Largest container firm to use Ganga waterway

Largest container firm to use Ganga waterway


The world's largest container shipping company Maersk Line will  move 16 containers on the Ganga river from Varanasi to Kolkata, the Shipping Ministry has said.

'Maersk Line will move 16 containers on river Ganga (National Waterway-1) from Varanasi to Kolkata tomorrow. The firm is onboard India's inland waterways for the first time,' the ministry said in a statement.

On November 12, the  Prime Minister had  dedicated India's first riverine multimodal terminal on river Ganga (National Waterway-1) at Varanasi to the nation.

The government is developing NW-1 under from Haldia to Varanasi with the technical and financial assistance of the World Bank at an estimated cost of RS.5,369 crore, the ministry said.

Earlier firms like PepsiCo, Emami Agrotech, IFFCO Fertilizers, and Dabur India, had moved their containers on the  Ganga, it added.