GROWING private all-weather port located just 152 nautical miles from Nhava Sheva, Mumbai, APMT Pipavav, has secured a new weekly service connecting Jebel Ali Port to Sohar, Nhava Sheva, Pipavav and Mundra Port, which will ease the supply network between India and the Gulf.
The first vessel for the service arrived at APM Terminals Pipavav on January 5, the private port operator said. The vessel, 'TSS Shams 009', began its journey from Jebel Ali Port to Sohar, Nhava Sheva, Pipavav and Mundra Port.
The vessel will dock at APMT Pipavav every Thursday and by using this new transit route, the port will gain notable benefits such as increased connectivity and an elevated supply chain network to importers and exporters operations in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Punjab, and Delhi.
APMT Pipavav recently became the first Indian port to connect to the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) following the completion of an electrified rail yard.
Once fully operational in June 2022, the line will help to decongest the saturated road and rail network. The connection to the Western DFC is expected to reduce transit times to the northwest hinterland by around 50 per cent.
APM Terminals Pipavav managing director Jakob Friis Sorensen said: "Delighted to announce that the year 2022 starts with securing new service to the Gulf region. The weekly service will strengthen and boost connectivity of the Indian hinterland to the gulf markets.
"We believe that this service will deepen our presence in Gulf markets and thereby help our customers to widen their reach into the global markets."