India lifts ban on Chinese cranes

Published on May 16, 2015 11:36:36 AM
India has lifted ban on the use of Chinese cranes at ports across the country, a move to strengthen the bilateral ties between the two countries. After several rounds of discussions over the use of Chinese equipment, Defence ministry permitted Shipping ministry to use cranes in strategic Indian ports.

In June 2014, Defence ministry had banned the use of Chinese equipment at ports citing security reasons. The Shipping ministry had written to Defence ministry for security clearance on crane orders with USD 115 million by different companies at two major ports.

Mumbai based Gammon India ordered 12 cranes from Shanghai’s Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co, which is the largest heavy-duty equipment manufacturer in the world.