With the construction of Kochi Metro Rail gaining momentum, operators of container carrier lorries serving the International Container Transshipment Terminal (ICTT) are seeking alternative ways to reach the ICTT, expecting traffic diversions in the city.
Aggrieved over the inordinate delay faced on city roads en route the ICTT, the Container Carrier Owners Association has decided to depend on Ro-Ro (Roll-on Roll-off) service. Facilitating this move, the Cochin Port Trust introduced a reduction in tariff of the RoRo ferry service from June 1 onwards. The Cochin Port Trust authorities have also decided to increase the frequency of Ro-Ro service. The Ro-Ro barge, which carries wheeled cargo between Willingdon Island and Vallarpadam, can transport 20 TEUs in one trip and has a transit capacity of 480 TEUs a day.The company operating the service has reportedly expressed willingness to operate the service from 3 am to 10 pm.
The Ro-Ro service commenced operations at the same time the ICTT started functioning in February 2011. It facilitates driving in of a container truck avoiding the need of a crane for transfer of the container into the barge.