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Mundra Port Achieves a Historic Milestone

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Ahmedabad : Mundra Port, the flagship of Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ), has once again etched its name in the annals of maritime history. Located on the northern shores of the Gulf of Kutch near Mundra, Kutch district, Gujarat. Mundra Port set a new record in a remarkable feat, by handling 16.1 million metric tons (MMT) of cargo in the month of October. This achievement mark is being said as the highest-ever volume handled by any Port in India. Mundra through it’s performance has reaffirmed that it’s the country’s leading maritime gateway.

A Landmark Achievement

In just under seven months of the fiscal year 2024, Mundra Port crossed a significant milestone, handling a cumulative cargo volume of over 100 MMT. This represents an impressive 9% year-on-year growth and exceeds the record set last year, surpassing 100 MMT in just 210 days.

The Expansion of Trade

Mundra Port’s excellent performance extends across multiple categories of cargo. Notably, the port achieved double-digit year-on-year growth in containers (+10%) and liquids and gas (+14%). It’s also worth noting that Mundra achieved another milestone by handling a massive 4.2 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of containers in just 203 days. This feat was accomplished in 225 days in the previous financial year. The port has also expanded to include new types of cargo like Hydrolysis Pi Gas (HPG). On a year-to-date basis, Mundra Port accommodated over 2,480 ships and serviced more than 11,500 rakes.

Cutting-Edge Infrastructure

The strategic location and state-of-the-art facilities of Mundra Port have been pivotal to its success. With the capability to maintain deep drafts, it can efficiently handle large vessels. In July 2023, the port berthed one of the largest ships ever, MV MSC Hamburg, measuring 399 meters in length, 54 meters in width, and boasting a carrying capacity of 15,908 TEUs. Mundra Port had previously hosted the APL Raffles, a 13,892 TEU container vessel, in 2021, marking the largest container vessel to call at any Indian port.

A Hub of Connectivity

Mundra Port’s connectivity with the hinterland, particularly through the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor (WDFC), has played a pivotal role in its growth. All major rail lines and Inland Container Depots (ICDs) connecting Mundra Port can now accommodate double-stack container trains, significantly improving logistics efficiency..

Setting Ambitious Targets

With its remarkable cargo volume growth rate, Mundra Port has set ambitious goals for the future. The port is aiming to achieve a remarkable milestone of 200 MMT in cargo during the fiscal year 2025. As 90% of India’s trade by volume relies on maritime routes, Mundra Port’s enhanced infrastructure will pave the way for better logistics performance, higher seaborne trade, and economic growth—a critical component of India’s journey to becoming a trillion economy.

 

 

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