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Nhava Sheva Port builds integrated rail-side capacity for double-stacked box trains

Nhava Sheva Port (JNPT), India’s busiest public container gateway, has announced it is in a position to handle double-stacked container freight trains out of its new integrated rail yard for all terminals in the harbour.

The port has five container terminals and mixed or combined train operations have been its mainstay for inland container depot (ICD) volumes.

The port authority noted that “the state-of-the-art integrated rail yard, designed to handle double-stacked container trains, is set to commence on the Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) rail lines for all the five terminals.”

The authority went on to say, “This advanced common rail yard will streamline operations and enhance efficiency at the port.”

The sophisticated integrated common rail yard has been developed in an effort to upgrade the port’s infrastructure for seamless freight movement as demand builds, propelled by the DFC connectivity.

According to a previous port statement, the long-haul common yard has three lines of 1,500 metres for double-stack container trains, out of which two are top-wired ballastless lines meant for loading and unloading of containers, and one is for engine turnaround of electric locomotives.

The Western DFC project, a high-stakes investment for India’s containerised trade, is a 1,504-kilometre broad-gauge freight only connector between Dadri, the busiest ICD in North India, and Nhava Sheva.

Along the DFC route, it is estimated that advanced wagons can carry freight up to 81 tons per wagon at a speed of 100 kilometres per hour, including for double-stacked container trains, compared with 60 kmph on the normal network.

Nhava Sheva Port has been working hard to convert more truckloads to the rail mode to alleviate road congestion and improve container dwell times.

The port saw 1.52 million TEUs during April-June, the first quarter of fiscal year 2023-24, up 3% year-over-year. Rail volumes accounted for 16.6% of total traffic, according to data obtained by Container News.

Container Corporation of India (Concor) and other private rail companies, including Gateway Distriparks (GDL), have already opened a flurry of new upgraded services on the DFC route.

Last month, GDL launched a double-stacked rail connection between ICD Viramgam and Mundra Port.

“This will help us with faster evacuation of containers and reduce dwell time at the port for our customers,” the company said.

GDL further explained, “In particular, as ICD Viramgam is a hub that we use for consolidating containers for double stack operations, we will greatly benefit from this development not only for the ICD Viramgam market but also our Northern India ICDs.”

The Viramgam-Mundra service followed GDL opening a train route between Faridabad ICD and Mundra.

Source: Container News


PSA Terminal leads Nhava Sheva Port’s fiscal 2023 throughput growth

Nhava Sheva Port (JNPT), India’s busiest public gateway, logged an all-time throughput high in the fiscal year 2022-23, which ended on 31 March, according to the latest port data obtained by Container News.

The combined volume out of five container terminals hit 6.05 million TEUs, up 6.4% year-over-year.

PSA Mumbai (BMCT) reported a stellar performance, with its annual throughput surging 33% to 1.7 million TEUs on vessel calls which jumped 58% from the prior year.

BMCT began first-phase operations in early 2018, with a designed capacity of 2.4 million TEUs. Work on Phase II development is under way and according to current indications, the project is scheduled for commissioning in April 2025. At full build-out, the terminal will have a capacity of 4.8 million TEUs.

Gateway Terminals India (GTI), also known as APM Terminals Mumbai, saw relatively flat growth, apparently because of capacity constraints. The terminal handled 1.85 million TEUs during the fiscal year, as ship calls decreased by approximately 7%.

DP World has two terminals in Nhava Sheva, NSICT and NSIGT. The former handled 1.1 million TEUs in fiscal 2022-23, up 16% year-over-year, while the latter saw 1.14 million TEUs, down 4%, according to new data.

Nhava Sheva Port saw a massive wave of export containers in March, straining its infrastructure that has been under severe pressure due to the decommissioning of a berth at APMT Mumbai for the installation of new cranes.

Additionally, the recently-privatised port-owned JNPCT facility is under infrastructure upgrades. As a result, cargo flows through the port have taken a hit, particularly sending reefer movements out of whack.

A consortium led by CMA Terminals (CMAT) and Mumbai-based JM Baxi Group has won the rights to modernise JNPCT, rechristened as Nhava Sheva Freeport Terminal (NSFT).

“The consortium is well positioned to execute the plan, thanks to CMA Terminals Holding’s experience at 50 active port terminals across 33 countries together with JM Baxi Ports & Logistics’ strong track record of managing brown-field terminal concessions in India and two containers terminals at Visakhapatnam and Kandla,” CMA CGM said in a recent statement.

The company further noted, “Nhava Sheva Freeport Terminal’s offering is further enhanced by its intermodal connectivity via a rail freight corridor that connects the terminal to main production and consumption centers in India. This offers terminal customers quality integrated services at sea and ashore.”

It went on to add, “With this new concession agreement, CMA CGM is growing its terminal footprint while supporting the growth and efficiency of its commercial and operational activities in India.”

Source: Container News