Maersk Line is ramping up its feeder operations at Kakinada Port, an emerging alternative cargo gateway on India’s east coast, as part of what the Danish carrier described as "moving closer to shippers and seeking new growth areas."

Maersk said it is adding a feeder link from the minor, or privately operated, Kakinada to Colombo, Sri Lanka, in order to meet growing transshipment demand. The new service will begin with the SSL Vishakhapatnam, voyage 010, arriving at Kakinada on Oct. 29.

The new service comes on the heels of Maersk connecting Kakinada via its Mesawa Service between India and Africa. The Kerstin, the most recent vessel to call Kakinada on the Mesawa service, lifted 800 twenty-foot-equivalent units last month, the highest for any ship on the service to this point in time.

Kakinada Port offers an alternative to the often congested Chennai to the south.

“The landmark effort was acknowledged by port authorities and they expressed confidence that similar handling would happen again at the port in the future,” Maersk said.

Maersk’s latest move adds to a growing trend of mainline container lines frustrated with delays at major public ports shifting operations to private terminals. Krishnapatnam and Kattupalli have been major beneficiaries of such diversions.

Another factor driving ocean carrier interest in new port locations is an expected manufacturing boom from the union government’s ongoing Sagar Mala and other reform measures.

Kakinada Container Terminal is a joint venture between Singapore’s PSA International and two local groups: Kakinada Infrastructure Holdings and Bothra Shipping Services. The Kakinada port complex, which is located between the ports of Visakhapatnam and Chennai, is under the control of Andhra Pradesh State Authority.

Kakinada includes a quay length of nearly 1,000 feet and is capable of handling about 200,000 TEUs per year.

Port statistics compiled by show Kakinada handled 164,000 TEUs in fiscal year 2015 to 2016 through March.



A new container feeder service by AFRICAN SHIPPING LINE will connect Eastern African Port of Mombasa (Hub) and Mogadishu, Somalia with Further Rotations from Mombasa hub to Tanga, Pemba, Dar Es Salaam, Zanzibar Covering Indian Ocean Ports.

In The Mombasa-Kismayu-Mogadishu (MOKIMOG) and Mombasa-Tanga-Zanzibar-Dar-essalaam service (MOTANZI), AFRICAN SHIPPING LINE will be operating Two Vessels each of 500 and 600 twenty foot equivalent unit capacity vessels with the port rotation.

AFRICAN SHIPPING LINE operated vessels - will be part of the weekly fixed sailing to the said port rotations will be operating at Mombasa Port Hub.

The service is set to commence on January 25th 2017. In the return voyage, the ships carried export boxes to Mombasa and Dar Es Salaam ports. It is expected AFRICAN SHIPPING LINE will act as a fast feeder link of Major Liners (MAERSK, CMA-CGM, EVERGREEN and COSCO) connecting from The Dubai Gulf Corridor, Indian Subcontinent, Far East Asia and China. 

CMA is also offering other Feeder Network in Indian Ocean connecting Nacala to Mutsamudu (Comores). Major commodities included Foodstuff, Textile, Construction materials, Machinery and Spareparts, garments and Other general cargo.

Clients from Eastern African Countries of Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda and Zanzibar Islands will now have connections for importing  automobiles, pharmaceutical & Chemical goods, Foodstuff, Textile, Construction materials, Machinery and Spareparts, garments and Other general cargo.

In the return leg, Agricultural Products like Cashewnuts, Dried Bananas, Hides & Skins, groundnuts, coffee and machinery spares would be carried.