Honda 2Wheelers is India’s first automotive company to launch the newly opened Ro-Pax ferry service between Hazira (Surat) and Ghogha (Bhavnagar) in the Gulf of Khambhat (Gujarat) in collaboration with Indigo Seaways.
Shortly after the inauguration of the new route on November 8, Honda sent its first two-wheeler shipment on the Hazira – Ghogha Ro-Pax ferry from its Narsapura plant in Karnataka to Veraval (near Somnath) in the Saurashtra region of Gujarat.
By using this service, Honda claims that the transit time for its two-wheelers reaching the Saurashtra region from the South Plant is around 2 days (from 7 days to 5 days) and the distance is around 465 km.
The Hazira – Ghogha Ro-Pax ferry service is faster and cheaper. It’s environmentally friendly too. With this new route, the company wants to reduce its CO2 emissions by approx. 311 kg / trip.
This ferry has cut the road distance between Ghogha and Hazira to 1/4 and the current transit time from 10 to 12 hours to just 4 hours. It is claimed that it would reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 24 tons / day and 8,653 tons / year.
In 2018, Honda 2Wheelers India became the first two-wheeler company to introduce inland waterway transport with the Ro-Pax Dahej – Ghogha ferry in Gujarat. Between 2018 and 2020, Honda had shipped 19,200 units on the Dahej – Ghogha ferry, resulting in a time saving of one day per shipment, a reduction in freight costs of around 4% and a reduction in CO2 emissions of 101,304 kg.