Monday, July 4, 2011

APL Logistics Boost Indian Rail Freight with Double Stacked Containers

Big Boost to Taxed Services
Shipping News Feature

INDIA – APL Logistics Indian subsidiary, APL IndiaLinx, has run double-stacked containers on its rail freight service for the first time, the company reported. The trial, which took place on the 16th of June, featured ninety forty-foot boxes stacked two high and ran between the west coast port of Mundra and the inland container rail terminal at Kishangarh, near Delhi.

The new operation follows Indian Railway’s decision to explore the use of double-stacked container freight between key ports and industrial centres in Northern Indian on dedicated freight lines in response to the increased need for capacity - with APL IndiaLinx alone reporting growth of 70% in freight volume - which has seen plans laid and work started on a massive rail freight network.

APL IndiaLinx - which owns and operates 18 weekly rail freight services between inland container rail terminals in the North of India and the gateway ports on India’s west coast and is part of global cargo shipping and logistics company Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) - have announced that they plan to expand their stacked train service network as more rail corridors are allowed double-stack access.

“Double-stack trains are becoming an imperative in the rapidly-growing Indian market,” said Amitabha Chaudhuri, Managing Director of APL IndiaLinx.

“They help to ease congestion at ports where capacity constraint of rail corridors exists. Shippers also stand to enjoy improved connectivity between the key gateway ports and the major industrial centres in North India, and predictability, as we roll out stacked train services.”