Import cargo handling last month was at 80% of April 2019 levels at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), as the port, which is also known as Nhava Sheva, handled 283,802 teu.
Overall throughput was down by 37% when compared to April 2019 levels, although exports are starting to pick up as factories in the hinterland open up due to revised lockdown norms issued by the Indian government, noted the port authority.
During April, the port handled 167 vessels, with turnaround times approving from 39 hours in the corresponding month last year to 33 hours.
JNPT has taken several measures to limit the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic including an extension of waiver/remission/relaxations at all the container terminals from April 15 to May 3.
No dwell time charges will be levied for all import/export containers moved by road and rail (container freight station (CFS)/DPD/Empty/inland container depot (ICD)) while no shifting charges will be levied for change of mode (i.e. truck to rail or rail to truck).
Additionally, no shifting charges will be levied for DPD containers moved by rail after 48 hours to ICD Mulund or ICD Tarapur from April 13 as they have been declared as ‘extended port gates’ of JN Port.
Shri Sanjay Sethi, IAS, chairman of JNPT said: “In the month of April JNPT handled 499 container trains, making it the highest number of container trains handled in a particular month. This also resulted in increasing the rail coefficient during the month to 22.39% against the previous FY monthly average of 16.04%.”
The port authority has also prepared an action plan for avoiding congestion and creating sufficient storage capacities inside and outside the port.
Extended port gate facility has been made available for DPD containers at Mulund and Boisar while additional storage capacity has also been created at CWC, Dronagiri node where cargo is being moved through en-block movement.
JNPT has undertaken several preventive measures to protect its workforce from the coronavirus including providing personal protective equipment (PPE) to the pilots and carrying out regular disinfecting of terminals.
Terminal staff and drivers have been provided accommodation in the port township along with access to free bus shuttle services for essential services stakeholders for movement in the port area and CFSs and empty yards.