8th Norway-India Joint Working Group Maritime Meeting
The 8th Norway-India Joint Working Group Maritime meeting was held in Mumbai, India.
- Norway has the technical expertise in Maritime sector and India has huge potential for development of Maritime sector and large pool of trained seafarers, which make both countries natural complementary partners.
- Earlier, India had also prepared Maritime India Vision 2030, which has identified more than 150 initiatives across various maritime sectors like ports, shipping and waterways focusing on capacity augmentation etc.
- Discussion was held on use of alternative fuels like green ammonia and hydrogen for futuristic shipping.
- The Norwegian Green Shipping Programme has been successful and the experience and expertise was shared in the meeting.
- India and Norway are part of the Green Voyage 2050 project.
- Both parties agreed on willingness, devotion, partnership and capacity building for achieving common goals.
- India is a signatory to Hongkong Convention for Recycling of Ships.
- In the meeting, India requested that European Union regulation should not hinder recycling of non-European countries which are compliant as per International Convention.
- Norway was requested not to prolong Ship recycling to India as a lot of investment has been made by Indian recyclers.
- The Norwegian delegation will also take part in INMARCO, the Green Shipping Conclave, and the Maritime ShEO conference.
- The Maritime ShEO conference is supported by Norway and focused on maritime diversity and sustainability, including gender equality in the maritime industry.