Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals (BMCT) in Jawaharlal Nehru Port, India, has taken delivery of nine new RTG cranes, taking the number of landside stacking cranes that are operational at the terminal to 27. A further nine RTGs are also expected to arrive at the terminal in October, bringing the total to 36.
Commissioning of the latest RTGs is now underway and the first of the new arrivals became operational at the end of August. Others will be phased into service to support the nine quayside container cranes that are currently positioned along BMCT’s 1000m of quay line.
The arrival of the new container handling equipment coincides with steady volume growth at BMCT. The terminal, which opened for business earlier this year, has handled more than 150,000 teu to date, with productivity averaging in excess of 100 moves per vessel hour, with peaks of over 140 moves an hour. So far 11 different vessel operators have called at BMCT and the company, a subsidiary of PSA International, expects to welcome other new services in the near future.
Planning for the Phase 2 of the BMCT project is at an advanced stage. This will double the size and capacity of the terminal, increasing the quay length to 2000m, and is expected to be operational by 2022.