Port Wings News Network:
Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals Private Limited (BMCT), promoted by one of the leading global port groups PSA International, on 29 January 2018 received its first container arriving by road during a gate opening ceremony officiated by Mr Vivek Johri, IRS, Chief Commissioner Customs, Jawaharlal Nehru Customs House.
According to a media statement from the company, the container will be loaded on CMA-CGM’s vessel “Centaurus,” which arrives at BMCT on 2 February 2018. With 8 in-gates and 8 out-gates, paperless transactions, weighbridge and radiation detection facilities, BMCT’s Phase 1 gate complex brings new levels of sophistication and efficiency to the Nhava Sheva area.
PSA’s Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals (BMCT) is located in Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNP) in Maharashtra, India’s largest and premier container gateway.
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. The development of BMCT, JNP’s fourth container terminal, will cater to the ever-increasing demand for container handling capacity, boost export / import trade and increase economic activities between India and other countries.
When BMCT is fully completed, it will have a berth length of 2,000 metres and the deepest berths in JNP to handle large super post-panamax vessels.
It will also be equipped with the latest technology and equipment to offer customers fast turnaround of their vessels. BMCT is well-connected by major highways and rail networks to key markets in Maharashtra, Gujarat, and the National Capital Region of India. Phase 1 of BMCT is expected to commence operations by end of 2017.
The first containers arriving by road will be followed by containers arriving by rail and barge. BMCT currently has 165 employees, of which around 80 % are Maharashtrians and has recruited all its trainees from the local area.
Many jobs have also been created at BMCT’s operating contractors and more will be created as the company’s business grows, particularly when Phase 2 construction begins. BMCT’s Container Equipment Specialist (CES) trainees, who have undergone intensive training at PSA’s other ports in India, have returned to Mumbai for the start of BMCT’s operations.
Mr Suresh Amirapu, BMCT’s CEO, said, “We have received immense help from Customs and many other agencies to get to this point. We are honoured to welcome the first container together with Customs before our first vessel call later this week. These are exciting times ahead for the trade as BMCT introduces game-changing capacity and facilities into the market.”