Port Pipavav set a new national record on July 17 by handling 14 container trains in a day. This is by far the largest number of container trains handled in a day by any container terminal in India, highlighted an official communiqué.
According to Exim News Service, from 3-5 trains per day in 2009, the Port has steadily increased rail frequency to 14 trains a day in 2012. In June 2012, it created a new benchmark by handling 197 container trains in the month. Increasing volumes and increasing operational efficiencies have made it possible for the Port to enhance rail volumes and frequency.
"Container train volumes have grown by leaps and bounds," said Mr C. K. Rajan, Head of Container Business at APM Terminals Pipavav. "With the new rail-mounted gantry cranes scheduled to become operational in Q4 2012, our efficiencies will improve further, attracting more cargo volumes at the Port."
Container volumes have grown steadily since 2009. In 2011, the Port handled 610,243 TEUs, an increase of 31 per cent over 2010. In 2010, volumes grew by 45 per cent and in 2009 by 65 per cent.
Port Pipavav launched double-stack container trains in India for the first time in 2006. The Port is now working towards making it a double-stack, high-cube compatible corridor by end of 2012. It currently has 8 railway sidings and will be adding 3 more as volumes grow further.
Simultaneously, the Port has improved efficiencies in handling bulk cargo. A new Gottwald crane and new storage yards are already operational. So far, the Port has predominantly handled coal and fertilisers and plans to increase the number of commodities it services. The new bagging plant will soon be commissioned, the release informed.