Chennai International Terminals Pvt Ltd (CITPL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of PSA International Pte Ltd, set a new productivity record for container terminals in South and East India on 14 August 2016 when it achieved a vessel productivity rate of 169 moves per hour, by handling 1984 box moves in just under 12 hours for Bengal Tiger Line’s vessel ‘MV Euromax.’

Mr Mike Formoso, Managing Director, PSA India, said “This record-breaking feat underscores the commitment of CITPL’s management and staff towards striving for ever higher performance levels. I would like to congratulate the CITPL team and thank our valued customers for their continued support and trust.

I would also like to express our deep appreciation to the Chennai Port Trust for taking important steps to address the infrastructure issues affecting container operations in the port through the widening of internal roads and provision of a temporary truck parking yard for CITPL users. These initiatives were carried out on top of the recent move to deepen the Ambedkar Basin to 15 metres, which allows the port to handle 8,000 TEU capacity vessels. It is hoped that with sustained momentum on these and other such measures, Chennai Port and port users will benefit even more from the burgeoning economy.”

Mr Cyril George, Chairman In Charge, Chennai Port Trust said, “Congratulations to CITPL on achieving the new productivity record. Chennai Port Trust is doing everything possible to ensure that Chennai container volume continues to stay and grow within the port despite the competitive environment. The high service levels shown by CITPL and the various initiatives commenced by the Port Trust are concrete signs of our intention to retain status as the Number 1 port on the east coast of India.”

Also commenting on the milestone was Mr Bill Smart, Managing Director of Bengal Tiger Line, “Quick turnaround of vessels is one of the key factors which determine a port of call for shipping lines as this translates directly to cost savings and the ability to maintain schedule integrity. We salute CITPL’s achievement but we also hope that Chennai Port Trust, whilst addressing the infrastructure issues, can also further reduce the overall port costs for container vessels to ensure Chennai remains competitive to shipping lines and its customers.”