Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals (BMCT), a subsidiary of PSA International, set a new vessel productivity high, of 175 moves per hour, when working on Hapag Lloyd’s 9954 teu containership Athenian, in the first week of December. The terminal completed 3,532 moves in just over 20 hours of operations.
Besides setting a new productivity milestone, BMCT has recently received nine more RTG cranes. With three more quayside gantry cranes due to arrive in the second quarter of next year, the terminal’s annual capacity is expected to reach 2.4 million teu by the middle of 2019, making BMCT the largest container terminal in JNPT. Preparations for a Phase 2 development, which will further double capacity to 4.8 million teu, are reportedly well underway.
Managing Director of PSA India, Mike Formoso said, “Just two months after achieving 155 moves per vessel hour, BMCT’s new milestone of 175 moves has surpassed PSA India’s record of 169 moves previously held by our terminal in Chennai. These achievements underscore our determination to provide consistent and reliable best-in-class services.”
As volumes continue to grow at the terminal and more regular services are attracted to the facility, BMCT has embarked on a series of trade meetings in key cargo generating areas of India, to highlight the advantages for shippers of using the terminal. The first event was held in Kanpur on 30th November and was attended by over 100 members of the Kanpur trade community. Kanpur is well linked to JNPT by rail, with as many as 40 export and import trains monthly. With BMCT now offering direct weekly sailings to both Europe and Asia, shippers have an increased range of options, which the company aimed to highlight.
CMA-CGM’s Kanpur Branch Manager, Mahesh Dixit, welcomed the chance to discuss developments, commenting, “This is the first time any port terminal took the initiative to connect directly with customers and will certainly be beneficial to the trade and JNPT.”