Guidelines for floating structures issued by Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways

The Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways has issued the guidelines for floating structures with a vision to set up world-class floating infrastructure all along the coastline in the upcoming projects as per the provisions contained in the guidelines.

The guidelines set out various technical aspects for implementation of Floating Jetties or Platforms for Marinas, Minor Harbors, Fishing Harbours or Fish landing centers, Waterdromes and such other similar facilities in coastal areas, estuaries, waterways, rivers and reservoirs. These guidelines may also be suitably utilized for floating pontoons or platforms in various waterborne systems and floating wave attenuators or breakwaters for Minor Harbors or Fish Landing facilities.

Floating structure because of its inherent advantages is an attractive solution and it is being promoted by the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways. The benefits of floating jetties or structures over the conventional quay and fixed concrete structures include its cost-effectiveness, faster implementation, easily expandable and relocatable and having minimal environmental impacts.

The document of finalized guidelines along with Specification or Schedule of Technical Requirements for floating structures can be accessed at These guidelines would be helpful for all Maritime states, State Maritime Boards, Major Ports, Inland Waterways Authority of India and Fisheries Departments of all State governments for their upcoming projects.

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