Chennai International Terminals Pvt Ltd (CITPL), owned and managed by PSA International, has recently handled its millionth container since commencement of terminal operations.

The one-millionth container was handled on vessel m.v. Tiger Bridge which operates on the Chennai-Colombo shuttle service managed by Bengal Tiger Lines. The terminal also welcomed the maiden call of the Asia Chennai Service. The vessel m.v. Hyundai Future that berthed at the terminal on November 13 is one of the four vessels deployed on the Asia Chennai Service, operated by the Korean line Hyundai Merchant Marine, according to a press release from CITPL.

Asia Chennai is a mainline service to East Asia, covering the port rotation of Chennai-Singapore-Pusan-Ulsan-Shanghai-Yantian-West Port Klang-Singapore-Chennai.

With some additional equipment procured recently, CITPL now has seven super post panamax quay cranes (all twin lifts) and 18 rubber-tyred gantry cranes, and hence its handling capacity has been doubled to 1.1 million TEUs.

Chennai International Terminals is also increasing the number of reefer plugs in the terminal and will be constructing an additional stacking yard to meet the business demands. It currently has five mainline services to East Asia, two Colombo services and two coastal services calling at the terminal, the release added.

ravikumar.ramanujam@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on November 19, 2012)
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