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  • The container segment in India is taking new strides. Container traffic now accounts for almost one sixth of the total traffic at Indian ports, primarily driven by non-major ports. Although the traffic is still dominated by west coast ports, east coast ports such as Krishnapatnam and Kattupalli have also been showing high growth figures. Coastal container traffic is also growing steadily, albeit at a slow rate.

  • Growth in trade of containerised commodities such as automobile and associated components, engineering goods, textiles and capital goods is also driving the container traffic at ports.

  • The government, in the recent past, has also been quite proactive in this area. New supportive measures to fast-track project implementation such as a revised model concession agreement (MCA), cabotage relaxation and the direct port delivery (DPD) scheme have been introduced.

  • Over the past one year, significant container capacity has been added with the commencement of the fourth container terminal at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust and the first terminal at Kamarajar. Ports are also introducing new technologies, installing new equipment, digitising operations, etc., to promote the ease of doing business and fast-track container movement.

  • On the rail front, during the five-year period (2012-13 to 2016-17), the share of containers in total freight traffic remained almost stagnant at around 4 per cent, recording a CAGR of 3.70 per cent.

  • The ministry has introduced a number of measures to boost container traffic. These include cancellation of the port congestion surcharge, withdrawal of the busy season surcharge, expansion of the freight basket, introduction of time-tabled freight trains, and opening up of the parcel sector to container train operators. However, competition from the road sector remains a key area of concern. Nevertheless, the dedicated freight corridor (DFC), which is targeted to be completed by 2019-20, is expected to boost container movement in railways.

  • TThe increased container demand, in turn, is driving demand for one-stop solutions with specialised value-added services such as inland container depots (ICDs), container freight stations (CFSs), warehouses, multi-modal logistics parks (MMLPs) and free trade warehousing zones (FTWZs).

  • However, there is still a long way to go. Issues such as fragmented container capacity, use of roads as the primary mode of transport, delays in project implementation and draught constraints need to be addressed. There is also a need to eliminate time-consuming and costly processes, and provide a level-playing field for container train operators. Largely unexplored modes of containerised cargo transportation such as coastal shipping and inland water transport (IWT) need to be considered for larger scale implementation.

  • Besides capacity expansion, there is a need to improve efficiency and throughput. In this regard, technology can play a major role. Automation in different areas of container terminal operations can help in improving operational efficiency. GPS and RFID can provide increased visibility in container/vehicle tracking and greater control over terminal operations. Demand for container weighing equipment, scanners, ship-to-shore (STS) cranes, and modern refrigerated container technology is also growing steadily. .

  • The mission of this conference is to provide an update on container infrastructure development in India, highlight the key trends and developments, identify future opportunities, discuss new initiatives and projects, and focus on the key issues and challenges. The conference will also showcase the most promising and relevant technologies and equipment.

 
     
 
       
 
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