More than a million tonnes of coal is cleared in just 24 hours at India’s largest port facility – Krishnapatnam Port Company Ltd (KPCL) in Muthukur.
Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) machines are working furiously at the Krishnapatnam port, moving more than a million tonnes of coal in 24 hours. Situated in the Nellore District of Andhra Pradesh in the east of India, the history books state that the port was named after Sri Krishnadevaraya – Emperor of the Vijayanagar Empire – who first operated the port and is still revered in India. Small boats used to pass through the Buckingham Canal, which runs behind the port and was a waterway for transportation between Chennai in the south and the Krishna River in the north.
The port is now one of India’s largest and fastest growing modern seaports, emerging as a world-class facility and proving popular for international cargo destined for southern and central India. The country’s growing maritime trade in the world market, with growth in bulk commodities and containerized trade, is taking advantage of the deep water port and its high productivity. It has the capacity to sustain the forecast demands of growing international trade and is planning to grow its capacity by building seven additional berths.
For the last five years, KPLC has been breaking records, winning accolades and setting benchmarks to become India’s largest cargo gateway on the east coast. For speed and efficiency, the company uses a fleet of Volvo construction equipment.
“So far, we have registered growth of 40% between 2012 and 2013 – even as other ports in the country struggle to improve their cargo profile,” says Anil Yendluri, chief executive officer of KPLC. “High productivity and low downtime is the key to our success and Volvo CE has played an important role in ensuring this.”
KPCL has been working closely with Volvo CE since 2005 – before the port was built in 2006. In fact, the fleet of Volvo machines is the backbone of logistics across the facility, operating inside the KPLC complex transporting and moving materials across the site. “I really appreciate the customer-centric approach Volvo CE always takes,” says Yendluri. “It understands customer needs better than anyone, going out of its way to deliver solutions in line with our needs.”