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
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.