Former Union Minister of State for Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, Mr. Mansukh Mandaviya recently inaugurated the loading operation of the first voyage of Coastal Shipping Service- Green Freight Corridor 2 from Cochin Port to the ports of Beypore and Azhikkhal ports.
According to a press release, Green Freight Corridor service is operated by Round The Coast Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai, a JM Baxi Group Company. This will connect Kochi-Beypore-Azhikkal ports, and later Kollam port will be added to this service. M/s JM Baxi is the general agent for the service. This regular service will help reduce the logistic cost to Northern Kerala, considerably.
Cochin Port offering 50% rebate in vessel related charges for River Sea vessels.
The Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways aims to provide seaborne connectivity to the trade and industries in the hinterland, minimize congestion on the rail and road other than bringing down logistics costs.
The commodities that would be shipped would include Rice, Wheat, Salt, Construction Material, Sanitary Wares, Cement, etc. unloaded at Cochin from Gujarat. On the return leg, the Operators are targeting to move exim cargo such as Plywood, Footwear, Textiles, Coffee, etc. Similarly, the imported Cashew containers would also be moved from Cochin to Kollam at a later stage.
To promote coastal shipping of containers, Cochin Port is offering 50% rebate in vessel related charges for the River Sea vessels.