APM Terminals Mumbai, also known as Gateway Terminals India (GTI), is to invest around US$115 million in additional equipment and infrastructure, including six ship-to-shore cranes and three rail-mounted gantry cranes. The investment will enable GTI to accommodate larger vessels and will boost annual container handling capacity by 10% to 2.18 million TEUs.
Explaining the rationale behind investment, Girish Aggarwal, Chief Operating Officer, GTI, said, “The investment will allow us to cater to the larger vessels safely and efficiently at our terminal. This in turn will assist our customers to drive operational efficiency towards the Indian trade.”
GTI is a joint venture between APM Terminals and domestic rail operator Container Corporation of India (Concor) operating at Nhava Sheva. The terminal already has ten twin-lifting quay cranes, 40 rubber-tyred gantry cranes, and three rail-mounted gantries.
APM Terminals Mumbai is the highest volume handling terminal in India with a throughput of more than 2 million TEU a year. The terminal has 712 m of quay and is spread out over an area of 63 hectares.
APM Terminals Mumbai will soon be connected to the Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) from Dadri to JNPT which will connect the terminal to northern India on an electrified rail route.
Meanwhile APM Terminals Pipavav, the first port to be connected to the DFC rail network in India, has broken its own berth productivity record in achieving 143.26 moves per hour on Maersk Sentosa which operates within the MECL service. The port passed its previous mark of 140 moves Loer hour on the same service last year.
MECL connects India to the US East Coat, including the ports of Savannah, Norfolk, Newark, Algeciras and Middle East ports of Port Said East, Djibouti, Salalah, Jebel Ali and Port Qasim. The vessel carries a wide range of commodities including ceramics, auto parts, yarn, seafood, potato, tiles, white goods, garments, wastepaper, newsprint for import and export.