BMCT handles one-millionth TEU in just 20 months
October 21, 2019: Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals (BMCT) at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) handled its one-millionth twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) on October 18, just over 20 months since it commenced the operations in February 2018.
October 21, 2019: Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals (BMCT) at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) handled its one-millionth twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) on October 18, just over 20 months since it commenced the operations in February 2018. Operated by Singapore’s PSA International Pte Ltd, BMCT’s one-millionth TEU took place during the call of CMA CGM’s ‘M.V Bermuda’.
The “M.V Bermuda” plies the Swahili Express (SWAX) service together with service partners Emirates Shipping Line and Hapag Lloyd, linking Mumbai with East Africa and the Gulf.
Celebrating our millionth TEU with @JNPort and @cmacgm. Thankyou customers and stakeholders for helping us get there - we are alongside you !#thebmctfactor@CISFHQrs @shipmin_india @JNCH_NhavaSheva @concor_india pic.twitter.com/jLYiAfOhA8— BMCT (@BMCT_PSA) October 19, 2019
Underscoring BMCT’s unrivalled flexibility, BMCT has provided SWAX with 100% berth on arrival to date, allowing the service to catch up any delays in the schedule. A second milestone was also achieved in the call: the highest number of moves of a SWAX call at BMCT to date, totally 1868 moves. Given the nature of the trade lane, the service also handles large amounts of out of gauge and breakbulk cargo, a fast-growing market segment at BMCT given the facilities and available room to grow for carriers.
Mike Formoso, Managing Director, PSA India, said “We are thrilled to reach the 1 million TEU mark and are immensely grateful to JNPT, CMA CGM, and all our customers, stakeholders and staff for their support along the way. Given the strong relationship between PSA and CMA CGM not only in India but globally, it is apt that BMCT’s millionth TEU is handled on a CMA CGM vessel on the SWAX service – the same combination for the first service call at BMCT. Reaching this point spurs us on towards higher volume and service standards.”
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) Chairman, Sanjay Sethi, IAS, CMA CGM India Managing Director, Ugo Vincent were also present during the occasion.