Indian container gateway, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), witnessed a big upswing in cargo handling last month, recording a throughput of 453,105 TEU in August, an increase of 28.45% compared to the 352,735 TEU recorded in the same month last year. One terminal, the NSIGT facility, handled 98,473 TEU in August, its highest ever monthly throughput since its inception.
Overall container traffic handled at JNPT during the first five months of the 2021-22 financial year was 2.25 million TEU, 45% more than the 1.55 million TEU recorded over the same period of last year. The total volume of cargo traffic handled at JNPT was 30.45 million tons, against 21.68 million tons, a rise of more than 40%.
Commenting on the monthly figures, Shri Sanjay Sethi, Chairman, JNPT, said, “We have continued to consolidate our performance in August, further optimising our overall upward growth trajectory. By working together with all our stakeholders, we are confident and optimistic about sustaining our upward growth.”
In an important development for the port, JNPT has recently issued a tender to select a private operator for the state-owned Jawaharlal Nehru Port Container Terminal (JNPCT) for a concession period of 30 years. JNPCT has two berths with a total quay length of 680m and is capable of handling vessels with up to a 15m draft. The capacity of JNPCT terminal is about 1.8m TEU annually.
Plans for the container terminal include redevelopment of the container berth which can currently handle 12,200 TEU vessels and the provision of additional quay cranes and yard equipment. The port has four other container terminals, all operated by private companies through BOT concessions.