India has a long coastline of 5,560 Kms, having access to the sea on three sides with 11 major and 168 minor/intermediate ports. It is a well-known fact that the shipping has always been regarded as an important transport sector of national activities in all maritime countries, and it is well suited for transportation of bulk cargoes at low cost. Coastal Shipping, as a complimentary mode of transport is not only an economic necessity but also a valuable asset in times of emergency.
To envisage Coastal Shipping as a means to remove the bottlenecks in the existing transport network would be taking a restricted view of the potentialities of Coastal Shipping, especially in a country like India, which is blessed with a very long coast line. India has to exploit this cheap mode of transport to her best advantage.
Divine Shipping Services has purchased two coastal vessels with 2500MT DWT and has made its footprint in coastal Shipping. We plan to enhance our fleet with increase in trade.