APM Terminals Mumbai has initiated a new value added service designed to accelerate and improve turnaround time of freight arriving at the terminal.
Titled Vehicle Booking System (VBS), the service entails the terminal allocating fixed time slots to each Container Freight Station (CFS) every day whereby the CFS is encouraged to collect its consignment during the time allocated. Once the CFS’ trailers reach the Y-junction at the port complex during the allotted slot, they can approach the terminal through the empty TT lane. The trailers thus skip traffic and enter the yard in a short time. Additionally, the terminal also allocates a dedicated equipment at the yard block for serving these trucks once inside the yard. With CFSs sending their trailers only during allocated slots, the terminal is able to efficiently handle import evacuations avoiding traffic congestion outside it’s gates.
Shedding light on the project, Ravi Gaitonde, COO of APM Terminals Mumbai said, “We are delighted to have been the forerunners in conceptualizing and launching this unique Vehicle Booking System service.” Nhava Sheva, the busiest container port in northwest India, handled a record 4.7 million TEUS in 2017, with APM Terminals Mumbai accounting for 1.96 million TEUs, or 42% of the port’s total container volume.