• The Central government has declared transport services for carriage of goods by water and services connected with movement or storage of goods in ports as essential services.
  • In an office order issued on March 23, the shipping ministry has asked port authorities of all major ports and state maritime boards that administer non-major ports, to ensure that cargo operations are not hampered by the lockdown imposed by state governments, a government official briefed on the order said.
  • Kerala, which has imposed a lockdown, has exempted movement of cargo through ports.
  • Indian Railways has decided not to levy haulage charges for movement of empty containers and empty flat wagons from March 24, 2020 till April 30, in a bid to promote greater use of rail for movement of cargo to deal with the fallout of the corona virus.
  • The coronavirus crisis will cause global wind energy additions in 2020 to decline by 4.9 Gigawatt (GW) compared to previous projections, research and consultancy firm Wood Mackenzie said, adding due to the pandemic and other market changes total forecast wind additions for 2020 is now expected to be 73 GW.
  • India’s coal stocks breached 100 million tonne (mt) as power demand weakened, leading to lower coal sales since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.
  • Coal India officials said the company continues to produce around 2.5 mt of coal daily, but less than 2 mt was dispatched to the power sector in the past 15 days which led stocks to pile up drastically in its pitheads.
  • While the coal stocks in the Maharatna company peaked to around 60 mt, coal stocks in power plants rose to 41.41 mt, the highest ever inventory level in the country till date.
  • Coal India has postponed its annual stock measurement from April 1 to April 15, following advisory issued by the government and cancellation of train movement due to threat posed by outbreak of pandemic COVID-19.
  • Coal India (CIL) output peaked to a new high of 3.17 million tonne on March 20 the highest ever single day production so far overtaking the 3.14 million tonne production that the coal mining recorded on March 25, 2019.