Container port planning and development is lagging behind, especially, when it comes to automation,” says Santosh Pradhan, Sales Manager , WMI Konecranes India.
Excerpt from the interview…
What are the latest trends in containeri-sation and palletization in Indian ports?
The containerisation and palletization is a global megatrend, of which India is a part. Container traffic is growing in India. India handled more than 11 million TEU of container traffic in 2014-15 with its large ports in the western and eastern coastlines. With a growing capacity to handle the new container megaships, Indian ports are catering to middle eastern, European and far eastern destinations.
Indian container traffic is expected to grow in-line with India’s GDP growth. Our government has announced development of a number of new ports – small and large in India. It is implementing the PPPs Private Public Partnerships, which will facilitate port development with global terminal operators. The recent 4th Terminal of JNPT, a megaproject is evident to increase container traffic in India. Furthermore, the government is implementing the ‘Inland Water Ways Policy’, which will promote container traffic through inland waters.
How do you assess the growth of contai-nerisation in spite of the major challenges?
The basic challenge we face in India is, lack of infrastructure. The roads and the railways are poorly designed in general and is in poor condition. The roads serving ports are not wide enough. It takes trucks too long to get clearance from the port area due to heavy road congestion. Cabotage charges in India are higher than in Colombo, Dubai and Singapore. As a result, we re-ceive more feeder and transhipment traffic, instead of direct container shipments. Furthermore, the container cranes in Indian container ports are not able to handle the modern and very large container ships.
Container port planning and development is lagging behind, especially, when it comes to automation. Automation is a global megatrend in the container handling industry, which is providing substantial increases in container handling productivity and predictability. Every container port needs to have more predictable operations. The CFS/ICD concept has been introduced to alleviate port congestion. However, more is needed to be done to increase predictability and automation. The CHE approach will help to drive container traffic in India.
What are the solutions Konecranes provide in container handling?
Konecranes is one of the world’s leading providers of container cranes, shipyard cranes and container handling lift trucks. Konecranes is recognized as a technology leader in container crane technology. It is ‘the’ only company that offers automated RMG and automated RTG systems on a full commercial scale worldwide. Konecranes’ RTG – Rubber Tired Gantry cranes are very popular, thanks to the ALC Active Load Control technology, which provides very high container stacking performance. Konecranes also provides a growth path to automated operation with a full-set of retro-fit automation features like auto-steering. Konecranes has supplied more than 1,000 RTG cranes, with key components like motors, gearboxes, controls, etc., designed and manufactured in-house. Although, Konecranes is a global company with its headquarters in Finland, its presence in India is strong, with manufacturing plant in Pune and an extensive network of sales and service locations. ?
“The recent 4th Terminal of JNPT is evidence that we can expect a large increase in container traffic in India.”