JNPT handles nearly 1.6 million TEUS during the lock down period from march end to august 31st
The State owned Jawaharlal Nehru port, one of the leading container hub
ports of the country has handled nearly 1.6 million TEUs and received as many
as around seven hundred ships during the lock down period from April to August
31st according to a port release.
JNPT has continued its steady surge in cargo handling with the easing of
lockdown restrictions and pick-up in domestic economic activity. This progress
indicates early signs of recovery, which is very significant during the ongoing
pandemic that has affected business across India.
Despite the various challenges faced, JNPT handled a noteworthy 1,643,784
TEUs and 694 vessels in the lockdown period till August 31, 2020.
JNPT will maintain
this growth trajectory
After facing a drop of over 35 per cent in cargo handling in the initial
lockdown period, slowly the decline has come down to 16.61 per cent in August
2020 as compared to August 2019 and the port is trying to reach its pre-Covid
performance levels. The numbers reaffirm that JNPT will maintain this growth
trajectory, as per the release.
From the start, JNPT took a host of measures for the stakeholders, port
employees, shipping lines and the local community. These timely measures helped
the port in improving its numbers month-on-month and it registered a throughput
of 3,52,735 TEUs in August 2020 as against 3,44,316 TEUs in July 2020. The
overall traffic handled in August 2020 was 4.74 million tonnes as against 5.68
million tonnes in August 2019.
Various steps taken to
keep the port ecosystem functional
At JNPT, we have taken various steps to keep the port ecosystem functional
and for smooth working of the logistics supply chain during the Covid-19
pandemic crisis, which has helped our cause. Also, by converting JNPT Hospital
as a Dedicated Covid Health Care Centre, we are trying to do our best in
helping the local community to come out of this crisis”.
The premier container port is expected to drive the next phase of
transformation and further looks to strengthen its position, achieve its goals,
and remain a leading port in the coming years, the release added.