APM Terminals Pipavav has successfully implemented e-SMTP (electronic sub-manifest transshipment permit) at its port beginning 2017.
To promote transshipment at Indian ports, the Shipping Ministry has allowed relaxations in cabotage rules. Cabotage is the transport of goods or passengers between two places in the same country. Transshipment is the movement of goods and containers to an intermediate destination.
As the 100 agreement labourers involved in moving containers to and from the DP World-operated International Container Transshipment Terminal (ICTT) in Kochi went on a strike from late afternoon on December 23. As a result, container movement at the ICTT has come to a standstill.
In addition to Japanese companies now Korean automobile firms, including Hyundai Highway of Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM), have been scouting for alternative sea ports as Chennai Port has become very congested. Chennai city houses three sea ports, of which containers are handled by Chennai Port and L&T Kattupalli Port.
Kerala government gave administrative approval for a Rs 380-lakh project to develop the Beypore port, Minister for Ports K Babu was quoted as saying in an official press note. Of the total amount, Rs 300 lakh would be spent on installing reach stackers for the movement of cargo containers from the wharf to the stacking
Following objections raised by Kochin port users, Kochi Customs has postponed by three months its decision to implement the en-bloc movement of import containers from ICTT to a private container freight station. The stakeholders at the port alleged that the decision would involve an additional expenditure of Rs 5,000/teu for moving the boxes.