DP World operated-Nhava Sheva (India) Gateway Terminal, the leader in
automation at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), is poised to build on strong
double-digit growth with another weekly Mediterranean Shipping Co. call.
DP World Nhava Sheva — which now has 10 weekly calls, with five from MSC,
three from Maersk, and one from CMA CGM — grew a 40 percent year over year
volume increase in the first five fiscal months ending in August. MSC, which
has been steadily upsizing its tonnage in India trades with larger vessels, has
introduced a weekly call at Nhava Sheva India Gateway Terminal via its new
service connecting to Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.
The independent service, named INGWE (India-Gulf-West-Africa), has the
following port rotation: Ningbo, Shanghai, and Shekou, China; Singapore;
Colombo, Sri Lanka; Port Louis, Mauritius; Durban and Coega, South Africa;
Salalah, Oman; Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates; Karachi, Pakistan; Mundra,
Nhava Sheva (JNPT) and Hazira, India; Colombo; and back to Ningbo.
The 9,000-TEU MSC Albany, one of 10 vessels of similar capacities deployed
in the INGWE, made the maiden call at NSIGT on Sept. 18, DP World Nhava Sheva
“We are happy to strengthen our connectivity with this new service and look
forward to its success,” DP World Nhava Sheva CEO Ravinder Johal said.
The new service joins a string of regular, weekly calls the Geneva-based
liner has at NSIGT, including those from its Himalaya Express (HEX) service
between India and Europe, and the IMED service between India and the
NSIGT, located next to DP World’s flagship Nhava Sheva International
Container Terminal (NSICT), began full-fledged operations in February last
year. The new terminal includes a berth length of about 1,083 feet, a draft of
44 feet, a 68-acre storage yard, 4 rail-mounted quay cranes, and 12
rubber-tired gantry cranes, with a capacity of 1 million TEU annually.
The introduction of an optical character recognition (OCR) technology-based
gate processing system at NSIGT earlier this year is touted as the second phase
of digitization at JNPT, which has been a key element in easing chronic
congestion issues at the busiest public harbor.
The OCR module, a first at Indian ports, is designed to scale down average
gate-in time at the terminal to less than 60 seconds from five minutes
previously, and facilitate transacting 500 trucks per hour through a single
Statistics show NSIGT’s April-to-August volume increased to 243,242 TEU
from 174,410 TEU in the same period last year, and the new MSC call is expected
to push that growth trend further in the coming months.
Those anticipated gains combined with recent service additions at APM Terminals-operated
Gateway Terminals India will be a major boon to JNPT’s overall growth as
competition on India’s west coast heats up with massive capacity building and
aggressive shipper outreach efforts by private rival Mundra.
However, seamless operations are critical to handling volume increases from
those mega-ship calls, and, to that effect, JNPT will need to fast-track
rail-road connectivity projects launched earlier this year, involving a total
public investment of Rs. 1,117.03 crore (about $175 million), without running
afoul of typical bureaucratic procedures.