Nhava Sheva’s latest container facility, the PSA-operated Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals (BMCT), has taken steps to improve hinterland connectivity with its first barge and train services.
A 90 teu block train departed for Mandideep on 13th March 2018, while a second train left for Nagpur on 16th March. Both were operated by the Container Corporation of India. On 18th March, the terminal saw its first barge movements as Shahi Shipping’s Royal Hugli loaded 75 teu at BMCT for the short marine transit to Mumbai Port Trust. BMCT is one of only two terminals in JNPT able to offer customers direct barge connections.
In addition, the same day an export train operated by Concor arrived from Boisar, carrying containers for other terminals in JNPT. These boxes will be trucked less than 4 km through JNPT’s South Gate, to connect with export vessels berthed at those terminals.
BMCT’s rail yard is equipped with four twin lift-capable RMG cranes serving three rail lines. It is claimed to be the only terminal in JNPT capable of handling 1.5 km-long, 360 teu capacity Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) trains, when the DFC is completed. The rail capacity at BMCT’s railyard will, furthermore, be doubled by the end of 2022 with the completion of BMCT’s Phase 2. This part of the project will add four more RMGs and three more rail lines to make this the largest railyard in any container terminal in India.
BMCT’s chief executive, Suresh Amirapu, said, “Our state-of-the-art equipment will provide train operators with a faster turnaround. Similarly, our unrivalled space and flexibility means we are well equipped to seamlessly handle barge volumes and provide that option to cargo owners.”