First container arrives at Bharat Mumbai Container Terminal
Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals Private Limited (“BMCT”) received its first container arriving by road during a gate opening ceremony officiated by Mr Vivek Johri (IRS), Chief Commissioner Customs, Jawaharlal Nehru Customs House.
The container will be loaded on CMA-CGM’s vessel “Centaurus” which arrives at BMCT on Friday 2 February 2018. With 8 in-gates and 8 out-gates, paperless transactions, weigh bridge and radiation detection facilities, BMCT’s Phase 1 gate complex brings new levels of sophistication and efficiency to the Nhava Sheva area.
The first containers arriving by road will be followed by containers arriving by rail and barge. BMCT currently has 165 employees, of which around 80 % are Maharashtrians and has recruited all its trainees from the local area. Many jobs have also been created at BMCT’s operating contractors and more will be created as the company’s business grows, particularly when Phase 2 construction begins. BMCT’s Container Equipment Specialist (“CES”) trainees, whohave undergone intensive training at PSA’s other ports in India, have returned to Mumbai for the start of BMCT’s operations.
BMCT’s CEO Mr. Suresh Amirapu, said, “We have received immense help from Customs and many other agencies to get to this point. We are honoured to welcome the first container together with Customs before our first vessel call later this week. These are exciting times ahead for the trade as BMCT introduces game-changing capacity and facilities into the market.”