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Containers need to reach Tondiarpet CONCOR Yard to board the ship: Defence Ministry’s Cargo moves by Rail from Tondiarpet ICD directly to the Vessel

The sensitive defense cargo of Ordinance Factory Board in 169 containers meant for the UAE government arrived at the CONCOR Yard at Tondiarpet. The hazardous high value cargo moved in two trains to Chennai International terminal (PSA terminal) in Chennai Port within seven hours. The containers were loaded on to the M V Industrial Challenger within three hours.

 As part of the drive to increase rail utilization to avoid road congestion in a Metropolis based port like Chennai, Chennai International Terminals Pvt Ltd (“CITPL”) has  loaded 169 twenty-foot containers of high value hazardous cargo moving by rail, from Concor’s Tondiarpet ICD(TNPM) in Chennai, to CITPL’s on-dock rail siding. All 169 containers travelled through two dedicated trains from Tondiarpet Concor yard to CITPL in a span of seven hours. They were then loaded onto the “M.V Industrial Challenger”.

The Operation  showcased not only the close cooperation between CITPL, Concor, Chennai Port Trust and  other agencies, but also the significant benefits to shippers utilizing rail transfers via CITPL’s on-dock siding. 

The consignment, categorized under the DG class 1.1 & 1.4G, was exported under the contract between Ordnance Factory Board (OFB), Ministry of Defense, India and Ministry of Defense, UAE Government. Due to the high security and safety requirements of the cargo, the authorities had decided to utilize the rail connectivity between Tondiarpet concor yard and CITPL at Chennai port.

Two trains were carrying the cargo was placed at CITPL:  The challenging task of direct loading on to the vessel from the on-dock rail siding took place in coordination with Chennai Port Trust’s Railway department, Concor, Balmer Lawrie, Chennai Port’s Fire department together with other National Security Agencies.  In a testimony to the close and effective cooperation between CITPL ,Concor and all the participating agencies, the container loading activities at CITPL were completed in less than 3 hours.

 CITPL, Concor and Chennai Port Trust are continuing to work very closely to increase the proportion of rail cargo handled at CITPL. Chennai port has plans to extend its gates up to Concor Yard at Tonidarpet situated about ten kilometers north of the port where containers could land. They will be cleared by customs and loaded into freight trains and moved directly by rail to the container terminal at Chennai Port. This way the trade could avoid the congested roads of Chennai to enter Chennai Port.

Chennai port has plans to use this route to handle Direct Port Delivery of imported cargo in a big way to tackle the problem of evacuation of containers by avoiding busy roads of Chennai city. The procedural arrangements with the customs are under way for the past several months. 

PSA’s Chennai International Terminals Pvt Ltd (CITPL) in Chennai Port is ideally positioned to tap on the high growth in Chennai, which is steadily emerging as the hub for the Indian East Coast. .Shipping services at the terminal are currently connected to Far East, Colombo as well as other Indian ports including Andaman / Nicobar islands through the coastal services.

The Terminal is designed to handle the new generation of deep-draft container vessels. The terminal’s connectivity to Inland Container Depot (ICD) is enhanced by its own dedicated rail terminal which reduces the transit time. It is equipped to serve the growing rail container traffic generated by an ever growing hinterland.

 As one of the leading global port groups, PSA participates in around 40 terminals in 16 countries across Asia, Europe and the Americas with flagship operations in PSA Singapore Terminals and PSA Antwerp. PSA strives to continue growing its port network alongside its shipping line customers and become the preferred partner to port stakeholders across the world. Employing the finest talents in the industry, PSA delivers reliable and best-in-class service to its customers and develops win-win relationships with its partners. As the port operator of choice in the world’s gateway hubs, PSA is “The World’s Port of Call”.


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