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Response from the trade to the coastal shipping is very encouraging: Director, Krishnapatnam Port

PROFILE

A shipping, port and ocean cargo logistics professional with over 25 years of experience in delivering measurable commercial results.

 

POSITION

Director • Krishnapatnam Port Container Terminal

KPCT has recorded an exceptional growth rate, far surpassing industry

norms in a highly competitive business environment, attributed to

innovative marketing initiatives.

Managing Director • Ocean2Door

An end to end cargo logistics service provider briinging cost and time

efficiency to the supply chain through transparency and digitization.

EDUCATION

MBA • Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad

Bachelors Degree • Mumbai University •Economics & Statistics

Member •Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, London

PROFESSIONAL FOCUS

To stimulate a thought and action process in the cargo logistics industry

that promotes a holistic approach to bring to cargo owners the most

efficient logistics for their cargoes and thereby realize business growth

 

Interview

 

Sagar Sandesh: You are one of the few terminals which has seen success in getting positive responses in handling coastal cargo. How is the journey? 

 

       Vinita Venkatesh:  We are very fortunate to get the support from Shreyas Shipping which is India’s largest coastal operator. They are not only able to provide sufficient vessels to cater to the EXIM transhipment volume to mainline operator between Krishnapatnam and Kolkata/Haldia, but also through their NVOCC wing, they are able to provide domestic containers for carrying domestic cargo. Further, we also received good support from the mainline operators such as, Maersk, Safmarine, Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM), ZIM Line, Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) and Shreyas Shipping who used our port for transhipment operations to/from Kolkata/Haldia.

SS: How is the coastal cargo movement on the east coast? The Government is keen to see the growth the present level of 7 % to 10 % 2020. Do you think this target is achievable considering the current growth rates?

 

VV:At Krishnapatnam Port, we commenced coastal cargo movement in Nov’16 with an initial volume of 2640 TEUs per month and this has rapidly developed and grown to 16746 TEUs per month in Feb’18.  Response from the trade to the coastal shipping is very encouraging.

 

SS:Is your coastal berth ready for operations? How can infrastructure be improved in ports to ease coastal shipping? What infrastructure is required which is now currently lacking?

 

VV: Krishnapatnam Port is ideally positioned on the East-coast of India to facilitate the coastal shipping and transhipment operation. We are today the deepest draft port with 18.5 meters draft and 16 metres draft at our container berth to handle large mainline service which is a pre-requisite for transhipment operations. We have also made available coastal berth infrastructure with 15 meters berth length with two MHCs to facilitate handling of feeder vessel from Kolkata which are unable to maintain schedule and window time due to the congestion and berthing delays at Kolkata Port. Further, KPCT also offer a very competitive tariff to Indian flag vessel operators calling at our port. 

 

SS: What are key concerns of customers to shift cargo to coastal route?

 

VV: There is a large volume of cargo which travels by road from KPCT hinterland to the north eastern states as well as to Kerala and Gujarat area. This cargo currently travels by road in trucks carrying small size consignments and crossing various state borders to reach the buyers factories. The cargoes for domestic distributions are chillies, granite and cotton yarn. The primary concern of customer to shift the cargo to the coastal route is multiple handling as well as competitive ocean freight rate.


SS: What more policy push would you like from the government?

 

VV: Currently, the cargo is moving by road for long distances into the North-East states in trucks adding to congestion on the roadways and pollution due to old and poorly maintained trucks being used. As against this, on the East-coast of India, there is large port infrastructure and sufficient port capacity to handle domestic cargo by sea route in an efficient manner.  A policy introduction from the Government by way of subsidies provided for the movement of cargo on the sea route instead of road will be beneficial to transfer cargo from road to sea.


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