PSA's Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals (BMCT) in India has held a cake cutting ceremony to celebrate handling
its one millionth TEU during the call of CMA CGM's 4.300-TEU Bermuda on
October 18, just 20 months after the facility commenced operations in
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT)
chairman Shri Sanjay Sethi, CMA CGM India managing director Ugo Vincent,
PSA India managing director Mike Formoso and management and staff from
all three companies and the port authority attended the event.
The CMA CGM vessel is deployed on the Swahili Express (SWAX) service
that links Mumbai to East Africa and the Gulf, and is also operated by
service partners Emirates Shipping Line and Hapag Lloyd, reported
Hellenic Shipping News.
BMCT has provided the SWAX service with 100 per cent berth on arrival to
date, allowing the service to catch up any delays in the schedule. A
second milestone was also achieved during the call - the highest number
of moves of a SWAX call at the terminal to date, totalling 1,868 moves.
Given the nature of the trade lane, the service also handles large
amounts of out of gauge and breakbulk cargo, a fast-growing market
segment at BMCT on account of its facilities and available room to grow
Said Mr Formoso: "Given the strong relationship between PSA and CMA CGM
not only in India but globally, it is apt that BMCT's millionth TEU is
handled on a CMA CGM vessel on the SWAX service - the same combination
for the first service call at BMCT. Reaching this point spurs us on
towards higher volume and service standards."