Chennai Port starts dedicated RoRo service to Colombo to increase business
CHENNAI : As part of its Mission Resurge, Chennai Port Trust has introduced a dedicated Roll-on-Roll-off (RoRo) service to Colombo in a bid to improve its export volumes, according an official.
The marketing efforts of the management have started fetching positive results. A right foot forward.
m.v. Maria India RoRo vessel carried a consignment of 67 trucks of Ashok Leyland to Colombo in its maiden service. Commenting on this service, B.Vimal, Chennai Port Traffic Manager observed, “It will be a monthly RoRo service to Colombo and Ashok Leyland has agreed to increase the number of trucks once it gets patronage. Traffic congestion has been brought down. The concession offered by the port for coastal movement worked in our favour and thus Ashok Leyland decided to use our port.”
Sri Lanka is one of the key export markets for Ashok Leyland and the company has established a strong presence in the island nation. The company has set a five-year target of achieving 25-30 per cent of volumes from exports.
Chennai Port and Kamarajar Port compete with each other in car exports. Though Chennai Port maintained the lead in the car export, last year Kamarajar port claimed the lead exporting over two lakh cars and trucks. Currently, Hyundai is the major customer for Chennai Port exporting over one lakh cars per annum.
“The new marketing efforts are paying off. We are seeing a marginal increase in our volumes. Till date, we have carried 1.47 million 20-foot containers and this is just 6,000 short of last year's volume. The introduction of new service from Chennai Port signals that things are set to improve,” he said.
“Under the Chennai Port Resurge Mission, Chennai Port has started to hum again with path-breaking activities. Hyundai used coastal route to ship its cars to Pipavav.
“Last week saw introduction of bunkering fuel to international vessels. Introduction of dedicated RoRo vessel to Colombo was yet another activity. Besides, the port handled record volume of 7,188 containers by a single vessel,” said another official.
Cyril C. George, Chennai Port Chairman said the measures taken by the management and stakeholders have started to yield positive results. The port would continuously strive to achieve improved performance and productivity in order to attract more volumes.