JAWAHARLAL NEHRU PORT TRUST
The winner of this award could be anybody’s guess as it is none other than JNPT to handle the major chunk of India’s containerised trade. This India’s busiest container handling port edged ahead of its competition to grab the award with its remarkable performance indicators which include capacity utilisation of 90 per cent and average turnaround time of 1.30 days which boasts of the operational speed of the equipment at the quay. Another feature worth noticing is the average pre-berthing detention time that stands at 2.88 hours, pointing at the swift operations at all the terminals of the port. The productivity at this major port can be gauged by the average output per ship berth day that stands at an astounding 31,516 tonnes. Y-O-Y growth in average output per ship berth day is 1.5 per cent in FY 2017-18 over FY2016-17. The average crane productivity of 23 moves per hour is a reflection of the state of the art equipment used at the port.
A major contributor to this tremendous upbeat in the performance of the port is the commissioning of the 4th container terminal with three berths. On the equipment side, the 15 new E-RTGCS added at the port are electrically powered, cost economical with minimal maintenance and environment friendly. They have 2-twin twenty container handling mechanism with 50MT capacity under spreader. This new machinery has provided the required thrust to propel the efficiency of the port to new heights. The intermodal lifts at the port increased 2 percentage points in August 2018 to a record 16.8 per cent share, up from 14.7 per cent in July. A significant achievement of the port is the rise in rail movement of cargo and drop in road movement. In August 2018, import/export movement of containers by rail totalled 69,978 teu, out of the 417,360 teu handled at the port during the month. The share of road cargo movement decreased from 85 per cent in July to 82.5 per cent in August.
JNPT is well connected to the hinterland via rail network through its 2 track connectivity from Panvel. Indian Railways has commenced work on Western Dedicated Freight Corridor from Delhi to JNPT.
(L to R) Neeraj Bansal, Chairman i/c, JNPT;Sanjay Bandopadhyaya, Addl Secretary, Ministry of Shipping Govt of India, Sunil Kalra, MD, LIEBHERR India