A DP World facility in south-west India recorded a 19% rise in volumes in the first quarter of 2018 after registering a monthly record in March.
The India Gateway Terminal (IGTPL) in the Port of Cochin handled 52,000 teu in March and its operator, DP World, attributed the strong performances this year to improved feeder connectivity with Indian coastal ports such as Mundra, Nhava Sheva and Goa.
DP World also highlighted investments in technology, particularly the facility’s Port Community System (PCS) – Bharat Trade. The system provides a single window to customers and paperless transactions.
Jibu Kurien Itty, CEO at DP World Cochin, said: “We have been able to strengthen our connectivity through adequate feeder links coupled with strong intermodal rail connections and have further created an ecosystem valuable to our customers’ logistics supply chain.”
IGTPL serves the industrial and agricultural industries in the South and West of India, and the terminal is directly connected to ports in Australia, the Far East, South East Asia and the Middle East.
In the last fiscal year the facility handled 550,000 teu, and it has averaged a gross crane rate of 31 moves per hour over the last two years.