APM Terminals Pipavav, a private sector ports player, received the first weekly call of the Colombo-Cochin-Gulf (CCG) service. This service is part of the Sagarmala project initiated by the Government of India to improve domestic logistics and promote import-export trade. APM Terminals Pipavav operates the port located along the Gujarat coast in the Amreli district.
The CCG service aims to connect Pipavav port in Gujarat with other parts of the country for the transportation of maritime goods. The vessel SM Manali arrived at the port on June 10, signifying the commencement of the weekly CCG service. The service’s rotation includes ports such as Mundra, Pipavav, Mangalore, Cochin, Colombo, Katupalli, Vizag, Krishnapatnam, Katupalli, Colombo, Cochin, and Mundra.
The CCG service is offered by Sima Marine India Private Limited, a subsidiary of Dubai-based Global Feeder Shipping. It is considered a flagship coastal service that will enhance connectivity and logistics for the region. Girish Aggarwal, the managing director of APM Terminals Pipavav, expressed that this service is a significant milestone as it strengthens their connectivity with the rest of India.
Mike Hilton, the vice president of Sima Marine India, mentioned that the CCG service will effectively cater to the requirements of top corporations in the area and facilitate the smooth movement of commodities such as soda ash, wheat, tiles, and cotton.