COCHIN: Global trade enabler DP World operated the India Gateway Terminal Pvt. Ltd. (IGTPL) has set a new monthly container handling record, crossing the 50,000-TEU mark for the first time in August 2017. Compared to August 2016, IGTPL achieved a 16 per cent growth in August 2017.
Mr. Jibu Kurien Itty, CEO, DP World Cochin, said, “We at DP World are dedicated towards providing innovative and efficient services to our customers and partners in the supply chain.”
“IGTPL has substantially strengthened the trade in this region, with better transit via Cochin on mother vessels, helping customers to reach markets faster and reduce working capital requirements. We have facilitated trade by providing faster transit times and best-in-class services to our customers. We would also like to thank the Cochin Port Trust, State & district administration, our esteemed Customers and employees for their support towards this magnificent achievement,” he further said.
Efficiency parameters at IGTPL continued to be outstanding, with a Gross Crane Rate (GCR) of 30+ moves per hour, and truck turnaround time of 26 minutes, gate-to-gate which is in line with the best in international industry standards. The terminal in August also successfully hosted more than thousand mainline vessels since its inception in 2011 connecting Cochin with crucial international ports across the globe.
These record-breaking numbers have been achieved by the aggressive marketing efforts undertaken by the Terminal and the Port Trust. IGTPL has been providing mainline vessel options ex-Cochin and an extremely flexible & efficient customer service which has turned out to be an attractive proposition for customers. Additionally, the in-house developed, technologically advanced, intelligent Terminal Operating System (TOS) – ZODIAC provides a high level of automation and helps the Terminal maintain a high productivity and efficiency level.
IGTPL has direct mainline vessels connecting the ports in Far East, Australia, Southeast Asia, Europe, The Mediterranean and the Middle East. The terminal has three weekly sailings to Middle East, one to Far East & one to Europe & the Mediterranean. In addition to these mainline services, IGTPL also has four weekly sailings to Colombo. It is also well connected to other Indian ports on both coasts, including Mundra, Pipavav, Nhava Sheva, Goa, Mangalore, Tuticorin, Chennai, Katupalli, Krishnapatnam and Visakhapatnam.