PIPAVAV: APM Terminals Pipavav set a new national record on July 17, 2012 by handling14 container trains in a day. This is by far the largest number of container trains handled in a day by any Container Terminal in India. From 3-5 trains per day in 2009, the port has steadily increased the rail frequency to 14 trains in a day in 2012.
In June 2012, the port created a new benchmark for itself by handling 197 container trains in the month. Increasing volumes and increasing operational efficiencies have made it possible for the port to enhance rail volumes and frequency.
“Container train volumes have grown by leaps and bounds,” said C K Rajan, Head of Container Business at APM Terminals Pipavav. “With the new Rail Mounted Gantry Cranes scheduled to become operational in Quarter 4 - 2012, our efficiencies will improve further attracting more cargo volumes at the port.”
Container volumes have grown steadily since 2009. In 2011, the port handled 610,243 TEUs, an increase of 31% over 2010. In 2010 volumes grew by 45% and in 2009, it had grown by 65%.
Port Pipavav launched double stack container trains in India for the first time in 2006. The port is now working towards making it a double stack high cube compatible corridor by end of 2012. The port currently has 8 railway sidings and will be adding 3 more as volumes grow further.
Simultaneously, the port has improved efficiencies in handling bulk cargo. A new Gottwald crane and new storage yards are already operational. So far, the port has predominantly handled coal and fertilizers and is planning to increase the number of commodities handled at the port. The new bagging plant will soon be commissioned.