JNPT and Dharam­tar link now re­opens

Bharat Mum­bai Con­tainer Ter­mi­nals (BMCT) has signed a MOU with PNP Mar­itime Ser­vices (PNP) to han­dle a reg­u­lar con­tainer barge ser­vice be­tween Dharam­tar Port and the ter­mi­nal by the end of 2017.

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TDharam­tar is a fully func­tional tri­modal port and is lo­cated just 2 kms away from NH 17. The rail and sea modes of con­nec­tiv­ity en­sures that the port ef­fec­tively con­trib­utes in de-con­gest­ing the roads

he ser­vice will seam­lessly con­nect con­tain­ers be­tween Dharam­tar and con­tainer ves­sels berthed at BMCT. The barge ser­vice to Dharam­tar was a main­stay for cargo own­ers in the area un­til the lack of port ca­pac­ity at JNPT forced its clo­sure in 2012. With the open­ing of BMCT at the end of 2017, PNP will restart a daily barge ser­vice be­tween BMCT and their fa­cil­ity in Dharam­tar with an 80-TEU (twen­ty­foot equiv­a­lent unit) barge, of­fer­ing cargo own­ers cost and time sav­ings, as well as a more en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly and re­li­able trans­porta­tion op­tion. Sachin Tip­nis, Di­rec­tor, PNP, said, “I look for­ward to the com­mence­ment of the ser­vice. Restart­ing the barge ser­vice be­tween BMCT and Dharam­tar will pro­vide a ma­jor boost to ship­pers in this area. This is a large cargo catch­ment area with a mar­ket of over 80,000 TEUs an­nu­ally. To­gether with the in­creas­ing amount of DPD (Di­rect Port De­liv­ery), this ser­vice will al­low cargo own­ers to trans­fer their car­goes faster and more cost ef­fec­tively than via truck, as well as be­ing a more en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly op­tion. Dharam­tar is a fully func­tional tri­modal port and is lo­cated just 2 kms away from NH 17. The rail and sea modes of con­nec­tiv­ity en­sures that the port ef­fec­tively con­trib­utes in de-con­gest­ing the roads. Our port at Dharam­tar is fully ca­pa­ble to han­dle con­tainer­ised car­goes for the trade. The port can of­fer com­plete con­tainer & cargo lo­gis­tics ser­vices, ware­hous­ing and con­tainer re­pair ser­vices. We will be work­ing very closely with BMCT and the trade to re-en­er­gise this sec­tor.”

Suresh Ami­rapu, CEO, BMCT said, “Pro­vid­ing barg­ing ser­vices to key cargo zones such as Dharam­tar is one of the many rea­sons why BMCT will be a game changer for In­dia’s port and lo­gis­tics mar­ket, given its un­prece­dented size, scale and ded­i­cated in­fras­truc­tural links. We re­main on track to start op­er­a­tions at the end of 2017 and look for­ward to part­ner­ing PNP on this ini­tia­tive – one that is fully aligned with the gov­ern­ment’s Sagar Mala project of port-led de­vel­op­ment.”

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