PSA’s Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals (BMCT) has welcomed the first regular service call from Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM)’s China India Express (CIX) service.
It connects the facility to Far East markets with calls at BMCT, Mundra, Karachi, Port Kelang, Singapore, Hong Kong, Gwangyang, Busan, Shanghai, Ningbo, Shekou and Singapore before returning to BMCT.
The first vessel to call at the terminal as part of the service was the 8,562 teu M.V. Hyundai Loyalty, which is one of six vessels deployed on the CIX service, and a total of 8,540 teu was handled in 42 hours.
PSA India’s senior advisor Captain Suresh Amirapu said: “With our capacity growing to 2.4m teu annually by April 2019 with the arrival of three more super post-Panamax quay cranes, BMCT aims to provide HMM and its customers with unrivalled productivity, flexibility and growth opportunities at JNPT’s largest container terminal.”
The facility is able to accommodate 13,000 teu vessels which, as HMM India’s managing director HJ Sung noted, are a part of the carrier’s recent mega vessel project aiming to bring larger container ships to boost the Exim trade in India.
BMCT general manager Sivakumar Kaliannan said: “We are especially looking to increase the share of rail-borne cargo, given the advantages of rail over road for longer distances and BMCT’s expansive railyard, train-handling capabilities and the upcoming completion of the dedicated freight corridor.”
The dedicated freight corridor, once completed, will connect BMCT to Container Corporation of India (Concor)’s rail transhipment hubs at Kathuwas, near Dehli, and Jakhwada, near Ahmedabad and aims to boost port productivity.