The Dakshin Bharat Gateway Terminal (DBGT), which operates a container terminal at Berth No. 8 at V. O. Chidambaranar Port Trust – Tuticorin, has seen steady growth in volumes since its commissioning in 2014. The terminal, which has a yard with 7,140 slots capacity, handled 6,39,618 TEUs in 2019, a significant surge from just 29,196 TEUs in its first year of operations, said a release.
The management and staff of DBGT have expressed sincere gratitude to the Tuticorin trade community for the support and trust they reposed in the terminal.
A salient feature of the terminal is its seamless congestion-free road connectivity to all major hinterlands—Tirupur, Pollachi, Salem, Karur, Coimbatore, Madurai, Kollam, Alappuzha and Bangalore—supported by multimodal modes of transportation. DBGT is continuously striving to achieve improvements in performance and productivity to attract more volume.
The terminal stands at the forefront of technological advancements with higher productivity levels—average gross crane rate of 32 moves/hour, average berth productivity of 67 moves/hour, average vessel and gate moves of 1,200 containers/day and truck turnaround time (TTT) averaging 21 minutes per trailer. The highest gross crane rate (GCR) achieved in 2019 was on MV SSL MUMBAI on January 31 @ 58.11 moves/hour. The highest berth productivity was achieved on MV MAERSK AVON on September 22, 2019 @ 94.86 moves/hour.
The terminal management hopes to build upon the success in 2020 and attain even greater heights in volumes and efficiency.