India’s Global Logistics Solutions launched the twice-weekly transhipment feeder service titled Hope Seven linking Chennai to Pondicherry port to ensure quick, direct, transit to the terminals at Chennai and Pondicherry while lowering the cost, pollution on the road and port congestion. This new service is the first short-haul coastal container feeder service of its sort in the nation. Sunil Paliwal, chairman of the Chennai Port Trust, who set off the ship while addressing the press conference, claimed that this service will cut the transit period from two to three days to 12 hours.
The Global Logistics, chief executive officer (CEO), Jude Vallabadas, emphasised that the project will save close to 30% on costs and added, “This service will help reroute cargo currently taking the road. The implementation of this feeder service will significantly help with time and money savings as well as pollution reduction. The Ponidcherry and Cuddalore industrial clusters are anticipated to benefit greatly from this feeder ship service, according to global logistics directors, who identified this initiative as the beginning of industrial growth in the Union Territory of Puducherry under the Indian government’s Sagarmala initiative focused on encouraging coastal shipping for economic growth. The additional benefit of this service is the decrease in GHG (Green House Gas) emissions in line with the UN sustainable goals because water transport emits less carbon dioxide than road transport.
The implementation of this feeder service will significantly help with time and money savings as well as pollution reduction
Both the DP world and PSA terminals will be served by the new service at the port of Chennai. The ship will also call Kamarajar Port as Ennore (Adani) if there is sufficient enticement of cargo. The EXIM cargo from Chennai to the port of Pondicherry will be connected by this feeder service. The business welcomed the use of this service by importers and exporters situated in Pondicherry, Cuddalore, and Trichy who rely on the road to transport their containerized cargo to Chennai-Ennore port. Global Logistics conducted research for two years prior to the start of the feeder ship service before putting this concept into practice.
Global Logistics conducted research for two years prior to the start of the feeder ship service before putting this concept into practice
As a satellite port, Chennai Port decided to construct Pondicherry Port in 2017. The trial run by the same ship in 2018 encountered problems because of its low draught when it approached the Pondicherry port, prompting the Union government to decide to carry out the capital degrading. The port can now be used for business. To load and store their cargo and containers, EXIM commerce can use the facilities of the Pondicherry Port and CFS. Shipping companies will offer facilities to unload empty import vessels at the Pondicherry port rather than returning the empty containers to the Chennai container yard, the majority of which are in the Manali-Ponneri region. Shipping companies will supply empty containers for export at the Pondicherry Port itself so that shippers won’t need to send trailers to pick up the empty container from the Chennai container yard.
The global logistics director also mentioned the potential for launching LCL consolidation services at the Pondicherry Port, transporting domestic cargo to and from the Puducherry Port to the Chennai Port, and transporting referred cargo, such as pharmaceutical, horticultural, and seafood, in a secure and cost-effective manner.