JNPT continues bounce back with 10% January cargo increase

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JNPT at Navi Mumbai

The Indian Jawaharwal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) has continued its strong form in bouncing back from the Coronavirus pandemic, increasing its handling of cargo by almost 10% for January 2021. 

The 465,000 TEU handled in January marks a growth of 9.14% over the same month in January 2020. The total traffic handled at JNPT, 6.5 million tons, was also an increase of more than a tenth compared to the 5.91 million tons handled the year prior. 

Most notably was the increase in bulk cargo: January 2021’s traffic includes 0.82 million tons of Bulk Cargo, a 39% increase in the same month of last year. 

The growth in productivity comes at a time of expansion for the port at Navi Mumbai. In February 2021 JNPT reached the next step in the development of a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) at the port, primed to create 57,000 jobs for the region.  

Across India, major ports will shift from state-run operations to a new Public Private Partnership model, its Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced on 2 February. 

At JNPT, in January 2021 the centralised parking plaza handled more than 50,000 tractor-trailers in January, carrying more than 78,000 TEU.  

Shri Sanjay Sethi, IAS, Chairman at JNPT said the trust is “trying to reach its pre-COVID performance levels,” with the latest figures reaffirming JNPT’s growth trajectory.  

“We have taken a number of initiatives that have helped the port in improving its numbers,” Sethi added. “JNPT is the first port where Port-led SEZ is evolving successfully and we are confident of attracting leading global companies for investing here at JNPT SEZ.” 

The port has floated a tender for the SEZ, inviting offers for allotment of 16 plots for setting up industrial units and carrying out Authorised SEZ operations through E-Tender cum E-Auction. 

Elsewhere at JNPT, the port launched a Continuous Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Station (CAAQMS) at Port Operation Centre to monitor air quality parameters.  

JNPT also became the first major port to sign a Distribution Franchisee Agreement with MSEDCL. 

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