of a new container terminal shortly at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) by
Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals Pvt Ltd (BMCT), a wholly-owned facility of
Singapore’s PSA International Pte Ltd, is expected to help India’s busiest
container gateway raise the share of boxes moved by rail.
BMTC and the state-owned rail hauler of containers Container Corporation of
India (Concor) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to run dedicated
shuttle-trains running between BMCT and Concor’s Rail Transhipment Hubs (RTH)
at Kathuwas and Jakhwada to consolidate containers railed between BMCT and
North and West India.
have found that the practice of ‘mixed rail handling’ instead of having a
dedicated rail link was the major drawback negatively impacting truck-to-train
freight conversion progress. The flat
stagnation of rail volume at JNPT when examined by an agency was attributed as
a major factor to mixed container handling. According to the report, “Mixed
container stacking at [the] yard of a different terminal leads to challenges in
retrieving the same and at times, leads to the possibility of containers missing
the vessel and loss of revenue for the shipping line.”
that the percentage of rail cargoes at JNPT has declined to 12% recently, CMD,
Concor, Kalyana Rama said : “By working together to provide superior service
levels and offerings via our RTHs, we have no doubt that rail percentage in
JNPT will see a major upswing with the commissioning of BMCT and we aim to see
35 per cent of volumes at BMCT handled by rail once the dedicated freight
corridor (DFC) is completed,” Kalyana Rama said.
facilities will be the largest in India and the only on-dock DFC-compliant
facility in JNPT, capable of handling 1.5 km long, 360 twenty-foot equivalent
unit (TEU) container trains on completion of the DFC.
designate the Kathuwas and Jakhwada RTHs as BMCT’s inland extended gateways for
North and West India while Concor will ensure competitive rail freight costs
and transit times between BMCT and the RTHs in addition to providing
competitive pre / on-carriage rail options. The aggregation of all North and
West India-destined boxes onto a single train at BMCT will enhance train
priority given to handle its trains at BMCT, Concor will be able to transport
boxes to their destination on time, thus providing a higher service level to
shipping lines cost-effectively at a much more competitive cost, said Suresh
Amirapu, CEO of BMCT.
Concor’s Dronagari Rail Terminal (DRT) will be designated as a Direct Port
Delivery (DPD) point for longer stay import boxes, removing traffic from the
roads and providing a more effective evacuation option. BMCT will also work in
partnership with Concor to offer shipping lines domestic repositioning of their
empty containers, a service currently not available at terminals in JNPT due to
the lack of capacity.
is a big fillip to the DFC project which is expected to revolutionise the
inland container transportation infrastructure,” said an industry source. “It
also marks the beginning of further competition between the terminals at JNPT
in offering the best service to their clients,” Suresh Amirapu, CEO of BMCT added.