Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) handled total traffic of 7.33 million tonnes during the month of March 2021 as against 5.93 million tonnes in March 2020, which is 23.53 per cent higher.
The total container traffic handled in March 2021 stood at 527,792 TEUs, which is the highest container volume handled in a month, since inception.
JNPT registered a throughput of over 4.7 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in container handling as against 5.03 million TEUs during FY2020. The total traffic handled at JNPT during FY2020-21 is 64.81 million tonnes as against 68.45 million tonnes in FY2019-20.
In FY 2020-21, major improvement was witnessed in average turn-round time (TAT) of all vessels in comparison to FY 2019-20— an increase of 2.62 per cent, i.e from 29.42 hrs to 28.64 hrs. Specifically, for container vessels, an increase of 2.01 per cent was witnessed in TAT, i.e from 25.82 hrs to 25.30 hrs from pilot boarding to de-boarding.
JNPT has five container terminals, taking an overview of the numbers terminal-wise, APM Terminals Mumbai (GTI) handled 1.66 million TEUs, DP World NSIGT with 0.78 million TEUs, DP World NSICT with 0.75 million TEUs and the Port owned JNPCT with 0.54 million TEUs. The Newly developed BMCT handled around 0.93 million TEUs during FY 2021. NSICT and BMCTPL have recorded 41.33 per cent and 15.36 per cent growth in FY 2020-21 in comparison with FY 2019-20 respectively.
JNPT BPCL Liquid Cargo Terminal handled the highest LPG during FY 2020-21 of 1.04 million tonnes from 70 vessels which are 22.35 per cent higher as compared previous highest of 0.85 million tonnes from 57 vessels in FY 2019-20. JNPT also handled 6,097 rakes during FY 2020-21 and the rail-coefficient in FY 2020-21 (April to March) is 19.73 per cent as compared to 16.14 per cent in FY 2019-20 with 5,127 rakes.
Sanjay Sethi, IAS, Chairman, JNPT said, “Despite the pandemic, JNPT along with its stakeholders stood up to this challenge, and put up a strong and spirited fight. In a laudable display of team effort, everyone has worked against all odds and helped the port retain its good performance in FY21. JNPT will continue to play an important role and contribute to the nation’s economy by delivering its duties as an important part of the supply chain. Our high-performance numbers are a validation of our continuous efforts to empower trade and make India a foremost player in the global maritime sector”.
JNPT has been working towards facilitating ease in doing business for the trade. Under this, JNPT took a major step by facilitating a new Inter Terminal Route connecting the BMCT Terminal with all the other four Container Terminals of JNPT.
Also during the month, railways undertook a successful trial run of a double-stacked dwarf container train from Mehsana (Gujarat) to JN Port. During the financial year, the port also received the operational status for India’s first port-based special economic zone— JNPT SEZ. Also, JNPT completed the construction of a coastal berth with the capacity to handle 2.5 million tonnes of coastal cargo including liquid cargo.