Maersk has commenced its first inland containerised cargo movement in India through the country’s first multimodal terminal on River Ganga (National Waterway-1), from Varanasi to Kolkata. The shipping line deployed 16 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) on MV Rabindranath Tagore that will be plying from the Varanasi terminal to RR Jetty in Kolkata, covering a distance of 1390 km.
Steve Felder, Managing Director – South Asia, Maersk, says, “We truly believe that India’s trade growth is hidden in our hinterlands. As the global integrator of container logistics, we are focused on providing efficient supply chain solutions for our customers, and efficiently linking Indian importers and exporters in hinterland locations with markets around the world. The initiative will help facilitate the cargo movement from the hinterland to directly move to and from Bangladesh and the rest of the world through the Bay of Bengal.”