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Cabinet gives in-principle approval for setting up a new major port at Vadhavan in Maharashtra

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The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its ‘in-principle’ approval for setting up a Major Port at Vadhavan near Dahanu in Maharashtra.

Total cost of the project is likely to be Rs.65,544.54 crore.

Vadhavan port will be developed on “land lord model”. ASpecial Purpose Vehicle (SPV) will be formed with Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) as the lead partner with equity participation equal to or more than 50% to implement the project. The SPV will develop the port infrastructure including reclamation, construction of breakwater, besides establishing connectivity to the hinterland. All the business activities would be undertaken under PPP mode by private developers.

The position of JN Port, the biggest container port in India is 28thin the world with a traffic of 5.1 million TEUs (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units). Even after the completion of 4th terminal at JN Port with a capacity increase upto10 million TEUs by 2023, it will stand as the 17thlargest container port in the world. With the development of Vadhavan port, India will break into the countries with top 10 container ports in the world.

Maharashtra has India’s largest container port at JNPT which caters to the hinterland of Maharashtra, North Karnataka, Telangana and secondary hinterland of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, NCR, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh.

There is a need for a deep draft port that will accommodate the largest Container Ships in the world and also cater to the spill over traffic from JNPT port once its planned capacity of 10 million TEUs is fully utilized.

JNPT and Mundra, the two largest container handling ports of the country (for mid size container ships only), have drafts of 15 M and 16 M respectively, while the world’s largest container handling modern deep draft ports require a draft of 18M-20M.

The Vadhavan port has a natural draft of about 20 meters close to the shore, making it possible for it to handle bigger vessels at the port. Development of Vadhavan port will enable call of container vessels of 16,000-25,000 TEUs capacity, giving advantages of economies of scale & reducing logistics cost.

The ever increasing size of container ships makes it imperative that a deep draft container port in West Coast of India is developed. Increasing containerization of cargo in the wake of value-added manufacturing sector makes it important to prepare our port infrastructure for handling value-added import and export to facilitate manufacturing activity.

Container traffic in the JNPT hinterland is expected to grow from 4.5 MTEUs currently to 10.1 MTEUs by 2022-25 when JNPT’s potential will be fully exhausted. The demand for container traffic will further accelerate after the plans for improving logistic infrastructure fructify and the ‘Make in India’ push drives greater exports and manufacture sourcing to India.

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KTMT signs automated port equipments contract with Konecranes Indonesia 

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Konecranes has secured a key contract in the delivery of Automated Port Equipment services. The Kuala Tanjung Multipurpose Terminal (KTMT) recently signed a 12-month automation services contract with Konecranes Indonesia. The port has 8 Automated Konecranes RTGs. The deal was signed in July 2020 and will run until June 2021. Local inverter and digital crane specialists are using Konecranes Augmented Reality apps to liaise with Finnish engineers, ensuring updates, repairs and knowledge transfer are uninterrupted during the COVID-19 travel bans.

The KTMT Terminal is in a remote area of Northern Sumatra, with the nearest town being four hours’ drive away. Konecranes is the leader in the provision of automated port equipment, not least because it has the skills, service footprint and communication tools that looking after advanced port equipment, in any part of the world, demands.

Jukka Tukia, Konecranes APAC Port Services Director, says, “Partnerships and commitment drive our business in the Asia-Pacific region. We have the technology, the training and the drive to ensure that no matter where your equipment is, we will find a way to make our customer’s uptime and operational efficiency our priority.”

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Kalmar Eco Reachstackers to help Maritime Transport Ltd increase capacity and reduce environmental impact at its Wakefiled terminal 

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Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has signed a deal to supply two Kalmar Eco Reachstackers that will help Maritime Transport Ltd cut fuel costs and carbon emissions while addressing growing demand at its rail terminal in Wakefield, England. The order, which represents the first collaboration between Kalmar and Maritime, was booked in Cargotec’s 2020 Q3 intake, with delivery scheduled to begin in Q4 2020.

Maritime is a market-leading UK-based intermodal logistics company with a network of 33 container and transport sites across the UK. After reaching an agreement with DB Cargo UK on 1 April 2019, Maritime launched its rail subdivision, Maritime Intermodal, which saw the company acquire four dedicated rail services out of Felixstowe and Southampton. As part of the deal, Maritime also took full responsibility for DB’s railfreight terminals in Wakefield and Trafford Park.

The new Kalmar Eco Reachstackers use a much smaller engine than the reachstacker solutions with large, high-horsepower engines that are traditionally seen in rail intermodal applications. This means they can reduce fuel consumption and therefore NOx emissions by up to 25% without compromising on productivity. They also offer an improved overall driving experience with smoother acceleration and less cabin noise.

Paul Heyhoe, Feet Director, Maritime: “The Kalmar team have provided professional support from the very beginning and clearly demonstrated the positive impact that the Eco reachstacker will have on our fuel consumption and therefore carbon emissions and costs. We look forward to utilising both machines at Wakefield, where they will bring a number of advantages for our valued customers and their supply chains including faster turnaround times and greater operational reliability.””

Dave Patterson, Vice President South & West Europe, Kalmar: “We are delighted that Maritime Transport Ltd have selected the Kalmar Eco Reachstacker for their Wakefield Europort terminal and we are looking forward to building a productive partnership with the company moving forward. The Eco reachstacker, which has now sold in excess of 250 units, is a prime example of our commitment to developing solutions that help customers to minimise their environmental impact while continuously improving their productivity and lowering the total cost of ownership .”

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PSA Mumbai launches online payments facility for direct port delivery customers at JNPT

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Committed to supporting the Digital India and Ease of Doing Business initiatives, PSA Mumbai has launched a digital online payments solution for Direct Port Delivery (DPD) customers with ODeX. PSA Mumbai’s DPD customers will now be able to process their documentation and pay terminal handling charges on the ODeX platform from 15 September 2020.

A first for the Jawaharlal Nehru Port area, the online payments product is jointly developed by PSA Mumbai and ODeX. Termed “CLICK → PAY ONLINE → TAKE DELIVERY OF DPD CONTAINERS”, the solution allows PSA Mumbai’s growing number of DPD customers to take the documentation, payment and delivery process online via a one stop portal. The OdeX portal provides real time status updates, documentation uploading / amendment, e-payment and confirmation for delivery. With no requirement to maintain advance deposits, it also improves cash flow for the DPD customers.

One of the users in the pilot testing round, Director of Mungekar & Sons CHB Pvt. Ltd, Mr Prathamesh Mungekar said, “We are very happy with this new product, a first in the JNPT area and one which streamlines our operations. We are already looking forward to more developments.”

Managing Director of PSA Mumbai, Mr Sivakumar K said, “A rapid and seamless flow of information between terminal and users is as important as the physical flow of containers through the terminal. This product gives our DPD customers a fast, efficient and secure payment and documentation system to take delivery of their goods as soon as possible. With ODeX’s extensive user base, it is well positioned for widespread adoption.”

Managing Director of ODeX, Mrs. Liji Nowal said, “It is a great milestone for ODeX to Go-Live with our ePayments solutions for PSA Mumbai’s customers. Customers can now pay through a single click on ODeX – and the payment is confirmed in real time to PSA Mumbai. Thus any payments delay in cargo release is completely eliminated. During the current pandemic, PSA Mumbai has been very responsive to the needs of customers and I must congratulate the PSA team for ensuring that we have gone live very quickly with this solution, and becoming the very first terminal to offer seamless ePayment solutions on ODeX to customers. We are now “live” for DPD delivery payments – and soon hope to extend this facility to more customers.”

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