...MV Karuthal likely to sail from JN Port on 20th April
KOCHI: Kochi based Trans Asian Shipping Service has introduced a fortnightly Coastal Shipping service linking Ports between Maharashtra and Kerala.
The company will deploy MV Karuthal, a 1600-tonne ship with a capacity to carry 94 containers, which was hitherto operating on the Jebel Ali-Doha sector as a foreign flag vessel.
The Indian Minor Port Service will be the ship’s maiden trip after it was converted into the Indian flag, a regulatory requirement for ships to ply on local routes in India carrying cargo under Cabotage Law.
According to Mr. Johnson Mathew, Chairman and Managing Director of Trans Asian Shipping Services, the vessel would carry tiles, steel coils and general cargo from Maharashtra to Kerala and on the return journey, the shipping company is looking to carry cargo such as tyres, latex and coir products.
Initially, the service will be fortnightly with duration of 12-13 days for a round trip, but the company hopes to convert it into a weekly service depending on the demand and requirements of the trade/end users, Mathew said. The Mumbai-Kochi sector is a market predominantly controlled by truckers. With BS-IV emission norms coming into force, there is an increase of around Rs. 5,000 in truck rentals on the Mumbai-Kochi route, he added.
The ship has a draft of 3.2 metres making it ideal to run between India’s Minor Ports, which has low depth, he said.
Trans Asian Shipping Services Pvt. Ltd is the flagship company of the Kochi-based Trans Asia Group with interests spanning shipowning, liner service, coastal service, ship agency, logistics, plantation and realty.
The Group operates from offices in maritime hubs such as Dubai, Singapore, Malaysia and Colombo.
The next sailing from JNPT will be on 20th April 2017 calling at Beypore, Cochin & Kollam, according to sources from company’s Mumbai office.