vizag container shipping sslA new container service will bridge the gap of a much-needed service to middle east and to the west from Vizag. Shreyas Shipping and Logistics Limited, part of Transworld Group of Companies, launched direct container service from Visakhapatnam to Jebel Ali (Dubai) with the maiden call of SSL GUJARAT at Visakha Container Terminal (VCT) on Friday, which was facilitated by the VCT team.With the commencement of the Middle East service, the VCT is now amongst the top terminals with both the East and West bound direct main line services. The VCT with its modern container handling infrastructure facilities and deepest draft available in the country is poised to be the regional hub on the East Coast of India. The Visakhapatnam Port is handling the highest transshipment traffic and this service provides further fillip to growth in this direction

The SSL Gujarat is the new acquisition in the company’s fleet and directly deployed on PIX2 (Pan India X-press) service on rotation Jebel Ali-Mundra-Kattupalli-Vizag- Tuticorin-Cochin-Jebel Ali. The unique rotation of the service from Vizag will greatly benefit not only local cargo but also would give a fillip to ICD and Transhipment cargo. The SSL Sagarmala deployed on East Coast service will provide feeder support to PIX2 service connecting Kolkata, Haldia, Paradip and Kakinada over Vizag for import as well as export cargo and develop Vizag as transshipment hub on the East Coast of India for both domestic as well as Exim cargo. The Exim cargo for Arabian Gulf countries, which are presently being transshipped at Colombo, will get transshipped at Vizag and shipped out directly from Vizag.

The service will cater to the movement of domestic containers between Indian ports, Coastal Exim transshipment containers and direct liner cargoes to and from Arabian Gulf countries. With the direct calls from various Indian ports on the East and South Coast of India as per the service rotation, the shippers can avail faster transit and also economical service. The service commenced with two vessels on a fortnightly basis and very soon one more vessel will be inducted to provide faster frequency.

The service goes hand in hand with the vision of the Indian Government starting from acquisition of Indian tonnage to extension of coastal container service to East Coast of India covering all major ports and terminals, transshipment over Indian terminals instead of foreign port and also direct shipment of cargo, which are currently transshipped over Colombo.