Kathuwas: APM Terminals Pipavav welcomed the first double-stack train from the newly-inaugurated Multi Modal Logistics Park at Kathuwas, Rajasthan.
The Container Corporation of India (CONCOR) had recently inaugurated the 288-acre, state-of-the-art multimodal logistics park at Kathuwas which is located 1,139 kilometer (km) (700 miles) from APM Terminals Pipavav, and 116 km (72 miles) from Delhi.
The double-stack train, which efficiently carries two containers one atop the other on specially designed rail cars, delivered 180 Twenty Foot Equivalent Unit (TEU) carrying yarn, garments and auto parts from northern India for export through APM Terminals Pipavav, India’s first privatised port, and an increasingly important gateway for the country’s international trade.
“We are thankful to CONCOR for choosing APM Terminals Pipavav for the first double-stack train from their multi modal logistics park at Kathuwas,” said APM Terminals Pipavav Managing Director, Keld Pedersen, adding “the efficient and environmentally sustainable rail service between Pipavav Port and another key inland cargo hub is another major step in making Pipavav the port of choice for western India”.
Double-stack train service was pioneered in India by APM Terminals Pipavav and the Indian Railways in 2006, with a service from Jaipur, Rajasthan terminating at Port Pipavav. The port launched the second weekly double-stack rail service from Pipavav Port to Gurgaon for NYK Logistics last year. APM Terminals Pipavav, which also handles bulk and RoRo cargoes, handled approximately 718,000 TEU in 2015, said a release.