Krishnapatnam Port Container Terminal (KPCT), a deep drafted container terminal on the east-coast of India, announced the commissioning of five new electrical Rubber-Tyred Gantry Cranes (e-RTGC), further bolstering its container handling capacity in the backdrop of a strong year-on-year container volume growth of 88 per cent in FY 2017-18.
An environmentally sustainable growth is one of the key foundations of Krishnapatnam Port and it received a shot in the arm with the commissioning of these five new e-RTGs, which have the potential to reduce energy costs by 80 per cent and operating noise level by 65 per cent, whilst cutting down more than 1,400 tonne of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions vis-à-vis the traditional diesel-run RTGs.
Designed to offer significant operational performance, the new e-RTGs are expected to infuse further pace to the yard side container handling activities, resulting in faster turnaround time for both the container vessels as well as the by-road trailers.
Commenting on the development, Anil Yendluri, Director and CEO, Krishnapatnam Port Co said, “We are proud and excited to welcome the new e-RTG fleet which will further strengthen our “Clean air” initiative through drastic cut in the emissions and will also boost our operational efficiencies multifold offering enhanced productivity for our customers and partners.”
Jithendra Nimmagadda, Chief Operating Officer, KPCT commented, “Addition of the new e-RTGs is in-line with our philosophy of ‘creating capacity ahead of the demand’ whilst we are in the process of transforming KPCT from being a gateway container terminal on the east coast of India into a transshipment hub in South Asia.”
Krishnapatnam Port Container Terminal is the country’s fastest growing container terminal and is planning to increase its container handling capacity from the current 1.2 million TEUs per annum to 2 million TEUs in its quest to emerge as the global transshipment hub.