Port Wings News Network:
Anticipating disruption in operations, Mumbai and Nhava Sheva Ship Agents Association has drawn the attention of Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) on the likelihood of conflict between the terminals.
Following the commencement of BMCTPL, APM Terminal that operates GTI at JNPT believes that handling of mixed rakes of the containers on the rail lines will be operationally and commercially unfeasible for GTI due to the considerable distance it shares with BMCTPL.
“They (APM) have therefore advised all Container Train Operators (CTOs) to refrain from bringing rakes with mix of BMCTPL & GTI bound containers on trains and GTI will not accept any responsibility on this account etc,” said a letter by MANSA addressed to JNPT chairman.
The customary advisory issued by DP World is also found to be on the same lines stating that the distance to reach BMCTPL by road will be 10-12 km and it would add to the cost of handling containers etc. and also pointing out that there is locational disadvantage of BMCTPL because of the distance. However, a cursory verification of the distance of the entry gates of both these terminals seems to be not more than 2-3 kms, the letter said.
Apparently BMCTPL is confident to commence operations shortly in full swing. However, till such time they start getting full load container trains their operations have to be managed by the existing mixed train facility for ensuring connectivity. They have also expressed that unless all the terminals of JNPT co-operate for smooth handling of Inter Terminal Transfer (ITT) of Containers for the sake of attracting more Containers the cargo destined to JNPT may be diverted to neighbouring Ports. The BMCTPL also stated that there will be no additional trucking cost compared to the existing ITT (cost) arrangements overall, the letter said.
MANSA believes that ITT remains the lifeline of JNPT Terminals for years to come in view of the current volume of arrivals of the containers on mixed trains as almost 2 million TEUs rely on mixed trains movements for providing prompt connectivity to the Terminals.
Having arrived to this stage of achieving major development, it is requested that the Chairman and Port Officials should prevail and ensure for whatsoever reason the operations are not adversely affected for petty reasons. The letter also requested the JNPT chairman to hold in-depth discussions with all the terminals involved in the issue and arrive at a consensus to smoothen the operations for achieving Ease of Doing Business.