UNICONSULT Universal Transport Consulting is working on behalf of India’s Inland Waterway Authority and the World Bank on a key issue for the future: how can inland shipping make greater use of the National Waterway 1. The National Waterway 1 is India’s most important waterway and part of the Baghirati-Ganges river system.
Only around 3.4 million tonnes of dry bulk are transported on inland ships on the National Waterway 1.
Hamburg’s Logistics Know-how for India
“By international standards, India is currently taking little advantage of the opportunities offered by inland ships as a mode of transport,” says UNICONSULT Managing Director Hartmut Beyer. “However, the Indian government has recognised that this mode of transport offers ecological benefits and can alleviate pressure on the road and rail networks. We are examining how the waterway system can be improved logistically, technically and institutionally so that better use can be made of the natural resources.
HHLA’s subsidiary HPC Hamburg Port Consulting and the Hamburg Port Training Institute (HPTI) are involved in the project, along with two other partners from Germany and India. “We are taking a very comprehensive approach to the project,” says Hartmut Beyer. “In addition to a market and infrastructure analysis, we are devising concrete development options, for example, for optimised hydraulic engineering, financial funding for the construction of terminals, the procurement of inland ships and the future roles of the responsible authorities. We are also making proposals regarding optimised public relations work and training for the parties involved.”
The HPC subsidiary UNICONSULT is a consultancy with a multimodal focus that operates neutrally and independently in the market. It has already established itself as a specialist in the area of inland shipping. Chinese and Vietnamese authorities were consulted for the development of this environmentally friendly mode of transport, and the Port of Hamburg also provided its support in determining how to increase throughput on inland ships.
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