India’s Union Minister of Ports, Shipping & Waterways Mr Sarbananda Sonowal, flagged off the maiden voyage of barges with a consignment of 1798 tonnes of finished steel products of Tata Steel Limited from Haldia to Pandu in Assam through the Indo-Bangladesh Protocol Route. The consignment of steel products of Tata Steel arrived at Haldia Dock Complex through the Railway mode; loaded onto barges DB ABDUL KALAM and DB KALPANA CHAWLA chartered by SMPK at berth no 11 operated by TMILL who have organized movement of the cargo and loading at their berth. Ocean Whale Services will operate the barges for the voyage. The barges will move from Haldia to IWAI Pandu terminal in Assam. The barges will move along NW-I – Indo-Bangladesh Protocol Route – NW-II.In the return leg, the barges will load coal provided by Fuel Sources India Pvt. Ltd. where LSC Solutions is providing ground logistic support along with last mile delivery, and is destined for unloading at SMPK at Kolkata.This maiden voyage showcases multimodal movement of cargo along with harnessing of the power of river sea combination. This paves the way for seamless & robust integrated logistics solutions towards utilizing inland waterways and IBP route in a more cost efficient and environment friendly manner thereby benefitting the region and the country as a whole.