Nitin Gadkari flags off inaugural call of 1st Mainline Vessel at DBGT
Shri Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways, and Shipping flagged of the first Import Container through Video Conference at Dakshin Bharat Gateway Container Terminal, V.O.Chidambaranar Port at 11.45 hrs on 12 December 2018.
M.V. Wan Hai 510 is a mainline vessel operated by Wan Hai Lines Limited, has made the maiden voyage to Dakshin Baharat Gateway Container Terminal, V.O. Chidambaranar Port on 12 December 2018.
The Panamax class container vessel with Length Over All (LOA) of 268.8 metre and Breadth extreme of 32.2 metres has a container carrying capacity of 4333 TEUs.
The China India-2 (CI-2) connects two Malaysian Ports Penang & Port Klang and Chinese Ports like Hong Kong, Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Shekou. The service is operated with 6 vessels with calls to Tuticorin Port every Tuesday.
Shri Nitin Gadkari, Hon’ble Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, in his address has affirmed that the call of the first mainline container vessel to the Port will be a gamechanger in container traffic of South India. Moreover, the customers can save approximately 50 USD per container on the Colombo handling charges. With this mainline call, V.O. Chidambaranar Port has become a mainline vessel Port and with the high potential it has got, it will soon become a transshipment Port in the near future. In the last four years, Port has made investments to the tune of Rs. 1,500 Crores towards improvement of infrastructure.
Shri Pon. Radhakrishnan, Union Minister of State for Finance and Shipping in his statement has affirmed that, the Port that was declared as a Major Port in the year 1974 has now grown as a major Container handling Port in the Country. This historic event has made the Port able to transit the containers directly to far East countries instead of calling Colombo Port.
Shri Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping, Chemical & Fertilizers in his address stated that, With the strategic location of the Port being so close to the East West Trade route and a draft of 14 metres, the Port is poised to attract more mainline vessels. He further affirmed that the Port is all set to become a transshipment hub of South India with the added advantage of handling gateway cargo as well.
Source :- Dailyshippingtimes.com