DP World Cochin celebrates 10 years of excellence

2021-02-19 16:26:40 Container Terminal News

Global logistics company DP World operated International Container Transshipment Terminal (ICTT) at Cochin has completed 10 glorious years as partner in India’s trade growth. This milestone comes with the terminal achieving its all-time highest monthly throughput of more than 70,000 TEUs in January 2021, registering a 36% Year-on-Year growth over January 2020.

ICTT is India’s first transhipment hub strategically located in close proximity to major global east-west trade routes. Since inception, the terminal has handled 4.68 million TEUs and 5,661 vessel calls including 1,858 Mainline vessel calls. In 2020, despite major business disruptions, DP World Cochin handled 6.31 lakh TEUs, registering marginal decline of -0.35% over 2019 volumes while South India market collectively registered an average degrowth of -11.2%.

ICTT helped enhance trade in the South India Region

ICTT has played a key role in making Cochin a strategic hub to enhance trade in the South India Region. The terminal provides fast and reliable connectivity to hinterland through multimodal transportation including rail and inland waterways. Cargoes from all industrial clusters in Kerala and the major ones in Tamil Nadu (like Coimbatore, Pollachi and other hubs) can reach the terminal within six hours. In 2020, DP World Cochin launched a direct weekly rail connection to Bangalore. This resulted in an impressive five-fold increase in rail volumes.

Terminal’s average GCR 30+ moves per hour at par with global standards

DP World Cochin offers various direct connections to Europe, the Mediterranean, the Fareast, South East Asia and the Middle East. Thereby, providing reduced transit time, cost and reliable reach to global markets. In 2020, the terminal handled 42% of EXIM cargo on mainline vessels positioning Cochin as port of choice for customers. The terminal continues to be highly efficient and productive with truck turnaround time at an average of 27 minutes, and an average Gross Crane Rate (GCR) of 30+ moves per hour, which is at par with global standards.

Praveen Joseph, CEO, DP World Cochin, said “ICTT is a key example of DP World’s commitment to India’s trade growth. The terminal has played a crucial role in boosting trade from South India.

Terminal’s support to local communities a mark of CSR

In line with DP World’s ‘Our World, Our Future’ programme, ICTT vigorously works in association with its local NGO partners, to support local communities. As part of rebuilding and rehabilitation efforts after the 2018 Kerala floods, DP World has built 50 homes in Cochin for families impacted by the floods. Throughout the pandemic, the terminal has taken various initiatives like distributing fresh food and dry ration kits to families impacted by COVID-19, donation of face masks to Mulavukad Panchayath and Ernakulam District Administration, providing monsoon protective Gears / Raincoats for district Police personnel, and sponsoring a Smart Computer Lab in Government Higher Secondary School in Poothrikka, Ernakulam district.

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