Krishnapatnam Port strengthens its Container-handling Capacity with the commissioning of 5 eRTGCs

KRISHNAPATNAM: Krishnapatnam Port Container Terminal (KPCT); a deep drafted Container Terminal, on the east-coast of India, announced the commissioning of 5 nos. of Electrical Rubber Tyred Gantry cranes (e-RTGC) further bolstering its container handling capacity in the backdrop of a strong year-on-year container volume growth of 88% in FY 2017-18

An environmentally sustainable growth is one of the key foundations of Krishnapatnam Port and it received a shot in the arm with the commissioning of these 5 new e-RTGs which have the potential to reduce energy costs by 80% and operating noise level by 65% whilst cutting down more than 1400 tons of Greenhouse Gases (GHG) emissions vis-à-vis the traditional diesel run RTGs.

Designed to offer significant operational performance, the new e-RTGs are expected to infuse further pace to the yard side container handling activities resulting in faster turnaround time for both the container vessels as well as the by-road trailers.

Commenting on the development, Mr. Anil Yendluri, Director & CEO, Krishnapatnam Port Co. Ltd. said, “We are proud and excited to welcome the new e-RTG fleet which will further strengthen our “Clean air” initiative through drastic cut in the emissions and will also boost our operational efficiencies multifold offering enhanced productivity for our customers and partners.”

Mr. Jithendra Nimmagadda, Chief Operating Officer, KPCT commented “Addition of the new e-RTGs is in-line with our philosophy of ‘Creating capacity ahead of the demand’ whilst we are in the process transforming KPCT from being a gateway container terminal on the east coast of India into a Transshipment hub in South Asia”.

Krishnapatnam Port Container Terminal is the country’s fastest growing container terminal and is planning to increase its container handling capacity from the current 1.2 Million TEUs per annum to 2 Million TEUs in its quest to emerge as the Global Transshipment hub.

About Krishnapatnam Port Company Ltd

Krishnapatnam Port promoted by the Hyderabad-based C.V.R. Group is a privately built and owned all weather, deep draft port on the east coast of India, located in the Nellore District of Andhra Pradesh. Krishnapatnam Port which is fast becoming a port of choice for all international cargo originating from and destined to the Southern and Central India, is the first and the only port to implement a single window system for business facilitation. The port with a transit storage area of 6800 acres has the country’s largest waterfront area of 290 Sq. kms, and a depth of 20.5 metres. Its current draft of 18.5 metres can accommodate full-sized cape vessel of 200,000-tonne capacity.

Krishnapatnam Port Company Ltd. (KPCL) which was formed by winning the mandate from the Govt. of Andhra Pradesh on BOST (Build–Operate-Share-Transfer) concession basis for 50 years is being built in three phases and currently the second phase is underway.