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Container volumes up 21% at JNPT

Container volumes up 21% at JNPT
JNPT was overtaken by Mundra as India's largest container port in 2020

Container throughput jumped by 21% at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) in July, with more than 430,000 teu handled.

In the first four months of the fiscal year (April–July 2021), the port handled 1,797,838 teu, which represents as much as a 51% increase over last year’s figures.

In 2020, JNPT lost the crown of India’s leading container port to Mundra.

Shri Sanjay Sethi, chairman of JNPT, stated: “We continued to maintain good performance in July 2021, and along with our stakeholders, we continue to play an important part of the supply chain.

“We have also commenced trial operations at the newly constructed coastal berth; this will provide an impetus for coastal cargo movement and provide better infrastructure for coastal shipping and decongest rail and road networks, ensuring cost-competitive and effective multi-modal transportation solutions.”

The port authority has additionally handed over a letter of intent to successful bidders of nine plots in JNPT SEZ to boost port-led industrialisation.

In terms of rail operations, the port handled 77,662 teu of ICD traffic from 503 rakes in July 2021, and the rail-coefficient was 18%.

To enhance the model shift from road to rail, JNPT is undertaking a host of initiatives like the commencement of rail service between the port and Balli (in South Goa) on the Konkan Railway.

Other initiatives like ITRHO have helped to increase train placement, track productivity, efficiency, cost-effective handling, as well as reducing the dwell time of import ICD boxes, connecting export ICD boxes to respective terminals in time and also increasing the rail quotient at JNPT.

In recent weeks, the port’s hospital has administered more than 10,000 COVID-19 vaccines to port staff and local communities living in and around the port area.