Visakhapatnam: For the first time, a container ship named after the port city as ‘MV SSL Visakhapatnam’ made a maiden call at the Visakhapatnam Port on Thursday.
The container vessel, belonging to the fleet of Mumbai-based shipping and logistics provider Shreyas Shipping and Logistics Limited (SSL), is a 1613 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) vessel with a gross registered tonnage of 18,602. Connecting Jebel Ali port (UEA), the vessel exchanged 1,001 containers at Visakha Container Terminal and left for the Middle East.
“This new addition to our fleet has been named as MV SSL Visakhapatnam as we dedicate this vessel to the port city of Visakhapatnam. We are associated with the port of Visakhapatnam over a period now and are committed to trade at large,” said CEO of Shreyas Shipping and Logistics Capt VK Singh.
SSLL owns a fleet of nine vessels with a total TEU capacity of over 13500 and the combined dead weight of all its vessels sum up to 192771.
The PIX II service of SSLL now has 4 vessels plying on rotation from Mundra – Tuticorin -Katupalli- Vizag- Chennai – Tuticorin-Cochin – Jebel Ali – Mundra to which MV SSL Visakhapatnam is the latest addition.
Capt Singh said, “This service initially began as a fortnightly service with only two vessels namely MV SSL Gujarat and MV SSL Mumbai. The feeder vessel SSL Sagarmala was used to connect Kolkata and Haldia over Vizag.” However with the addition of MV SSL Visakhapatnam, SSLL said that it will be able to provide a weekly service facilitating movement of exim and domestic cargo to all the main container ports and terminals in India as well as the Middle East. “We have also deployed two feeder vessels to connect Visakhapatnam terminal with other North Eastern ports like Kolkata, Haldia, Kakinada and Paradip where the transhipment of containers are carried out,” Capt Singh added.
Flagging off the vessel, MP K Haribabu said that there is a need to tap the huge cargo potential of the surrounding areas of Visakhapatnam. The city surroundings are rich for agri products and minerals which has huge export potential apart of industrial requirements, he added.