Offshore Container Terminal berth at Mumbai Port commences RoRo operations

July 22, 2015 10:36 am Published by

Indira Container Terminal Pvt. Ltd (ICTPL), Gammon Infrastructure’s joint venture special purpose vehicle (SPV), has successfully started trial run operations of its Offshore Container Terminal (OCT) inside Mumbai Port for roll-on roll-off (RoRo) shipments. The facility is now available for importers and exporters of automobiles and self-propelled equipment, said a release.

After the project was delayed due to certain bottlenecks, Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) and the Concessionaire (ICTPL) have come together to put the facility to productive use. MbPT decided to allow ICTPL to start RoRo operations on a revenue sharing of 55:45 (MbPT:ICTPL) for a year.

The first vessel, Höegh Seoul (overall length 228.7 m), owned by Höegh Autoliners AS, Norway, represented by its general agent in India Merchant Shipping Services Pvt. Ltd, berthed on July 20, 2015 at 1.30 pm, and vehicles manufactured by Volkswagen and General Motors (totalling nearly 2,000) were loaded for export to Mexico and South America. The operation was completed in 15 hours and the vessel sailed with tide at 1:30 pm on July 21. It was a smooth operation with a turnaround time of about 24 hours. The level of efficiency at the clean, state-of-art berth was appreciated by all stakeholders, the release highlighted.

With an unoccupied wharf conducive to berthing of vessels and wide space adjacent to the berth, permitting hassle-free loading of vehicles on board, this alternate use of OCT to handle car carriers would make available quality services to automobile manufacturers using the facility to export their products to different destinations around the world, stressed an MbPT statement. This would also raise the Port’s contribution in promoting export of vehicles manufactured in Maharashtra.

This alternate use of OCT to handle car carriers would decongest the Port’s deeper berths at Harbour Wall, BPS and BPX, which would then be available for handling other general cargo meant for the city, the statement pointed out.

In the year ending March 2015, Mumbai Port handled 140,000 cars and automobiles. This year, with alternate use of OCT for car handling, the Port is expected to handle more than 170,000 vehicles, asserts Mr Ravi Parmar, Chairman of MbPT.

Besides Mr Parmar, the occasion was graced by Mr Yashodhan Wanage, Deputy Chairman, MbPT; Capt. S. Kohli, Deputy Conservator, MbPT; Mr K. K. Mohanty, Managing Director of Gammon Infrastructure Projects Ltd; Mr Karolath Gopinath, Head of Area, Indian Subcontinent, Höegh Autoliners; Mr Mukesh Oza, Samsara Group President and CEO; and Capt. G. K. Sarkari, Managing Director of Samsara Group, among a host of other representatives from Mumbai Port Trust, Gammon, Höegh Autoliners, Samsara Group and the automobile manufacturers.

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