NAVI MUMBAI: The crane productivity at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) continues to shine in the last few months on measures taken by the port Authorities, inching up to 33.1 moves per hour from 32.1 moves per hour one year ago.
Port productivity data analyzed by JOC.com show that the improvement in the April-to-August period was led by DP World’s new facility Nhava Sheva (India) Gateway Terminal, with crane productivity up to 38.38 moves per hour, compared with 29.42 moves per hour previously, whereas that figure at its flagship sister unit – Nhava Sheva International Container Terminal stood at 28.91 moves per hour.
APM Terminals-operated Gateway Terminals India averaged at 39.9 moves per hour versus 40.8 moves per hour during April to August 2016. The marginal fall may be attributed to the disruption caused by the June 27 cyber attack on Maersk Group’s global systems.
Average crane productivity at Port owned Jawaharlal Nehru Container Terminal, which is in the process of adding 15 new electrically-powered rubber-tyre gantry cranes, stood at 24.5 moves per hour, according to the data analysis.
Though the combined average vessel turnaround time at the port was marginally higher, at 2.29 days from 2.04 days in the same five months of last year, with the number of ship calls rising to 1,199 from 1,168, vessels spent less idle time in berth, representing 11.09 percent against 11.26 percent previously.
JNPT had a 6.2 percent year-over-year increase in volume in the April to August period and to push that growth trend, authorities have stepped up its road-to-rail freight conversion and digitization efforts. As a result, its share of railed cargo during August climbed to 17 percent from 15 percent in the prior month, while an “electronic self-sealing” method for factory-stuffed export shipments with the use of radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags, which is scheduled to start Oct. 1, builds on the RFID-enabled container tracking service, designed to lift cargo velocity, at the public harbor.
“With India striving to improve its manufacturing competitiveness with 'Make in India' [a program meant to lift domestic manufacturing], the Government is leaving no stone unturned to make ports the drivers of socioeconomic change,” the Ministry of Shipping said in a statement last week.
JNPT loads the majority of India’s container trade and as such is the focus of Government efforts to boost productivity.
The Ministry of Shipping at a stakeholder meeting last week called for closer coordination between terminals and railway agencies to draw more truckloads onto trains, and standardization of gate-in hours for export cargo from the current four days to three days at all terminals.