IWAI Makes India’s First Standardised Modern Ship Design



IWAI Makes India’s First Standardised Modern Ship Design for Ganga a Reality
The Designs Will Remove Ambiguity on the Class and Type of Vessels that Can Sail On River Ganga Will Translate Into Savings for Ship Builders 

Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) today made public 13 standardized state-of-the-art ship designs suitable for large barge haulage on river Ganga (National Waterway-1).

This marks attaining of a critical milestone in the growth of the country’s Inland Water Transport (IWT) sector as it will help overcome the unique navigation challenges river Ganga throws due to its complex river morphology, hydraulics, acute bends, shifting channels, meanders and current. It will serve as an enabler for the domestic shipbuilding industry working on inland vessels and open huge possibilities for cargo and passenger movement on National Waterway-1.

The Government is implementing Jal Marg Vikas Project (JMVP) for capacity augmentation of navigation on NW-1 (Varanasi-Haldia stretch) at a cost of Rs 5369.18 crore with the technical assistance and investment support of the World Bank. Even as the work on JMVP is going on in full steam, the specially designed vessels will navigate on low drafts with high carrying capacity and at the same time, environment-friendly. For the shipbuilding industry, the new designs will translate into a savings of Rs 30-50 lakhs in the building of a vessel.

Available free on the IWAI website, the designs will remove ambiguity on the class and type of vessels that can sail on river Ganga with efficient maneuverability.  They will help shipyards build vessels of standardized dimensions and capacity and make them available off the shelf beside developing the ‘sale and purchase’ market for inland vessels. The designs will lead to reduced fuel costs and in turn lesser logistics costs.

These vessels will sail even in depths of about two meters carrying about 350 cars on a five-deck car carrier. Some of the designs would enable movement of bulk cargo carriers with the capacity of 2500 tonnes at three meters depth, thereby, removing almost 150 truckloads of pressure from the road or one full rail rake with the plying of just one such vessel.

The new designs for various categories of dry and liquid bulk carrier, Ro-Ro vessels, car carrier, container carrier, LNG carrier, Tug Barge flotilla (Table below) have been made by M/s DST, Germany which specializes in low draft and high carrying capacity vessels. The model testings of the designs were done at Duisburg, Germany.

IWAI had awarded the contract to M/s DST in September 2016 through global bidding after a rigorous screening. When the Scoping Missions from World Bank first traveled on river Ganga, very typical challenges were observed unlike the trained rivers like Rhine, Danube, Mississippi and St. Lawrence Seaways which are flourishing waterways. The new designs are a result of rigorous river studies conducted by a high-level technical team comprising of experts from IWAI, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and Indian Register of Shipping with periodical technical consultations with domain experts of the World Bank.

The new designs will obviate the dependence of Indian Shipbuilders on foreign ship designs for IWT and prove to be a boost to ‘Make in India’ initiative of the Government.

The standardization of IWT vessel design (efficient & low draft) has been done under the following categories:

Vessel TypeDWT of Vessel
Dry Bulk Carrier
  1. 1570 Tons
  2. 2120 Tons
  • (iii) 2480 Tons
Liquid Bulk Carrier
  1. 1460 Tons
  2. 2400 Tons
Ro-Ro Vessel
  1. 770 DWT; 18 Trucks
Container Carrier Vessel
  1. 1540 Tons; 96 TEU
  2. 2480 Tons; 208 TEU
LNG Carrier Vessel
  1. 630 Tons
  2. 1070 Tons
Tug Barge Flotillato push 4 dumb barges
LNG powered Dry Bulk Carrier   (i)       2420 Tons
Car Carrier Vessel   (i)       ~ 350 cars
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