The Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), India’s largest container port, further improved its performance in the first six months of the current financial year by recording a 6.26 % growth rate in container cargo in terms of teu, and 5.57% in terms of tonnage. Overall during this six month period the port handled 2.4 million teu, compared to 2.26 million teu in the corresponding months of the previous year.
Of the container terminals operating under JNPT, APM Terminals handled 990,000 teu, up 11.6%, while DP World handled 625,000 teu, a rise of 5.23%. The port authority-run JNPCT facility increased its volumes by around 1% to 787,000 teu in these six months, thereby losing market share slightly.
JNPT recently held a ground breaking ceremony for its new Wardha Dry Port facility in the presence of Shri Nitin Gadkari, Hon. Union Minister for Shipping and Road Transport. The new inland container terminal is part of the Indian Government’s Sagarmala initiative, which aims to enhance logistics services along India’s coastline. The Wardha Dry Port will be developed on a 350 acre site in a phased development. The first stage will include customs clearance facilities, a container freight station, warehousing, cold storage and truck terminals.