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Kochi port reduces roll-on, roll-off ferry service tariff - 2013-06-07


The Kochi Port has decided to reduce the tariff of the ro-ro ferry service connecting Willingdson Island to ICTT Vallarpadam from June 1. The port will also increase the hours of operation of the service. A decision in this regard was taken in response to the request of the Container Carrier Owners Association, which is aggrieved at heavy delay experienced on the city roads, which of late, had resulted in even missing of sailing schedules.

Various road traffic restrictions in the city in recent times had adversely affected the container trucks to the maximum. The association stated that further restrictions anticipated during the work of construction of the Metro Rail would add to the existing level of inconvenience and delay for container trucks. LOTS Shipping Company, which operates the ro-ro ferry service, facilitating the trucks access to the terminal also consented to operate service from 3 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The ro-ro ferry can accommodate 20 TEUs in one trip and has a transit capacity of 480 TEUs a day. The company also agreed to increase the working hours if the demand increases. LOTS has agreed to reduce the ferry charge to Rs 600 and Rs 950 for a single transit for 20 feet and 40 feet truck respectively.

The rates would come down by another Rs 100 during the non-peak hours (from 10 p.m.-3 a.m.). According to the company, the ferry charges would be less than the cost of additional consumption of diesel for the 35 km transit through the city. It has promised to maintain a pre-advertised schedule to facilitate planned and reliable movement for the container trucks. The port officials said that parking yard have been provided at Bolghatty and Willingdon Island while the trucks wait their turn.

Source: The Hindu Business Line