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.

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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

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