There was a strong rebound in container traffic at the country's major ports in 2010-11 with a growth of 12.6 per cent over the previous year.This growth was driven primarily by a recovery in foreign trade; the development of new and additional capacity; and the increasing shift awayfrom general cargo.
However, rail container traffic grew by only 7 per cent in 2010-11 as compared to almost 16 per cent during the previous year. This slowdownwas mainly on account of the increasing haulage charges and a change in the structure of charges imposed on container train operators.
The recent commissioning of the Vallarpadam International Container Transshipment Terminal (ICTT), India's first hub port, is expected toprovide a major boost to the container business with a planned capacity plans of 3 million TEUs. The terminal will also be able to directlyhandle larger container ships.
The container traffic at major ports is targeted to more than double to reach 280 million tonnes (mt) in the next 10 years (from 114 mt atpresent). Also, rail container traffic is targeted to grow from the current 37 mt level to 210 mt by 2020
The mission of this conference is to provide an update on the Indian container business, highlight the new initiatives and projects, identifyupcoming opportunities, and discuss the key issues and challenges. The conference will also showcase promising approaches, strategies,technologies and solutions.
KEY TRENDS AND OUTLOOK
CONTAINER DEVELOPMENT IN RAILWAYS
PROGRESS OF PRIVATE CONTAINER TRAIN OPERATIONS
CONTAINER DEVELOPMENT AT PORTS
CONTAINER HUB: VALLARPADAM ICTT EXPERIENCE