8 Dec 2023 12:15

Fesco expands sea routes between India and Novorossiysk with calls at Bangladesh and Pakistan

KRASNODAR. Dec 8 (Interfax) - The Fesco Transport Group (whose parent company is the Far Eastern Shipping Company, Fesco) is expanding the geography of its Indian Line West maritime service between the Indian subcontinent and Novorossiysk, connecting it with lines to Bangladesh and Pakistan by means of transshipment in the Indian port of Mundra.

The company said in a statement that cargo from Bangladesh to Russia could now be delivered via one more route: from the port of Chattogram via the port of Colombo (Sri Lanka) to Mundra. There, containers are reloaded onto a Fesco vessel and proceed directly to Novorossiysk. Total transit time is 45 days, with shipments taking place once per month. Most of the import cargo flow is consumer goods and light industry products, while export traffic consists of wood products, chemical cargo and building materials.

The press release also said that Fesco delivers cargo from Pakistan along the route Karachi - Mundra - Novorossiysk in a similar fashion. Travel time from the port of departure to the port of destination is about 23 days. From Russia to Pakistan, Fesco transports mainly food industry goods, and in the opposite direction, stone products and food cargo. Dispatches also occur on a monthly basis.

In addition, Fesco has connected its service from India to Novorossiysk with Pork Klang, the largest port in Malaysia. The estimated delivery time to Mundra is 10-11 days, and approximately another 16 days to Novorossiysk. Most of the cargo flow from Malaysia is feed and food additives, coconut oil, soap, and rubber. From Russia, cargoes are comprised of oilseeds and grains, as well as fertilizers. Feeder boats depart from Port Klang once a week.

The regular Fesco Indian Line West service, operating on the route Novorossiysk - Nava Sheva - Mundra - Novorossiysk, was launched in February of this year. In August, Fesco delivered its own container ship to the shipping line, reducing transit time from Indian ports to 16 days.