Far East connections
The India-Far East Express service provides a weekly connection between the Far East and India. APM Terminals Pipavav authorities said it shows their operational efficiency and service.
APM Terminals Pipavav announced the commencement of the INDFEX service at Pipavav. The INDFEX (India –Far East Express) is run in consortium with Wanhai, K-Line, Shipping Corporation of India, Pacific International Lines (PIL) and Simatech. Wan Hai is deploying two vessels and the others deploying one each. The service provides a weekly connection between the Far East and India.
The first vessel m.v. Wan Hai 509 berthed at Pipavav on March 14, 2016 in the presence of officials of APM Terminals Pipavav and crew captained by Captain Ma Ke Zeng. The operations were carried out using the new Post Panamax cranes, recently installed at the port.
The vessel is a testimony of the infrastructure capabilities APM Terminals Pipavav has built over the years in handling container vessels, bulk and liquid cargo and RoRo vessels. Commenting on this, Keld Pedersen, Managing Director, APM Terminals Pipavav said, “We are delighted to welcome the new service of m.v. Wan Hai 509at APM Terminals Pipavav. We thank the consortium for choosing our port and assure to provide the best services through our operation efficiency and service capabilities and dedicated and well trained employees.”
To promote transshipment at Indian ports, the Ministry of Shipping has allowed some relaxations in cabotage rules. The ministry has relaxed cabotage restriction for container transshipment ports carrying less than 50 per cent of container cargo handled by it. This will be applicable to EXIM-laden and empty containers only. Any new or existing container port handling transshipment traffic can apply for the relaxation to Directorate General of Shipping, said the ministry. Directorate General of Shipping shall grant relaxation for a period of one year for existing port and two years for a new port. Apart from other details, the port has to submit the existing container traffic being handled by the port and the projected transshipment of containers on quarter-wise basis for a period of one year.
A step towards the journey to be the ‘Port of choice’ for all container, bulk and liquid cargo and RoRo vessels coming into and going from Western India