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Photos: India Flags Off First Container Mainline Vessel At Tuticorin

India first Mainline Vessel

Image Credits: Ministry of Shipping

At present containers from Tuticorin to Far East countries viz Malaysia, Singapore, China and Hong Kong are transited by the feeder vessels to Colombo where they are further connected to the mother vessel.

With Mainline call being done directly at Tuticorin, there will be saving on account of the transhipment cost. EXIM trade will benefit and there will be a saving of approximately 50 USD per container as the handling of a container at Colombo will not be required. This service will give benefit to the importers and exporters in terms of saving transhipment cost and transit time.

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Image Credits: Ministry of Shipping

With the strategic location of the Port being so close to the East-West Trade route and a draft of 16 m, the Port is poised to attract more mainline vessels and has the potential to become a transhipment hub of South India.

In the last four years, Tuticorin Port has made investments to the tune of Rs. 1,500 Crore towards the improvement of infrastructure with the focus to unlock efficiencies at the Port as well as add capacity to reduce logistics cost for EXIM and domestic trade under Sagarmala.

Nitin Gadkari Flags off

Image Credits: Ministry of Shipping

“In order to make the Tuticorin port a mainline port we have redesigned the development project of Rs 2000 Cr and now the deepening of the port would be done in less than Rs 500 Cr, after which all vessels with a draft of 16 meters can call on the port.”, said the Minister.

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Image Credits: Ministry of Shipping

“Tuticorin has huge potential to become a major industrial hub. We are planning to develop a 1000 acre industrial area similar to JNPT in this port. I would also like to reiterate that Tuticorin has been seen by customers as one of the most customer-friendly port and trade in Tuticorin is very enterprising. Competitive Port tariff, improved infrastructure and customer friendly approach will make Tuticorin Port more reliable and competitive”, he added.

In his address the Chief Minister Tamil Nadu, Shri Edappadi K. Palaniswami stated that today’s historic mainline service to far east countries will boost exports in Tamil Nadu. The initiative taken by the Port will support overall economic growth in the state.

Reference: pib.nic.in

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