On December 24, 2013 during MSC’s weekly service to Colombo from KPCT, its vessel MV MSC SIERRRA-II became part of an historic moment when 641 TEUs were exchanged with the vessel, with a record hourly crane productivity of 48.6 containers and a berth productivity of 96.64 containers per hour. Two super post-panamax quay cranes, were used by the terminal in order to achieve its most efficient crane productivity. Not only was this Krishnapatnam Port’s best crane performance at KPCT to date, but also one of the highest achieved by any container terminal in India.
Main liners such as Maersk, MSC and three feeder services, BTL, Xpress Feeder and Far Shipping, are regular callers at KPCT and have been beneficiaries of the terminals’ faster turnaround time with average berthing times for the vessels registered at 90 minutes and trailer turnaround time being recorded at 50 minutes from entry to exit of the port.
Container volumes have been increasing month-on-month at the terminal. In the financial year 2012-13, KPCT handled 13,547 TEU, whereas from April to December 2013, KPCT handled 42,553 TEU. The port is now looking at achieving exponential growth in the future.