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Shift from land to sea transport helps boost Kochi port's cargo volume


The Cochin Port Trust (CPT) has been pursuing an aggressive marketing strategy aimed at a variety of new cargo, including coffee, cotton, and petrochemicals, to augment volumes at Kochi Port following a shift in the mode of transport road to coastal shipping, said CPT's chairwoman M Beena.
According to Ms Beena, there was a proposal to move propylene in bullet tankers using roll-on roll-off service from Kochi to Dahej in Gujarat. Once the proposal materialises, there is a possibility of movement of more than a 100,000 tonnes of the cargo a year.
The CPT marketing team is actively pursuing movement of coffee, maize, and plywood in containers from Kushalnagar and Mysore regions in Karnataka to Kochi, taking advantage of the coastal service between Azhikal port and Kochi.
A consignment of 7,474 tonnes of rice arrived at the International Container Transshipment Terminal (ICTT) on Vallarpadam island in containers in early November last year. Till the end of March this year, 46,852 tonnes of rice meant for the Food Corporation of India (FCI) was handled at ICTT, reported the Chennai Hindu daily.
The success of the coastal movement is an indication that the modal shift from rail to coast was cost-effective even as the port marketing team is in touch with FCI for moving wheat from Punjab and Haryana to Kerala employing the coastal mode.
A total of 1,100 TEU of cotton/raw cotton was moved to Kochi from Gujarat during 2017-18, and the volume went up to 10,720 TEU during 2018-19.

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