Wednesday, July 6, 2011

APL Logistics extends double-stack IndiaLinx train service to India

apl logistics double-stack container train service

SINGAPORE's Neptune Orient Lines unit APL Logistics has announced that has run its first double-stack container train service in India.

APL IndiaLinx, its rail operations arm in the country, stacked 90 FEUs two high on a train that departed Mundra Port on the west coast on June 16 for an inland container rail terminal at Kishangarh, near Delhi, said a company statement.

The double-stacked train operation for the Mundra-Kishangarh followed the Indian Railways' recent decision to allow stacked train access along this rail corridor. The development was part of the rail authority's bigger project to provide a freight-dedicated network of railroads with double-stack train access connecting key gateway ports and major North Indian industrial centres before end 2016. APL IndiaLinx plans to expand its stacked train service network as more rail corridors are allowed double-stack access said the company.

"Double-stack trains are becoming an imperative in the rapidly-growing Indian market," said APL IndiaLinx managing director Amitabha Chaudhuri. "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.”

APL Logistics provides international, integrated supply chain services in 53 countries, including both origin and destination services such as freight consolidation, warehousing and distribution management.

Established in 2006, APL IndiaLinx is one of the first privately-owned companies to be granted the most comprehensive rail operating licence in India. It owns and operates 18 weekly rail services between inland container rail terminals in the northern India and the gateway ports on India's west coast. The domestic rail operations arm of APL Logistics in India, APL IndiaLinx, reported a strong growth of 70 per cent in volume and 90 per cent in revenue in 2010.

source: Shipping Gazette / picture: