HMSI begins using the Hazira-Ghogha inland waterway in Gujarat

NEW DELHI: Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) said Tuesday that it has become the country’s first automotive company to begin transporting products through the recently opened Hazira-Ghogha Ro-Pax ferry service in partnership with Indigo Seaways.
The company shipped its first two-wheeler shipment using the ferry service from the Narsapura plant in Karnataka to Veraval (near Somnath) in the Saurashtra region of Gujarat, HMSI said in a statement.
By using this logistical way, delivery times and distance for the company’s new two-wheeled vehicles reaching the Saurashtra region from the Karnataka plant have been significantly reduced, he added.
Compared to the previous full road route, the transit time was shortened by two days and the distance by 465km respectively, the two-wheeler manufacturer said.
“At Honda we believe we have a responsibility to apply our innovations, technologies and initiatives to improve people’s lives while minimizing the environmental impacts of our products and business operations to ensure a sustainable future for the company,” Yadvinder, Sales Director and Marketing of HMSI Singh Guleria said.
Using the recently inaugurated inland waterways as the first car company to ship its shipments, HMSI was able to significantly reduce transit time and serve customers more efficiently in 11 cities in Gujarat’s Saurashtra region, he added.
“At the same time, as an environmentally superior means of transport, the Ro-Pax service is significantly reducing our carbon footprint. Honda aims to continuously deliver its shipments from the Bangalore plant to the Saurashtra region using the Ro-Pax ferry service. “noted Guleria.