Patsloke Marine Group and TMG (International) Uk signed an MoU in 2017 to collaborate for providing their services into the Asia region from UAE to China. Their expertise into the Inland waterways and the Port development is extensive and that includes the personal experience of the management team of TMG.
At the Global Investor's Summit held at Guwahati(Assam) on the 3rd and 4th of February 2018, TMG has entered into a MoU with the Government of Assam to operate water taxis on the Brahmaputra at Guwahati.
- Ministry of shipping has declared IWT (Inland Water Transport) as one of its focus areas of development.
- Major projects such as the Jal Marg Pariyojana and Integrated National Waterways Transportation Grid (INWTG- which aims to interlink the declared national waterways) are being taken up.
- 100% grant from Minsitry of Shipping for infrastructure development.
- IWT fleet augmentation and modernization by the private sector
- Design and construction of low draft vessels
The Government of Assam plans to transforn the quality of IWT service and integrate high quality passenger and vehicle ferry services. The Government of Assam has taken several initiatives such as allocation of substantial funds towards fairway development ( Fund allocation for the financial year 2016-2017 was to the tune of 11.8 million USD), development of night navigational facilities and terminals, showcasing the potential of the Assam IWT sector at various events and investment summits across the globe.
World Bank Support
In order to modernize and transform IWT in Assam, the World bank has pledged to assist the Government of Assam through a phase wise project.
Phase 1 includes ferry infrastructure and last mile connectivity, fleet modernization, procurement of new vessels, development of 24 hr. navigational aids, incentive scheme for local and private sector operators, development of search and rescue organization.
Phase 2 may include improvements in river navigability, investment in modal change infrastructure, last mile connectivity and sector reform
The River Brahmaputra
- One of the largest rivers in the world- navigable for most of its length
- The river is about 2900 km long with 891 kms in Assam
- Declared as NW2 in 1988
- Maximum depth of 120 metres and average depth of 38 metres
- 15 floating jetties under construction
- 24 hr night navigation facilities are put in place by IWAI from Dhubri to Dibrugarh
- High level jetty is operational since 2015 at Pandu (Guwahati)
- Ro-Ro terminal has become operational at Dhubri
Water Taxi Operations
In order to facilitate route mapping and gauge passenger demand we have initiated a pilot project with WT PATSLOKE-I , an 8 seater FRP passenger boat capable of achieving 14 knots. The boat is currently plying between the South and North banks of the Brahmaputra at Guwahati, with plans of extending services upto Palasbari (Guwahati) which would considerably reduce the travel time from city center to the airport to approximately 30 mins ( current travel time by road- approximately 90 mins).
Future plans include providing RO-RO vehicular and passenger service ; fast ferry service from city centre to Majuli (biggest island on the Brahmaputra river)