Kandla Port Container terminal is all set to open its door for the trade. A part of the J. M. Baxi Group in India, KICT recently signed an agreement with Milaha Maritime & Logistics of Qatar, to start the first direct feeder service connecting their new Kandla terminal with Jebel Ali and Saudi Arabia. This will be the first service that will operate from this new terminal.
Milaha, a Qatar-based maritime and logistics conglomerate, announced that this first-of-its-kind weekly service will connect Kandla with Jebel Ali, Dammam and Jubail.
The local trade in Gujarat will benefit directly due to lower operating cost at terminal and last mile transportation cost. This will enable shipping lines to offer competitive rates, resulting in cost savings for the exporters and importers using KICT.
Kandla International Container Terminal has been awarded the concession by KPT to develop the container terminal in Kandla. What also makes it unique is its proximity to merchants/warehouses, integrating all the operations with single point of responsibility and accountability. The terminal is equipped with rake handling lines and a sprawling rail-side handling area, which is more than adequate to service the 600,000 TEUs per annum of throughput. And there is enough adjoining land to enhance the rail and cargo handling facilities.
The Customs-notified Container Yard, of currently 1,50,000 square feet, can accommodate 1,200 ground slots, 48 reefer slots, a 100-tonne weighbridge, gate complexes, and high quality lighting. The infrastructure is state-of-the-art, with provision for Customs officers to work from within this area rather than make the usual twice-a-day rounds to attend cargo inspections.
KICT is equipped with 4 reach stackers, 4 rail-mounted quay cranes, 4 rubber-tyred gantry cranes, and tractor-trailers, among other equipment. The terminal boasts of a very high level of CCTV coverage both inside and outside the yard areas.
Mr Dhruv Kotak, Joint MD of J. M. Baxi Group, who was at the helm of discussions with Milaha, said, “Milaha’s decision to start this unique and direct service from the brand new terminal at Kandla is a clear sign of their commitment to expand their presence in India as a feeder operator. While wholeheartedly welcoming the Milaha service at our terminal, we thank them and their agent Poseidon Shipping Agency for the confidence they have placed on our team and selecting KICT as their preferred terminal.”
Milaha decided to launch this service especially since a large proportion of agricultural produce cargo to Dammam will benefit if Kandla is considered.
KICT is going to connect with the major ICDs of India by Rail and Road, in order to support the growing hinterland trade.