Singapore’s PSA has
inaugurated a new container terminal at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT).
The terminal, Bharat
Mumbai Container Terminals (BMCT), received its first container vessel call
with the berthing of CMA CGM’s Centaurus on February 2.
The call of Centaurus,
following the earlier receipt of containers by road and rail, has brought
BMCT’s facilities into full operation, PSA said.
The 3,426 TEU vessel
operates on the Swahili Express Service (SWAX) linking India and East Africa,
together with three sister vessels from CMA CGM and one from service partner
Emirates Shipping Line.
As informed, more regular
service calls are expected in the coming weeks.
With 1,000 meters of
berth, six super post-panamax cranes and the largest rail yard in Jawaharlal
Nehru Port, BMCT is capable of accommodating some of the largest container
vessels afloat, PSA said.
PSA added that three more
quay cranes are scheduled to arrive in the first half of 2018 and another three
in 2019. Soon after that, the Phase 2 construction will start, bringing the
terminal to an ultimate capacity of 4.8 million TEUs.
Speaking at a ceremony
held on board Centaurus, Suresh Amirapu, BMCT’s CEO, said: “We intend to provide our partners with a
strong platform for growth as well as significantly boost volumes at Jawaharlal
launch of this facility was eagerly awaited to facilitate the much needed
capacity addition and infrastructural boost in Nhava Sheva,” Audrey Dolhen, Managing Director of CMA-CGM India,
construction of the terminal started in 2015, encompassing two phases with each of them adding
an annual capacity of 2.4 million TEUs.
The project is worth
around INR 7,915 crores (USD 1.2 billion).