APM Terminals Pipavav reaches a milestone

The facility is known to also handle containers, dry bulk, and liquid bulk cargo operations, with direct double stack rail service to inland commercial and industrial centres.

CT Bureau

APM Terminals Pipavav has reached a milestone of 100,000 automobiles handled at the port’s Roll On-Roll Off (Ro/Ro) facility, 20 months after commencing auto-loading and discharging operations. Ro/Ro services were introduced at the port in August 2015, after NYK Auto Logistics India (NALI) invested in a state-of-the art stock yard and pre-delivery inspection facility. With USD $3 billion investment expected by automobiles companies in Gujarat by 2020, more than two million passenger vehicles are projected to be produced in the region in the next five to six years. Most of the manufacturing in Gujarat is for the Indian export market.

“With the Indian government’s “Make in India” initiative, we have seen a surge in automotive manufacturing investment in the Sanand, Hansalpur and Vithalapur belt in Gujarat, and our modern and efficient Ro/Ro facility can play a major role in India’s emergence as a major automotive exporter,” said, Keld Pedersen, Managing Director, APM Terminals.

The Pipavav car terminal includes an 80,000-square meter (20 acre) automotive Ro/Ro stockyard, and a 4,400 square meter (one acre) staging area.