Handles 45 pc of JN Port’s total container volume
APM Terminals Mumbai established a new record for Indian ports by handling a total of 2.01 million TEUs in 2014-15, during the period April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015.
One of the three terminals currently operating at Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNP), it accounts for 45 per cent of JNP’s throughput, and approximately 20 per cent of India’s total container traffic, a release highlighted.
Larger vessels of 9,000-TEU capacity have been calling APM Terminals Mumbai since 2013. Further, with the deepening of the Mumbai harbour channel in 2014, there has been an increase in the vessel size and volumes, contributing to growth in container handling. The increase, however, is straining existing Indian port infrastructure, which must also deal with regulatory issues that have held back further infrastructure investment, the release pointed out.
“The need of the hour is to ensure we find an acceptable solution with the authorities on the long-standing issue of the tariff that we are allowed to charge at the terminal,” noted APM Terminals Mumbai Chairman, Mr Rizwan Soomar.
APM Terminals Mumbai has introduced a number of trade-friendly initiatives which have helped achieve faster gate turnarounds and increased productivity. Since the implementation of the new processes, the terminal has been handling an average gate throughput of 5,000 TEUs, compared to a previous daily throughput of 3,500 to 4,000 TEUs. In February 2015, it set a new record for the highest February volume by an Indian container terminal by handling 164,678 TEUs.
As part of its continuing efforts to provide a safe working environment to all stakeholders, APM Terminals Mumbai is now in the final stages of completing a container weighing project that will help to assure accurate weight declarations for laden containers, the release disclosed.
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