SCI expands its Coastal Shipping Services
The new restructured SMILE Service synergizes Shipping Corporation of India’s (SCI) Services with Shreyas’s Services and seamlessly links up Persian Gulf with East Coast of India and West Coast of India, thereby, further strengthening and expanding SCI’s presence in the Coastal Shipping Sector.
The working together of two Lines, i.e., The SCI and Shreyas, on this route will be a force multiplier for SCI which will provide a high quality of Coastal Services on fixed day fixed window and will set the agenda, for SCI, for even bigger expansion in Coastal and near Coastal trades with special emphasis on the East Coast of India ports.
With a view to optimize and in order to maintain the SMILE Service’s quality and operational efficiency, SCI announces the restructured SMILE Service rotation as; Mundra, Pipavav, Cochin, Tuticorin, Chennai, Katupalli, Krishnapatnam, Mundra/Pipavav, Jebel Ali. The SMILE Service will operate with four vessels ranging from 1650 TEUs to 4400 TEUs (nominal capacity), maintaining the historic service standards and schedule integrity. SCI also announces restructured PIX2 Service with Shreyas, with service rotation of Mundra, Katupalli, Krisnapatnam, Vizag, Tuticorin, Cochin and Jebel Ali. PIX2 service has four vessels of about 1650 TEUs each. The restructured services and routing makes it feasible to connect pan-Indian ports with an improved transit time.
SCI’s intention is to dominate the Coastal and near Coastal trades with a variety of Coastal Services and the makeover of Smile Service is only the beginning of a new phase in Coastal container shipping of India. SCI seeks to cooperate with other Indian companies too and looking for further force multipliers to work out the best transportation solutions for the trading community, vis-à-vis commercially and economically viable and environmentally feasible.
SCI also strengthening their position in the trade by offering services to and from yangoon while connecting all the Indian Sub-continent ports as well as Middle East ports