In an attempt to develop Mundra port into a “major transhipment hub”, Adani Ports & SEZ Ltd (APSEZL), part of the Adani Group, will expand the existing terminal Adani International Container Terminal Private Limited (AICTPL).
Once complete, AICTPL will become India’s largest container terminal with a total quay length of 1,460 meters and cargo handling capacity of 3.1m teu.
Karan Adani, CEO of APSEZL, said that the expansion would “make Mundra the largest container port in India with a cumulative capacity of 6.6m teu and will help in achieving our vision of handling 200m metric tonnes of annual cargo by 2020”.
Management want AICTPL, which is a 50:50 joint venture with MSC’s port arm Terminal Investment Ltd, to be a transhipment hub for the Middle East, South Asia and India.
It will be equipped with 15 super post-Panamax quay cranes, capable of handling 18,000 teu container vessels at the terminal.
The expansion will see Mundra have four container terminals spread over an area of 146 ha.
Diego Aponte, CEO and president of MSC, said: “We are confident that Mundra will become a major transhipment hub within South Asia.”
Construction has commenced and the terminal is scheduled commissioned in 15 months.