Krishnapatnam Port launches new services
The Dollar Business Bureau
As part of its expansion plans, Krishnapatnam Port is coming up with more number of container terminals. The port has recently launched the weekly service of a container, M V Maersk Bentonville that directly plies between Krishnapatnam and Salalah (Oman). The container will be servicing the importers and exporters of Telengana, AP, Karnataka and Northern Tamil Nadu to the ports of Africa, Europe, Mediterranean and the US East Coast.
The Salalah – Krishnapatnam Port service will greatly minimise the cost and transit time in the ports that come during the course of its journey. This will be advantageous to the Krishnapatnam Port Container Terminal (KPCT) customers. The Salalah – Krishnapatnam Port service will also get a boost from the new rake services of Container Corporation of India Limited (CONCOR), said Anil Yendluri, director and CEO, Krishnapatnam Port.
CONCOR has started two rakes per week from the Inland Container Depot, Bangalore to Krishnapatnam offering export connections and import clearances from Bangalore. As per the trade requirements, the service between ICD Bangalore and KPCT can be extended into a daily service, said Dr Anup Dayanand Sadhu, GGM of CONCOR.
Krishnapatnam Port in association with Container Corporation of India Limited (CONCOR) has launched another direct bi-weekly rail connectivity service between ICD Bangalore and KPCT to cater to the business needs of the companies in and around Bangalore. This will enable shippers and consignees to have a better alternative to road transport. Moreover, it will save two-days of transportation time for exports or imports after the vessel’s discharge.
This rail service is beneficial to the heavy cargoes that face regulatory issues when being transported via road due to weight restrictions. It also prevents pilferage which is the most common problem and the train is allowed into the port without any further inspection which results in speedy transport from Bangalore to the ports.
The rail connectivity service has carried a total of 106 TEU (20 foot equivalent units) and 117 TEU of exports and imports respectively to and from Bangalore. The export services from ICD Bangalore will be carried every Tuesday and Friday while import services from Krishnapatnam will be on all Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Over 551 TEU and loaded 770 TEU exports were discharged from the first voyage of Maersk Bentonville. According to Anil Yendluri, the Krishnapatnam port has brought a revolution in the country’s maritime trade and with the introduction of a new service they expect to improve the quality of their services and deliver better experience to their customers at the best prices.