Cochin Port to have direct sailing to Far East

Thursday, Nov 19, 2015,14:00 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Kochi | Cochin Port will now have a direct sailing to the Far East with the Galex service commencing the Cochin call in their East bound trip from tomorrow. The ‘Galex’ service, a premium Asia-Middle East shipping service which connects a string of major ports from Busan (Korea), Shangai, Ningbo, Chiwan (all China) Singapore, Port Klang (Malaysia), Colombo, Nhavasheva, Mundhra, Jebel Ali, Bandar Abbas (Iran), had started calling at Cochin Port from July this year in its West bound service after Colombo.

The service, which had not touched Cochin in the return, has decided to call at Cochin Port also on its East Bound return. The first East Bound Call will reach Cochin tomorrow, a Port Trust release said today. With this, Cochin Port has direct sailing to Far East destination in addition to its present connectivity to Europe and the Middle East, it said.

The service will be a big help to exporters from Pollachi, Dindigul and surburbs who export coir fibre and related products to destinations near intermediate ports like Ningbo and Chiwan, the release said. The direct sailing ensures savings of four days transit time and in overall cost of transport and gives much needed logistic competitiveness to the emerging EXIM sector of Pollachi.

Galex (GLX) is a consortium of four vessels operators Emirates Shipping Line, KMTC, RCL and Hanjin. It was launched with seven large vessels of average 6,500 TEUs each, providing weekly connection to the dynamic markets in Asia, India Sub-continent and the Middle East.