The Coastal Maritime Pact currently allows ships up to 6,000 gross tonnage (GT), due to size limitations imposed by the Rules for Sea-River Vessels (RSV), defined separately by the Directorate General of Indian Navigation and the Department of Navigation of Bangladesh. This is due to the fact that Article II of the Pact signed on 6 June 2015 only covers vessels flying the Indian and Bangladeshi flags meeting RSV or equivalent standards for the operation of services between the two countries. Bangladesh is India`s largest trading partner in South Asia. The opening of the coastal road between India and Bangladesh is expected to offer an alternative route for Exim freight transport between the two countries. The start of coastal shipping between India and Bangladesh will increase bilateral trade between the two countries and reduce exim freight transport costs, the statement said. Indian ports, which serve as transshipment ports for Bangladeshi cargo, will benefit from improved coastal traffic between India and Bangladesh. According to V K Singh, managing director of Shreyas Shipping & Logistics Ltd, the size and standard restrictions only apply to protocol routes mentioned in the Coastal Maritime Pact. The Government of India has taken part in the India-Bangladesh Coastal Shipping Agreement for the implementation of coastal freight transport between the two countries. In addition, Dhamra Port, V.O. Chidambaranar Port Trust (formerly Tuticorin Port Trust) and Kamarajar Port Ltd will be included in the agreement as ports of call….