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APM Terminals Pipavav launches second weekly double stack rail service

NetIndian News Network

Ahmedabad, November 17, 2015

APM Terminals Pipavav (Gujarat Pipavav Port Ltd), one of western India’s fastest growing gateway ports, has commenced a second weekly double stack rail service to the industrial centre of Faridabad in Haryana, near Delhi.
The dedicated double stack operations, which can carry two containers placed one on top of another in specially designed rail cars, will be operated in association with Gateway Rail and NYK India.  
Known as "Sakura II", the service will operate between Pipavav Port and ICD-Faridabad (Piyala)/ICD-Garhi Harsaru, covering a distance of 1,015 km exclusively for Japanese NYK Shipping Line. 
The existing Sakura I dedicated double stack rail service, is operated by NYK exclusively for containers being imported by Maruti Suzuki India Ltd.
The inaugural service was flagged off from Pipavav Port by Mr. Keld Pedersen, Managing Director of APM Terminals Pipavav, and Mr. Yasuhiro Ishi, General Manager, NYK Line.
“We are very pleased with this partnership with NYK Line, and Gateway Rail, providing fast, consistent Just-In-Time cargo delivery, while reducing transportation costs, pollution and roadway congestion through dedicated double stack rail service," Mr. Pedersen said.
Double stack rail movements were pioneered in India by APM Terminals and the Indian Railway in 2006 with service from Pipavav to Rajasthan, terminating in Jaipur.
Pipavav Port is currently moving block trains between Garhi Harsaru and Pipavav and between Ludhiana and Pipavav.
APM Terminals Pipavav, India's first public-private partnership (PPP) port, is a part of the APM Terminals Global Terminal Network of 62 operating ports, terminal facilities and 135 Inland services.