Iranian delegation visits JNPT; eyes India as transhipment hub
The bilateral trade between India and Iran, which has been growing consistently, touched approximately US$16 billion in the previous year. Both countries have an excellent record of trade and efforts are on to further strengthen these relations. In light of the same, a delegation under the leadership of Mohammad Rastad, Deputy Minister and Managing Director for Ports and Maritime Organisation (PMO), Islamic Republic of Iran, along with 15 members of a high-ranking delegation visited Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust to understand the port operations. Arun Kumar Gupta, MD, India Ports Global and Arvind Choudhary, Director (Ports), Ministry of Shipping, were also part of the visit. Here, SV Madabhavi, Chief Manager, PP&D, shared an overview on the initiatives under ease-of-doing business and other measures being implemented at the port. JNPT currently handles 4.8 million TEUs and will double its capacity after the completion of phase-II of the fourth terminal. The delegation was also apprised of JNPT’s plan for expansion of the liquid cargo terminal and shallow water berth to increase the cargo handling capacity.