June 30 - In India, the UK-based Allseas Global Logistics and Mumbai-based Seamless Projects' recently-created joint venture company, Allseas Project Solutions, has handled its first assignment.

The project involved the transportation of two sets of wind turbine blades, which were some 30 m in length from India to the UK. These were crated and loaded on eight flatracks for shipment on a container vessel out of Mundra Port.

India is producing a large number of wind turbine blades, says Pradip Upadhyaya, who heads up Allseas Project Solutions. "We look forward to more assignments of this type. The 'Smart Cities' initiative by the Government of India in different parts of the country also provides new opportunities for the services we offer."

Based in Mumbai, with plans to open offices at gateway ports such as Mundra, Chennai and other strategic locations, the new joint venture is a partnership of two companies that are strong in their own right.

Upadhyaya adds: "Opportunities are plenty. Specialised logistics services are now in great demand in India. Similarly, bilateral trade with various partner countries is on the rise. Infrastructure, power, heavy engineering and the medical sector will be major contributors to the growth of our economy."

Bryn Atherton, Allseas Global Logistics' UK sales manager, says: "India is a massive market and is following the same route as China in terms of growth.

"Allseas Global Logistics has experience of exporting to India and, through its sister company DKT Allseas, represents the National Shipping Corporation of India (SCI). Setting up our new company is the logical next step in a market that we are already serving and important for us. We have worked through partners in India before, but now we will have own freight forwarding offices locally to handle both the destination and origin side of shipments."