JN Port aims at handling over 5 m TEUs in 2015-16

April 8, 2015 10:56 am Published by

Registers all-time high throughput of 4.467 m TEUs in 2014-15

Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNP) is looking at achieving a throughput of over 5 million TEUs in the current financial year 2015-16, driven by further improvement in productivity and efficiency at its three existing terminals (JNPCT, APM Terminals Mumbai, DP World Nhava Sheva) and commencement of operations at the newly-developed 330-metre standalone terminal (to commence partial operations soon) of DP World. This was highlighted by Mr Neeraj Bansal, Chairman of Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), at a trade get-together organised at the Port’s administration building here to elaborate on its performance in 2014-15.

In the presence of Port Heads of Departments, other senior officials and representatives from the trade, it was highlighted that JN Port handled 4.467 million TEUs of container traffic in 2014-15, the highest since its inception and a growth of 7.33 per cent over the previous year’s throughput of 4.161 million TEUs.

Of the total traffic, the share of the individual terminals was as follows: JNPCT 1.294 million TEUs (28.97 per cent), DP World Nhava Sheva 1.160 million TEUs (25.97 per cent) and APM Terminals Mumbai 2.012 million TEUs (45.06 per cent).

In tonnage terms, the Port handled 63.80 million tonnes of cargo during 2014-15, up 2.36 per cent as compared to the previous year’s traffic of 62.33 million tonnes.

Of the total cargo handled, containerised cargo was 56.93 million tonnes (89.24 per cent), liquid cargo amounted to 6.19 million tonnes (9.70 per cent) and the remaining 0.68 million tonnes (1.06 per cent) was miscellaneous types of dry bulk cargo/break-bulk cargo.

APM Terminals Mumbai handled 2.012 million TEUs, its highest ever, surpassing the earlier record of 2.007 million TEUs handled in 2012-13. The terminal registered a growth of 7.07 per cent in terms of TEUs and 6.05 per cent in terms of tonnage over the previous year.

DP World Nhava Sheva handled 1.160 million TEUs in 2014-15, registering a growth of 19.68 per cent in terms of TEUs and 7.16 per cent in terms of tonnage over the previous year’s container traffic.

The Port-owned JNPCT handled 1.294 million TEUs during the just-concluded fiscal as compared to previous year’s 1.313 million TEUs, down 1.43 per cent in terms of TEUs and 4.65 per cent in terms of tonnage. This was attributed to the non-availability of one berth at the Main Container Berth (MCB) and Shallow Draught Berth (SDB) for about 3 months due to the installation of 3 Super Post-Panamax RMQCs at MCB and shifting of 3 old RMQCs from MCB to SDB.

Traffic handled at the Shallow Draught Berth increased to 1.87 million tonnes in 2014-15, from 1.73 million tonnes in 2013-14, registering a growth of 7.76 per cent.

Liquid & other throughput

JN Port also handled 6.19 million tonnes of liquid traffic, 1.46 per cent less than the previous year. Total bulk traffic, including dry bulk and break-bulk for 2014-15 was 6.87 million tonnes as compared to the previous fiscal’s 7.09 million tonnes, down 3.25 per cent.

Challenges ahead

Addressing the gathering, Mr Bansal said that though celebrations were in order for this performance (cakes were cut on the occasion), the Port management and stakeholders faced immense challenges in sustaining and improving its standing, given the intense competition from other ports and terminals and the overall national and global economic scenario. Therefore, the need of the hour was efficiency, transparency and accountability to enhance operations and bring down costs and, above all, introspection and communication among stakeholders on the way ahead, especially given the fact that the Port was expected to more than double its capacity in the coming 7 years.

He called for adopting the best practices of private ports and terminals and putting in further efforts to tackle problems like congestion. He stressed that suggestions from stakeholders on how to improve the functioning of the Port were always welcome.

‘Disproportionate reaction’

Mr Bansal cautioned against what he called “disproportionate reaction” to issues facing the Port. Nobody from outside can solve the Port’s problems, it could only be done by the stakeholders working with each other and, if need be, coming up with better systems and procedures, he stressed.

Representatives from the private terminals, MANSA, CSLA, BCHAA and the Port Trustees agreed with the Chairman on the need for introspection and strategising in facing the challenges ahead, and assured of their complete cooperation by augmenting infrastructure, easing operations and other measures. They expressed confidence that JN Port would attain further heights of glory in the coming years.

It was disclosed that Phase 1 of the 4.8-million TEU capacity 4th container terminal would commence operations in 3 years.

The Port’s operating income increased by 9.70 per cent to Rs 1,475.85 crore (provisional) in 2014-15, from the previous year’s Rs 1,345.29 crore. Profit before tax increased to Rs 785.45 crore (provisional), 2.40 per cent more than the previous year’s Rs 767.06 crore.

Among the top Major Ports

In fiscal 2015, Jawaharlal Nehru Port ranked 3rd among the Major Ports by handling 63.80 million tonnes of cargo.

The containerised cargo handled by the Major Ports in 2014-15 was 7.958 million TEUs, as compared to 7.457 million TEUs in the previous year, up 6.72 per cent. Of this, JN Port handled 4.467 million TEUs, i.e. 56.13 per cent of the box traffic handled by the Major Ports. In 2014-15, too, JNP retained its 1st position in container handling among the Major Ports, it was highlighted.

The total volume of cargo handled by the Major Ports in 2014-15 stood at 581.34 million tonnes, a growth of 4.65 per cent over the previous year’s traffic of 555.49 million tonnes.

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