CITPL raises the bar for terminal productivity in south and east India
CHENNAI International Terminals Pvt Ltd (CITPL), a member of the PSA International Group, has achieved a new vessel productivity record for south and east India of 171 moves per hour by completing 3,023 moves in 19 hours during the visit of the Wan Hai 507
CHENNAI International Terminals Pvt Ltd (CITPL), a member of the PSA International Group, has achieved a new vessel productivity record for south and east India of 171 moves per hour by completing 3,023 moves in 19 hours during the visit of the Wan Hai 507.
As a result, CITPL breached its earlier south and east India record of 168 moves per hour set in August 2016.
General manager captain T Madhan Mohan was quoted as saying in a report by Dubai's Maritime Standard: 'We are also working closely alongside Chennai Port Trust to enhance the competitiveness of the port.
'Recent reductions in vessel related charges, increases in free time for direct port deliveries and direct port exports, the streamlining of road access, cuts in short haul rail charges by Indian Railways and the development of an empty container depot inside the port area are just some of the initiatives being taken by stakeholders towards this objective.'
Another PSA terminal in India also achieved a notable milestone. On September 25, Hyundai Merchant Marine's (HMM) first block train, making a weekly trip to Tughlakabad was launched from PSA's Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals (BMCT). The block train has a 90 TEU capacity and will connect up with HMM's China India Express service to reduce transit times.
JNPT handled a record throughput of 70,398 TEU in August, with the rail share of its total container volumes rising to 16.2 per cent. Like JNPT, BMCT also enjoyed a record month for rail volumes in August, after the signing of a new rail agreement between the various terminal operators in the port.
PSA India managing director Mike Formosa added: 'The resolution of the Inter Terminal Rail Handling Operation (ITRHO) agreement by JNPT is certainly a factor in not only higher volumes but also increased competitiveness through improved rail connectivity at JNPT. PSA India intends to continue to play a key role in contributing to JNPT's attractiveness as a port of call.'