Container volumes at India’s state-owned ports have risen year-on-year in April and May 2016.
At the country’s 12 state-owned, so-called ‘major ports’, throughput was up 4% in this period.
At the biggest of these ports however, Jawaharlal Nehru in Mumbai, growth was just 1% with the privately run facilities performing badly and the state-owned one performing well.
At the private facilities, throughput was down by 12% at APM Terminals-operated Gateway Terminals India and down 36% at DP World’s Nhava Sheva International Container Terminal.
At the state-run Jawaharlal Nehru Container Terminal, on the other hand, throughput was up by 25% due partly to equipment upgrades and new service additions.
The other state-owned ports fared better than Jawaharlal Nehru port. Kolkata’s throughput was up by 30%, Visakhapatnam’s was up by 31% and Tuticorin’s was up by 9%.
The port of Chennai on the other hand continued to struggle with congestion and increased competition on the East Coast. Despite investment in improving the port, throughput was down by 8.5% to 245,000 teu.