The DP World-operated India Gateway Terminal Pvt. Ltd at Cochin Port had
handled a record number of fifty one thousand TEUS in October this year with
western Tamil Nadu contributing to most of the traffic.
This growth was due to the rise in traffic from the hinterland of Tamil
Nadu, comprising cargo like coir, coco peat, garments, activated carbon and
various machinery. The terminal witnessed a 25 per cent growth in volume in
October 2017 compared to its performance in October 2016, further establishing
its position as the terminal of choice in the South India market, stressed a
Mr Jibu Kurien Itty, Chief Executive Officer, DP World Cochin, said,
"We at DP World are committed towards providing the best services to our
customers and partners in the supply chain. Our teams are focused on increasing
the productivity through adoption of new technology and undertaking innovative
initiatives such as building last mile connectivity along with providing
flexibility in accepting late cargo. These have resulted in an increase in the
movement of commodities from the Tamil Nadu hinterland to rest of the
DP World Cochin serves as the natural gateway to the vast industrial and
agricultural produce markets of South and West India. The terminal has three
direct sailings to the Middle East and four sailings to Colombo per week.
Through its strong feeder network, it is well connected to other Indian ports
on both coasts, including Mundra, Pipavav, Nhava Sheva, Goa, Mangalore,
Tuticorin, Chennai and Visakhapatnam.
With enhanced volumes and the feeder network the terminal boasts, shipping
lines are evaluating new mainline services at Cochin, which will further
improve connectivity to global markets. Currently, through its mainline
services, Cochin is connected to Australia, Europe, the Mediterranean, Far East
and South-East Asia, the release said.