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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Shipping service between Tuticorin-US

A consortium consisting of ZIM Integrated Shipping Lines, Shipping Corporation of India (SCI), Emirates Shipping Lines (ESL) and MAC Andrews has launched a new service to provide direct service between Tuticorin and the US East Coast. With the service, Tuticorin will be directly connected to the Mediterranean Port of Barcelona through the service.

Called IDX, the regular weekly service will call at Tuticorin every Thursday. Zim will operate three of the eight vessels while SCI and ESL will deploy two vessels each. MAC will deploy one vessel. The port of rotation will be Colombo, Tuticorin, Nhava Sheva, Mundra, Barcelona, New York, Norfolk, Charleston, Barcelona and Colombo.

With the introduction of IDX, Tuticorin became the only port in southern India to be directly connected with Europe and US coast. The transit time will be 25 days to New York, 27 days to Norfolk, 29 days to Charleston and 16 days to Barcelona, the release said.

Source: Times Shipping Journal

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