India’s Visakha Container Terminal (VCT) has set a new ship productivity record of 110 moves per hour while handling the Maersk Line CHX service vessel Mexico, completing a total of 2113 moves in just 19.4 hours earlier this month, with an average gross crane productivity of 28.8 moves per hour. The latest achievement exceeded the terminal’s earlier productivity record, achieved in December 2019, of 108 moves per hour.
According to a statement from the company, “With enhanced operational efficiency at the terminal, VCT is facilitating faster ship movements, thereby reducing the cost of logistics and improving the effectiveness of the supply chain for the export-import trade. Our strategic location, hinterland connectivity and on-dock rail facilities are proving attractive to shipping lines globally. “
VCT can now accommodate container vessels up to 390m long overall, and up to 16m draft, and has developed a new empty container yard. Furthermore, an additional 395m quay will be ready for operation in the third quarter of the year, increasing terminal throughput capacity to 1.3 million TEU annually by the end of 2021.
VCT operates the container terminal in Visakhapatnam, located in the centre of India’s East Coast. The terminal is gradually evolving as a regional transshipment hub in the Bay of Bengal with containers from Kolkata, Haldia, Paradip, Kakinada, Chittagong and Yangon being transshipped here.