PSA’s Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals (BMCT) has achieved a new vessel productivity benchmark of 155 moves per hour on Cosco Shipping Lines’ Xin Hong Kong. The vessel operates within the Indian Ocean / EPIC 2 weekly service, linking India and the Middle East directly with the North European ports of Antwerp, Hamburg and London.
A total of 2,462 moves were handled during the call which took less than 16 hours of operations. This included 47 Out-of-Gauge cargo units, demonstrating BMCT’s flexibility in being able to handle large amounts of non-standard cargo to meet customers’ needs.
Following an increasing number of vessel calls, BMCT recorded a new monthly throughput record of 50,434 teu in September, continuing a steady upward trend since it opened in February this year. Nine more RTG cranes will be delivered to BMCT in November 2018, while three more ship-to-shore quay cranes are scheduled to arrive in January 2019. This will take the total number of RTGs and quay cranes at BMCT to 36 and 12 respectively, and will lift BMCT’s annual capacity to 2.4 million teu.
BMCT’s Phase 1 development has a quay length of 1000 m and offers the deepest berths at Jawaharal Nehru Port (JNP), which are capable of handling super post-panamax vessels. When fully completed, the terminal will have a berth length of 2000 m.