APM Terminal Pipavav Starts New Ro/Ro Service


Pipavav, India, runs its first ro-ro automobile export service to Mexico loaded onto the Grand Dahlia.


A new era for the Indian auto industry and Gujarat Port Pipavav have commenced on August 27th. 1,300 new Indian-built Ford automobiles started towards Mexico on the 59,217 gross ton Roll On/Roll Off (Ro/Ro) vessel Grand Dahlia.  This vessel runs on the agreement with Japanese-based NYK subsidiary NYK Auto Logistics (NAL) India for finished car export services and the construction of a new automobile services terminal.


Grand Dahlia:

  • It is 200-meter long, 33-meter wide.
  • It Facilitates  6,500 vehicles.

NAL car terminal:

  • It has 4,400 square meter (one acre) staging area.
  • The terminal has 80,000 square meter (20 acre) automotive Ro/Ro stockyard
  • The car terminal area is leased from Port Pipavav by NAL,
  • It Facilitates 250,000 vehicles annually.

Ford Automobiles:

  • Ford Automobile and engine manufacturing facility situated in Sanand, Gujarat.
  • It is Located 186 miles away  from Pipavav Port.
  • It has a production capacity of 240,000 cars and car engines each annually.
  • 50% of its production is exported.
  • Indian automobile exports rose to 71,181m units in the first 11 months of the fiscal year.

Pipavav Port:

  • The port has an annual throughput capacity to 1.35 million TEUs.
  • It is  one among two ports in India which can accommodate high-cube double-stack rail cars.
  • Port has a liquid bulk terminal, operating under sub-lease by the Aegis Group from April 2014.
  • Pipavav port Shows an annual growth rate of 18%.
  • Currently expansion in pipavav port is underway including:
    • Strengthening the existing berth,
    • Additional dredging,
    • Three new post-Panamax cranes,
    • Four new RTGs.

Keld Pedersen, APM Terminals Pipavav Managing Director has lauded that this loaded shipment of India-built automobiles for export marks the beginning of not only a fourth new service offering to be provided by Port Pipavav, but also a new chapter in India’s growing automotive sector, and the new automotive manufacturing hub located in Gujarat State.

Source: APM Terminals