It was a remarkable day for Kandla Port on Friday (August 7, 2015) when it again commenced container handling after a gap of two years. The first call was of the coastal vessel
MV ALLCARGO SUSHEELA under the agency of Mystic Shipping Pvt. Ltd at Berth No. 11.
Mr Ravi Parmar, IAS, Chairman of Kandla Port Trust (KPT), flagged off the resumed container operations in the presence of a large gathering of Port users and exporters/importers.
The vessel loaded 200 TEUs—168 TEUs of iodised salt and 32 empties. Of the 200, 125 TEUs were destined for Mormugao Port and 75 TEUs for New Mangalore Port. This will be a regular weekly coastal service covering Kandla – Mormugao – New Mangalore – Kandla, it was highlighted.
Mr Ravi Parmar was happy to share the advantages of restarting container operations at KPT with those gathered. Mr Dinesh Gupta, President of Gandhidham Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said the development would boost Kandla trade as they would be able to take advantage of the low-cost handling at the Port.
Mr Mukesh Balani, KPT Traffic Manager, told Exim India that presently the Port can only handle container vessels having their own cranes (geared), adding that it will take about six months for the shore cranes to be repaired and running.
While Mystic Shipping was the vessel agent/stevedore, the handling/transportation was taken care of by group company Arya Translogistics Pvt. Ltd. This was a major achievement for the Mystic Group of Companies.
It may be recalled that the facility was run by ABG Kandla Container Terminal up to 2013, with the last vessel calling on August 10, 2013. The maximum volume handled then was 1,66,488 TEUs in 2011-12, whereas KPT’s own handling record was 1,80,917 TEUs in 2004-05, which is proof that KPT can handle container operations better in the coming years.
The next vessel likely is MV JIGJIGA, under the agency of Samsara Shipping Pvt. Ltd, on August 13-14 on a fortnightly service covering Kandla – Jeddah – Djibouti – Kandla, it was pointed out.
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