PSA’s Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals
(BMCT) continued on its growth path with the arrival of Hapag-Lloyd’s ‘Express
Rome’ at the terminal, marking BMCT’s second weekly service call and its first
direct Europe service.
10,114-TEU, 122,961 dwt Express Rome is 350 metres long and operates the Indian
Ocean Service (IOS) linking India and the Middle East directly with the North
European ports of Antwerp, Hamburg and London. Its inaugural call at BMCT
will be followed by three sister ships from Hapag Lloyd plus three and one
vessels respectively from service partners Hamburg-Sud and CMA-CGM.
3,700 TEUs will be handled during the call at BMCT. Rail containers for export
were earlier received at BMCT via inter-terminal transfer from other terminals
at JNPT, whilst the first direct trains from BMCT will depart this week with
containers for North India and many other destinations.
ceremony at BMCT to welcome the vessel, BMCT’s CEO Suresh Amirapu said, “We are
honoured to receive this early vote of confidence from Hapag Lloyd and its IOS
service partners. With one kilometre of contiguous quay, 16.5 metres of
alongside draft and six super post- panamax cranes, BMCT can handle some of the
largest container vessels afloat. Three more cranes will be in operation by
July, increasing our capacity and enhancing our service offering.”
Also present at the
inaugural call was Dheeraj Bhatia, managing director of Hapag-Lloyd India.
Bhatia commented, “The start of BMCT is a great milestone in the Indian port
infrastructure space. The addition of this new capacity will help in increasing
efficiency and offer improved turn- around times. We expect this capacity to
further help the cause of Direct Port Delivery from the terminal. PSA is a
trusted partner of Hapag-Lloyd and with this confidence, we have entrusted them
to handle one of our premier services from India to Europe.”