Adani’s Mundra Port handles the largest ever container vessel to call at a port in India
Ahmedabad, January 28, 2022
Adani CMA Mundra Terminal Pvt Ltd (ACMTPL), a joint venture between Adani Ports & SEZ Ltd and CMA Terminals at Mundra in Gujarat, today berthed APL Raffles, the largest container vessel to call at a port in India.
APL Raffles is one of the largest vessels in the fleet of CMA CGM. Built in 2013, this 176727 DWT, 17292 TEUs capacity vessel is 397.88 meters long and 51 meters wide. This is almost equivalent to four football fields.
"This is another important milestone for Mundra Port. In 2021, Mundra Port became the largest container port in India, and now the port has berthed, at one of its terminals, the largest container vessel to call India. The call of APL Raffles not only endorses the capabilities of the port to handle large container vessels, but also reiterates the role of ACMTPL in boosting trade between India and its key trading partners," a press release from Adani Portssaid.
At the time of berthing, the vessel’s draft was 14.8 m, displacement 2,01,548 MT and it had a cargo of 13,159 TEUs on board. The ship has arrived from the Middle East carrying imports from Gulf, Greater China and Southeast Asia. The vessel exchanged close to 4000 TEUs of import, export and trans-shipment containers while it was berthed at Mundra Port. APL Raffles will continue her onward journey to Far East Asia, the release said.
According to it, Mundra Port continues to attract large size ships consolidating its position as the most preferred gateway of Indian EXIM cargoes, especially agricultural products and manufactured goods. Other significantly large container vessels which have called on Mundra Port are MSC Regulus which has an LOA of 366.45 m and MSC Valeria which has an LOA of 366 m.
The port offers 26 berths and two single-point moorings with an annual capacity to handle 248.82 MMT cargo with dedicated terminals for different cargo and commodity types.
Mundra Port, India's biggest commercial port by volumes, is a deep-water, all-weather port, equipped to handle dry bulk, break bulk, project cargo, liquid, containers, automobiles and crude oil.
Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd., a part of the globally diversified Adani Group, has evolved from a port company to a Ports and Logistics Platform for India. It is the largest port developer and operator in India with 12 strategically located ports and terminals — Mundra, Dahej, Tuna and Hazira in Gujarat, Dhamra in Odisha, Mormugao in Goa, Visakhapatnam and Krishnapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, Dighi in Maharashtra and Kattupalli & Ennore in Chennai— representing 24% of the country's total port capacity, handling vast amounts of cargo from both coastal areas and the vast hinterland.
The company is also developing a transhipment port at Vizhinjam, Kerala.
"Our 'Ports to Logistics Platform' comprising our port facilities, integrated logistics capabilities, and industrial economic zones, puts us in a unique position to benefit as India stands to benefit from an impending overhaul in global supply chains. Our vision is to be the largest ports and logistics platform in the world in the next decade. With a vision to turn carbon neutral by 2025, APSEZ was the first Indian port and third in the world to sign up for Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) committing to emission reduction targets to control global warming at 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels," the release added.