Port Wings News Network:
PSA Mumbai welcomed a new service operated by Samudera Shipping Line Ltd when M.V Sinar Sorong did her maiden call to the terminal on 29 November 2021.
It was double cause for celebration as during her stay, PSA Mumbai achieved a significant milestone of three million TEUs handled since the start of the terminal’s operations. Deploying 1900-TEU capacity vessels, the weekly “Nhava Sheva Singapore Express” (NSX) service will offer a direct and faster transit time for cargoes to and from South East Asia and India. The event was commemorated with an exchange of plaques between the Master of M.V Sinar Sorong, Director of Samudera Shipping India and PSA Mumbai’s management team.
Mr Rakesh Vijay, Director of Samudera Shipping India, commented, “The New NSX service (Nhava Sheva – Singapore service) reflects the strong commitment of ours to India and South East trade. The service will offer the fastest transit between Nhava Sheva and Singapore. Samudera Shipping Line Ltd along with its existing weekly products TIP, PS3 and NCI will continue to provide better and improved solutions to its liners and feeder customers. This service also cements Samudera Shipping lines Ltd’s strong relations with PSA in SEA/FE Trade. We would also like to congratulate PSA Mumbai management along with its professional and dedicated team on achieving the milestone of three million TEUS.”
Mr Sivakumar Kaliannan, Managing Director of PSA Mumbai, said “We thank Samudera for choosing PSA Mumbai as we continue to build our portfolio of services to offer a wider network of connections and services to the trade. The addition of the NSX service, which is the fifth new service to join the PSA Mumbai family within the last 12 months, further expands its Far East, Africa and Europe coverage. With congestion experienced at many other ports, PSA Mumbai has become a choice terminal to catch up on vessel schedules. “In the first 10 months of 2021 when 40% of services were off schedule, 80% of these vessels were still able to berth on arrival at PSA Mumbai. We also received a further 104 ad hoc vessel calls from other terminals and ports that were accommodated at PSA Mumbai. With class leading productivity and expansive facilities, we continue to deliver reliability and value to the trade during these dynamic and challenging times.”
Mr Mike Formoso, Managing Director of PSA India, said, “We are delighted to mark the third millionth-TEU milestone in just 45 months from start up, with a new service from Samudera, and are especially grateful for Samudera and indeed all our customers and stakeholders’ support. Whilst our Cargo Solutions products continue to extend our service offerings inland as well as into the digital realm, 2022 will see the start of construction of PSA Mumbai’s Phase 2 expansion as we move towards another milestone: becoming India’s largest container terminal.”