About Pilot Program and Routes

Pilot Program- Proposed Objectives

  • Demonstrate the clear benefits and value proposition IWT can offer to various stakeholders.
  • Validate a proof of concept to key stakeholders especially logistics service providers (LSPs).
  • Prove alternate supply chain options for ready made garment (RMG) sector and overall containerised Exim cargo traffic in Bangladesh.
  • Showcase performance predictability and improvements across various stages of IWT based supply chain.  
  • Validate various assumptions and identify gaps to be filled in order to sustain IWT value proposition and promote modal shift.
  • Improve the market perception of IWT as a costlier and longer mode of transport.
  • Catalysing modal shift to greener modes like Inland Water Transport and reduce carbon footprint of overall transport ecosystem of Bangladesh.
    Target-> Ready Made Garments Sector (80% of BD Containerised Exports)

    Pilot – Timing and Duration

    Duration: 2-3 months (+ preparatory phase 6-8 months)

    Showcase that pilot is not a one off show Provides a better opportunity for identifying various gaps. Provide opportunity for large number of stakeholders to participate in pilot program and test the efficacy of pilot

    Timing: Q4 2018 or Q1 2019

    Pilot Routes

    Dhaka to Chittagong Complete container stuffing and inspection at river port in Dhaka with Chittagong port acting as the transshipment hub only

    Dhaka to other large ports within range of IWT vessels Complete container stuffing and inspection at river port in Dhaka with transshipment through alternate ports

  • Existing barge fleet may not be sea-worthy for the Dhaka-Vizag or Colombo.
  • Kolkata/Haldia shall be the most prudent alternate transhipment hub.
  • Summit Alliance Ltd already owns the concession for GR Jetty and the Kalighat terminal at Kolkata port.
  • Provide immediate customers moving for cargo originating from or destined for India by road.

    Phased Approach

    Phase 1 – Dhaka to Chittagong Provide strong test bed to validate proof of concept Develop a standard operating procedure, leading to…
    Phase 2 – Dhaka to Haldia / Kolkata