Pipavav, 19 April 2023: India: APM Terminals Pipavav, one of the leading gateway ports in Western India, facilitated the country’s first import dedicated BLSS 48-wagon rake for Maersk, providing a customised and sustainable solution. APM Terminals Pipavav was the preferred port by Maersk and Pipavav Rail Corporation Ltd (PRCL), who partnered to deliver this integrated supply chain solution for Tinna Rubber and Infrastructure. This is the first time Maersk, APM Terminals Pipavav and PRCL have come together to provide block train service to a single consignee, thereby making this a customised solution.
BLSS wagons, also known as Spine Cars, were first inducted in India last month and delivered to PRCL. They are specifically designed to transport intermodal containers and trailers carrying 25-ton axle load.
Commenting on Port’s achievement, Mr. Girish Aggarwal, MD, APM Terminals Pipavav said, “The successful implementation of India’s first import dedicated and customized 48-wagon rake is a testament to the strategic collaboration between Maersk, APM Terminals Pipavav, PRCL, and J M Baxi Ports & Logistics. Through our collective efforts, we were able to provide an integrated and sustainable supply chain solution that not only saves time and cost for the end customer but also contributes to our shared goal of decarbonizing logistics.”
He further added, “This initiative is a clear indication of our commitment to driving innovation and promoting environmentally friendly solutions in the logistics industry. We look forward to continuing our strategic partnerships to facilitate trade and create value for our customers.”
Vikash Agarwal, Managing Director, Maersk South Asia, commented, “At Maersk, our strategic priorities revolve around driving customer-centric solutions that connect and simplify our customers’ supply chains. We focus on ensuring that we do so while prioritising cost efficiencies and reducing environmental impacts.” He added, “The solution that we have been able to design and implement along with our partners at APM Terminals Pipavav is a testimony of the value we create for our customers.”
The rail mode of transportation is widely recognized as an environmentally friendly and sustainable alternative to road transport. APM Terminals Pipavav offers a customized service that includes B/L wise railing, ensuring timely clearance and delivery at the destination while reducing costs. To facilitate this, the port provides rail infrastructure and connectivity from port Pipavav to Sonepat, while Maersk offers a complete solution from ocean to last-mile delivery, including Custom House Brokerage (CHB) services. This successful movement of goods demonstrates our commitment to facilitating trade and supporting our customers’ supply chain needs. APM Terminals is open to providing services for any mode like Carrier or Merchant haulage, thereby further reducing time and cost in supporting the customer’s supply chain.