The state-run Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) launched a cargo ferry service, connecting Chennai port with Yangon in Myanmar. Flagged off by Union shipping secretary Vishwapati Trivedi, SCI Kamal has a capacity of 1,200 TEU (20 feet equivalent unit). The service, plying on the Colombo- Chennai-Krishnapatnam-Yangon route, will call on Chennai port every fortnight. “This is the first venture of SCI’s to Myanmar. This standalone ship service was launched as part of the Union government’s ‘Look East’ policy and to re-ignite our historical trade ties with Myanmar,” said an SCI official. This service was launched with the aim to strengthen economic ties between the two countries.