Baxi group’s Visakha container terminal’s export turn-over has increased by
thirteen per cent during August 2018 as compared to the previous month. The
cargo which contributed to the growth included ferro-alloys, steel, aluminium
products, heavy minerals and chemicals which grew in the range of 21 to 37 per
cent. Sharp fall in the value of the Indian rupee against US dollars has contributed
to the substantial increase in exports.
There has been
organic growth, with the increase in production capacities complemented by a strong
dollar value for exports following the fall in rupee value during the last one
month. Frozen seafood is one product where the growth has been consistently
positive. While the US market continues to be the top importer of seafood from
Vizag, the South-East Asian market has been increasing too, which is playing a
pivotal role. Reefer exports in August increased by 15 per cent.
import front, products like chemicals, refractories, machinery and spares,
minerals, and metals and ores have increased significantly.
traffic during August 2018 has been the highest in the history of VCT—46 rakes
were handled with 6,584 TEUs. Of this, 16 rakes were destined for Nepal. The
first rake to Nepal with containers fixed with Electronic Cargo Tracking System
(ECTS) was flagged off on August 28. The ECTS enables real-time tracking of the
containers in transit. The new process is simple, making it a paperless
documentation as against the long processes of documentation currently
followed, which results in delay in moving the containers from the terminal.
recent cabotage relaxation in May 2018, the yard inventory at VCT went up
beyond 9,400 TEUs in June 2018. The terminal took a proactive step by following
up with Visakhapatnam Port Trust and getting about 3.3 acres of land allocated
in the port area adjacent to the terminal on temporary lease basis for stacking
empty containers. This eased up the congestion in the terminal and improved
productivity levels. The terminal handled the highest volume of 42,640 TEUs
with optimal yard occupancy and minimal dwell time.
achieved the highest ship productivity (SMPH) and established a benchmark of
crossing 100 moves per hour on the vessel MV Varada (CCG service) which
sailed on the morning of September 5, 2018.
CCG service vessel is scheduled to berth every Sunday in Vizag as per the
window. However, there was a delay at the previous ports of call, that resulted
in the late berthing of the vessel. The Vessel arrived at the port on Tuesday
after an overall delay of 36 hours. The delay created a challenging situation
at VCT because of other vessels scheduled on Wednesday early morning hours as
per their window. Hence, it was imperative that the operations of MV Varada had
to be completed before the arrival of the next scheduled service. The vessel
had a move exchange of 2,567 TEUs.
took this as a challenge and ensured that the vessel, that berthed on September
4, at 0500 hours, was turned around in
22 hours. There was detailed planning, organising, implementation and
coordination by the team, resulting in the completion of the entire vessel
operations before the arrival of the next vessel. VCT not only completed the
operations on time effectively and efficiently, it was also ensured that the next
vessel operations were handled as per the scheduled time. The ship productivity
achieved was 102 moves per hour, with gross crane productivity of 26.6 moves
Container Freight Station (CFS) of Visakha Container Terminal, located in the EXIM
Park of Visakhapatnam Port Trust, achieved a throughput of 3,103 TEUs in
it was organic growth in the existing commodities, some of the export products
such as high carbon ferrochrome, parboiled rice, broken rice, frozen shrimps,
silico manganese, and import commodities like quick lime, crude glycerin, dried
raw cashew nuts, sunflower meal and ferrous products contributed largely to the
growth in volumes. The notable factor was that the export and import
balance/ratio was perfect, with the shipping lines playing a major role in
making this happen.
increasing number of Corporates now prefer to avail the services of VCT CFS—the
one-stop-shop for all logistics solutions. An additional warehouse of 20,000
sq. ft is under construction adjoining the existing one, which is expected to
provide extra mileage to the CFS in the coming months as most of the cargoes,
be it export/import, in Vizag require closed storage facility.
One of the major
developments with regard to the CFS in August has been the setting up of a
facility for workmen within the CFS premises, thereby offering round-the-clock
stuffing/de-stuffing services to the trade.