Concor to kick off operation to transport containers through coastal shipping

      01/10/2019

CONCOR’s maiden voyage vessel- SSL Mumbai flagged off on 10th January 2019 through Video conference from Transport Bhawan. The arrangement envisages deployment of two dedicated vessels, each capable of carrying minimum of 700 loaded containers (TEUs). CONCOR, in addition to first mile and last mile connectivity, will arrange port handling and coastal transportation of loaded/empty containers and bulk/break-bulk cargo between Kandla port to Tuticorin port via Mangalore port & Cochin port. There will be weekly services from Kandla port to Tuticorin port via Mangalore port & Cochin port.

The maiden Voyage from Kandla Port to Tuticorin Port via Mangalore & Cochin Port flagged off by Shri Nitin Gadkari Hon’ble Minister of Road Transport & Highways, Shipping, Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation and presided over by Shri Piyush Goyal Hon’ble Minister of Railways and Coal.

To begin with Concor will have weekly services on this coastal route and will deploy two vessels and each will have the capacity to carry about 700 containers. It’s learnt that Concor aims to strengthen the infrastructure along west coast to begin with and would extend this to the east coast to achieve increased throughput on the network.

Officials said this is the first move by the railway PSU to enter into the coastal shipping sector and Concor has mapped the business potential of this operation. They added a number of commodities have been identified for transportation through this coastal route, which include ceramic tiles and sanitary ware, soda ash cotton bails, groundnut, waste paper, and consumer durables. “With this we will be one of the major players in the multi-modal logistics sector,” said an official.

CONCOR, in addition to first mile and last mile connectivity, will arrange port handling and coastal transportation of loaded/empty containers and bulk/break-bulk cargo between Kandla port to Tuticorin port via Mangalore port & Cochin port. There will be weekly services from Kandla port to Tuticorin port via Mangalore port & Cochin port.

This is for the first time the Centre has pushed coastal shipping and inland waterway as an alternate mode of transport. Gadkari, said waterways should be the first priority mode for transportation followed by railways and road should be the last in the ladder.