Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals (BMCT), a subsidiary of PSA International, set a new vessel productivity benchmark of 175 moves per hour on Hapag- Lloyd’s vessel M.V Athenian, which departed on 2 December after handling 3,532 moves in just over 20 hours of operations.
Together with vessels from partners CMA-CGM and COSCO, the 9,954 twenty-foot equivalent unit (“TEU”) capacity M.V “Athenian” operates the India Ocean / EPIC 2 weekly service, linking India and the Middle East directly with the North European ports of Antwerp, Hamburg and London.
As volumes continue to grow and more regular services come to the terminal, BMCT has embarked on a series of trade meets in key cargo areas, to highlight the advantages shippers using the terminal can enjoy.
The first event was held in Kanpur on 30 November and was attended by over 100 members of the Kanpur trade community. Kanpur is well linked to JNPT by rail, with as many as 40 export and import trains monthly.
With BMCT now offering direct weekly sailings to both Europe and Asia, shippers have an increased range of options.
BMCT is located in Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNP) in Maharashtra, India’s largest and premier container gateway.
The terminal is equipped with the latest technology to offer customers fast turnaround of their vessels and is also well-connected by major highways and rail networks to key markets in Maharashtra, Gujarat, and the National Capital Region of India.
It serves the important industrial and manufacturing centres and cities in Northwest India, as well as India’s largest hinterland with a population in excess of 400 million.
BMCT’s Phase 1 development has a quay length of 1000 metres and the deepest berths at JNP, capable of handling super post-panamax vessels.
When fully completed, the terminal will have a berth length of 2,000 metres.