Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) has inaugurated two mobile x-ray scanners at the Nhava Sheva International Container Terminal (NSICT) as part of its efforts to improve trade processes.
In total, the JNPT has acquired three mobile container scanners, one for the each of its three terminals, at a cost of Rs 101 crore ($13.5 million).
Additionally, the JNPT is also going to install one drive through container scanner at the Bharat Mumbai Container Terminal (BMCTPL) at the total cost of Rs. 46.25 crore ($6.18 million).
Approximately 75% work for this project is completed and is expected to be operational by March 2022, according to JNPT. Increasing efficiency at the Port, the new mobile container scanner will scan up to 20 containers per hour, accelerating the processing of goods.
These mobile scanners will also help inspect the containers inside the terminal premises, giving the security agencies an advantage to take appropriate action before the container is allowed to exit.
This facility will benefit trade as containers can be allowed directly from the Port with the help of new mobile scanners. The scanning process will also be faster, ultimately saving time and cost for all the stakeholders.
JNPT Chairman Shri Sanjay Sethi said, “The newly inaugurated mobile x-ray scanner facility will help scan the containers inside the terminal premises; thus, security agencies will have the advantage of taking appropriate action before the container is allowed to exit.
“These scanners will help enhance our efficiency and considerably reduce import dwell time due to independent scanning facilities for each Terminal.”