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Coastal movement of cargo picks up in Kerala while a similar project in the east coast fails to take off

Round The Coast Pvt Ltd, the recently launched green intermodal logistics venture of the J M Baxi Group, will start its second service in the next two months linking Kollam, Alappuzha and Thiruvananthapuram, helping it expand coverage of the entire length of Kerala from South to North linking the State’s cargo generating centres.

New Service called Green Freight Corridor 3 (GF 3)

Christened the Green Freight Corridor 3 (GFC-3), the planned new service will complement the GFC-2 service which was flagged off on June 29 connecting Cochin with the North Kerala districts of Kozhikode, Kannur, Malapuram and Wayanad. The GFC-2 service has completed 11 voyages since its start, transporting 440 laden and 373 empty twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), said Kiran Nandre, Chief Executive Officer, RoundTheCoast.

The service has helped move import containers loaded with veneers from Cochin to Azhikkal by sea, a first such activity. Till recently, the veneers cargo arriving at Cochin Port were moved to Azhikkal by road. The service also helped move export containers from Azhikkal for some premium customers as well as return cargo from minor ports to Deendayal Port in Kandla.

Round The Coast transports container cargo from Rajasthan to Deendayal port

Round The Coast has begun transporting container cargo from Rajasthan via its GFC-1 service to Deendayal Port in Kandla and onwards to Cochin Port on feeder ships and finally on the GFC-2 short sea service to Beypore he said. The Green Freight Corridor service seeks to maximise usage of economical, ecological and energy efficient logistics model through waterways for developing strategic infrastructure for the nation. The first GFC-2 service was run from Cochin to Beypore with only 13 containers, underscoring the firm’s commitment to reliability. The company now proposes to run two weekly services on the GFC-2 sector,

Freight Corridors, while becoming a lead logistics provider for customers, offering innovative, sustainable, cost_effective and efficient quality solutions,” Nandre stated. The GFC-2 service has received whole-hearted support from customers on the back of trade meets held in collaboration with Cochin Port Trust, D P World and The Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

A similar coastal service planned from Chennai has not taken off

A similar coastal service planned from Chennai Puducherry Karaikal Nagapatinam ports has not taken off because of various technical issues including a three year delay in deepening Puducherry port and lack of support from the Union shipping Ministry.  Infra facilities in the east coast received a raw deal from the Union ministry for the past several years.

Several projects cleared by the Union cabinet and the budget are put on hold without rhyme or reason.

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