Container operations at the APM Terminals Piapvav facility in India were suspended temporarily after cyclone Tauktae hit in May, but the company has now confirmed that they have now resumed after a lengthy delay caused by disruptions to the port’s power supply. The first container vessel to call after the disruption was Transworld Group’ SSL Brahmaputra.
According to the company, “relentless” efforts by teams on the ground and others supporting remotely have resulted in the setting up of mobile power sources, while taking extreme precautions in terms of the safety of people and equipment.
Although operations have resumed, the port is still not on the public utility power grid (GETCO) and is expected to recover steadily over the coming weeks. Repairs are being done in anticipation of the monsoon season and complete port recovery will take up to three months.
Jakob Friis Sorenson, Managing Director, APM Terminals Pipavav, says, “We are committed to delivering a quality service to our customers and, even through such unprecedented challenges, we are making every possible effort to ensure that our customers have the least impact on their operations. Our proactive preparations ensured that we had minimal impact and all our employees remained safe during and after the cyclone.”