LOTS Shipping Limited (“LOTS-India”) is the biggest private barge operator in the National Waterway No. 3 in Kerala offering a diversified fleet with the ability to carry a wide variety of cargo – dry cargo, liquid cargo, over-dimensional cargo, hazardous chemicals (hazchem), plant & machinery, etc. The Company has emerged as a key provider of barging services along the West Coast of India and has successfully transported millions of tonnes of cargo for prestigious clients. The Company has long-term contracts with the Fertilisers and Chemicals [Travancore] Limited (FACT) for the transportation of dry and liquid cargo. Besides Kerala, LOTS-India had operations in Karnataka and Gujarat. Besides Kerala, LOTS-India has operations in Jamnagar - Gujarat, Nagapattinam - Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kolkata.
LOTS-India was set up in June 1992 to tap the largely underutilized opportunities in Inland Water Transport. Initially the Company focussed on Port operations, logistics management and cargo expediting in some of the most difficult ports around the world including those in Africa and Russia. The mainstay of this activity was providing the services of Port Captains with the specific responsibility of significantly improving voyage profits for the ship owner and the charterer.
India has one of the largest coastlines in the world, remaining largely under-utilized for coastal and barge transportation. The Company saw an emerging opportunity in the field of inland water transport and has, over the past two decades plus, launched 7 new vessels and acquired a few more from other companies.
LOTS-India is now the biggest barge operator in the National Waterway 3 in Kerala, offering a diversified fleet with the ability to carry varied cargo including petroleum products, hazardous chemicals and dry cargo. The Company has successfully transported over 8 million tonnes of cargo by barges in ports along the west coast of India. In Kerala, the Company has contracts with such industrial giants as FACT in the Public Sector.
The Company has carried several million tonnes of diverse cargoes such as sulphur, rock phosphate, heavy machinery (ship’s engines and generators), zinc concentrate, coal, cement, iron ore, soyabean meal, furnace oil and phosphoric acid, venturing into transportation by barges outside Kerala in such places as Karwar (Karnataka) and Redi Port (Maharashtra). LOTS-India has emerged as a key provider of barging services along the west coast of the country and has carried out operations such as loading of ships and lightening of ships at various anchorages around the country. The Company’s vision still is to capitalize on the strengths it has acquired and add significantly to the tonnage owned.
LOTS-India has undertaken and accomplished several turnkey and over-dimensional cargo (ODC) projects. One of them has been the complete transport from the manufacturer to the work site the pipes required for the single point mooring project for KRL (Kochi Refineries Limited)&Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL). This involved the transportation of 1,652 cement-coated 48” diameter pipes each weighing about 26T from Mundra Port in Gujarat to Kochi, discharge from ship, transport and storage at yards and finally the last-mile delivery to the pipe-laying barge of the principal contractors M/s. Leighton India Private Limited. The project was accomplished successfully meeting the stringent timelines set by the principal contractors.
LOTS-India had introduced the first Roll-on/Roll-off service in India way back in 2011 and created a history of continuous Ro-Ro operation between Willingdon Island and Bolgatty at Kochi for more than five years, under a long-term deal signed with the Cochin Port Trust (CoPT).
The Company is poised to shortly enter the River Sea Shipping segment with a River Sea Vessel (RSV) titled M.V. Beypore Sultan which is in an advanced stage of construction at DEMPO Shipyard in Goa, India.
Master Shipyard Private Limited (“MSPL”) is a ship-building company located at Edakochi, in the Ernakulam District of Kerala, famous for its traditional ship building and repairing legacy. Since its establishment in 2004, MSPL is one of India’s premier builders of barges, passenger vessels, yachts and seagoing & inland vessels. The Shipyard, Dock and Workshop area is spread over an area of about an acre of land. The company has so far successfully built and launched 8 barges. The yard is equipped to construct vessels up to 3500 DWT.Read More
LOTS International Limited in the United Arab Emirates (“LOTS-Dubai”) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of LOTS-India. Set up as an off-shore entity in the Jebel Ali Cree Zone, LOTS-Dubai provides services of Port Captains to leading US flagship owners and operators with a cardinal presence in the Middle East region.
With a strong and upcoming water-ferry industry in India and other developing nations, LOTS Shipping & Trading Pte. Ltd., Singapore (“LOTS-Singapore”) has been, since 2011, at the forefront of mobilizing passenger ferries without the need for expensive and slow heavy-lift vessels to carry the ferries as cargo. LOTS-Singapore,a trusted logistics partner for many companies around the globe, is an extended arm of LOTS Shipping Limited, Cochin.Read More
Since 2014, LOTS Shipping East Africa Limited (“LOTS-EA”) provides ship agency & related services, expediting, C&F services and port captaincy, at all the ports where it has a presence.Read More