Mumbai, January 28: In a major move, the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) as a whole handled 4.48 million (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Unit) TEUs of container traffic during the calendar year 2015 as compared to 4.47 million TEUs handled during the previous year 2014 registering a growth of 0.10%. This is the highest ever container traffic handled in a calendar year since the inception of JNPT.Out of the total container traffic of 4.48 million TEUs, the share of Jawaharlal Nehru Port Container Terminal (JNPCT) is 1.37 million TEUs , which is 30.63% of the total container traffic at Jawaharlal Nehru Port, the share of Nhava Sheva International Container Terminal Pvt Ltd (NSICT) is 1.09 million TEUs which is 24.37% of the total container traffic, share of NSIGT is 0.11 million TEUs (2.36%) and the remaining 1.91 million TEUs (42.64%) are contributed by APM Terminals, Mumbai (APMT/GTICT).
In order to bring the Major Ports in India at par with its contemporaries across the world, the Ministry of Shipping has been emphasizing on creation of additional capacities through development and construction of new berths/terminals, revamp of existing berths and terminals and other modernization projects.
The Ministry’s focus is on improving the existing port infrastructure, modernization of the existing facilities and increasing port capacity. Currently, the level of mechanization is not at par as compared with other ports across the world.
JNPCT, the port-owned and operated Container Terminal, handled 1.37 million TEUs (17.25 million tonnes) and registered a growth of 3.60% in terms of TEUs and 4.65% in terms of tonnes. JNPCT has handled the highest ever container traffic of 1.37 million TEUs in the calendar year 2015 since the inception of the port, surpassing the previous record of 1.35 million TEUs in the year 2006.
The Ministry has taken initiatives to increase draft at Major Ports. All Major Ports except two namely VOC Port and Kolkata Port can handle 14 meter draft vessels. Dredging work is being carried out to increase the draft by 18 meters in order to cater to capesize vessels in two Major Ports namely Mormugao and Kamarajar . The investment in these dredging projects is estimated to be to the tune of Rs. 793 crores.