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Old 7th February 2019, 11:41   #1
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Come May, Mumbaikars wanting to take their car to Alibaug won’t have to worry about driving for three hours. A roll-on-roll-off ship—popularly called RoRo—which can accommodate cars and private buses, is likely to be launched between the Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) and Mandwa/Dighi by April-end or early May.

The Ro-Ro will have space for 10 buses, 40 cars and 250 passengers and reduce the journey to an hour. Sources said the rates would be finalised only through the tendering process, and are expected to be around Rs 300-400 for a car, Rs 700-800 for a bus and Rs 200-300 for an individual passenger.
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Superb news! This has been a long awaited project to improve connectivity between Mumbai and Alibag. Currently speed boats and ferries ply between Gateway of India ? Ferry Wharf and Mandwa Jetty. People carry cycles and sometimes even two wheelers on this. However, a car carrier would enable those going towards Konkan / Goa region to cut down significantly on travel time.

Consider the 100+ km road distance between the two:
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And less than 15 km via Sea:
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A Ro-Ro stands for Roll on - Roll off, where vehicles can drive onto a ship via ramps. World over, such ships are used to traverse lakes, rivers, seas and oceans as well as to transport cars (say from a car factory). While some are small like this...
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... there are massive ones with over 4000+ car capacity:
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Recently, NYK shipping company opened a Ro-Ro terminal at Pipavav, Gujarat in 2015 to transport cars manufactured in the state. The first batch consisted of 1,380 Ford cars:
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The MV Faust, meanwhile is one of the largest car carriers with a capacity for 8,000 cars or 3,484 cars and 468 buses:
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Encouraging to hear that we Indians are getting more sea minded and understanding that transportation by sea can have advantages over road and rail. With the exception of some areas like Assam, Bengal, Goa & Kerala we are a water transport averse nation despite having 5200 kms of rivers navigable by medium sized mechanized boats & barges and a further 4500 kms of canals that can operate smaller mechanized barges.

Water transport is by far the cheapest on fuel & horsepower when compared to rail and road. To share some rough numbers. A 7,500 shp diesel engine can propel a 35,000 tonne ship at a comfortable 21 kmph (~12 knots). This ship could carry a net payload of around 25,000 tonnes - 3.33 hp/tonne. A railway locomotive of 2000 shp could pull along a train of say 2500 tonnes at about 40 kmph 1.25 hp/tonne albeit at a slightly faster speed. A truck of 200 hp ?? There is no comparison.

Water transport especially at sea has the advantage of no signals, no traffic chokes, no waiting for another train with higher priority to pass etc. However unlike a truck in most cases it cannot do a door to door delivery. Each mode of transport has a role to play with regard to cost, bulk, door-to-door convenience etc. Nice to see we are looking at the sea as a highway.

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Any updates on this yet?? I know its not open but
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While this is a good move, wait times for Ferry boats are high and no longer sustainable for the number of people Bombay carries. Especially those that travel out every weekend to take a breath. The toll traffic at Vashi bridge is what will end up at the ferry terminal should this RoRo service offer any hope to cut down time.

The long term and scalable solution is commissioning of MTHL - Mumbai Trans harbour link that will run between Sewri and Uran / JNPT / New Bombay. The blueprint can be seen in this video:

And the construction of the link has already commenced:

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