New port on India’s east coast gives shippers another option

Kakinada Container Terminal, a joint venture between Singapore’s PSA International and two local groups, Kakinada Infrastructure Holdings and Bothra Shipping Services, last week began operations, offering Indiaeast coast shippers another port option.

KCT begins operations as terminals on India’s east coast struggle to grow volumes in the wake of a growing capacity glut and slowing cargo growth.

Part of Kakinada Deep Water Port, KCT is located between Visakhapatnam and Chennai. Kakinada is a minor port project under the control of Andhra Pradesh State Authority.

“KCT is well connected by national highways and rail to key cities in the region. Coupled with its proximity to the cargo centers, the terminal is the preferred choice for shippers as it allows them to achieve significant savings in transportation cost and time,” the private operator said in a trade advisory.

KCT currently has a quay length of nearly 1,000 feet with a capacity of 200,000 twenty-foot-equivalent units per year. It is equipped with mobile harbor cranes and reach stackers, according to the trade notice.

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