Container traffic moving through India’s Port of Jawaharlal Nehru registered a marginal decline in fiscal 2008-09 ended March 31, according to latest traffic figures released by port management.
Nehru, the country’s largest box hub, handled 3.95 million TEUs, off 3 percent from 4.06 million TEUs the previous year.
Traffic at the state-owned terminal decreased to 1.06 million TEUs from 1.26 million TEUs. The two private facilities, operated by DP World and A.P. Moller-Maersk, handled 1.42 million TEUs, down from 1.51 million TEUs, and 1.46 million TEUs compared to 1.29 million TEUs.
Total throughput, however, increased 2.5 percent to 57.28 million tons, from 55.83 million tons in 2007-08.
As part of capacity expansion plans, the port authority recently initiated bidding process for its proposed $1.3-billion fourth container terminal project, to be developed in two phases on a 30-year build-operate-transfer basis.
In addition, the authority earlier issued a tender for its long-awaited 330-meter berth extension project. The $140-million facility is expected to be ready in 2010 and would have annual capacity of 600,000 TEUs, taking total capacity at the state-run terminal to 1.2 million TEUs.