Tata Steel on Friday reiterated its commitment to building a sustainable future by shipping nearly 1,800 tonnes of finished steel products from Haldia Port in West Bengal to Pandu Port in Assam using the Indo-Bangladesh Protocol (IBP) route via the Brahmaputra River.
This shipment of Tata Steel TMT bars arriving in Haldia by rail before being loaded onto river barges marks the start of the use of multimodal logistics, a historic effort to decarbonise the steel sector and the country.
Earlier last week, Union Ports, Shipping and Waterways Minister Sarbananda Sonowal flagged the barge “Kalpana Chawla” carrying Tata Steel’s finished products.
“The Indo-Bangladesh Protocol route will help us better serve the growing North East market. This route can also be explored to service other locations on this waterway to deliver steel in smaller batches and in better condition for the benefit of customers in the Northeast.
“The initiative paves the way for a seamless and robust integrated logistics solution for the use of inland waterways for India and Bangladesh,” said Tata Steel Vice President Supply Chain Peeyush Gupta. .
The IBP route will also help Tata Steel reduce its Scope-3 carbon footprint. In July 2021, the company had also launched the use of electric vehicles to move finished products to certain locations.
The barge is operated by Oceanwhale Shipping Services while cargo handling at the ports is carried out by TM International Logistics Ltd, a logistics joint venture between Tata Steel, NYK Japan and IQ Martrade, Germany.
The barge traveled the Indo-Bangladeshi Protocol Route No. 1 and 2 and entered the Brahmaputra River via Chilmari, Bangladesh and ended its journey at Dhubri in Assam for 1,535 kilometers.
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