Clusters -Cement/Fertilizer/Leather/Food Processing.

Opportunities in Port-Led Industrialization for Allied Industries
  • Shipbuilding, War-ship, Barge manufacturing, Jetty manufacturing.
  • Ship repair, Ship breaking, Ship recycling, Jetty repair
  • Offshore storage, Bunkering facilities, Drilling Platforms.
  • Logistics parks, Multi-modal transport hub.
  • Warehousing services, Container freight stations.
  • Manufacturing of vessels for coastal/inland waterways.

Opportunities in Inland Waterways
  • More scope to carry cargo along National Waterways from ports in Bay of Bengal to North India
  • Movement of imported coal from Bay of Bengal to thermal power plants located in hinterlands
  • Construction and development of IW Jetties through PPP mode in Kolkata on NW-1
  • Vessel and Barge Building and repairing facility for Envisaged Cargo Projection
  • Upgrading of Indo-Bangladesh Inland Water Transit and Trade Protocol
  • Operation and maintenance of River Information system

Other potential opportunities also exist in port-led infrastructure development like railway infrastructure, road networks, port-based urbanization, island development & coastal tourism.

Projects worth more than US$ 6558 mn that will require port support for industrial growth
  • Investment in Refinery by TCG.
  • GEECL investment in West Bengal.
  • Investment in LNG Pipeline by H-Energy.
  • Essel Group Investment in Urban Development, Highway, Tourism and IT.
  • Shree Cements investment in West Bengal.
  • Ambuja Cements investment in West Bengal.
  • Investment at Salbani by Jindal Group.
  • Investment at Raghunathpur Steel & Allied Industrial Park by DVC.
  • Mahindra & Mahindra investment in West Bengal.
  • Investment at Plastic Park.
  • Zhongtong Bus Holding Co. Ltd investment in West Bengal.
  • Titagarh Towers setting of modern passenger train facility.

Initiatives taken by State Government
  • West Bengal Maritime Board Act implemented
  • West Bengal Maritime Board constituted in October 2015 & made fully functional
  • Sagarmala Steering Committee headed by the Honorable Chief Minister.
  • Single window system to manage and clear all investments in the State.

  • West Bengal Electronics Industry Development Corporation Limited
  • Bengal Global Summit
  • West Bengal Map
  • National Portal of India
  • e-Governance Portal

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