Port Wings News Network:
Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), one of the premier ports under the administrative control of the Government of India, ended the year 2020 on a high note by handling 4.47 million TEUs for the whole year.
According to a media statement, the total container traffic handled by port is 4.47 million TEUs, with APM Terminals Mumbai (GTI) handling 1.69 million TEUs, DP World NSIGT – 0.77 million TEUs, DP World NSICT – 0.64 million TEUs , JNPCT – 0.56 million TEUs and BMCT handled 0.81 million TEUs. Overall traffic handled in the CY 2020 was 62.32 million tonnes including Liquid and other cargo.
As far as the monthly performance are concerned, JNPT handled 459,920 TEUs in the month of December 2020, which is the highest container volume handled in a month ever recorded in the last 20 months. The container traffic increased by 9.90 % over the same month of last year and the overall traffic grew by 10.04 % to 6.37 million tons from the 5.79 million tons handled in December-2019.
Also in rail operations, the port handled a record 556 rakes in December 2020. The average monthly terminal handling time of trains improved to 4:42 hours in December from 6:18 hours in September. The average monthly turn-around time of trains (from placement to removal of trains) also reduced to 9:35 hours in December from 13:34 hours in September.
Commenting on the development, Shri Sanjay Sethi, IAS, Chairman, JNPT, said, “CY 2020 has been a challenging year for all of us but we can look back with a certain degree of satisfaction on what we did to keep JNPT up and running and help maintain the supply of essential goods and trade flows critical for the country. I am thankful to all our stakeholders and employees for lending a helping hand as the team effort helped us sail through the pandemic and credit is also due to the Ministry of Ports, Shipping, and Waterways for the swift actions it took to deal with the fallout of the pandemic on trade and transport.”
During the year gone by, the Centralized Parking Plaza became operational, helping in boosting Direct Port Entry, save cost and time for Export Containers. In 2020, the port also received the operational status for India’s First Port Based Special Economic Zone, JNPT SEZ. JNPT also completed the construction of a coastal berth with the capacity to handle 2.5 million tons of coastal cargo including liquid cargo, keeping with its commitment towards providing world-class amenities to stakeholders and to give momentum to coastal shipping and will immensely boost coastal cargo trade.