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
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
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”.