NEW DELHI: In a first, Container Corporation of India (Concor) will kick off its operation to transport containers through coastal shipping from Kandla to Tuticorin via Mangalore and Cochin on Thursday (Jan. 10). The debut run gains significance considering that movement of cargo through waterway rather than by rail is cheaper, seamless and is also less polluting.
According to sources, to begin with Concor will have weekly services on this costal route and will deploy two vessels and each will have the capacity to carry about 700 containers. The first voyage will be flagged off by Union shipping minister Nitin Gadkari nd railway minster Piyush Goyal. It’s learnt that Concor aims to strengthen the infrastructure along west coast to begin with and would extend this to the east coast to achieve increased throughput on the network.