Port, India’s largest east coast, public container gateway — generated
impressive growth in September, after a prolonged seesaw volume trend caused by
intense competition from privately operated rivals. Those private ports have
made steady inroads into the market on the strength of price flexibility and
volume in September surged about 16 percent to 150,444 TEU from 130,103 TEU in
terminal, September figures were as follows: DP World Chennai with 64,416 TEU,
up from 60,024 TEU in August; and PSA Chennai with 86,028 TEU, up from 70,079
Chennai handled 54 ship calls last month, compared with 49 calls in September
2017, according to the analysis.
key performance metrics also improved year over year, with average output per
ship berth up to 39,569 tonnes (43,617 tons), from 38,247 tonnes; and average
gross crane rates up to 26 moves per hour, from 25.18 moves per hour, when
measured in TEU liftings.
other public ports in the southern region, Tuticorin (V.O. Chidambaranar) and
Visakhapatnam suffered declines — down 9 percent to 58,904 TEU from 64,428 TEU
in August and down 18 percent to 34,710 TEU from 42,640 TEU, respectively.
the same time, DP World’s Vallarpadam Terminal at Cochin Port substantially
increased volume, handling 50,475 TEU in September, compared with 41,444 TEU in
contrast, Krishnapatnam and Kattupalli — the two dominant privately operated,private
port operators in the region — ended September with somewhat patchy performances.
Statistics show Krishnapatnam handled 38,176 TEU, essentially flat with the
38,072 TEU in August, whereas Kattupalli marginally increased volume — up 4.4 percent
to 57,047 TEU, from 54,613 TEU in August.
stagnation period occurred as Krishnapatnam embarks on a comprehensive program
to boost its operating capabilities to stay ahead of expected demand growth.
Similarly, slower growth at Kattupalli, combined with a non-starter terminal at
Ennore — which had no vessel calls last month — could cause serious concerns
for concessionaire Adani Group, which is renowned for using aggressive shipper
outreach and strategic carrier partnership efforts to briskly build market
share at all of its other port locations, especially at Mundra.
port conglomerate(Adanis) is said to have invested Rs 724 crore (about $98
million) in the Ennore facility, which officially opened with a Jan. 4 call
from the MV SSL Kochi from domestic short sea carrier Shreyas Shipping and
Logistics, although partial operations were already under way there since
October 2017. From January to August, the new terminal had just five ship
calls, accounting for 2,638 TEU, data show.
the battle for market share heats up, terminals in the region — facing
tremendous pressure to increase capacity utilization — have been offering
mainline ocean carriers deep discounts on service rates. One example: in July,
Chennai port officials unveiled a tariff discount program for vessels handling
transshipment cargo, and that helped it attract — for the first time — 14 TEU
of transshipment freight in September.