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Improved productivity cut dwell times at India's JNPT in November

JAWAHARLAL Nehru Port Trust's (JNPT's) overall average dwell time in November improved to 2.53 days compared to 2.91 days in November 2016, as its share of monthly direct port delivery (DPD) traffic rose to a record 35 per cent, according to data compiled by IHS Media.

That performance was mainly driven by significant productivity gains at APM Terminals-operated Gateway Terminals India, where average export-import dwell times in November dropped to 2.2 days from 2.4 days a year earlier.

However, performance at JNPT's three other terminals remain a concern, increasing to 2.8 days from 2.6 days in November 2016 at state-owned Jawaharlal Nehru Container Terminal (JNCT); to 2.8 days from 2.2 days at DP World's Nhava Sheva International Container Terminal (NSICT); and to 2.8 days from 2.7 days at Nhava Sheva (India) Gateway Terminal (NSIGT), also operated by DP World.

The analysis also shows APM Terminals Mumbai represented half of JNPT's total DPD handling during November, accounting for 21,566 TEU out of 44,256 TEU. November DPD figures at the other terminals were as follows: JNCT, 14,679 TEU; NSICT, 4,566 TEU; and NSIGT, 3,445 TEU.

JNPT officials said shippers are able to save on their logistics costs and cargo transit times because of faster import discharges via DPD and that the port is on-track to achieve a government target goal of 40 per cent DPD share this fiscal year.

The DPD programme allows pre-approved importers to clear their cargo direct from the wharf instead of routing through an off-site container freight station.

JNPT's other operational parameters also showed slight improvement in November on a year-on-year basis, with overall average gross crane rates edging up to 35 moves per hour from 34.5 moves per hour. APM Terminals Mumbai totaled 42.5 moves per hour, up from 41.4 moves per hour in November 2016.
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