Honda 2Wheelers became the first car company in India to adopt the newly inaugurated Ro-Pax ferry service linking Hazira (Surat) and Ghogha (Bhavnagar) in Khambhat Bay (Gujarat), in collaboration with Indigo Seaways.
Shortly after the new route opened on November 8, Honda dispatched its first two-wheeled transport using the Hazira – Ghogha Ro-Pax ferry service 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 by 2 days (from 7 days to 5 days) and the distance by 465 km for the two wheels that arrive in the Saurashtra region from the southern factory.
Hazira – Ghogha Ro-Pax ferry service is faster and more cost effective. It is also environmentally friendly. With this new route, the company claims to reduce its carbon emissions by about 311 kg / trip.
This ferry has reduced the road distance between Ghogha and Hazira by 1/4 and the current transit time from 10 to 12 hours in just 4 hours. It is claimed to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 24 tonnes / day and 8,653 tonnes / year.
In 2018, Honda 2Wheelers India was the first two-wheeled company to adopt inland waterway transport with the Ro-Pax Dahej – Ghogha ferry service from Gujarat. Between 2018 and 2020, Honda shipped 19,200 units via the Dahej – Ghogha ferry, resulting in one-day time savings on delivery, a reduction of approximately 4% in transportation costs and a reduction of 101,304 kg of carbon emissions.