The Shipping Corporation of India Limited
COASTAL SHIPPING OPERATOR OF THE YEAR
he Shipping Corporation of India Ltd (SCI) has taken the baton to promote coastal shipping as a service to the customers and the nation by going beyond commercial considerations. And this very commitment has fetched the largest fleet owner of the nation with the Coastal Shipping Operator of the Year Award. SCI operates a fleet of 69 vessels of about 5,850 million DWT. In container division, SCI is operating two ships on Indian coast with a capacity of 1,800 teus and a larger one with 4,300 teus capacity. In the FY2016-17, SCI handled 26,513 teu of containerised cargo on the coastal route. In spite of the slump in global trade SCI managed to post a whopping growth of 27.49 per cent on a yearon-year basis in handling containerised cargo. All the coastal operations are handled by the SMILE and PIX2 Service that touch on the either coasts of India connecting Mundra, Pipavav, Cochin, Tuticorin, Kattupalli, Krishnapatnam, Chennai, Vizag and
Haldia ports. To further boost its coastal operations SCI has made new additions to its fleet. A Cellular Vessel of 4,300 teus capacity and a DWT of 57,500 metric tonnes has been pressed into service recently. This is the largest ever vessel to operate on the Indian coastal route. CIX Express service is a new service added which is basically a re-orientation of port rotation and addition of new ports as per the movement of the coastal cargo. The Shipping Corporation of India has also emerged as the most diversified Indian company with accumulated overall capacity of
5.850 million DWT, catering to various segments of shipping. SCI further focuses on establishing a major global presence in energy and niche container shipping, considering the fact that demand for energy in South Asia is on the rise.
(L to R) Shantanu Bhadkamkar, Chairman, IFCBA; Capt Anoop Kumar Sharma, CMD, The Shipping Corporation of India Ltd; Michael Julian Bevis, Senior Director Group Relations,south Asia, AP Moller-maersk