M/s. J M Baxi group company Kandla International Container Terminal (KICT) celebrated its first vessel arrival on the 4th day of February 2017. The event was graced by Shri Ravi Parmar, lAS, Chairman Kandla Port Trust (KPT) as the Chief Guest.
Symbolic exchange of plaques between Mr. Dhruv Kotak (Jt. MD, J M Baxi) and Mr. Jan Mortensen, VP Container Shipping, Qatar Navigations, (Milaha) marked the agreement for weekly service, which is the first direct common carrier feeder service between Saudi Arabia & India. The frequency of the first-of-its-kind service will be weekly and will connect the Kandla Port directly with Jebel Ali in Dubai, Dammam and Jubail in Saudi Arabia.
Mr. Ravi Parmar, Chairman, KPT showed keen interest in developing the public - private partnership with M/s. J M Baxi and assured to extend full support and to provide conducive environment for the trade. He expressed his hope that the KICT would not only achieve the 'MGT' but also the desired capacity of the terminal to become a major player in the container business.
Mr. Dhruv Kotak assured to provide the Maritime industry, a terminal at Kandla with state-of-art infrastructure and assured that there would be rapid growth in the services from Kandla to other parts of the world and in India.
The event, which was followed by the networking lunch, saw overwhelming response from the trade. The Trade members of Maritime industry in Kandla, including the various shipping agency houses, NVOCC, Liners, CHA's, Freight forwarders lauded the efforts of KICT of J M Baxi group for providing such a terminal to Kandla.
The inaugural function was attended among others by Shri Mohan Aswani, Labour Trustee, HODs viz. Shri Bimal Jha, Secretary, Capt. T. Srinivasa, Dy. Conservator, Capt. Mathew, Harbour Master and other senior officers of Kandla Port Trust.