MUMBAI: As a culmination of its efforts to serve the Automobile trade most efficiently and cost effectively, Mumbai Port Trust welcomed the World’s largest Car Carrier ‘m.v. Hoegh Tracer’ to dock on 22.02.2017 at 07:30 hrs, at its swanky OCT Berth.
About 6,000 cars will be exported on this mammoth ship. On the occasion, Mr. Sanjay Bhatia, IAS, Chairman, Mumbai Port Trust said “It is indeed a proud moment for Mumbai Port Trust and its partner Indira Container Terminal Pvt Ltd as well for Hoegh Autoliners, and its agent Merchant Shipping Services Pvt. Ltd.”
This is the most important landmark for Mumbai Port Trust and the Automobile trade as this event shows the growing confidence of the shipping lines to commit the largest Car Carriers in Indian Trade & more particularly through Mumbai Port.
Shri Sanjay Bhatia further stated that OCT facility, which is 700 meters long and 58 meters wide with current draft of 10 meters and large storage area in the immediate backyard, has been attracting the best of car manufacturers like Volkswagen, Maruti Suzuki, Tata Motors, Mahindra & Mahindra, General Motors, as also biggest of the shipping lines as Hoegh Autoliners, NYK, Eukor, MOL, etc. This facility has enabled phenomenal increase of vehicle handling in MbPT with 1.70 lakhs handled up to January 2017, in this Financial Year against 1.40 lakhs in the corresponding period of previous year, registering a growth of 21%.
Readers may recall, a record loading of 6,312 vehicles on a single ship was achieved on August 6, 2016. MbPT with ICTPL has been striving hard to ensure total customer satisfaction of the exporters as well as shipping lines. This way, MbPT contributes to the Government of India’s initiative of ‘Make in India”, as over 95% of the vehicles handled are export units, manufactured in India.
Shri Sanjay Bhatia, on this occasion has assured full support of the Port for Automobile trade, and thanked all the stakeholders in the automobile trade.
He further urged the stakeholders to utilize the offer made by MbPT for construction of multilevel car storage building for achieving more cost savings per unit of cars handled in MbPT.
The ship ‘Hoegh Tracer’ is 200 meter long and 36 meter wide vessel capable of carrying 8,500 vehicles on her 14 decks having space of 71,400 square meters equivalent to 10 football grounds.