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Location & Connectivity

APM Terminals  Pipavav is located in in the state of Gujarat, just 152 nautical miles northwest of Mumbai on the west coast of India. It is situated at a latitude of 20°54'N and a longitude of 71°30'E.

Gujarat is one of the leading industrially developed states in India and contributes about a quarter of India’s goods exports. Gujarat is a leader in industrial sectors such as chemicals, petrochemicals, dairy, drugs and pharmaceuticals, cement and ceramics, gems and jewellery, textiles and engineering. The industrial sector comprises of over 800 large industries and 453,339 micro, small and medium enterprises. Key markets in this area include Rajkot, Jamnagar, Porbandar, Veraval, Amreli, Ahmedabad, Surat, Baroda, Bhavnagar and Mahuva. 

Just beyond APM Terminals Pipavav's immediate hinterland are the northwest markets of Rajasthan, Delhi/NCR and Punjab. Together, these areas generate approximately 60% of India's cargo. Cargo-intensive markets in Rajasthan include Jodhpur, Bhilwara, Udaipur, Jaipur, Kota and Bhiwadi. In Punjab, Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Mandi Gobindgarh and Chandigarh produce a large volume of cargo.


Rail Connectivity 

The port can handle incoming and outgoing trains simultaneously, with several railway sidings to support loading and offloading. APM Terminals Pipavav was the first port in India to receive double stacked container trains in March 2006. Double stacked trains have the capacity to carry 180TEUs compared to 90TEUs in a single stack train. The station code for APM Terminals Pipavav Port Rail Siding is PPSP - 08424130, and it falls under the Bhavnagar Division.

  • APM Terminals holds a 38.8% share in a 269km broad gauge railway line built by PRCL, which connects the port to Surendranagar, the national rail network and a Dedicated Freight Corridor
  • Regular train services to all North and West India ICDs
  • Steadily increase in train frequency, can handle 22 trains per day
  • Competitive rail freights and fast transit times
  • Pioneers in India with double-stack and dedicated reefer trains with gensets


Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC)

The Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) is a new rail track exclusively for freight traffic movement. The Western DFC covers a distance of 1504 kms from JNPT to Dadri. It runs through 5 states connecting existing and emerging ports in Maharashtra and Gujarat with the Northern hinterland. The Eastern DFC covers a distance of 1856 kms runs from Ludhiana in Punjab to Dankuni in West Bengal. APM Terminals Pipavav has already made the necessary investments to also connect to the DFC once operational in December 2021.

The main objective of DFC is to decongest already saturated road and rail network (utilization is between 115% to 150%). The growth in Indian economy demands additional infrastructure facility for the freight movement. DFC will provide safe, reliable, flexible, economic and environment-friendly freight transport system which will lower overall logistic costs.

Benefits of the DFC

  • DFC will connect existing and emerging ports to the north-west hinterland
  • Development of Multimodal logistic parks along the DFC will provide complete transport solution to customers
  • DFC will enable running of heavy and long-haul trains at higher speeds
  • Western DFC will carry 7.1 meters high (Currently 4.265m), 3.66 meters wide load with a train length of 1500 meters (Currently 700m) and up to 13,000 tonnes (currently 5,400 tonnes)
  • DFC will assist in conversion of freight movement from overstressed road infrastructure to rail
  • Modern and innovative technology with improved safety features
  • DFC will save 457 million tonnes of CO2 emission over 30 years period

Benefits for Port customers

  • Single terminal bound trains, thereby erasing the need for intra terminal transfers
  • The port will have two connectivity points to the DFC
  • A quantum jump in rail capacity – equipped to handle double stack trains up to 1,500m long
  • Scheduled & timetabled trains will provide reliability with increased speed
  • Lower operating costs [expected to reduce by 40%]; to make way for competitive pricing
  • Transit time is expected to reduce from an average of 60 hours at present to 24 hours from NCR
  • Loading / Unloading at multiple points will provide flexibility 
  • New traffic of Road Railers & RORO will get promoted 
  • Increased frequencies with the combination of Export/Import & Domestic traffic
  • Possibility of running Mix load trains on DFC
  • Electrified trial run successfully conducted

ICD Rail Connectivity 

APM Terminals Pipavav receives container trains from all the major ICDs in northwest India. In November 2003, the port received its first train from ICD Tughlakabad. From February 2004 regular train services were established between the port and the various ICDs in northwest India. Rail connectivity and frequency have continuously grown making the port one of the best connected ports in the state.

Rail Distances from APM Terminals Pipavav to ICDs

ICD Distance (Km) 
Dadri 1234
Loni 1210
Moradabad 1357
Tughlakabad 1218
Vadodra 502
Jamnagar 499
Ankleshwar 578
Sanand 371
Amritsar 1726
ICD Distance (Km)
Sahnewal 1474
Jaipur 944 
Jodhpur 782
Kota 963
Faridabad 1248
Patli 1148
Garhi Harsaru 1156
Ballabhgarh 1233
Dronagiri 965
Malanpur 1334

Road network 

APM Terminals Pipavav has developed a four-lane expressway measuring 11 km to connect the port to the National Highway 8E. The highway was previously known as Coastal Highway 6, and was upgraded significantly after its conversion to NH 8E. In addition, the Ahmedabad-Dholera central spine road will be extended up to the port. It will be a 10-lane road and the extension will provide alternate port connectivity to the Special Investment Region. This project has been fast-tracked, and the government has allocated 26,000 hectares of land of the required 36,000 hectares. 

Road Distance in KMs

Pipavav North
Ahmedabad 337 428 545
Amreli 90 355 795
Baroda 341 503 448
Bhavnagar 140 420 734
Jamnagar 318 337 844
Mahuva 40 520 834
Porbandar 253 435 942
Rajkot 230 247 761
Veraval 170 458 893



Costal feeders

APM Terminals Pipavav is well-connected to Cochin, Tuticorin, Kattupalli, Hazira, Kandla and Mundra, and is focused on bringing in volumes from all cargo generating areas on the West Coast. For West Indian ports, the back haul for coastal cargo is the head haul for international cargo.

Service Operator Frequency Port Call
 SMILE  SCI/SIM  Weekly  Pipavav – Cochin – Tuticorin – Kandla – Mundra – Pipavav
 PIX 2  SCI  Fortnightly  Pipavav – Cochin – Tuticorin – Kattupalli – Kandla – Pipavav
 WCC  SRS  Weekly  Pipavav – Cochin – Tuticorin – Kattupalli – Hazira – Pipavav

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