KRISHNAPATNAM PORT CONTAINER TERMINAL
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