Cochin port launched a new direct service to West Asia in order to give an impetus to the connectivity for export cargo to West Asia. recently. The vessel SSL Gujarat having 1,800 capacity TEUs (23,000 tonnes) will sail from Cochin non-stop to Jebel Ali , covering the distance of 1,780 nautical mile in five days. The vessel commencing from Kattuppalli on the east coast will touch Tuticorin before coming to Cochin port for its final onward voyage to Jebel Ali. The vessel is designed to carry 100 reefer containers and 150 DG (dangerous goods) containers.