The Ministry of Commerce was responsible for all matter relating to policy and administration of merchant shipping. Subsequently, it was felt that there should be separate organizations to deal with all execute matters relating to merchant shipping. Accordingly, the Directorate General of Shipping was set up in September 1949, with headquarters at Bombay. It functions, inter alias, include

  • Matters affecting merchant shipping, navigation, administration of merchant shipping
  • Development of Indian shipping
  • Regulation of ocean freight rates in overseas trade