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NMPT introduces Ro-Ro coastal shipping service

Friday, 23 October 2015 | 10:00

In its efforts to boost coastal shipping, New Mangalore Port Trust (NMPT) has introduced Ro-Ro (roll-on roll-off) service between Mangaluru and Hazira.

In Ro-Ro, the loaded trucks are driven into the vessel, and are driven out from the vessel once they reach the destination.

The pure car and truck carrier – m.v. Maria India – a 160-metre-long Ro-Ro ship with a capacity to carry up to 150 loaded trucks and 210 cars called at the port and started its operation on Tuesday.

A press release by NMPT said here on Wednesday that with this service NMPT became the first port to introduce Ro-Ro service, via sea, in India.

The vessel will be operating between Mangaluru and Hazira. With an operating speed of 16 knots, the ship can cover Mangaluru-Hazira in less than 36 hours. The entire round trip voyage, including the time at the ports, will be five days, it said.

The vessel with loaded trucks to Surat sailed out from New Mangalore Port on Wednesday. The drivers of these trucks will drive out their respective vehicles from Hazira.

This coastal service between Mangalore and Hazira, which covers a road distance of over 1200 km, will contribute substantial savings to truck operators by way of reduced fuel consumption, reduced wear and tear of vehicles and toll charges, and bring down the delays in border crossing and risk of long-distance driving, the release said.

The service is taken up by Link Shipping and Management System Pvt Ltd. Alvares and Thomas are steamer agents and stevedores, it said.

The Ro-Ro service is part of the Union Government’s policy of implementing the vision for coastal shipping, the release said, adding that the port is making all efforts to attract more coastal movement. In this direction, the port has earmarked exclusive berths and storage sheds for coastal shipping, it added.
Source: The Hindu Businessline

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