On 2nd January this year’s, PSA’s Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals (BMCT) welcomed the first regular service call of Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM)’s China India Express (CIX) service. The 8,562 teu capacity Hyundai Loyalty is one of six vessels deployed on this service connecting BMCT to key Far East markets. The new service also calls at the ports of Mundra, Karachi, Port Kelang, Singapore, Hong Kong, Gwangyang, Busan, Shanghai, Ningbo and Shekou. A total of 8,540 teu of containers were handled during this first call at BMCT in only 42 hours.
During an onboard vessel ceremony to mark the occasion, PSA India’s Senior Advisor, Captain Suresh Amirapu, said, “We are honoured to receive this early vote of confidence from HMM in BMCT’s first year of operations. With our capacity growing to reach 2.4 million TEUs 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.”
BMCT is able to accommodate 13,000 teu capacity container vessels, which HMM plans to introduce to the India trade in future, and also offers good rail transportation connections. Both factors are considered significant in HMM’s decision to select the new terminal for its Far East-India service.