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Containerised volumes are steadily increasing on the East Coast of India. Keeping pace with the growth, KPCT now offers a new service to the Gulf sector. Simatech, in association with Evergreen Line recently launched a joint CCG Service. The first sailing of this weekly service commenced at KPCT by the maiden call of MV Taroko. This 28-day service will utilise four container ships of around 2,000 TEU each; three operated by Simatech and one by Evergreen Line. The service provides direct connectivity from Krishnapatnam Port (India) to Colombo (Sri Lanka), Cochin (India), Jebel Ali (UAE), and Sohar (Oman) ports. The service vessels would call KPCT every Thursday, complementing the trade in the hinterland of Krishnapatnam Port to plan their exports and imports out of KPCT. Apart from providing shortest transit time to Middle East destinations, the service also provides an option of connecting the transshipment hub - Colombo during the mid-week. This Colombo connection is an add-on to the existing BOX (jointly operated by BTL, Seacon & OEL) and MSC feeder services currently operating out of KPCT.