Visakha Container Terminal Pvt. Ltd., manages and operates a container terminal under the aegis of Visakhapatnam Port Trust under BOT basis. 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 0.5 million TEUs and this will be extended to more than 2 million TEUs by 2020.
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, full length rail siding and fully computerised environment. The organization has moved a step further in terms of technology with the introduction of SAP B-One software.
In 2003 Vizag was India's leading bulk port and had loading facilities for Ore, Coal and Fertilizers. It also had facilities for other general and liquid cargo. Through a BOT arrangement with the Visakhapatnam Port Trust, Visakha Container Terminal came up in its outer harbour - the deepest natural harbour in the country. Today, all the major shipping lines offer services at Visakhapatnam. Major freight forwarders have also established their presence. Container movements grew steadily. The presence of a full-fledged container terminal in the centre of the fast-developing East Coast of Indian came to be recognized. The comment of many that only heavy and bulk cargoes move through Vizag has changed over the last 14 years, with VCT catering to products that now include Pharmaceuticals, Ferro Alloys, Frozen Seafood, Aluminium, Steel, Chemicals, Machinery, Paper, Engineering goods, Foodstuff, Refractories, Cashew, Glass, Ceramics, Batteries, Garments, Human Hair, Dried Plants etc. Bulk cargoes are also now being containerized.
VCT is gradually evolving as a regional transhipment hub in the Bay of Bengal with containers from Kolkata, Haldia, Paradip, Kakinada, Chittagong and Yangon getting transhipped 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 22.9% since inception. Plans have been drawn out for further expansion. The Port will have a longer quay line (~ 850 m) for container vessels and 2 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.