Friday, March 1, 2013

New Indian Container Freight Station for LCL

FPS Network Member Opens in Kolkata
Shipping News Feature

INDIA - LCL Logistix, the Indian member of the Famous Pacific Shipping (FPS) network of independent freight forwarders and NVOCC’s has recently opened its third container freight station (CFS) in Haldia, near Kolkata Port on India's east coast. The new facility and all of its equipment is owned outright by LCL. The new terminal facility has an annual capacity of 25,000 TEU, and is designed to comply with the requirements of India's largest and most discriminating industrial shippers.

Haldia is being hailed as a fast-emerging industrial location for West Bengal and the entire eastern region of India, and as a new gateway to south-east Asia. Government initiatives are helping to make Haldia one of the country's fastest-growing urban-industrial centres and the new facility employs two dozen newly-recruited staff under the management of Partha Bhadury, Deputy General Manager, who reports to the head of the group's logistics division.

Haldia's port is establishing a reputation for speed and efficiency through its use of modern, integrated operating procedures and automation; congestion has been minimised and vessel turn-rounds speeded up. Geographically Haldia Port enjoys excellent infrastructure connections with its hinterland by road, rail and waterways, and further upgrading is planned that will take its current capacity of 38 million tonnes to 50 million tonnes per annum within the next two years.

LCL's latest CFS follows on from the opening of bases in Pipavav (Gujarat) and Nhava Sheva (Maharashtra) which the company says have both been great successes. Jaison George, LCL’s Director – Logistics, commented:

"The new Haldia CFS is the next milestone in LCL Logistix's journey into total logistics and supply chain management solutions. It is a state-of-the-art facility, with excellent connections to Kolkata Port and the Haldia Dock complex, and highway links that enable fast movement of containers to and from other ports and industrial centres.

"The CFS segment is one of the fastest- growing elements in the Indian logistics chain, due to rapidly-rising container traffic through the ports, fuelled by India’s strong economy. LCL Logistix is aggressively strengthening its presence in the value chain by adding resources such as this CFS. We aim to capitalise on India’s strong macro-economic fundamentals which are piloting growth in the entire logistics and supply chain sector. This new facility will continue our move into higher-yield activities, expand the revenue streams of the company and strengthen our business through diversification."

Photo: The front offices of the new freight station.