The global logistics company, DP World operated International Container Transshipment Terminal (ICTT) at Cochin handled over 50,000 TEUs along with 53 vessels during the 50 days of lockdown period.
To enable trade in current times when there are challenges around road transportation, DP World Cochin is using alternate modes of transport for evacuating cargo from the port. In the lockdown period, the terminal has handled 19 rakes and the rail volume has seen a four-fold increase.
DP World continues to adhere to initiatives that add value to the supply chain by engaging with customers and stakeholders. This includes successful implementation of Bharat Trade, a digital portal which enables smooth paperless transaction and offers a single-window to customers and ensures the digital exchange of data on a real-time basis. During the lockdown period, the platform saw an increase in the number of users and assisted the trade in facilitating swift online transactions.
Praveen Joseph, CEO, DP World Cochin, said “As a provider of essential services, we are ensuring the continuous flow of goods across the country. Our Cochin terminal has continued to operate throughout the lockdown period keeping the productivity in line with global standards of 30 plus moves per hour. We have taken every possible step to support our customers and to maintain the best possible level of operations, while following strict health and safety guidelines, with the support of Cochin Port Trust, the Ernakulam District & Kerala State Administrations, the Police Department and other stakeholders in the trade.”
The terminal successfully handled the first shipment of geo-tubes as part of the coastal conservation project of the government of Kerala. The project is being implemented to protect the 580 km coastline of Kerala by using geo-tubes instead of conventional granite seawalls.
The company is committed to supporting the local communities during these challenging times and is distributing dry ration kits to those who depend on daily wages or have lost their livelihoods during this time.