Because of congestion, terminal management closed the export gate at Nhava Sheva International Container Terminal in India’s Port of Jawaharlal Nehru.
An unofficial “go-slow” campaign by a group of workers threatened serious delays to cargo moving through the country’s busiest container gateway.
“The DP World Terminal has been facing serious productivity and congestion issues over the past 10-15 days following an informal go-slow action by workers at the private terminal,” a shipping line agent at Nhava Sheva said.
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As of Tuesday morning, nearly 20,000 20-foot equivalent units, mostly imports, are jamming the terminal yard, which offers just about 6,500 ground slots for container storage.
“In a bid to cope with the alarming situation, terminal management has decided to close the export gate for all services until further notice,” the agent said.
State-owned rail operator Container Corporation of India said the increased congestion and gate restrictions at the terminal could lead to “missed” shipping connections for outbound traffic.
“As a result of the slowdown in the work, around 15 to 20 trains with export containers are currently either detained or regulated short of the Nhava Sheva Port for want of space. It is quite likely that these export containers will miss their scheduled vessel connections,” Concor said.
The private terminal operator attributed the backlog to a sudden surge in import arrivals, and said it is making all possible efforts to restore normal operations.
NSICT is the second-largest container facility at Nehru with capacity of 1.4 million TEUs a year.
Around 65 percent of India’s total containerized traffic moves through the three terminals at Nehru. Its consolidated volume for fiscal 2009-10, which ended March 31, 2010, totaled a record 4.06 million TEUs and according to latest traffic trends, throughput is likely to reach an “all-time high” of 4.25 million TEUs in fiscal 2010-11, which ends March 31, 2011.