JNPT container volume slips to 380,384 TEU in September


INDIA's leading port Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) said it handled 380,384TEU in September, which is 95 per cent of the cargo handled in the same month a year ago.

As compared to August, the growth in throughput was 7.8 per cent, indicating early signs of recovery, which is significant during the ongoing pandemic that has affected businesses across the country, JNPT said in a news release.

The throughput in August was 352,735 TEUs, reports the Press Trust of India.

The port said in the first half of 2020-21 (April-September), it handled 1.92 million TEU as against 2.57 million TEU in the year-ago period, while the overall traffic handled during this period was 26.93 million tonnes as compared to 34.41 million tonnes in the same period a year ago, it said.

"Various initiatives like direct port entry and delivery, internal terminal rail handling operations and internal terminal transportation have helped in reducing the dwell time and with the installation of scanners and the centralised parking plaza being fully operational by this month, the efficiency of the port will further improve," said Sanjay Sethi, chairman, JNPT.

"The international maritime sector is evolving rapidly, and the business demands are constantly changing and hence it is imperative that we also develop our capabilities to stay ahead in the competitive market," he added.

Source: Schendet

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