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Major automakers in India start coastal shipping of cars

Major automakers in India start coastal shipping of cars
Nikhil Puthran Nikhil Puthran Tuesday 27 September 2016, 15:21 PM

One of the oldest mode of transportation is finally being put to good use by major automakers in the country. Key players like Renault, Ford, Hyundai, Toyota and Honda will be transporting their cars in bulk across the country by via coastal shipping. The first consignment of 500 cars will arrive at Cochin Port, one of the top 12 major ports in the country and distributed across various dealerships in Kerala.

M V Dresden, a Cyprus registered vessel, also the first licensed foreign flag ship conducting service between ports in India will be used for transportation services. The ship will conduct services between Ennore-Cochin-Kandla-Cochin-Ennore, thereby connecting automobile production hubs in Tamil Nadu in the East coast and Gujarat and Haryana in the West coast of India. The ship with 13 decks has a capacity of holding 4,300 cars.

Additionally, in view of requirements for highly clean surroundings and storage area for car handling, the Q7 berth at Ernakulam Wharf has been shortlisted by the Cochin Port, as it offers a clean yard of 4,000 Sq metre area. The Q7 berth will be used to store cars till the time it is being delivered to dealers, which generally happens in about a week’s time. The port expects to see a steady source of income of about Rs 3 to 6 crores per annum in addition to significantly contributing to environmental safety by eliminating thousands of trucks from the road and the resultant emission savings.


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