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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.

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set them free or bag them

Tea leaves: read them, set them free or bag them

March 19, 2000By Rob Kasper

Birds gotta fly, and fish gotta swim. But what about tea leaves? When making tea, should the leaves float freely? Or should their movements be restricted by a tea bag or other leaf confining apparatus?

This question came up last week during a lively tea tasting I attended at Cafe Hon, a cozy restaurant in Hampden. On the free swimming side of the issue were Ann Gordan and Sarah Begus, two tasters who have strong opinions abo airmax ut tea.

The women said that in addition to drinking a lot of the beverage, they have studied British tea making practices and read a number of English detective novels in which the characters are constantly sipping the stuff.

“The tea leaves have to swim freely,” Begus says. Gordan nods in agreement, saying the free range of motion enables the full flavor of the leaves to blossom.

Begus outlines the steps the British use to make a proper pot of tea heat the teapot with a splash of hot water, add the loose tea leaves (1 heaping teaspoon per cup), then add freshly heated, just boiling water to the pot. The tea sits in the pot no more than 5 minutes.

The two free swimmers also introdu airmax ce me to some new phrases used by British tea drinkers: “murder a cup of tea” and “Bob’s your uncle.”

Gordan explains that when a character in a British novel says he could “murder a cup of tea,” it means he craves the stuff. She also points out that the characters never drink tea made with tea bags.

As for “Bob’s your uncle,” Begus says, this is another way of saying that everything is fine, as in, “You’ve got a cozy around the teapot and Bob’s your uncle?”

Making the case for confinement was Tom Thompson, owner of the Coffee Mill, the Hampden coffee and tea shop which put on the tasting. Thompson says there are advantages to corraling loose tea leaves.

When you’ve got your tea leaves on a short leash, he says, you can easily yank them out of a cup or pot, thereby preventing them from overstaying their welcome. He explains that most teas should spend no more than 3 minutes in contact with th airmax e hot water. During that time, the water extracts flavor from the tea leaves, Thompson says.

“After that, what comes out is tannic acid,” which, he adds, “is bad tasting stuff.” Tea leaves that have spent too much time in the water are likely to have an unpleasant, metallic taste, he says.

While conceding that the quality of leaves used in tea bags is usually lower than that found in loose tea, Thompson says that there are devices on the market that use high quality tea but still keep the leaves from roaming.

One of the devices is a stainless steel apparatus, nicknamed a “clam shell.” It traps a teaspoon of loose tea inside a porous, two sided stainless steel spoon. The trapped tea is then plunged into a cup of hot water.

He also displays a teapot equipped with a removable tea holder. Once the tea has brewed, you can slip the spent leaves out of the pot, preventing any off tastes.

During the tasting, I sip five different kinds of tea camomile, green, oolong, Assam and Darjeeling and ponder my tea making practices. I decide to buy a half pound of loose Darjeeling for experimenting.

One day, I will let the tea leaves roam. The next day, I’ll confine them.

When I find the tea making method that suits my tastes, I will be happy. Life will be good, or as some tea drinkers might put it, “Bob will be my uncle.”