River Sea Container Vessel Launched by a Kerala Firm

Published on: 30 Apr, 2013
Published under: Ernakulam District News, Kerala Business News

29 April 2013

Great Sea Vembanad, owned by Great Sea Shipping Pvt Ltd, has been deployed into the waters by K.M.Chandrasekahar, Vice-Chairman of State Planning Board, at Century Shipyard, Panavally. N.J. Thomas, Managing Director and CEO, Great Sea Shipping Pvt Ltd said that the vessel with a capacity to carry 51 TEU was designed for coastal transportation between the minor ports in the State.

The company has plans to start fixed port-to-port service from Kochi to Kollam shortly. It is in advanced stage of discussions with the cashew trade for moving containers using the river-sea vessel. There will be a regular sailing on every alternate day from Kochi to Kollam and vice versa, he said.

Specifically designed for coastal transportation, river-sea ships can ply seamlessly from sea into inland waterways and vice versa. Kerala with a coastline of 590 km and 205 km waterways (NW 3) is ideally suited for the operation of river-sea vessels especially because of the presence of a major port and 17 intermediary and minor ports, he added.

Source – http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/logistics/kerala-firm-launches-riversea-vessel-for-cargo-transport/article4666931.ece

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