The second private container terminal at Chennai Port Trust on Saturday reached a milestone in handling one million containers within a span of 39 months.

An official release issued on Monday said the millionth container was handled on vessel M.V. Tiger Bridge which operates on the Chennai–Colombo sector.

Owned and managed by PSA International, the Chennai International Terminals Pvt Ltd (CITPL) also announced the maiden call of the Asia Chennai Service (ACS) on November 13.

The mainline service to the Far East covering the ports of Chennai, Singapore, Pusan, Ulsan, Shanghai, Yantian, West Port Klang, Singapore and Chennai will be operated by the Korean line Hyundai Merchant Marine.

CITPL has seven Super Post Panamax Quay Cranes (all twin lifts) and 18 Rubber-Tyred Gantry Cranes and its handling capacity has been doubled to 1.1 million TEUs. The CITPL is also increasing the number of reefer plugs in the terminal and will be constructing additional stack yard to meet the business demands. The PSA CITPL currently has five mainline services to the Far East, two Colombo services and two coastal services calling at the terminal, the release said.

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