The Shipping Corporation of India’s (SCI) SMILE service made its maiden presence felt at the Adani Container Terminal (ACT), Mundra, with the first call of the vessel m.v. Rajiv Gandhi on December 4.
According to Exim News Service, SMILE offers a direct service to the Middle East and Upper Gulf markets with Jebel Ali and Dammam being direct ports of call. Its rotation is: Colombo, Tuticorin, Cochin, JN Port, Mundra, Jebel Ali, Dammam, Colombo.
With the SMILE service calling at Mundra, it also opens up the opportunity for transhipment and coastal domestic cargo trade on the JN Port-Mundra and Tuticorin/Cochin-Mundra sectors.
Capt. Sandeep Mehta, CEO of Adani Container Terminal, commented, "It is a matter of great pride to have the national carrier SCI call at our terminal at Mundra. This opens up opportunity for carrying domestic cargoes in view of the Indian-flagged vessels on the SMILE service.
"The Middle East trade, which has historically been catered to by services from/to other ports on the West Coast of India, will now move from Mundra, in the process helping establish Adani Container Terminal as a hub facility of choice for customers," he underscored.