In a bid to reduce its carbon footprint, Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL) which carries out export operations from the Chennai Port have for the first time also used the sea route for shipment of cars for domestic markets. The first such shipment of 800 units was loaded last Saturday, onto the M V IDM Symex, a roll-on-roll vessel at the Chennai Port.
This shipment will be making its way from HMIL’s Sriperumbudur manufacturing unit in Tamil Nadu to Pipavav Port in Gujarat, the journey which will take a total of 6 days. Where the return journey is concerned, the company is in talks with manufacturers from Gujarat for shipment of vehicles to southern destinations.
Gujarat is home to manufacturing plants of Tata Motors, Ford India, GM India, Honda Two Wheelers and many more upcoming like Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai India.
Hyundai India transported all their popular cars on offer to Gujarat. This includes Eon, i10, Grand i10, Elite i20, i20 Active, and Creta.
Where the cost factor is concerned, transportation of vehicles via the sea route is proving to be more economical for the company which could result in a saving of 25-30 percent as compared to transportation by road. Shipping of small cars is at INR 500 while charges for a large vehicle are INR 2,000. The vessels will ply on a fortnightly basis and will have the capacity to transport around 2,000 cars in a single trip.
With Hyundai India following this alternative route, the Finance Ministry has been recommended by the Shipping Ministry to offer the company an incentive of INR 3,000 per vehicle to all automakers using the sea route for transportation.