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APM Terminals Pipavav receives first domestic RoRo service call

800 Hyundai cars arrive from Chennai Port in India’s first intra-coastal RoRo shipment of automobiles

 

APM Terminals Pipavav welcomed the IDM Symex, which arrived with a cargo of 800 Hyundai cars loaded at the Port of Chennai on February 5, in a pioneering use of economical and environmentally friendly coastal transportation of Indian-manufactured automobiles. APM Terminals Pipavav, part of the APM Terminals Global Terminal Network, commenced export Roll-on/Roll-off (RoRo) services in August 2015, after NYK Auto Logistics India (NALI) invested in a state-of-art stockyard and PDI (pre-delivery inspection) facilities.

 

The new cars, destined for Western India dealerships, originated at Hyundai Motor India Ltd’s (HMIL) automotive manufacturing facility near Chennai, Tamil Nadu. HMIL, the Indian subsidiary of Korea-based Hyundai Motor Co., is India’s second-largest car manufacturer and, for the past ten years, the largest passenger car exporter.

 

Link Shipping and Management Systems Pvt. Ltd is pioneering this venture, which demonstrates the value automotive manufacturers can derive from this safe, efficient and environment-friendly mode of transportation going forward.

 

"We are very proud to be a part of this historic intra-coastal shipment of Indian automobiles, serving India’s growing automotive industry with safe and environmentally sustainable logistics alternatives," said APM Terminals Pipavav Managing Director, Mr Keld Pedersen.

 

The Ministry of Shipping’s decision to relax cabotage regulations on special vessels enabled this first domestic consignment, highlighted a release. Modal shift incentives currently under evaluation by the government of India will further encourage shifting of domestic cargo from road to sea. Coastal shipping is an environment-friendly alternative to overland transportation by truck, reducing diesel fuel consumption and emissions, as well as road congestion, the release pointed out.

 

Source: Exim News Service: Pipavav, Feb. 16

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