V.O. Chidambaranar Port’s, Container Terminal Operator, M/s. PSA SICAL Container Terminal, has created a new record by handling 4413 TEUs of containers from a single vessel. This record of the highest volume was created on 10th January 2021 which bettered its previous record of 3979 TEUs of containers handled in 10th February 2018.
The vessel M.V. SSL Brahmaputra with Length overall (LOA) of 260.05 metres was berthed at Port’s PSA SICAL Container Terminal on 08.01.2021 stated an official release from the port.
The vessel agent for the above vessel was M/s. Transworld Shipping Agencies Private Ltd., Tuticorin while the vessel’s service rotation is Tuticorin – Kandla-Pipavav – Cochin – Tuticorin.
This achievement is set in the context of a market that has been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 situation, with container volumes through VOC Port decreasing almost 11% during the end of the third quarter of this financial year, 2021.
Mr T.K. Ramachandran, IAS, Chairman, V.O. Chidambaranar Port Trust, in his message stated that “the Industry being sceptical on the global merchandise trade due to COVID pandemic, the volumes handled at the Port are slowly recovering and have started to show positive signs since October, 2020. Moreover, the shortage of empty containers also has started to ease out and the influx of Exports & Imports through VOC Port is expected to surge in the coming months” said the Chairman.