PIPAVAV : APM Terminals Pipavav becomes the first Indian port to connect with the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC). The port achieves this milestone with the completion of high-rise overhead electrification of the port rail yard. The electrification of DFC is envisaged to reduce the operation cost of Railways significantly, according to a company release.
The transit time from the port to the north west hinterland via DFC is expected to reduce by 50%; there by offering safe, reliable, and cost-effective solution to the customers. By switching to electrical loco, the port will be able to support environment friendly, long haul, high-volume freight rail transportation and reduction of Green House Gas emission. This is also expected to encourage a modal shift from road to rail towards sustainable development.
The inaugural function was organized at the port on 21st September 2021, which was attended by Mr. Sanjiv Garg -MD of PRCL, Mr. Manoj Goyal- DRM Bhavnagar Division, western Railways, Mr. Kamaljeet Kamal – Deputy Commissioner Customs, Senior management from APM Terminals Pipavav and Maersk.
APM Terminals Pipavav is the first Port under Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model in India. It is also the first port to run double stack train, first high cube movement from the port and the first port to receive the coastal RoRo vessel in India.