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Inaugural ‘Port Link Express’ export train flagged off from Balmer Lawrie CFS for Haldia

July 1, 2024
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Inaugural ‘Port Link Express’ export train flagged off from Balmer Lawrie CFS for Haldia

Kolkata - In a significant step towards enhancing trade logistics, the inaugural ‘Port Link Express’ export train, a pioneering cost-effective and eco-friendly land bridge initiative, departed for Haldia from the Balmer Lawrie Container Freight Station (CFS) recently. This first train, operated by Hind Terminals, carried 90 export TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units) of the MSC Line, marking a milestone in logistics in the Haldia-Kolkata-Haldia sector. The train was ceremoniously flagged off by Sri Samrat Rahi, Dy. Chairman of Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port, Kolkata (SMPK), in the august presence of Shri Ratna Sekhar Adika - C&MD Balmer Lawrie , Shri Adhip Pal Chaudhuri Director [Service Business] Balmer Lawrie, Capt. Nitin Puri- Regional Sr. Vice President- MSC, Shri P Srinivas Rao Vice President- HTPL, Shri Pallab Bhatta Sr General Manager-Electrosteel Group Castings, Smt. Bharati Singh Asst. Comm. of customs.

Inaugural ‘Port Link Express’ export train flagged off from Balmer Lawrie CFS for Haldia

The event was attended by other senior officials from the Port, Balmer Lawrie & Co. Ltd., MSC Line, the shipper M/s Electrosteel Castings Ltd, and the rail operator M/s Hind Terminals. The ‘Port Link Express’ is expected to significantly boost trade efficiency by enabling 2 to 3 trains per week to move between Haldia and Kolkata. This initiative not only promises to reduce logistics costs but also aims to lessen the carbon footprint, thereby promoting sustainable trade practices. The launch event highlighted the collaborative efforts of various stakeholders in the maritime and logistics sectors. The presence of senior officials from Balmer Lawrie & Co Ltd, MSC Line, Hind Terminals and the shipper Electrosteel Castings Ltd underscores the collective endeavour to improve trade logistics and operational efficiency. The ‘Port Link Express’ initiative is poised to become a vital component of the region’s trade infrastructure, fostering economic growth and environmental sustainability.

Disclaimer: This information has been collected through secondary research and Daily Shipping Times is not responsible for any errors in the same.

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