We're investing in the future, while honouring the past, informs a recent media release from APM Terminals.
At APM Terminals Mumbai, the equipment we use is respected – even revered – by the people that commission it, use it and, when the time comes, say farewell to it.
Our Mumbai terminal – also known as Gateway Terminals India (GTI) – is continuing its major Fit for Future project, which will see the terminal increase capacity by 10%, to 2.18 million TEUs (Twenty Foot Equivalent Unit). Massive infrastructure upgrades will mean the terminal – India's busiest – will have the reach to handle the largest vessels that call Nhava Sheva's Jawaharlal Nehru port with the arrival of 23-container-outreach cranes.
Sunay Mukerjee, Chief Operating Officer, APM Terminals Mumbai, said the decommissioning was “an emotional moment for the frontline colleagues at GTI.”
In a message to APM Terminals global organisation he wrote: “This morning, Berth 1 at GTI closed for operations as we start the massive Fit for Future project.” Offline, he confessed that there were few dry eyes on the dock as the Ship-to-Shore Cranes 1-5 performed their final moves.
The transformation at APM Terminals Mumbai will accelerate the terminal's ability to accommodate larger vessels and bring economies of scale.
In addition, as Mukerjee points out, “We are making our terminal safer, better, and bigger.”
The terminal now embarks on the most critical part of its Fit for Future project with ongoing dismantling of existing infrastructure and the arrival of new cranes.
In the transition periods, expected to take six months, APMM Berth 1 will remain closed for vessel operations. Completion, on schedule for early September, will see the terminal not only increase capability to handle bigger vessels, but also increase efficiency allowing us to turnaround our shipping line vessels faster, creating value for end customers.
APM Terminals Mumbai/Gateway Terminals India (GTI) is a joint venture with CONCOR (26%), APM Terminals (74%).