Normal operations resumed on Dec. 25 at India’s Vallarpadam International Container Transshipment Terminal, a DP World facility in Cochin Port, following the end of a work stoppage action by harbor truck drivers.
Unionized truck crews suspended operations on Dec. 23, demanding wage improvements and festival bonus entitlements.
“The labor dispute has been resolved, and the terminal is operating normally,” a DP World Cochin official said.
The Vallarpadam terminal, built at an estimated cost of $600 million, is India’s first container transshipment facility, offering an annual throughput capacity of 1 million 20-foot-equivalent units in the first phase and 4 million TEUs when fully developed.
The private terminal, which started commercial operations in February 2011, was granted a three-year cabotage law waiver by government agencies in September 2012 to permit foreign-flag vessels to move containerized cargo to and from Vallarpadam, helping the new terminal compete with its rivals in the region, particularly Sri Lanka’s Port of Colombo.