Merchant vessel Sinar Brani arrives from Chennai

Merchant vessel (m.v.) Sinar Brani arrived here from Chennai marking the launch of a new mainline ship service between Visakha Container Terminal Pvt. Ltd. (VCTPL) and Laem Chabang, Thailand.

At a function held on-board the vessel on Sunday evening, a memento was presented to the captain of the ship by the VCTPL officials. Vice-President of Taipan Shipping, agents for the vessel in Visakhapatnam, welcomed the ship and gave a brief description of the port, the regions from which cargo would originate or be delivered at and the projected growth.

m.v. Sina Brain is one of three vessels that will sail to Singapore and Laem Chabang in Thailand on a weekly basis. Laem Chabang, the modern container terminal is the 20th largest container port in the world.

Connectivity will be offered for Indonesia, Yangon, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand itself and the rest of the world via the two ports of call.

The later part of 2010 had been very significant for the growth of container traffic, VCTPL COO Sriram Ravi Chander told reporters on Monday.

The terminal, which is acquiring six state-of-the art cranes at a cost of Rs.120 crores, is poised for rapid growth in container handling. It is expected to handle 1.45 to 1.5 lakh TEUs during current fiscal registering a phenomenal growth rate. With plans to have transhipment linkage with Chittagong, Bangladesh, the volume of business will go up further. Chittagong connectivity will lead to container business to Europe and the United States.

Major landmark

Capt. Ravi Chander announced that they achieved a major landmark on Monday with the awarding of ISO 28000:2007 security certificate of approval to VCTPL. The certification is given for complying with independently audited standard for supply chain security management. This is for the first time in Andhra Pradesh that an organisation got the prestigious certificate by Indian Register Quality Systems (IRQS).

Capt. R.E. Balasubramanian, team leader and industry expert from IRQS, conducted the audit for three days from November 10.

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