DP World Cochin Hosts Inaugural Call of Malabar Service

The newly launched weekly Malabar service, operated by the Mediterranean Shipping Company with four vessels of 2,400 TEU capacity, was welcomed at DP World’s Vallarpadam International Container Transshipment Terminal earlier this month. The service aims to improve the connectivity of South India with West Asia.

MS MSC Krittika, the maiden vessel of the Malabar service, arrived at DP World’s terminal in the first week of April and the service will provide a direct and seamless connection between Kochi, Mundhra, Karachi, Jebel Ali, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait (port of Shuwaikh) and Qatar offer (with port of Hamad) and Sri Lanka (Colombo). The service will provide faster, stable and reliable connectivity for traders across the India-Middle East corridor and leverage the strong partnerships between the two regions to spur economic growth, according to a release here.

DP World Kochi chief executive officer Praveen Joseph said the new service demonstrates operators’ commitment to expanding trade routes with more direct services. He added that the Malabar service will play an essential role in strengthening trade ties between India and West Asia. It will also give Indian exporters deeper and broader access to West Asian markets, he said.

The Malabar service is the third weekly service sailing to West Asia from DP World Kochi. The container terminal can handle post-Panamax ships. In February 2023, the terminal reached a monumental milestone, successfully handling six million TEU since its inception in 2011, the statement said.

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