APM Terminals Pipavav has achieved a significant milestone by loading its 1000th LPG (Liquid Petroleum Gas) rake at the port. The port, which began operations in 2021 in collaboration with Aegis VOPAK Terminals Ltd., has discontinued LPG rail operations in order to ensure safe and quick evacuation of LPG by rail. It has rail sidings for LPG rakes within the port and can accommodate the entire rake at once, making it one of the few ports in India with this capability.
Girish Aggarwal, Managing Director of APM Terminals Pipavav, commented on the achievement, noting the port’s commitment to smooth and safe transportation of LPG cargoes by rail. With LPG demand expected to be strong due to the government’s Pradhanmantri Ujjwala Yojna, rapid evacuation of LPG via rail is seen as a safe and environmentally friendly alternative for companies importing LPG. The port is also investing in a new liquid berth to meet increasing demand for liquid cargoes and increase its liquid handling capacity to 5.2 MMT.
In addition to its recent conversion of a berth to accommodate VLGC compliant very large gas tankers, the port also aims to develop a dedicated VLGC compliant LPG berth by 2025 in collaboration with Aegis VOPAK Terminals Limited. This is part of the port’s vision to consolidate its position as a key conduit for India’s LPG imports and drive economic acceleration in Gujarat and beyond.