Ministry of Shipping is now ‘Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways’

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has renamed the Ministry of Shipping to “Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways”. The change in the nomenclature was announced by the PM Modi at the inaugural virtual event of Ro-Pax terminal at Surat’s Hazira.


Prime Minister, while renaming of Ministry of Shipping, highlighted how in most of the developed nations the Ministry of Shipping handles waterways and ports. This is why now in India, Ports and waterways are being added to the Ministry of Shipping. He further highlighted that as the name of the ministry have clarity, there will be more clarity in the way the ministry would be working.  Mansukh L. Mandaviya who is the Union Minister of Shipping presently would continue to be the minister of the new named Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways. On the occasion, RO-Pax ferry service was also flagged off.

Ro-Pax ferry Service

This is the ferry service between Hazira and Ghogha. It will reduce the distance between the two terminal from 370 km to 90 km by seat route. Also, It will reduce the journey time to 3-4 hours from 10-12 hours earlier.

Recent amendments in the Ministry

Till November 2000, there was only one ministry called “Ministry of Surface Transport”. On November 17, 2000, the “Ministry of Surface Transport” was divided into two new ministries namely, the Ministry of Shipping and the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. Again On October 2, 2004, the bifurcated ministries were merged and renamed as “Ministry of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways”. The ministry then comprises two departments namely, “Department of Road transport and Highways” and “Department of Shipping”.  Later, in 2009, Ministry of Shipping was again established by dividing the two departments into separate ministries. Now, on November 8, 2020 the “Ministry of Shipping” has been renamed as “Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways”.