DP World – a leader in global logistics – that operates the International Container Transshipment Terminal (ICTT) at Cochin has successfully handled over 50,000 TEUs along with 53 vessels during the 50 days of lockdown period.
As an essential service provider, IICT has been operational round the clock and has played a key role in maintaining a constant flow of essential goods like rice, wheat, pulses, fruits, medical equipment and other cargo with minimum impact on trade during the lockdown.
DP World Cochin is using alternate modes of transport for evacuating cargo from the port to enable trade in current times when there are challenges around road transportation. A statement issued by DP World informed that the terminal during the lockdown period has handled 19 rakes and the rail volume has seen an impressive four-fold increase.
DP World has a successful track record of being engaged in initiatives that add value to the supply chain by engaging with customers and stakeholders. A perfect example would be the successful implementation of Bharat Trade, a digital portal which enables smooth paperless transaction and offers a single-window to customers and ensures digital exchange of data on real-time basis. During the lockdown period, the platform saw an increase in the number of users and assisted the trade in facilitating swift online transactions.
“As a provider of essential services, we are ensuring the continuous flow of goods across the country. Our Cochin terminal has continued to operate throughout the lockdown period keeping the productivity in line with global standards of 30 plus moves per hour. We have taken every possible step to support our customers and to maintain the best possible level of operations, while following strict health and safety guidelines, with the support of Cochin Port Trust, the Ernakulam District & Kerala State Administrations, the Police Department and other stakeholders in the trade.”~Praveen Joseph, CEO, DP World Cochin
The terminal has also successfully handled the first shipment of geo-tubes as part of coastal conservation project of the government of Kerala. The project is being implemented to protect the 580 km coastline of Kerala by using geo-tubes instead of conventional granite seawalls.
DP World Cochin has been committed to support the local communities during these challenging times and is distributing dry ration kits to those who depend on daily wages or have lost their livelihoods during this time.