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Mumbai's JNPT rubber-tyre gantry cranes to drive productivity

  09.08.2017    

Mumbai's Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) has taken delivery of six rubber-tyre gantry cranes to boost productivity and reduce logistics costs.
The Jawaharlal Nehru Container Terminal's (JNCT) new cranes are the first part of a INR1.8 billion (US$28 million) contract for 15 RTGs that JNPT signed with Chinese manufacturer Sany Heavy Industry Company of Changsha in April 2016.
The new cranes are all electric and capable of lifting a 50 tonne load under a twin-lift spreader, compared with 40 tonnes under single lift spreaders for cranes deployed at present. Upon delivery of the remaining nine similar units, JNCT's total RTG count will increase to 27, reported IHS Media.
Officials were cited as saying that the use of electrically powered cranes, instead of those currently operated with diesel fuel, will help minimise their maintenance costs and environmental impact through reduced emissions.
Statistics show the state-owned JNCT has lagged behind private rivals in the harbour in productivity. JNCT's average April-to-June dwell time for import cargo by road was 30 hours, versus 23 hours at APM Terminals-operated Gateway Terminals India; and for railed import cargo, it was 72 hours and 54 hours, respectively, according to IHS Media.
Similarly, for export traffic by truck and rail, JNCT had the highest dwell time levels in the first quarter, the analysis showed.
JNCT currently includes a berth line of 600 metres, 14 quay cranes, 18 RTGs, eight reach stackers, and four on-dock rail-sidings with a capacity to handle 1.25 million TEU annually.



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