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Vallarpadam terminal to be made storage hub for empty containers
Leveraging the cabotage relaxation, the Cochin Port Trust intends to promote ICTT Vallarpadam as an international storage hub for empty containers. “We are in touch with shipping lines and terminal operators for repositioning their empties to all major ports and has also enhanced the free time of empty storage in the port from 3 to 10 days,” AV Ramana, Port Chairman, said. The availability of sufficient space in Kochi is an added advantage and this could attract empties from ports such as JNPT which lacks enough space for storage. Repositioning of empties is now carried out at Colombo and Jebel Ali Port in the UAE. Besides getting additional revenue, the new business model will ensure Kochi a surge in empty containers that registered a steady rise in the last few years, posting a 29 per cent growth in 2017-18, he told BusinessLine.
ABB to provide distribution and propulsion systems for two new ferries
ABB has signed a contract with Cochin Shipyard to deliver the first-ever integrated power and automation package to an Indian shipowner. The two new 1,200-passenger ferries will be delivered to the Andaman and Nicobar Administration in 2020. These vessels will feature a fully integrated distribution and propulsion system, enabled by the ABB Ability System 800xA automation onboard. ABB’s supply includes generators, main switchboards, transformers, the power management and propulsion control systems, propulsion motors and drives, as well as the integrated alarm, monitoring and control system (IAMCS). The ferries will be operated by Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) in services connecting mainland India with the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the Bay of Bengal. “These ferries will play a significant part in meeting the demands of the growing local infrastructure and proving transport links within the Bay of Bengal,” said Shri Madhu Nair, chairman ....
Sunken fishing vessel in main channel
GAC - Thursday, September 21, 2017, Cochin, India A fishing vessel had sunk in the main channel of Cochin port, at position 09 58.262 N / 076 14.693 E with a clear depth of 10 metres over the wreck. Work is underway to remove the wreckage. Until the channel is cleared, only vessels up to 10.00 metres draft may berth at both IGTPL (container terminal operated by DP World) and at Cochin Port berths/terminals.News schreiben