Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals (BMCT), a wholly owned subsidiary of PSA International, has achieved a new vessel productivity record rate of 210 moves per hour when working on the CMA CGM vessel APL Korea towards the end of July this year. This was higher than its previous vessel productivity record rate of 196 moves per hour set on the COSCO Thailand, just a week before.
BMCT reports that it completed operations on APL Korea in less than seven hours, making 1,434 moves to handle 2,099 teu. The productivity record was achieved despite monsoon weather conditions and included the discharge of some non-containerised breakbulk cargoes. The terminal also recently reached a new milestone in receiving the 13,100 teu capacity MSC Margrit. This is the biggest ship yet to call into BMCT
Already increasing its local market share, BMCT is now set to benefit further from the signing of a new Inter Terminal Rail Handling Operation (ITRHO) Agreement brokered by Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT).
The deal between the various terminals at JNPT will allow containers on mixed block trains arriving to the port to be handled on the same basis whatever the terminal of origin or destination. As the BMCT rail terminal is around 5km from those of the three longer established terminals it was at a perceived competitive disadvantage, and delays receiving, and dispatching rail containers were reported. The new agreement, which came into effect on August 1st, places all terminals, including BMCT, on a level playing field.