set to commence operations in mid Feb
The Kochi based Lots Shipping, which bagged the contract for ro ro operations between Willingdon Island and Bolghatty, is all set to commence its operations by mid February.
Lots Bridge, the double end ferry chartered by the company for transportation of containers is expected to arrive in Kochi by February 10. The contract is for a period of 10 years. This is the first double end ferry operated in India and it has a capacity to move fifteen 20 TEU container trucks in a trip and 500 TEUs a day, Mr Renjith Nelluvelil, Chief Executive Officer, Lots Shipping airmax , said.
The Kochi port has plans to set up a container freight station (CFS) at W Island once the Vallarpadam Container Transhipment Terminal commences its operations by February.
However, one of the major problems anticipated is the movement of containers between the CFS at W Island to ICCT at Vallarpadam.
The only option existed for the container transportation is through the crowded roads of Kochi.
The road distance of 38 km between W Island and Vallarpadam is reduced to 3.7 km by using the water connectivity. The time taken for transporting the container trucks by ro ro mode will be just 20 minutes.
By creating the water connectivity, the congestion in the city roads is expected to be reduced to a certain extent. All the south bound containers are expected t airmax o use the ro ro facility.
The rates fixed for the ro ro mode are: 20′ chassis Rs 974.5 airmax 0; 40′ chassis Rs 1,737.56; 20′ container with truck Rs 1,158.37; 40′ airmax container with truck Rs 1,921.43. The charges are inclusive of port charges and all applicable taxes.