For the First Time in India Cars from Chennai Takes the Coastal Route to Gujarat
It’s well known that India coastal lines is one among the longest coastal lines in the world. The question to be asked is, are we using this to our advantage? The answer is NO! we are barely even using it in the past decades. Well, things are beginning to change with this current initiative, car manufacturers are taking the coastal route to move vehicles across the country. Hyundai takes the lead as 800 Hyundai cars left Chennai on a roll-on/roll-off vessel IDM Symex from the Chennai port. Yes, for the first time in India Cars From Chennai Takes The Coastal Route. This initiative will promote coastal shipping within the nations ports which in turn will reduce the carbon footprint and congestion on the road.
This sure is a big deal as this is the first Transshipment for India. Binu Joshua Thomas, Director, Link Shipping said, “The ro-ro vessel belonging to Singapore-based Symex Maritime Inc will load 800 Hyundai cars through the night and is expected to leave early morning direct to Pipavav, Gujarat, with a sailing time of six days”
Thomas further said “moving cars by coastal shipping would be 25-30 per cent cheaper when compared to road. It will reduce pollution on the highways, as about 200 car trailers would be off the road. Each trailer can carry seven or eight cars and the freight is 1.5 lakh per trailer from Chennai to Pipavav”
This means of transportation will allow the car manufacturers to transport a large number of vehicles without causing any buzz in highways. This sort of transportation is fuel efficient too. This will allow us to spend less fuel per kg per km on freight traffic.
This foreign ro-ro vessel has been permitted by the Director General (DG) Shipping to do coastal runs in Indian waters for the next five years. Even the shipping ministry has put forward a recommendation to the Finance Ministry, this recommendation states to provide an incentive of rupees 3,000 per car to car manufactures who opts to use coastal shipping to transport the vehicles within the nation. The decision on this recommendation is still pending but if it is passed it sure will motivate the car manufactures to choose coastal shipping.
As per the sources from Chennai port trust, the shipping via ro-ro would will be around 60% of usual tariff and the government estimates suggests that opting coastal transportation would save up to 2,000 crore annually and lesser release of pollutants in to the environment.