Oct 15 2013 | Project Watch

JNPT: India's biggest container port

JNPT is currently ranked 26th among the top 100 container ports in the world. JNPT is India’s largest container port. The port was commissioned in 1989 with an aim to decongest both Mumbai city and the Mumbai Port Trust. Today JNPT handles more than 60 per cent of India’s container cargo registering an annual throughput of more than 4 million TEUs. JNPT has drawn up a plan to increase its capacity to handle container traffic of 10 million TEUs by 2016-17.

The JN Port handled 64.50 million tonne of total cargo during the financial year 2012-13 as against 65.73 million tonne of cargo handled in the previous year. The container traffic during the financial year 2012-13 is 1.43 per cent less than the previous year. The port has improved its position from third to second in India for total cargo (including liquid). The containerized cargo was 57.91 million tonne, liquid cargo 5.88 million tonne and the balance dry bulk and break bulk. The three terminals of JN Port handled 4.26 million TEUs of containers in 2012-13 - JNPCT 1.21 million TEUs, NSICT (DP World) 1.04 million TEUs, and GTICT (APM Terminals) 2.01 million TEUs.

At JNPT’s own container terminal JNPCT, traffic continued to increase by 17.53% in 2012-13. Thus JNP Container Terminal traffic has increased by 37.86% over the last two years. Gateway Terminals India Pvt. Ltd. of APM Terminals handled 2.01 million TEUs, 6.13% more than the last year.


The Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), Mumbai and Nhava Sheva (India) Gateway Terminal Pvt. Ltd. (a subsidiary of DP World), had signed a concession agreement for development of standalone container handling facility at the Jawaharlal Nehru port. Under the agreement, a terminal with the quay length of 330 metre will be developed by the concessionaire at an estimated cost of Rs. 600 Crore. The estimated capacity addition will be 0.8 Million TEUs per annum. The project is slated to be completed by December 2015. The project would be executed on DBFOT (Design, Built, Finance Operate and Transfer) basis, with a concession period of approximately 17 years. The Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust floated a global tender and DP World was the successful bidder for the project, with their offer of 28.9% revenue share to the port. DP World has formed a special purpose vehicle (SPV) namely Nhava Sheva
(India) Gateway Terminal Pvt. Ltd. to implement this project.


JNPT has re-invited bids for the Rs 8,000 crore fourth container terminal.The project has been delayed for more than three years after a consortium of Port of Singapore (PSA) and ABG Ports who won the earlier bid backed off from the project. The terminal will have a capacity of 2.4 million twentyfoot equivalent units and a berth of two km in length. The fifth mega container terminal project is also planned at Nhava with additional 10 million TEUs capacity. This project is being re-designed by URS-Scott Wilson following the Government directive regarding the sea link over it. An additional liquid handling capacity of 30 m. tonnes per annum has been designed by L&T Ramboll, as a PPP project. Howe India Pvt. Ltd. is designing additional bulk/break bulk berths of 75 mtpa capacity with modern facilities. Logistics park and green initiatives for generation of non-conventional energy and water conservation are some other projects in the pipeline.


Mumbai JNPT Port Road Company (MJPRCL) had proposed plans for 6/8 laning of the Jawahar Lal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) Port Road Project in Maharashtra on Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT-Annuity) basis using Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer (DBFOT) pattern. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has given it’s nod for this project. The total road length will be approximately 43.912 km of which 20.95 km will be of 6-laning and 22.962 km will be of 8-laning. The project corridor highway consists of NH-4B and NH-348. This network connects the JNPT including its proposed Navi Mumbai International Airport in the State of Maharashtra. The project cost is estimated at Rs.1,943.37 crore. This includes land acquistion cost, resettlement and rehabilitation and other pre-construction activities.

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