A.P Moller-Maersk (Maersk) has added a new weekly service connecting the DP World-operated International Container Transhipment Terminal (ICTT) at the Port of Cochin, India, to ports in the Far East.
The new service will offer direct connectivity from West Africa to Cochin and to major manufacturing hubs, starting with the maiden call of the vessel M.V. Kmarin Azur on 7 May 2021.
The service will allow customers to reach global markets directly without transhipping at the Port of Colombo, Sri Lanka, cutting transit time by as much as 10 days.
The terminal has registered remarkable 48% year-on-year (YoY) volume growth, surpassing overall South India growth of 23% for the same period.
This has led to increase in Cochin Port ranking to number 2 among all South Indian Terminals. The Terminal achieved this growth by enhancing direct vessel connections and strengthening rail connectivity to hinterland markets.
DP World said ICTT caters to large number of customers across vast hinterland including Coimbatore, Tirupur, Salem, Erode, Mysore located in states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
The terminal operator also said the ICTT offers “excellent rail connectivity” to Bangalore thereby supporting customers to connect cargo directly to mainline vessels at shorter transit time.
The terminal continues to be highly efficient and productive with an average Gross Crane Rate (GCR) of 30+ moves per hour, which is at par with global standards.
Praveen Joseph, CEO, DP World Port Terminal Cochin, said “Our emphasis continues on improving direct connections and providing our customers with reliable, faster and cost-effective options to ship out of Cochin Port. The new Service will immensely boost Cashew, Raw Cotton and Timber trade from Kerala, Tamil Nadu & nearby regions by providing direct connectivity to key global markets.
At DP World, it is our constant endeavour to deliver the best services to our partners in the supply chain with highest levels of efficiency. We are extremely pleased to be chosen by our customers, and this further reinforces their confidence in our capabilities to add value to trade.”