APM Terminals (APMT) Pipavav has received the first train from Maersk’s new service connecting ceramic exporters in Morbi via Maliya to Port Pipavav.
The new rail service is a result of close collaboration between APMT Pipavav, Pipavav Rail Corporation Limited (PRCL), and Maersk.
With the launch of this new product, all parties are hoping to decongest roads and improve the speed-to-market by reducing the total transit time by 15 per cent.
“We are fully committed to supporting and strengthening the logistics and supply chains ecosystem with our strategic location that proves to be the ideal gateway connecting the hinterland to ocean transportation network,” said Jakob Friis Sørensen, Managing Director of APMT Pipavav.
“The rail service also improves schedule reliability compared to road transportation and helps the exporters connect to their preferred ocean service without delays. With this new connection, APM Terminals Pipavav reinforces its offering as a reliable gateway for Gujarat’s tiles and ceramics market”
Vikash Agarwal, Managing Director of Maersk South Asia, added: “At Maersk, our ambition is to connect and simplify our customers’ supply chains while working towards integrated and decarbonised logistics. Over the last year, we have put together dedicated rail services for various industries and sectors from different belts across the country.
“Now, with one for ceramics exporters, we have another feather in our hat. We are also committed to scaling the solution as more and more shippers find value in the integrated solution that covers landside and ocean transportation connected through the preferred port of choice.”
The rail service was recently inaugurated by Sanjiv Garg, Managing Director of PRCL, and Amit Bharadwaj, Chief Commercial Officer of APMT Pipavav, in the presence of representatives from Maersk and other partners such as Aaraya Ocean.
Earlier this month, APMT Pipavav also commissioned a 1,000 kWp DC capacity solar power plant to reduce 10 per cent of the port’s total energy consumption.
The solar power plant is expected to generate approximately 1.53 million KWH power per year and reduce the Port Pipavav’s carbon footprint impact by 1100 tons.