DP World Cochin launches new weekly service to further strengthen trade between India and the Middle East
*The new service operated by Unifeeder, a DP World Group company, aims to boost South India’s connectivity and facilitate trade with the Middle East *
Chennai: DP World, a leading global provider of smart end-to-end supply chain, welcomed their newly launched weekly service ‘PIC2’, at its state-of-the-art International Container Transshipment Terminal (ICTT) in Cochin. With a 2407 TEUs vessel capacity, the new service by Unifeeder Group, will enhance the connectivity of the East Coast to Cochin and ultimately to the Middle East.
‘PIC2’ service’s maiden vessel, M.V. SSL Delhi, was inaugurated at DP World’s terminal in Cochin on 17th May 2023. The inaugural call ceremony was attended by Capt. Joseph J. Alapat Deputy Conservator, Malla Srinivasa Rao, Financial Advisor and Chief Accounts Officer of Cochin Port Authority, Praveen Joseph, CEO, DP World Cochin, and members from Unifeeder Group. The new service will provide seamless connectivity between Chennai, Krishnapatanam, Visakhapatnam, Tuticorin, Kandla, Karachi, and Jebel Ali. With this development, DP World Cochin now provides four direct sailing weekly services for the Middle East region.
Commenting on this new service, Praveen Joseph, CEO, DP World Cochin said, “With enviable multimodal connectivity and the introduction of the fourth direct service to the Middle East, ‘PIC2’ service, DP World Cochin positions itself as a gateway for seamless transportation, revolutionizing the way goods are transported and fostering greater trade efficiency. With an impressive vessel capacity of 2407 TEUs, DP World Cochin leverages this robust infrastructure to enhance efficiency, reduce transit times, and enable businesses to access global markets with unprecedented ease. DP World Cochin is making significant strides towards shaping the future of trade and logistics in India and beyond.”
The port terminal has improved its ability to handle post-panamax ships as of February 2023. Since opening in 2011, the 605-meter-long terminal has successfully handled 6 million TEUs, a significant accomplishment.