Kandla International Container Terminal Pvt. Ltd. in its fourth quarter has made a remarkable progress in its terminal operations. For a relatively new terminal, these achievements not only validate the efficiency of the terminal, but also demonstrate the faith of trade in KICT.
A much-awaited coastal movement from Kandla commenced in this quarter On 5th January 2018, MV SCI Mumbai V386 of M/s. Shipping Corporation of India Ltd. called KICT. The vessel having deadweight tonnage (DWT) of 48000 MT giving a leverage to the trade to utilize vessel space optimistically. This vessel with 262.07 meters was the longest vessel to call at KICT & DPT.
This is one of the vessels operated by SCI in the SMILE service with port rotation : Kandla - Mundra - Pipavav - Cochin - Tuticorin. The partners in the SMILE service consortium are M/s. Shipping Corporation of India and M/s. Shreyas Shipping (Transworld Group).
The service is an added advantage to the trade, as it connects South and North India via a major gateway port - Kandla International Container Terminal. With Smile service, KICT is the best-positioned gateway with its natural geographical proximity to the cargo generating areas of Morbi, Surendranagar, Rajkot, Rapar etc. in Gujarat.
KICT attained operations excellence mile stone on 25th Jan 2018, when MV. Cardonia (LOA 222.14) and MV SSL Brahmaputra (LOA 260.05) came along together at berth no 11 & 12 respectively. This being the highest LOA combination ever handled at KICT.
With its own Rail siding at the terminal, domestic cargo easily connects to all the ICD’s. The first domestic rake of M/s Apollo India was railed out with 90 x 20’ ISO laden tanks on 16th Jan 2018 and on 9th Feb 2018 first coastal rake arrived at KICT from ICD Jodhpur bringing 80 TEUs for export purpose.
The growth of KICT has been fasttracked, which is indicated by the fact that KICT efficiently handled the throughput of 1 Lac TEUs (0.1 million TEUs) during the financial year 2017- 18 which was achieved on 10th Mar 2018 at 1800 hrs while handling cargo on MV SSL Brahmaputra at berth no 12. In March-2018, KICT achieved highest throughput of 22,738 TEUs with 22 vessels handled during the month.
In the very first year of commencement of its commercial operations, KICT successfully handled 146 vessels with total throughput of 117,224 TEUs.