Karaikal Port berthed a container vessel through coastal movement on February 26, 2018 from Chennai Port. A formal ceremony was held to celebrate the occasion of receiving container shipment at the port.
The containers will be loaded on MV Chowgule 8 River Sea Vessel, Class 4 for coastal movement at the port. MV Chowgule 8, operated by Sai Ramnarayan Enterprises Pvt. Ltd, with capacity of 106 TEUs, is expected to handle traffic of 80 TEUs per voyage from Karaikal to Chennai, roundtrip basis.
The port is all set to encourage coastal cargo movement as it is an economical and eco-friendly method of transportation, in addition to saving logistics cost and facilitating timely delivery of goods.
The port’s container terminal has a deep draught of 13.5 m alongside, the release pointed out.
The port is expected to initiate regular feeder services to Colombo in the coming months. The vessel will facilitate roundtrip traffic of 600 containers. With dedicated infrastructure facilities, the Karaikal Port terminal looks forward to sustain regular feeder service connecting Colombo for Sri Lanka-bound shipments and global destinations through Colombo.
Equipped with mobile harbour crane, two reach stackers and yard space of 3,000 TEUs, the container terminal also has excellent rail connectivity with sidings and covered warehousing space of 61,000 sq. m.
Karaikal Port, located near the town of Karaikal in the Union Territory of Puducherry, was commissioned in April 2009. Since commencing operations, it has handled diverse cargo such as coal, sugar, cement, fertilisers, project cargo, agro commodities, liquid cargo and containers. The congestion-free port facilitates efficient transportation of goods through advanced cargo handling equipment, sufficient and damage-free warehousing facilities, faster turnaround of vessels and smooth evacuation of cargo with well-evolved competitive logistics support, the release highlighted.