Kakinada Container Terminal witnesses rapid growth


Finished paper products have been added to the list of commodities being exported to various foreign destinations from the Kakinada Container Terminal Private Limited (KCTPL) with the International Paper APPM Limited entering into an agreement with the terminal here. The five-year-old terminal is now exporting rice, sugar, marine produce and paper products by using the weekly scheduled call of M/s Far Shipping.

A joint venture of the Kakinada Seaports Limited and the Bothra Shipping Services Private Limited, the KCTPL was launched in 2015 and commenced operations from the next year. “Till recently we have handled rice and sugar to the African and the Gulf countries. However, there has been a steady increase in the commodities and the destinations as well,” observes M. Subramanian, terminal manager of the KCTPL.

In the year 2016-17, the terminal exported rice to the tune of 2,700 TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit that is used to measure a ship’s cargo carrying capacity) whereas the same has gone to 4,900 TEUs in the current fiscal. Same is the case with the sugar that has gone from 2,800 TEUs to 3,800 TEUs during the corresponding period.

“The exporters are realising the proximity and competitiveness of the KCTPL hitherto being exported from Visakhapatnam. They are expressing satisfaction over the hassle-free execution of their shipments,” he says.

The terminal accepts a minimum quantity of 20 tonnes, as the average capacity of container is 26 tonnes. Since there has been a steady increase in the frequency of vessels, the shipping time is getting reduced steadily. With regard to the export of marine produce, the volume of reefer containers during the current fiscal is likely to reach 250 TEUs, whereas the same was registered as 64 TEUs in the last financial year.

The destinations for the reefers increased from the United States to the Europe and Gulf countries.

“Denmark-based Maersk Line has announced the launch of import services to Kakinada, which is a long-pending demand from the local trade fraternity. This will accelerate the activities of the terminal and the frequency of cargo movement will be intensified further,” Mr. Subramanian explains.