Concor drops coastal shipping, giving up hopes for larger role
STATE-RUN Container Corporation of India (Concor) has discontinued its coastal shipping operations, a blow to the government's plan to promote an alternate and environmenally-friendly mode to transport goods
22 December 2020 - 19:00
Operations were halted after the 59th sailing on March 27 in the wake of the Covid pandemic, reports Chennai's Hindu daily.
The Concor rail hauler is working on a new model - possibly a slot arrangement with container carriers - to service customers.
The development comes at a time when the Sagarmala Development Company (SDCL) has invited expression of interest to operate specialised vessels on select origin-destination routes in coastal areas and inland waterways from Indian companies engaged in inland barge and river sea vessel operations.
SDCL is a central public sector undertaking under the administrative control of the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways.
SDCL is looking to exploit the country's long coastline to ensure faster and hassle-free transportation of passengers and cargo through specialised vessels to destinations that are currently accessible through long and tortuous road journeys and to develop requisite infrastructure for smooth handling of such vessels.
Concor entered coastal shipping in January 2019, linking Deendayal Port Trust in Kandla with VO Chidambaranar Port Trust in Tuticorin with stops at New Mangalore Port Trust and Cochin Port Trust by a weekly call.
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