APMT Pipavav adds CONCOR double-stack train service

Pipavav: APM Terminals Pipavav, or Gujarat Pipavav Port, on Tuesday celebrated the arrival of its first double-stack freight train from Container Corporation of India’s newly-opened “multimodal logistics park” at Kathuwas in the northern state of Rajasthan.

Located 700 miles from Pipavav and 72 miles from Delhi, the 288-acre inland container terminal began operations on March 19.

“The double-stack train, which efficiently carries two containers, one atop another on specially designed rail cars, delivered containers representing 180 twenty-foot equivalent units, carrying yarn, garments, and auto parts from northern India for export through APM Terminals Pipavav, India’s first privatized port, and an increasingly important gateway for Indian international trade,” APMT Pipavav said in a trade announcement.

The new train service follows on the heels of INDFEX, a five-member intra-Asia consortium, introducing a regular, weekly call at Pipavav.

“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,” APMT Pipavav Managing Director Keld Pedersen said in a statement.

Kathuwas ICD, which is designed to cater to west coast ports, including Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, Mundra and Hazira, has a capacity of 500,000 twenty-foot-equivalent units, with room for further expansion. The inland depot includes 7,000 square meters (23,000 square feet) of warehouse space, which is equally split between export-import cargo and domestic freight handling.

Pipavav already operates two weekly double-stack train services, including one for transporting finished cars from Gurgaon for NYK Logistics (India).

Pipavav is about 152 nautical miles from JNPT. The container terminal there comprises two berths with 2,411 feet of quay, a draft of 48 feet, 26 acres of yard space, three quay cranes, 18 rubber-tire gantry cranes and three rail-mounted quay cranes, currently providing an annual capacity of 850,000 TEUs. The company recently deployedthree new post-Panamax cranes to expand cargo-handling capacity and improve productivity.

APMT Pipavav handled about 718,000 TEUs during 2015, according to the statement.

CONCOR, an offshoot of Indian Railways, is the largest intermodal logistics services provider in the country, with a network of more than 60 inland terminals at major hinterland locations.

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