PSA ex­pands ca­pac­ity on the west coast

PSA is ex­pand­ing ca­pac­ity to be fu­ture ready and pro­vide world class lo­gis­tics in­fra­struc­ture on the west coast

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PSA is ex­pand­ing ca­pac­ity to be fu­ture ready and pro­vide world class lo­gis­tics in­fra­struc­ture on the west coast.

Devel­op­ment of world class in­fra­struc­ture to boost in­ter­na­tional trade and give im­pe­tus to ‘Make in In­dia’ pro­gramme has been among the key fo­cus ar­eas of the gov­ern­ment. On this am­bi­tious jour­ney, JNPT is tak­ing ev­ery step to be fu­ture ready and con­trib­ute to Gov­ern­ment of In­dia’s vi­sion of Port led devel­op­ment un­der Sa­gar­mala Pro­gramme. Keep­ing in line with this, JNPT is all set to dou­ble its con­tainer han­dling ca­pac­ity with ad­di­tion of its New 4th ter­mi­nal which has been com­pleted in a record time. The foun­da­tion stone for the same was laid by Hon’ble Prime Min­is­ter in Oct 2015.

“We de­liver as we prom­ise! As com­mit­ted by Hon’ble Prime Min­is­ter, Naren­dra Modi, the first Phase of the ter­mi­nal is ready in a record time. Lo­gis­tics plays a key role in the devel­op­ment of the econ­omy and the gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to pro­vide world class lo­gis­tics and in­fra­struc­ture fa­cil­i­ties so that trade flour­ishes, says, Nitin Gad­kari, Min­is­ter of Ship­ping, Road Trans­port & High­ways.

The new 4th Con­tainer Ter­mi­nal will add ca­pac­ity of 24 lakh con­tain­ers per year in Phase-i and af­ter com­ple­tion of Phase-ii in 2022 the ca­pac­ity of JNPT will be 100 lakh con­tain­ers per year.

The Fourth Con­tainer Ter­mi­nal has been de­vel­oped on De­sign, Built, Fund, Op­er­ate and Trans­fer (DBFOT) ba­sis for con­ces­sion pe­riod of 30 years with an es­ti­mated cost of `7,915 crore. The project is be­ing im­ple­mented in two Phases. i.e. Phase –I and Phase –II. The in­dica­tive cost of the project for Phase – I is `4,719 crore. The PSA ter­mi­nal will be able to dock mother ves­sels, han­dle the big­gest con­tainer ships from a quay length of 1 km, and cranes that can reach 22 rows wide or greater.

This Ter­mi­nal will be linked to the ded­i­cated rail freight cor­ri­dor and will be able to re­ceive about 350 con­tain­ers per rake. The fa­cil­ity will also have pro­vi­sion for stor­ing 1,600 reefer (re­frig­er­ated) con­tain­ers to han­dle agri­cul­tural and hor­ti­cul­ture pro­duce.

On a sep­a­rate note, PSA’S Bharat Mum­bai Con­tainer Ter­mi­nals ("BMCT") wel­comed Ha­pag-lloyd’s “Ex­press Rome,” mark­ing BMCT’S sec­ond weekly ser­vice call and its first di­rect Europe ser­vice. Ex­press Rome op­er­ates In­dian Ocean Ser­vice link­ing In­dia and the Mid­dle East di­rectly with the North Euro­pean ports of An­twerp, Ham­burg and Lon­don. Its in­au­gu­ral call at BMCT will be fol­lowed by three sis­ter ships from Ha­pag Lloyd plus three and one ves­sels re­spec­tively from ser­vice part­ners Ham­burg-sud and CMA-CGM. Ap­prox­i­mately

3,700 teus were han­dled dur­ing the call at BMCT.

Ear­lier CMA-CGM’S “Cen­tau­rus,” was the first con­tainer ves­sel to berth at BMCT. The ves­sel op­er­ates on the Swahili Ex­press Ser­vice (“SWAX”) link­ing In­dia and East Africa on a fixed day weekly sched­ule, to­gether with three sis­ter ves­sels from CMACGM and one from ser­vice part­ner Emi­rates Ship­ping Line.

To meet the de­mands of ex­pand­ing op­er­a­tions three more quay cranes will ar­rive at the ter­mi­nal dur­ing first half of 2018, fol­lowed by three more in 2019. The com­ple­tion of Phase 2 con­struc­tion will bring the ter­mi­nal to an ul­ti­mate ca­pac­ity of 4.8 mil­lion teus.

Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi in­au­gu­rat­ing JNPT'S 4th Ter­mi­nal via video link

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