As it completes 23 years of existence on Saturday (May 26), Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JN Port) is entering an exciting new phase of development. While it continues to better records, its future plans envisage taking the Port to an altogether new level of cargo handling expertise and all-round efficiency, Exim News Service reports.
Despite the project delays due to policymaking constraints and the other impediments that have been impacting the facility, 2011-12 was yet another year of records for JN Port, India’s premier container handling port and leading gateway for international trade. It handled a best-ever 4.32 million TEUs; all-time high liquid traffic; record profit of nearly Rs 900 crore; highest throughput by the terminals, including the Port Trust-run JNPCT; improved efficiency parameters and more.
The Port handled 65.75 million tonnes of total cargo during the financial year 2011-12, an all-time record. Of this, containerised cargo was 58.25 million tonnes and liquid cargo 6.66 million tonnes, with the remaining 0.84 million tonnes made up of dry bulk and break-bulk.
Of the 4.32 million TEUs of container traffic handled in 2011-12 (4.27 million TEUs in 2010-11), the share of JNPCT was 1.03 million TEUs, DP World Nhava Sheva (NSICT) 1.40 million TEUs and APM Terminals Mumbai (GTI) 1.89 million TEUs. JN Port remains the largest among the Major Ports in India in container handling, with a market share of around 55.63 per cent.
What’s planned for the future is staggering. Under the leadership of the Chairman, Mr L. Radhakrishnan, and Deputy Chairman, Mr N. N. Kumar, a number of ambitious projects have been formulated. The Port currently has nine projects at various stages of implementation. While consultants are preparing the design/feasibility report for some, others are on the verge of commencement of construction or award. This is a giant leap considering that not many cargo handling projects have come up at the Port since its inception, the main exceptions being the private terminals.
The second phase of dredging up to 17 metres, fifth container terminal, Port-based SEZ, logistics park, and even bulk, break-bulk/project and coastal cargo handling facilities (as part of the move towards emerging as a multipurpose port) are some of the key projects proposed over a period of more than a decade.
It sure is a grand vision which, if implemented as per the proposed schedule, would change the face of JN Port and make it the definitive first-choice facility for the trade.