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Double-decker container train arrives at Mundra

Saturday, 18 April 2009 - 1:01pm IST | Place: Bhuj | Agency: dna

Mundra Port and SEZ Ltd seems to be on a record-setting spree, receiving the country's first hi-cube double-decker container train.

Mundra Port and SEZ Ltd (MPSEZL) seems to be on a record-setting spree, if its latest achievement of receiving the country's first hi-cube double-decker container train on Thursday afternoon is taken into account.

"This is also the country's achievement. For, India has become third country in the world to commercially load containerised cargo in a train which has two 9'6" high-cube bogies stacked on one another. Its cargo-cars were loaded  in giant-size  ISO containers at the Adani group run company, Adani Logistics Ltd (ALL) at Kisangarh in Rajasthan to be shipped from the Adani port for their various destinations in the world,'' said Captain U Abhayankar, chief executive officer of MPSEZL.

He said they were unconventional containers in that they had more height than standard containers currently used in the double stack container trains. They are specially made to cross all the bridges that come in their way during their transportation up to the port. Each train could carry as many as 180 TEUs (boxes in simple language). "This helps in their faster evacuation with reduced cost,'' he said.

Neranjan Engineer, General Manager (corporate affairs), said they had an all-India licence for 20 years to operate container trains on Indian Railways. "In order to provide pan-India multi-modal logistic service, the Adani group has now formed special company, ALL, for movement of goods by train, road and sea. He said the new company was busy providing various ground facilities like aggregation, warehousing, inspection, customs bonding, stuffing and de-staffing  of export and import cargo and their movement by rail wagons,'' he said. ALL was already providing such services from Rajasthan and some northern regions to Mundra, JNPT and Mumbai by deploying two rakes.

He said they also received two Rail Mounted Quay Cranes (RMQC) this week to handle containers carried by super post Panamax (the vessel which can cross the Panama canal) at their port.

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