History was created at Kandla Port on 7th January 2019 with the berthing of M.V. Zardis at KICTPL with a LOA of 304.07 metres, making this the longest vessel to ever berth at the port.
The vessel was expertly manoeuvred to the berth by the Deputy Conservator, D.P.T. Capt. T. Srinivas ably assisted by Harbor Master (I/C) Capt. S. K. Pathak & Capt. Tyagi.
M.V. Zardis V. SCP1179W under IIX service of IRISL group made its maiden voyage to Kandla International Container Terminal Pvt Ltd (KICTPL). The said vessel having a LOA of 304.07 metres came alongside at 1430 hrs on 07th Jan 2019. In this voyage, she would be loading 1041 TEUs of export containers to Bandar Abbas.
The association of IRISL and KICTPL dates back to April 2017, when the first IRISL vessel M.V. Arezoo V. 1029E berthed on 15th April 2017. Since then there have been regular support of IRISL at Kandla. The current trajectory of developments only reiterates the growing business confidence between IRISL and KICTPL.
On this special occasion, Terminal Head Amardeep Singh Parmar thanked the Chairman DPT Shri. Sanjay Bhatia, IAS, the Deputy Conservator Capt. Srinivas and the Harbour Master (I/C) Capt. Pathak & Capt. Tyagi for making this happen. He also thanked the team of IRISL, Deendayal Port Trust and its marine department and also the Kandla Customs for their continuous support to the Kandla International Container Terminal Pvt Ltd.
The arrival of MV. Zardis at KICTPL has given confidence to the trade that large container vessels could also be handled at Kandla and would pave the way for Kandla to emerge as a state-of-the-art container terminal fully capable to efficiently handle Main Line Vessels including carrying out international transhipments. It helps Kandla not only to generate container volumes but also in cost savings as it would greatly benefit scores of Shippers, Consignees, CHAs and Transport fraternity who are in close proximity to Kandla as well as those located in the northern and western hinterland of India for whom Kandla is the nearest gateway port.