Terminals is in the process of shutting down one of its container freight
stations (CFS) at Mumbaiís Nhava Sheva port after the CFS faced mob attacks in
two separate incidents recently by retrenched workers.
The layoffs were done due to a dip in business
caused due to introduction of direct port delivery (DPD) in early 2017.
to an ET report, Ajit Venkataraman, managing director for inland services south
Asia said that the facility will be shut down Thursday night. The closure will
impact 500 contractual workers, giving rise to concerns over further violence.
this year, 99 contract workers were handed over pink slips to streamline
business as part of overall cost cutting measures.
retaliation, some retrenched contract workers reportedly attacked the buses
carrying CFS employees of APM Terminals Inland Services on August 3 and
CFS is a
facility wherein freight shipments are consolidated or de-consolidated and
stocked between transport legs. With the introduction of DPD, the cargo at
Nhava Sheva is transferred straight from the terminal to the place of delivery,
instead of initially holding the goods at a container freight station. A
practice adopted by many countries, DPD reduces congestion and brings down
dwell time at the ports.