TASS flags off coastal ship­ping ser­vice

The ship will carry tiles, steel coils and gen­eral cargo from Dharam­tar to Ker­ala. On the re­turn leg the ship­ping com­pany is look­ing at cargo such as tyres, la­tex and coir prod­ucts.

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Trans Asian Ship­ping Ser­vices (TASS) will start a new fort­nightly coastal ship­ping ser­vice link­ing Dharam­tar in Ma­ha­rash­tra with Kozhikode, Cochin and Kol­lam in Ker­ala as shipown­ers look to tap in to a trans­port mode.

The mode has given a greater thrust by the Union Gov­ern­ment to re­duce lo­gis­tics costs, pol­lu­tion and oil im­port bill. The com­pany will de­ploy M.V Karuthal, a 2009-built multi-pur­pose con­tainer ves­sel on its ‘In­dian Mi­nor Port Ser­vice’ (IMPS). Karuthal, a 1,600 met­ric tonne (MT) ca­pac­ity ship (can carry 94 con­tain­ers) was till last year oper­at­ing on the Jebel Ali-Doha sec­tor in the Mid­dle East as a for­eign flagged ves­sel. The IMPS will be the ship’s maiden trip after it was con­verted into the In­dian flag, a reg­u­la­tory re­quire­ment for ships to ply on local routes in In­dia car­ry­ing cargo un­der a so-called cab­o­tage law. Karuthal has a draft of 3.2 me­tres making it ideal to run be­tween In­dia’s mi­nor ports (those out­side the con­trol of the Union Gov­ern­ment) which has low depth and, hence, un­suit­able for big­ger ships to dock.

John­son Mathew, Chair­man & Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, TASS, says, “Ini­tially, it will be a fort­nightly ser­vice with du­ra­tion of 12-13 days for a round trip, but Trans Asia hopes to con­vert it into a weekly ser­vice de­pend­ing on the de­mand and re­quire­ments of the trade/end users.” The Mum­bai-Kochi sec­tor is a mar­ket pre­dom­i­nantly con­trolled by truck­ers. With Bharat IV com­ing into force,

`5,000 there is an in­crease of straight­away in truck rentals on the Mum­bai-Kochi route. The ser­vice has the po­ten­tial to take away some 130 trucks off the roads, re­sult­ing in re­duced oil im­ports and the sav­ings aris­ing from it. “A big por­tion of the ex­che­quer is spent from eas­ing road con­ges­tion and re­duc­ing pol­lu­tion in the en­vi­ron­ment.”

Ini­tially, it will be a fort­nightly ser­vice with du­ra­tion of 1213 days for a round trip, but Trans Asia hopes to con­vert it into a weekly ser­vice

John­son Mathew Chair­man & Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Trans Asian Ship­ping Ser­vices

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