Infrastructure woes at India’s Jawaharlal Nehru Container Terminal (Nhava Sheva Port) are causing lengthy delays for vessels calling at the country’s largest container gateway.
“The terminal is running behind schedule by nearly seven days. Our Indamex Service is badly affected,” OOCL India said in a trade notice.
The weekly Indamex, connecting the Indian subcontinent, the Mediterranean and the U.S. East Coast, is a vessel-sharing agreement among five major carriers, including CMA CGM, Hapag-Lloyd, APL and NYK Line.
APL India issued a notice to customers that berthing delays in recent weeks have aggravated because of equipment shortage and frequent harbor crane breakdowns. “Vessel operators are struggling to maintain their fixed-day berthing windows,” the notice said.
The Indamex consortium members said they were holding meetings with port management to find interim measures to improve the situation.
“We are taking all possible steps to restore normal operations,” a port official said. He also said JNCT would soon issue a tender for the acquisition of six new rubber-tired gantry cranes.
The port-owned JNCT is one of three container-handling facilities in Nhava Sheva Port, which accounts for more than half of India’s total containerized traffic.
Meanwhile, container trailer operators at Nhava Sheva have launched an indefinite strike Tuesday to press for a hike in hauling rates.
“Container movements between the three terminals and off-site storage yards are severely affected,” a shipping line agent said.