Anticipating disruption in operations, the
Mumbai and Nhava-Sheva Ship-Agents Association (MANSA) has drawn the attention
of Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) on the likelihood of conflict between the
APM Terminals that operates GTI at JNPT
believes that handling of mixed rakes of the containers on the rail lines,
after the commencement of BMCTPL, will be commercially unfeasible for GTI on
account of the distance it shares with BMCTPL, according to a MANSA release.
"They (APM) have, therefore, advised
all Container Train Operators (CTOs) to refrain from bringing rakes with mix of
BMCTPL and GTI-bound containers on trains, and GTI will not accept any
responsibility on this account, etc.," said a letter by MANSA addressed to
the JNPT Chairman.
DP World also shares the view of APM
pointing out that the distance is too much to handle containers
However, a cursory verification of the
distance of the entry gates of both these terminals seems to be not more than
2-3 km, the letter said.
Until BMCTPL starts getting full load
container trains, they have to necessarily manage with the existing mixed train
facility for ensuring connectivity.
have also expressed that unless all the terminals of JNPT cooperate for smooth
handling of Inter-Terminal Transfer (ITT) of containers for the sake of
attracting more containers, the cargo destined to JNPT may be diverted to
neighbouring ports. BMCTPL also stated that there will be no additional trucking
cost compared to the existing ITT (cost) arrangements overall, the letter said.
MANSA believes that ITT remains the
lifeline of JNPT terminals for years to come in view of the current volume of
arrivals of the containers on mixed trains, as almost 2 million TEUs rely on
mixed train movements for providing prompt connectivity to the terminals.
Having arrived at this stage of achieving
major development, it is requested that the Chairman and port officials should
prevail and ensure that for whatsoever reason the operations are not adversely
affected for petty reasons. The letter also requested the JNPT Chairman to hold
in-depth discussions with all the terminals involved in the issue and arrive at
a consensus to smoothen the operations for achieving Ease of Doing Business,
the release stressed.
The fears of
possible disruptions at India’s biggest container port seem to have been put to
an end. JNPT management rose to the occasion proactively and had a meeting with
all terminal operators to sort out the contentious issues.
issues have been resolved and there is limited financial issue that needs to be
sorted out,” said Neeraj Bansal, Acting Chairman, JNPT, over phone. “And, I
have asked the terminals [operators] to work it out amicably shortly,” he