APM Terminals Pipavav (Gujarat Pipavav Port) has announced the recommence of its container operations on 1 June, after the cyclone in mid-May, which severely impacted the power and communication network of the port and caused the suspension of its operations on 19 May.
APMT Pipavav said it immediately arranged for alternate power source to commence the operation. "Relentless efforts by various teams resulted in setting up mobile power source while taking utmost precautions in terms of safety of people and equipment," said the Indian port.
On the landside operations, rail container operations were resumed from 22 May followed by fertiliser rake loading that began from 25 May onwards. Partial non-container operations resumed with effect from 26 May and dry cargo vessels started from 29 May onwards.
The gate operations for export and import dry containers resumed in a controlled manner while live reefer is permitted without any restrictions, according to an announcement.
Although operations have resumed, the port is still not on the public utility power grid (GETCO) and is expected to recover steadily over the coming weeks.
"Our proactive preparations ensured that we had minimal impact and all our employees remained safe during and after the cyclone," said APMT Pipavav.