APM & NYK Plan RoRo facility at Pipavav
APM Terminals operated Gujarat Pipavav Port Ltd (APM Terminals Pipavav) and NYK Auto Logistics (India) today announced setting up of a dedicated automobile yard (RoRo) at Pipavav Port.
Under the arrangement, NYK Auto Logistics (India) Pvt. Ltd. has been sub-leased land parcels by Gujarat Pipavav Port inside its premises for developing a dedicated common user integrated RoRo terminal with India’s first port based PDI and Vehicle Processing Center. Gujarat Pipavav Port will provide all the port and related facilities to the logistics operator for ensuring smooth and seamless flow of automobile cargo. The Yard is expected to be commissioned in Q2CY15.
Commenting on the new business opportunity, Managing Director of APM Terminals Pipavav, Mr. Prakash Tulsiani said, “We are committed to increasing our existing service portfolio from container, bulk, liquid and now automotive cargo. NYK is a proven leader in operating auto terminals worldwide and has an extensive fleet of RoRo ships offering regular sailings to and from the major ports around the globe. We are happy with this association.”
Mr. Takaya Soga, General Manager of NYK Auto Logistics Group, Tokyo commented that the NYK group is operating in India from last 120 years and RoRo terminal at Pipavav is another step towards its commitment to customers in Indian market. NYK group operates eighteen (18) RoRo terminal globally including Seven (7) in China, Thailand and Singapore and has a solid expertise in development and management of RoRo terminals. The common user integrated RoRo terminal with PDI and Vehicle Processing center at Pipavav shall provide global quality services to customers in Northern and Western Automotive Cluster.
Mr. Naotaka Ishizawa, Managing Director of NYK Auto Logistics (India) added, "NYK shall implement global best practices at Pipavav RoRo Terminal and support the growth of automotive exports from India under Prime Minister “Make in India” initiative. The RoRo yard at Pipavav with annual designed capacity of 250,000 vehicles shall operate 365 days x 24 hours and be equipped with dedicated custom bonded area, RFID for track and trace and CCTV cameras for security of cargoes. The staff operating the terminal shall be trained to Global Standards for cargo care to meet the stringent quality requirements of automotive customers."