Port Awaits Mainline Vessel, Container Train
Kochi, May 04:
KOCHI: The Cochin port is buzzing with activities related to logistics as another mainline vessel and a train carrying containers from North India are scheduled to arrive here this week. SCI Mumbai, the second vessel deployed by Shipping Corporation of India for conducting services on Colombo-Cochin-JNP-Mudra-Salalah-Gio-Tauro-Felixstowe-Hamburg-Antwerp- Gio Tauro-Colombo route will call at International Container Transshipment Terminal (ICTT), Vallarpadam, on Friday.
SCI Chennai, the first vessel deployed by the SCI, had called at ICTT on April 13. The service opens up connectivity between Inland Container Depots in North India to ICTT. The SCI authorities had earlier said that they would deploy more vessels connecting ICTT Vallarpadam.
Also, the second train of Arshiya Rail Infrastructure Limited connecting North India to the Cochin port will also reach this week. The bi-weekly train service was launched by Arshiya Rail Infrastructure Limited, a subsidiary of supply chain and logistics major Arshiya International, in April. “We are very happy to see an increase in cargo coming to the ICTT for transshipment. ICTT, which was facing various troubles, is gradually picking up,” said P M Mohammed Hanifa of Cochin Port Staff Association (CPSA).
He also urged the Union government to take a final decision regarding� relaxation in Cabotage Law. “It is high time that the government should take a final decision as the Planning Commission and legal authorities have recommended the relaxation,” he added.