PSA Mumbai and Gateway Rail Introduce Weekly Block Train Service

BY Tiya Chatterji 19.DEC.2019

At the Trade meet held at Gugugram Haryana, PSA’s Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals and Gateway Rail Freight Limited (GRFL) have launched a block train service between Mumbai and GRFL’s Inland Container Depot (ICD) network in North India, including sites at Gabri-Harvard, Ludhiana, Piyala and Viramgam.

According to a media statement, this service will provide regular train connectivity between PSA Mumbai and GRFL’s network of ICDs in North India at Garhi-Harsaru (Gurugram, Haryana), Ludhiana (Punjab), Piyala (Faridabad, Haryana), and Viramgam (Ahmedabad, Gujarat).

At the trade meet, PSA Mumbai showcased the state-of-the-art facilities and services provided at India’s largest container terminal. GRFL highlighted its wide range of logistics facilities and services throughout India, in addition to its container train operations. The event was also a business networking session for the trade fraternity, and a opportune platform for active discussions on the logistical requirements of shippers. The 3rd quarter of 2019 has seen a remarkable increase in the proportion of rail containers handled by PSA Mumbai and at JNPT overall.

This new service is deliberated to provide carriers and cargo owners with faster and more reliable inland transit times, by integrating vessel and train arrivals and departures. PSA points out that all JNPT terminals can connect with Gateway’s new service, owing to the seamless inter-terminal rail container connections now in place, following an agreement signed last year.