A shipping, port and
ocean cargo logistics professional with over 25 years of experience in
delivering measurable commercial results.
Krishnapatnam Port Container Terminal
KPCT has recorded an
exceptional growth rate, far surpassing industry
norms in a highly
competitive business environment, attributed to
Managing Director •
An end to end cargo
logistics service provider briinging cost and time
efficiency to the supply chain through
transparency and digitization.
MBA • Indian
Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad
Bachelors Degree •
Mumbai University •Economics & Statistics
Member •Institute of
Chartered Shipbrokers, London
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
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
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
SS: What more policy push would you like from the
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.