APM Terminals Pipavav facility in India received the first call of the CI1 (China-India Express) service operated by COSCO/OOCL towards the end of last month. The 8,888 TEU OOCL Memphis reached the port on 25th June from Nhava Sheva and sailed on to Port Klang in Malaysia. Commodities transported included solar panels, PVC, resin, monofilament and machinery for import, and cotton, soda ash and castor seeds for export.
The service links Pipavav to the Chinese ports of Shanghai, Ningbo, Shekou and Nansha via Singapore, Port Klang and Nhava Sheva. As such, the CI1 service is considered to provide important and much enhanced connections for importers and exporters between Northwest India and the Far East.
APM Terminals says it has been able to attract the new service to Pipavav due to the terminal’s infrastructure, including rail connectivity to markets in northern India and the imminent arrival of the Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC), a new rail track exclusively for freight traffic movements that covers a distance of 1504 km from JNPT to Dadri. APM Terminals Pipavav has already made the necessary investments to connect to the DFC once it is operational in December 2021.