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New cargo ship service between Mundra, Kollam

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The ship will touch Beypore, Azheekal en route.

Formalities have been completed by the Ports Department to operate a regular container ship service between the Mundra port in Gujarat and the Kollam port, touching Beypore and Azheekal.

An agreement in this connection will be signed with a private shipping company based in Goa soon after the local body elections.

Sources in the department said on Wednesday that in all probability, the service would commence in December.

Incentives

The ship has the capacity to carry 48 containers and is also equipped with a crane. This enables the ship to anchor at ports that are not equipped with container cranes to load or offload containers.

Operating the ship will be the responsibility of the private company, but the government will provide incentives to the company. The sources said a regular service would make the Kollam port attractive for other shipping companies.

Five days

The sailing time from Mundra to Kollam will be about five days. The vessel will arrive in Kollam as a non-stop service from Mundra.

But in the return direction, it would anchor at Beypore and Azheekal. The sources said that details of the type of cargo to be shipped for the arrival and return sail had been worked out.

The Kollam port was inaugurated in October 2007. But a regular shipping service had been eluding the port though at intervals a few ships did arrive with cargo. In August this year, the arrival of a ship from West Africa with raw cashewnuts gave much hope on cargo handling becoming a regular affair at the port.

The port has facilities like a container crane, container forklift, and a tug. It is also a Customs-notified port. The first container ship called at the port in January 2014.

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