More steam to coastal shipping

The Ker­ala Ports depart­ment has asked the trans­port depart­ment to ex­plore the pos­si­bil­ity of ban­ning heavy ve­hi­cles move­ment and giv­ing fresh boost to coastal shipping.

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The move to ban trans­port of heavy con­tain­ers by road is ex­pected to give a fresh boost to coastal shipping in Ker­ala.

The State Ports depart­ment has asked the trans­port depart­ment to ex­plore the pos­si­bil­ity of ban­ning the move­ment of heavy con­tainer trucks and tankers car­ry­ing in­flammable goods on roads dur­ing peak hours. The decision to de­con­gest the high­way be­tween Thiru­vanan­tha­pu­ram and Kasar­godeis chal­leng­ing due to lack of in­fra­struc­ture and avail­able re­sources, in­dus­try ex­perts said.

To take ad­van­tage of the sit­u­a­tion, the Cochin Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try sug­gested the gov­ern­ment to utilise the ex­ist­ing coastal shipping as well as in­land wa­ter trans­port fa­cil­i­ties for cargo move­ment to be­gin with.

CS Kartha, Cochin Cham­ber of Com­merce, Pres­i­dent said “Con­tain­ers are al­ready be­ing car­ried from Kol­lam to Kochi Port by spe­cially de­signed ves­sels un­der the new river-sea rules. How­ever, the quan­ti­ties cur­rently be­ing car­ried do not make this a vi­able business propo­si­tion. The vol­ume may im­prove once the ship­pers know the cost ad­van­tage in mov­ing con­tainer by sea.” The coastal or river sea route is al­ready avail­able in Kochi with the in­tro­duc­tion of In­dia’s first roll-on, roll- off dou­ble ended ferry project to take con­tainer traf­fic off the al­ready heav­ily con­gested city roads.

How­ever, this ser­vice at present op­er­ates at less than 30 per cent ca­pac­ity due to lower con­tainer traf­fic. With the ex­ten­sion of this ferry ser­vice right from Kun­danoor to the en­trance of the con­tainer road at Kala­massery, the most heav­ily con­gested sec­tions of the high­way be­tween Kun­danoor and Eda­pally would be re­duced con­sid­er­ably.

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