Maersk begins port operations at Ennore, Tamil Nadu
Maersk has begun its port operations at Ennore (Kamarajar port), offering connectivity between Far East Asian ports of Tanjung Pelepas (Malaysia), Busan (South Korea), and Xingang (China), as well as Indian ports of Chennai, Krishnapatnam, and Visakhapatnam. The company also celebrated the maiden call for its existing ‘Chennai Express’ service at the new container terminal in Ennore port, which is about 15 miles north of Chennai. “The rising global trade to and from India is leading to congestion, and moving to new ports that offer quicker turnaround and better service is crucial. Port Ennore has the potential to be the new gateway to South India, and Maersk is geared up to support our customers move their cargo to and from anywhere in the world. Moreover, we can also help our customers with intermodal transport options for end-to-end connectivity across the region, backed by our fleet of trucks and train facilities,” said Steve Felder, Managing Director – India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives, Maersk. With a total capacity of 800,000 TEUs, the port offers congestion-free approach roads that provide greater ease of doing business, such as faster turnaround times by up to 24 hours, proactive cargo updates, and lower local transportation costs to customers. It has a permissible draught of 15m and handles export/import of automobiles, temperature-controlled cargo, heavy machinery, and equipment units.