Maritime Gateway - - Session Three -

Cre­at­ing ca­pac­ity ahead of de­mand’ is the win­ning for­mula of Kr­ish­na­p­at­nam Port Con­tainer Ter­mi­nal that has fetched it lau­rels to bag the ‘Con­tainer Ter­mi­nal of the Year’ award in the ‘Be­low 0.6 mil­lion teus’ cat­e­gory. The ter­mi­nal has moved a re­mark­able 2,23,000 teus in im­ports and 2,56,552 teus in ex­ports, in­clud­ing tran­ship­ment, dur­ing the assess­ment pe­riod. The ter­mi­nal also leads in mov­ing tran­ship­ment cargo on the east coast with vol­umes of 2,12,466 teus tran­shipped in FY2017-18.

With an in­stalled ca­pac­ity of 1.2 mil­lion teus the ter­mi­nal has al­ways been in the fore­front for pro­mot­ing the gov­ern­ment’s vi­sion to in­crease move­ment of cargo through the coastal route. Dur­ing FY2017-18 the ter­mi­nal has moved 19,518 teus of coastal cargo. Con­ges­tion is a word much un­heard at Kr­ish­na­p­at­nam Port Con­tainer Ter­mi­nal as it has abun­dant yard area space of 36 hectares and an am­bi­tious plan to in­crease ca­pac­ity to 4.8 mil­lion teus. Even with the tremen­dous in­crease in the vol­umes of con­tain­ers mov­ing in and out of the port, it has a ca­pac­ity util­i­sa­tion of mere 35 per cent. The state-of-theart equip­ment used at the ter­mi­nal has main­tained av­er­age turn­around time at a min­i­mum of 6 days.

The ter­mi­nal has main­tained a his­tory of fastest load­ing and un­load­ing of cargo onto ves­sels, which has made it a favourite des­ti­na­tion for call­ing by ship­ping lines, as the av­er­age pre-berthing de­ten­tion time is a neg­li­gi­ble 1.25 hours. The ship cap­tains have never found their ves­sels stay longer at the ter­mi­nals as the av­er­age out­put per ship berth day is main­tained at an en­vi­able 26,128 tonnes. The ter­mi­nal has posted a tremen­dous 84.61 per cent growth in av­er­age out­put per ship berth day dur­ing the assess­ment pe­riod.

The ter­mi­nal of­ten bets on the ef­fi­ciency of its state-of-theart in­fra­struc­ture de­fined by the av­er­age crane pro­duc­tiv­ity main­tained at 32.78 moves per hour. The pro­duc­tiv­ity has in­creased by 14.86 per cent in FY2017-18 over FY2016-17. Kr­ish­na­p­at­nam Port Con­tainer Ter­mi­nal has ex­panded its in­fra­struc­ture dur­ing the assess­ment pe­riod by in­stalling 16 reach stack­ers, 4 RTGCS, 5 quay cranes, 13 fork­lifts and 2 hy­dra.

(L to R) Vivek Kele, Di­rec­tor, Team­global Lo­gis­tics;San­jay Ban­dopad­hyaya, Addl Sec­re­tary, Min­istry of Ship­ping Govt of In­dia, N Jithen­dra, COO, KPCT & Team

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