ABG Kandla Container Terminal at Kandla Port ended calendar year 2008 on a high, registering its highest monthly throughput of 15,762 TEUs for the year.
ABG Kandla Container Terminal at Kandla Port ended calendar year 2008 on a high, registering its highest monthly throughput of 15,762 TEUs for the year in December through the handling of 23 vessels. According to a release, this was a 26 per cent growth over the throughput achieved in November 2008. The terminal"s overall volume for the year stood at 1,52,520 TEUs, which was a significant achievement considering the current downturn in the global economy and the ban imposed on certain commodities by the Union government in April 2008, the release underscored.
ABGKCT, which has completed almost two years of commercial operations, comprises two berths (No. 11 & 12) being operated on Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) basis for a period of 30 years. Total berth length is 545 metres with supporting back-up area of 40 hectares. The alongside draught available at the berths is 12.5 metres.
ABGKCT is one of the best equipped terminals in the country and has four Rail-Mounted Quay Cranes (RMQCs) (two with outreach of 46 m and two with 52 m), two mobile harbour cranes, four Rubber-Tyred Gantry Cranes (RTGCs), four reach stackers, 18 prime movers and 12 trailers.
Of this, the two RMQCs with 52 m outreach and two RTGCs were operationalised in November 2008.
The terminal"s current productivity levels are one of the best in the region, the release highlighted, which could be bench-marked internationally.
Due to consistency and reliability in performance, two major services, ASX and IGI, have entered into window arrangements with ABGKCT, the release pointed out.
In terms of connectivity, the terminal is well connected to the Middle East, with three fixed sailings every 7-8 days. In addition, there are sailings to coastal India, Colombo and Upper Gulf sectors.
ABGKCT is also well connected by road and rail and optimistically looks forward to handling ICD volumes from the Northern hinterland as it has obtained all the relevant charges from the Container Corporation of India (CONCOR).
The Central Warehousing Corporation (CWC), the other important public sector player, and ETA Freightstar, the private container rail freight service provider which operates services from ICD-Loni to various gateway ports, have also evinced interest in sending containers to Kandla Port from Loni and have published the rail tariff to this effect, the release emphasised.