PIPAVAV : Maersk has started a rail service connecting the ceramics hub in Morbi, Gujarat via the private freight terminal at Maliya to the Pipavav Port every ten days to help exporters access markets in the Gulf, Africa, and Europe.
The rail service is a collaboration between Maersk with its ocean and landside transportation expertise, APM Terminals Pipavav with its strategic location, connectivity, and productivity and Pipavav Rail Corporation Ltd (PRCL).
The export cargo being moved by rail will help decongest roads and improve the speed-to-market by reducing the total transit time by 15%.
“The rail service improves schedule reliability compared to road transportation and helps the exporters connect to their preferred ocean service without delays. With this new connection, APM Terminals Pipavav reinforces its offering as a reliable gateway for Gujarat’s tiles and ceramics market,” said Jakob Friis Sørensen, Managing Director, APM Terminals Pipavav.
“At Maersk, our ambition is to connect and simplify our customers’ supply chains while working towards integrated and decarbonised logistics. Over the last year, we have put together dedicated rail services for various industries and sectors from different belts across the country. We are also committed to scaling the solution as more and more shippers find value in the integrated solution that covers landside and ocean
transportation connected through the preferred port of choice,” added Vikash Agarwal, Managing Director, Maersk South Asia.
In December 2021, Gujarat Pipavav Port Ltd (GPPL) teamed-up with Pipavav Rail Corporation Ltd (PRCL) to offer double stack container train service to Jodhpur via Sanand on a hub and spoke model.
GPPL is 43.01% owned by A P M Terminals Management B V, the container port operating unit of Danish transport and logistics giant A P Moller-Maersk Group A/S.
The double stack container train service is managed by Pipavav Rail Corporation Ltd, an equal joint venture of Indian Railways and Gujarat Pipavav Port Ltd set up to construct, maintain and operate the 271-km long broad-gauge railway line connecting Pipavav Port to Surendranagar Junction of Western Railway in Gujarat.
PRCL has a license from the Ministry of Railways to run container trains on the Indian Railways network.