Port Wings News Network:
Chennai International Terminals Pvt Ltd (CITPL), a PSA-run facility located in Chennai Port, has set a new vessel productivity record of 171 moves per hour for South and East India.
According to a media statement, the terminal handled 3,023 moves in just under 19 hours on 12 September 2019, for the 4,252 TEU-vessel “Wan Hai 507”.
CITPL’s achievement surpassed the earlier South and East India record of 168 moves per hour, which was also set by CITPL in August 2016.
Commenting on the development, Capt. T. Madhan Mohan, General Manager, CITPL, said, “CITPL has again raised the bar for terminal productivity in South and East India. Achieving a vessel rate of 171 moves per hour translates directly into cost savings for shipping lines and port users. We are immensely grateful to Wan Hai Lines for their support and close cooperation, as well as to our staff for their commitment and teamwork.”
Capt. T. Madhan Mohan stated: “We are also working closely alongside Chennai Port Trustto enhance the competitiveness of the Port. Recent reductions in vessel related charges, increases in free time for direct port deliveries (DPD) and direct port exports (DPE), streamlining of road access, cuts in short haul rail charges by Indian Railways and the development of an empty container depot inside the Port area are just some of the initiatives being taken by stakeholders towards this objective.”
Commenting on the achievement, Mr P Raveendran, Chairman, Chennai Port Trust, said, “We compliment the CITPL team on setting this new operational record, and in surpassing their previous milestone. CITPL’s progress is an integral part of Chennai Port’s offerings as part of our long-term commitment to the trade for sustainable operations.”
Also commenting on the achievement, official from Wan Hai Lines (India) stated: “We salute PSA Chennai’s achievement! The levels of efficiency and reliability demonstrated week in week out by the terminal allow us, as a long term customer, to optimize our operational planning and so realise the benefits to our network and for our customers. We look forward to the next milestone.”