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Kandla container terminal: India’s new gateway to Middle East?

With the advent of Kandla International Container Terminal (KICT), container handling scenario has totally changed in the past seven months as the defunct terminal for four years has been able to handle as many as 41000 TEUs up till now. This comprises 20369 imports boxes and 21068 export ones. 

The terminal , revived in January this year as a joint  venture  project between KPT and JM Baxi group, with the  later committing to pay  10.44 per cent share to the former, is seen, firming its roots in the container trade at Kandla to finally emerged as a major player not in the too-distant future. 

‘’I  must say the terminal is doing well  and I have no doubt that with this pace of handling and its capacity to handle 50000  container, it would emerge as major player not in the too-distant future. The handling of more than 40000 containers in the short period of past six months is commendable one.”M S Ballani,traffic manager of KPT told this paper . 

Kandla based head and vice president of JM Baxi group’s KICT,captain Amardeep Singh Parmar  speaking to this paper from his long business tour told that they are determined to bring a great change in container handling at Kandla which had suffered a lot  for a long time in this field with addition of more and more new services with a faster turnaround of ships and make it India’s gateway to the middle east.

The terminal which caters to the trade needs of northern and central hinterland of the country as well as local market in Gujarat,  started with ad hoc services (that is, the service is run whenever there is cargo)has now four regular services and the move is on to add the fifth one from 27th this month. The four services are RSX (Red Sea Express), IIX (Indo Iran Express), IRX (Indo Red Express), NDX ( Nhava Sheva Dammam Express).The  yet to be started new service is unnamed of the existing regular services,two are weekly and one is 10-day one. .All these services cater to the sector of Middle East making it“India’s gateway to Middle East”adds Amardeep Singh.Pointing out to the uniqueness of their handling,Amardeep Singh said that they were so conscious about handling that that their truck-turnaround time was just 29 minutes, that is each truck gets filled within half an hour. This puts their terminal among the best ones in the industry.

 To a query, Ballani said that though these shipping services might not be a bigger lines, but what was important in the case of Kandla is that volume wise Kandla certainly an achiever to attract major container lines. 

The existing facilities at the terminal include four RMQC, four RTGC, 16 ITVs, two reach stackers and one forklift and 2688 ground slots. 

The terminal handled the biggest ever container vessel,MV Artman 10373 with LOA of 221.6 meter last month. It discharged 2627 TEUs and returned with a record number of 1173 TEUS.



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