APM Terminals Pipavav handled 293 container trains in April 2020 alone, marking the highest such number ever handled at the port in a single month. Additionally, a new benchmark was also set in the area of safety with the completion of 500 days of safe operations with zero fatality and lost time incidents (LTI) in May.
The port successfully handled more than 622 container trains. The port handled 186000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) and out of which 110000 TEUs were transported by trains. The port also handled dry bulk shipments of 0.41 million tonne (MT) and 0.21 MT liquid from April to June 2020 without any delay. The port created additional yard space and worked with extended logistics partners to ensure smooth flow of goods and addressed several emergent supply chain needs of customers.
The port ensured smooth operations during the nationwide lockdown that came into effect from March 24, 2020. The port by virtue of being engaged in providing essential services remained operational even at the peak of the lockdown.
With the business continuity plan in place, APM Terminals Pipavav continued to operate within normal parameters without any significant disruption despite limited manpower. The port safeguarded the safety of its employees by strictly following the safety measures like providing personal protective equipment (PPE) kits, sanitisation of working spaces, observance of social distancing norms during commute and during operations, etc. The pilots and marine team ensured seamless safe operations despite being the first point of contact with the ship’s crew.
Jakob Friis Sorenson, Managing Director, APM Terminals Pipavav said, “The past months have been a testing time for us at the port, but I am pleased to say that we have sailed through the challenging winds and were operational 24x7. The smooth operations would not have been possible without the support from our external stakeholders such as customs, Railways, container train operators, transporters and container freight stations.”
During these challenging times, the company took immediate and proactive measures to ensure safety as well as continued services. The port adopted standard crisis protocol at both the international and local levels as per the various relevant guidelines of Govt of India, the state government of Gujarat and other statutory bodies.
In addition to providing a safe working environment for workers, the port also reached out to communities living in its vicinity to provide the necessary support to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.