JAWAHARLAL Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), India's top container port, handled 413,737 TEU in November, a growth rate of 7.61 per cent compared with the same month of last year, as the domestic economy rebounded with the easing of lockdown restrictions.
Overall, the volume of cargo moving through the port was 9.04 per cent higher, at 5.7 million tonnes, up from 5.22 million tonnes in November 2019. The total traffic handled in November included 0.59 million tonnes of bulk cargo compared to 0.55 million tonnes in the same month last year.
"JNPT will continue to support the country's economic growth and perform its duties to maintain the growth trajectory of the port sector. The growth in cargo handling volumes in November indicate recovery and these trends will continue into the last quarter of the present financial year," JNPT said.
In November, JNPT completed the construction of a coastal berth with the capacity to handle 2.5 million tonnes of cargo including bulk liquids. This will facilitate coastal shipping movements and boost intra-Indian trade, reports Dubai's The Maritime Standard.
Further infrastructure investment to increase container capacity is planned. In particular JNPT is committed to the development of the greenfield Vadhavan port near Dahanu in Maharashtra to provide long-term solutions to capacity constraints and the ability to handle larger vessels.
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