In what comes as a reassuring development, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), handled a noteworthy 3,80,384 TEUs in September 2020 which is 95% of cargo handled in September 2019(400,365 TEUs).
There has been increase of 7.8% in throughput as compared to August 2020 (352,735 TEUs), this steady surge in cargo handling month on month indicates early signs of recovery which is very significant during the ongoing pandemic that has affected business across India.
JNPT handled 1,925,302 TEUs (1.92 million TEUs) and 797 vessels during the half year ending September 30, 2020, as against 2,572,810 TEUs (2.57 million TEUs) handled in the same period during the previous year. The overall traffic handled in current financial year (April-Sep) was 26.93 Million Tonnes as compared to 34.41 Million Tonnes handled in the same period during previous year.
At the liquid Cargo Terminal, JNPT has been handling essential commodities like LPG, High speed diesel, Motorspirit and Edible oil which is further supplied to the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Goa, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi.
In September 2020, JNPT handled discharge of 92786 MT of LPG in six vessels, by giving priority and timely berthing to the LPG vessels for fulfillment of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojna. Total LPG handled in the current financial year till September is 4, 59,283 MT as compared to 4, 19,562 MT handled in previous year which is an increase of 9.5 %.
The half yearly performance and the other on-going developments at the Port was shared with the JNPT stakeholders and customers in a virtual Port Customers Meeting conducted on 1st October where the suggestions, feedback and concerns of the stakeholders was deliberated upon.
“The international maritime sector is evolving rapidly and the business demands are constantly changing and hence it is imperative that we also develop our capabilities to stay ahead in the competitive market. At JNPT, various initiatives like Direct Port Delivery, Direct Port Entry, ITRHO, ITT have helped in reducing the dwell time and with the installation of scanners and the Centralised Parking Plaza being fully operational by October 2020, will further improve the efficiency of the Port.”~Sanjay Sethi, IAS, Chairman, JNPT
The port customers and stakeholders thanked the JNPT Chairman and the team for all the efforts taken by the Port in keeping the logistics supply chain active during these testing times and the handholding provided by the JNPT management. They also suggested few measures, which were positively accepted by the Port management
The Port customer meeting was attended by officials and representatives of Terminal Operators, BCBA, BPCL, FEDSAI, BMCTPL, CONCOR, Central Railway, CFSAI, CSLA, MANSA and Customs.
The Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) at Navi Mumbai is the biggest container handling Port in India accounting for around 52% of the total containerised cargo volume, across the major ports of India. Commissioned on 26th May 1989, in less than three decades of its operations, JNPT has transformed from a bulk-cargo terminal to become the premier container port in the country.