Thursday, July 11, 2013

DP World’s ICTT greets first direct Maersk main line from West Africa

Source: http://www.sagarsandesh.com/news/dp-worlds-ictt-greets-first-direct-maersk-main-line-from-west-africa/

DP World’s International Container Trans-shipment Terminal (ICTT) has added another feather in its cap with the berthing of MV NEWYORKER, underlining that ICTT is becoming the preferred choice and much sought-after port in India for foreign shipping lines. MV NEWYORKER was berthed at ICTT at 8.20 AM on July 9 at ICTT Vallarpadam. Maersk Line has planned five vessels in this service.

This is the first Maersk Line FW1 direct main line service which has called at ICTT and will be mainly carrying raw cashew from the West African ports like Bissau and Abidjan to Cochin. The vessel is carrying 1185 TEU (twenty foot equivalent container units) to Cochin and will also have trans-shipment volumes to Tuticorin and Mangalore.

West Africa is a major sourcing hub for raw cashew. This service has commenced mainly to cater to the growing raw cashew imports from Africa. There is a major inflow of raw cashew to the processing units in Kollam and other parts of Southern India and this service will play a pivotal role for the trade. The raw cashew imports season from West Africa to Cochin starts from June-July and continues until late August.

Speaking on the occasion Mr. K.K. Krishnadas, CEO, DP World Cochin, said: “DP World constantly strives to provide the best in class service to its customers. There are many geographical advantages of Cochin: the port is well connected by rail, road and sea, it has state-of-the-art equipment and infrastructure, and it is non-tidal, all of which is beneficial for the trade.”

ICTT has recently increased its draft to 14.5 metres which will further increase its capacity to handle large main line vessels.

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