India and Russia are all set to make plans for a future green shipping sector. Maritime trade between India and Norway goes back to 1600 and today they have come together wherein Norway shares its technical expertise and India comes armed with a large pool of trained seafarers. Both partners are focused on the use of alternative fuels such as hydrogen and green ammonia. Norway stated that it is committed to India’s dedication towards zero-emission solutions and the green voyage 2050 project wherein both countries expressed their readiness, commitment, partnership, and capacity building to achieve common goals.
The additional secretary of MoPSW stated that the Ministry of Ports Shipping and Waterways has drafted a Maritime India Vision 2030 and under it has identified 150 initiatives for ports, shipping, and waterways that focuses on capacity augmentation, efficiency improvement, and sector growth like shipbuilding, recycling and quality maritime education in the country.
India has been insisting on zero-shipping initiatives and in April announced a new project on green shipping that will indigenously build hydrogen-fueled electric vessels to be delivered by March/April 2023. To bring the idea into reality Cochin shipyard limited has joined hands with Pune Based KPIT technologies for hydrogen fuel cells and with the Indian Register of Shipping for creating rules and regulations for such vessels.