Saturday, September 21, 2013

VCT turns 10 – looks back with pride, looks forward with hope


The Visakha Container Terminal (VCT), a joint venture between DP World and United Liner Agencies of India (Private) Ltd at Visakhapatnam Port Trust, celebrated “10 years of excellence” on Sept. 19.

Addressing the elite gathering of EXIM players and shipping fraternity here, Mr. Vir Kotak, Joint Managing Director, Visakha Container Terminal, recalled the journey of VCT over the past 10 years.

Mr. Kotak said: “On May 31, 2001, a young man named Krishna Kotak stood looking out at the vast expanse of the inviting blue-grey sea of the Bay of Bengal. From his vantage point he could see the beautiful city of Visakhapatnam, majestically nestled between green mountains and an endless beach but also something that most of us would fail to see – endless opportunities and possibility of setting up a world-class container terminal. A dream was about to come true and eventually it did.”

“Today Visakha Container Terminal (VCT) is well established as ‘The Ideal Gateway on the East Coast of India’ and is fast developing as a ‘Regional Hub’ in Bay of Bengal,” he added.

Mr. Kotak stated: “Since inception, the terminal has had ship-to-shore gantry cranes and other yard equipment, dedicated software, reefer stacks, generator back up, trained personnel and all that would be expected of any contemporary container terminal. Shipping lines gradually started establishing their presence and today all the major lines operate out from VCT, with mainline and feeder vessels providing the much needed global connectivity to the hinterland trade. VCT is now ready to take confident steps in this new world in coming decade.”

Mr. Anil Singh, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Indian Subcontinent, DP World, remarked: “We are very proud to be partner of the terminal project, which is recording good growth ever since its inception.

Besides others, staff members of VCT had also attended the grand function.

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