India plans new shipping venture to tap into expanding trade revenue
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India plans new shipping venture to tap into expanding trade revenue

India is planning to establish a new shipping company to increase its fleet by at least 1,000 ships over the next decade, aiming to capture a larger share of revenue from growing trade. The officials mentioned that India, as Asia's third-largest economy, is investing heavily in infrastructure to enhance its manufacturing capabilities, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi envisioning it as a developed nation by 2047.

The yet-to-be-named company will be jointly owned by state-run entities in the oil, gas, and fertilizer sectors, along with the state-owned Shipping Corp of India and foreign firms. Requests for comments from India's oil and shipping ministries went unanswered.

Sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, stated that the goal is to reduce freight expenses to foreign companies by at least one-third by 2047. One of the sources, who is familiar with the matter, mentioned, "Current projections indicate that freight costs could reach $400 billion as exports and imports increase by 2047."

In the financial year 2019/20, Indian companies reportedly paid $85 billion in freight costs, with $75 billion allocated for foreign vessels. This shift towards foreign carriers is attributed to India's shipping fleet not keeping pace with its expanding trade, especially in energy imports and exports of refined oil products.

India currently has around 1,500 large vessels, including tankers, gas carriers, container ships, and dry bulk carriers. In January, India's oil and shipping ministries agreed that all state-run oil firms, along with the planned company, would collaborate. A government document revealed plans to leverage the expertise of the Shipping Corp of India in tanker acquisition, ownership, operations, and other shipping-related areas.

Additionally, on May 16, the two ministries established a joint working group comprising government and industry representatives to formulate a strategic plan, as per the document.

India is planning to establish a new shipping company to increase its fleet by at least 1,000 ships over the next decade, aiming to capture a larger share of revenue from growing trade. The officials mentioned that India, as Asia's third-largest economy, is investing heavily in infrastructure to enhance its manufacturing capabilities, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi envisioning it as a developed nation by 2047. The yet-to-be-named company will be jointly owned by state-run entities in the oil, gas, and fertilizer sectors, along with the state-owned Shipping Corp of India and foreign firms. Requests for comments from India's oil and shipping ministries went unanswered. Sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, stated that the goal is to reduce freight expenses to foreign companies by at least one-third by 2047. One of the sources, who is familiar with the matter, mentioned, Current projections indicate that freight costs could reach $400 billion as exports and imports increase by 2047. In the financial year 2019/20, Indian companies reportedly paid $85 billion in freight costs, with $75 billion allocated for foreign vessels. This shift towards foreign carriers is attributed to India's shipping fleet not keeping pace with its expanding trade, especially in energy imports and exports of refined oil products. India currently has around 1,500 large vessels, including tankers, gas carriers, container ships, and dry bulk carriers. In January, India's oil and shipping ministries agreed that all state-run oil firms, along with the planned company, would collaborate. A government document revealed plans to leverage the expertise of the Shipping Corp of India in tanker acquisition, ownership, operations, and other shipping-related areas. Additionally, on May 16, the two ministries established a joint working group comprising government and industry representatives to formulate a strategic plan, as per the document.

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