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MANSA’s idea appears to have won; JNPT takes steps to put an end to conflict between terminal operators

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 terminals.

 

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 cost-effectively.

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.

 

 They 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.

“The operational 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 added.



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