Labor Slowdown at India’s Top Port

A week-long labor disruption is affecting cargo moving through Nhava Sheva International Container Terminal (NSICT), according to trade updates from logistics services providers in the west coast harbor.  NSICT is a DP World facility at India’s biggest container handler, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust.

Turn times for trucks arriving to load or discharge containers at the private terminal now average more than 30 hours because of the slowdowns, producing long queues outside gates and impacting operations at other terminals in the port complex.

In a complaint lodged with port management, the Container Freight Stations’ Association of India logistics group said the Dubai-based company is deploying fewer rubber-tire gantry cranes for cargo operations, slowing vessel productivity and efficiency.

The group also strongly protested a “lack of customer advisory” from NSICT on the terminal operation.

“Since the past week, there has been congestion on the port approach roads. This is mainly happening because of a slowdown in the operation at NSICT, resulting from non-deployment of sufficient numbers of RTGCs for export intake activity,” JNPT said, in a communique to the private terminal.

Nhava Sheva International Container Terminal, or DP World Nhava Sheva, said it is taking all steps to restore normalcy in the terminal and bring ship calls back on track at India’s biggest container gateway, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust.

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