Maersk Line has commenced shipment
of papayas from Mangalore in Karnataka to Jebel Ali, UAE through its container
vessel M. V. Tiger Goman. This opens up a niche cargo category of shipping
non-frozen goods (fruits) using reefers from the region (Mandya, Karnataka) to
New Mangalore port. Indian Papayas used to move to Gulf from Chennai port. This
would mean additional journey time of at least one week.
Reefer services from Maersk Line link the farms to the ports, enabling
transportation between the point of origin and the port for specialised cargo
that needs expertise and care.
This facilitates ease of doing business providing an economical and
reliable mode of transport as compared to air freight and a one-stop solution
closer to the place of origin of cargo.
This acceptance of the fruit cargo via New Mangalore Port has further
reduced the transportation time, resulting in cost savings along with
considerable reduction in carbon footprint. This has also enabled avoiding the
state border tax. Previously, the transportation used to happen through JNPT or
Maersk Line’s fleet of reefers come along with RCM—Remote Controlled
Management—a simple technology consisting of a modem, GPS, wireless SIM card
and satellite link, which enables to inspect and monitor the reefers all over
"India is one of the largest producers of papayas in the world. This
breakthrough shipment is likely to allow Indian traders to reach out to newer
and larger markets, helping them to enable and tap the growth potential held by
the fruit export market," Mr Franck Dedenis, Head of West Central Asia
Maersk Line holds the right expertise in monitoring and maintaining the
temperature required for movement of such specialised commodities. The
milestone achievement will certainly enable faster trade, present new market
opportunities and add value to the existing supply chain industry in the years
Earlier this year, Maersk Line had enabled sea transport for a shipment of
kinnow from Himachal pradesh through the National capital region. It is also
working on developing sea transport protocol for different commodities that
have export potential for India in the long term, said a release.