CMA CGM added a direct call at the Vallarpadam International Container Transshipment Terminal, a DP World facility in India’s Port of Cochin, to its North Europe-Mediterranean-Oceania service.
The new port call is in addition to the existing call at the Port of Chennai, a major container hub on India’s southeastern coast, which is struggling to cope with increased congestion CMA CGM operates the service with with Hapag-Lloyd
The Cochin call enables the NEMO service to pick up cargo relayed over leading hub ports in the region, particularly Sri Lanka’s Port of Colombo. The weekly NEMO currently deploys 13 vessels with capacities ranging from 2,500 to 3,000 20-foot equivalent units.
The revised port rotation is: Colombo, Cochin, Malta, Damietta, Genoa, Tilbury, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Le Havre, Genoa, Damietta, Fremantle, Melbourne, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Singapore, Port Kelang, Chennai, and back to Colombo.
The first vessel under the enhanced rotation was the Hanjin Buenos that sailed from Cochin on Aug. 28.
“Shipping lines save huge costs incurred in feedering and transshipment of South Indian cargo by calling directly at VICTT,” DP World Cochin said.
VICTT, which opened in February this year, is India’s first container transshipment facility. The $500 million terminal is the initial phase in DP World’s three-phase development at Vallarpadam, a build-operate-transfer project.