Visakha Container Terminal (VCT) operates the container terminal in Visakhapatnam. Located in centre of India's East Coast and closest to the Malacca Straits, VCT is an ideal gateway for container traffic from states of AP, Telangana, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh & West Bengal.
VCT is blessed with a natural depth of 17 m alongside (deepest in the country) and state of art container handling infrastructure. Present terminal capacity is 0.55 million TEUs and this will be extended to more than 1.5 million TEUs by 2021. The terminal is well equipped with modern infrastructure including Post Panamax STS cranes, latest NAVIS SPARCS N 4 software, more than 366 reefer plug points, adequate power back up, 2 full length rail sidings and fully computerized environment. The organization has Navis N4 as the Terminal Operating System (TOS) and has moved a step further integrating with SAP.
VCT is gradually evolving as a regional transshipment hub in the Bay of Bengal with containers from Kolkata, Haldia, Paradip, Kakinada, Chittagong and Yangon getting transshipped here.
It has well established rail and road connectivity to the hinterland thereby providing smooth access for cargo movement to local hinterland and ICDs at NCR, Nagpur, Hyderabad and Raipur. VCT is accredited with ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015, OHSAS 18001: 2007, ISO 28000:2007, ISO / IEC 27001:2013 and has been conferred AEO status by Customs.
The terminal has been recording a decent growth year on year with a CAGR of 22% since inception. Plans have been drawn out for further expansion. The Port will have a longer quay line (~ 850 m) for container vessels and 1.5 million TEUs in capacity over the next 5 years. Given the natural advantages that this port enjoys in terms of location, access, natural assets, connectivity, and the burgeoning industry that surrounds it, VCT is expected to grow at the pace that has been established over the last few years possibly at a higher rate.