Major ports to provide 80 per cent discount on vessel-related charges

The MoS has ordered all major ports to provide a discount of 80 per cent for two years on vessel-related charges and coastal-related charges for coastal transportation of vehicles through roll-on, roll-off (ro-ro) ships. The discount is also extended to other similar ships such as ro-ro passenger, pure car carrier, pure car/truck carrier, pure truck carrier, etc. In order to make this discount sustainable for shipping service providers, major ports will carry out intensive marketing for generating demand. As per the earlier scheme, coastal vessels, including ro-ro, used to get a discount of 40 per cent over that of the foreign-going vessels.