Russia & India introduce a new direct shipping route between Novorossiysk – Mumbai

Russia’s Far Eastern Shipping Company (FESCO) has introduced a new direct shipping route between Novorossiysk on Russia’s Black Sea Coast and Mumbai on the West coast of India.

As per the company FESCO Indian Line operates on the route Novorossiysk-Ambarli (Turkey)-Nhava Sheva (India)-Mundra (India) and back, carrying food products, cellulose, polymer materials, and others. Hazardous cargo is also acceptable as the cargo traffic on this service.  

The Nhava Sheva and Mundra ports are parts of the overall Mumbai port complex. The city is India’s commercial hub possessing an affluent consumer population in its right as well as rail and road transport networks to the rest of the country.

Novorossiysk located on the Russian Black Sea coast is the busiest oil port and the largest regional port of the Black Seas. It is listed on the Moscow Stock Exchange and services Russian sea trade with regions of Asia, the Middle East, Africa, the Mediterranean, and South America. An industrial city, Novorossiysk is dependent on steel, food processing, and the production of metal goods and other manufacturers. Extensive limestone quarries supply important cement factories in and around the city.

This new service offered by FESCO has two departures per week while the shipping time between Novorossiysk and Mumbai averages 25 days. It marks the shipping company’s third deep-sea container service and second with India. Group customers can access shipments to and from Mumbai’s Nhava Sheva Port via Russia’s Vladivostok port on Russia’s eastern, Pacific seaboard.

FESCO is a major Russian port operator with rail and logistics businesses. The group operates more than 130,000 TEU of containers and a fleet of over 10,000 well cars. Its fleet of 23 vessels operates primarily on the group’s marine lines.

The new route points to the growing Russian-Indian trade, which is developing beyond energy and into other markets such as agriculture and consumer goods as Russia looks to other markets in the wake of the collapse of its European trade. Bilateral trade was up 120in 2022.

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