First ‘Port Link Express’ train departing Balmer Lawrie CFS marks logistics milestone

In a notable advancement for trade logistics, the inaugural ‘Port Link Express’ export train embarked for Haldia from the Balmer Lawrie Container Freight Station (CFS). This groundbreaking, cost-effective, and eco-friendly land bridge initiative marks a significant milestone in logistics for the Haldia-Kolkata-Haldia Corridor. Operated by Hind Terminals, the first train transported 90 export TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units) of the MSC Line.

The train was ceremoniously flagged off by Sri Samrat Rahi, Deputy Chairman of Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port, Kolkata (SMPK). The event was graced by Shri Ratna Sekhar Adika, C&MD of Balmer and Lawrie; Capt. Nitin Puri, Regional Senior Vice President of MSC; Shri P. Srinivas Rao, Vice President of HTPL; Shri Pallab Bhatta, Senior General Manager of Electrosteel Group Castings; and Smt. Bharati Singh, Assistant Commissioner of Customs. Senior officials from the Port, Balmer Lawrie & Co. Ltd., MSC Line, shipper M/s Electrosteel Castings Ltd, and rail operator Hind Terminals were also in attendance.

The ‘Port Link Express’ is set to enhance trade efficiency significantly, with plans to facilitate two to three trains per week between Haldia and Kolkata. This initiative aims to reduce logistics costs while minimising the carbon footprint, promoting sustainable trade practices.

The launch event underscored 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 M/s Electrosteel Castings Ltd highlighted the collective endeavor to improve trade logistics and operational efficiency.

The ‘Port Link Express’ initiative is poised to become a crucial component of the region’s trade infrastructure, driving economic growth and environmental sustainability.