Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust has completed 31 years of operation with some major projects and strategic initiatives underway and listed some of the measures it has taken to help stakeholders in fighting against Covid-19 pandemic.
“JNPT is expected to drive the next phase of transformation at the port, benchmarking its services against the best ports in the world to constantly evolve meeting the demands of the global market,” says the release.
During the period of lockdown from March 22, 2020, to May 24, 2020, JNPT handled 610,405 TEUs and 913,233 MT of liquid and bulk cargo.
Extended Gate facility
When the DPD customers were unable to take their deliveries owing to the acute shortage of trucks, JNPT extended timely support to them by providing the ‘Extended Gate’ facility at ICD Mulund and ICD Tarapur; and shifting their containers there by rail without any additional shifting charges. From April 13 till May 25, 2020, a total of 77 trains have facilitated the movement of an additional 5,538 TEUs of DPD containers by rail.
Moves 3909 TEUs EXIM containers by rail
JNPT also supported export clients based out in Hajira when the exports were shut in the ports in their vicinity. Since April 2020 onwards, JNPT started rail movement of EXIM containers between JN Port and Dahej/Hazira, wherein 3909 TEUs of EXIM containers were moved by rail and thereafter from May 6, 2020, JN Port’s own container terminal facilitated the commencement of moving empty containers by rail through CONCOR to ICD Dahej for Reliance Industries.
Sanjay Sethi, IAS, chairman, JNPT. “India’s No. 1 Container Port has done it on a number of occasions for the last 31 years and it has always continued its support to nation’s economy by delivering its duties of an important part of the supply chain. By being fully operational during this lockdown when numerous industries have come to a complete standstill, JNPT continued its delivery of vital goods such as medical supplies, fuel and food in these difficult times. This time around, though, the personal risks for the workforce were significantly higher, still the support and commitment of employees of JNPT and stakeholders at a time of unprecedented crisis, is a tale of valour and hard work.