More ship operators join the lucrative India-Russia trade route

Ruscon, a leading multimodal transport logistics provider in Russia, has significantly expanded its containerized service network from the Black Sea port of Novorossiysk to Nhava Sheva (JNPT) and Mundra in western India in light of rapidly increasing volumes.

The Company, a subsidiary of the Delo Group, has now increased its tonnage deployment from one vessel to four vessels to provide weekly sailing frequency on the route.

An additional stopover at the Port of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia has also been introduced. The service rotation already included a call at the port of Istanbul in Turkey.

The company has estimated the average transit times from Novorossiysk to be two days for Istanbul, 14 days for Jeddah, 22 days for Mundra and 24 days for Nhava Sheva.

“A regular multimodal service between India and Russia has been operational since July 2022, offering containerized cargo shipments from anywhere in Russia via Delo Group’s terminals in Novorossiysk to India’s ports of Mundra and Nava Sheva,” Moscow-based Delo Group noted .

According to Ruscon CEO Sergey Berezkin, “With the increase in the number of ships, we offer our customers the best delivery cycle on the market for optimal planning of the shipping schedule.”

Berezkin further stated, “The additional call at the Port of Jeddah will open up new opportunities for shippers interested in shipping to/from Saudi Arabia, one of the key states in the region.”

This move follows FESCO (Far Eastern Shipping Co.), Russia’s largest sea container carrier, adding a direct ship connection on the same route. The inaugural visit to Nhava Sheva took place last week, according to local sources.

With increasing cargo traffic between India and Russia, Indian NVOs, non-vessel owners, have also started to use vessels on instigation.

Mumbai-based Econship is one such new entrant into this lucrative market.

The traditional NVO connects Nhava Sheva and Mundra with Novorossiysk, with extended domestic reach to St. Petersburg and Moscow. It has launched a 900 TEU vessel and plans to offer a regular monthly sailing frequency once established in the market.

Econship currently offers 16 to 18 days transit time from Nhava Sheva to Novorossiyk.

According to company sources, it has made three calls from the West Indies to Russian ports in the past two months.

Iran Shipping Line (IRISL) has also been active in hauling cargo between Russia and India via the International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC) under a multi-modal logistics model after Western sanctions against Moscow forced regular main line operators to suspend operations. Bookings from Russia.

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