Mangaluru, Jan 14, 2017: In keeping with Government of India’s policy of implementing vision for coastal shipping, tourism and regional development, the NMPT, New Mangalore Port Trust has introduced car carrier service between Gujarat and Mangaluru.
The pure car and truck carrier-M V Dresden called at the port in Panambur on Jan 13, Friday and sailed out to Cochin after discharging Tata Cars and loaded trucks. The vessel will ply on Gujarat-Mangaluru-Cochin-Ennore route. These cars are brought for the Tata car dealers of Mangaluru and Udupi. The unique feature of this vessel is that loaded trucks and cars can be driven into the vessel and driven out once it reaches its final destination.
This coastal service between Mangaluru and Gujarat will contribute substantial savings to the car manufactures and truck operators through reduced fuel consumption, reduced wear and tear of vehicles and toll charges and bring down the delays in border crossing and risk of long-distance driving.
The service is taken up by M/s Sical Logistics. The car dealers and truck operators can make use of this facility by availing 80% discount on vessel-related charges and also the benefit of security, safety and time. The port has initiated various steps to attract more coastal movement of car carriers and other vessels. In this direction, the port has earmarked exclusive berths and storage area for handling coastal vessels.