Port Nehru Traffic Down 3 Percent

Port Nehru Traffic Down 3 Percent

Container traffic through India’s Port of Jawaharlal Nehru (Nhava Sheva) fell 3 percent year-over-year in April, the first month of fiscal 2011-12, according to latest traffic figures released by the port authority.

Total volume handled by the west coast port’s three terminals totaled 369,000 20-foot equivalent units, down from 376,000 TEUs a year earlier.

Gateway Terminals, operated by A.P. Moller-Maersk, handled 159,000 TEUs, compared with 164,000 TEUs in the year-ago month.

Volume via DP World’s Nhava Sheva International Container Terminal declined to 125,000 TEUs from 137,000 TEUs.

Traffic at the port-run terminal increased 12.5 percent to 85,000 TEUs from 76,000 TEUs.

Total cargo tonnage for the month was estimated at 5.6 million tons, up 1.25 percent from 5.5 million tons.

Nehru is India’s largest container port, moving almost 65 percent of the country’s total containerized export and import cargo. Its box volume hit an all-time high of 4.27 million TEUs in fiscal 2010-11, which ended March 31, 2011.

In other related news, the Indian Shipping Ministry said Friday major state-owned ports are working on comprehensive administrative reforms to improve productivity and expand capacity.

“To this end, the ports are planning toward implementing ‘landlord port’ concept, duly limiting their role to maintenance of channels and basic infrastructure and leaving the development-operation-management of terminal and cargo handling facilities to the private sector,” the ministry said.