Visakhapatnam: Visakha Container Terminal (VCT), premiere container terminal functioning under the aegis of Visakhapatnam Port Trust (VPT), has set a new ship productivity record of 110 moves (both containers loading and discharge) per hour using 4 quay cranes while handling the CHX service vessel Mexico. It completed 2,113 moves in just 19.4 hours on April 2021 with an average gross crane productivity of 28.8 moves per hour.

The latest achievement of 110 moves per hour exceeded the terminal's earlier productivity record of 108 moves per hour achieved in December 2019. These achievements underscore the commitment of VCT to provide consistent and reliable best-in-class services to the shipping lines, the VCT said.

With the enhanced operational efficiency at the terminal, VCT is facilitating faster ship movements, thereby reducing the cost of logistics and improving the effectiveness of the supply chain for the EXIM trade, it added. VCT's strategic location, hinterland connectivity, and on-dock rail facilities are attractive to shipping lines globally.

Extending the rebates for vessel-related charges, VPT's efforts for accommodating container vessels of 390 metre length over all (LOA) and developing an empty container yard are some of the recent initiatives taken to facilitate the trade. With an additional 395-metre-long berth getting ready for operation during the third quarter of the year, the terminal capacity will increase to 1.3 million TEUs annually by the end of 2021.

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