Logistics providers out of India’s largest container port complex — Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNCT) — are again reporting abrupt terminal gate closings and long truck waits, according to the Journal of Commerce. The problem is being blamed on “system outages”.
In a latest trade advisory, the Container Freight Stations’ Association of India said the double-row truck line leading to port trust-owned JNCT extended approximately 1.5 kilometers (nearly one mile) Monday morning because of the system failure.
JNCT is one of three container handling facilities in Nhava Sheva, which accounts for about 60 percent of total containerized cargo moving via India’s 12 major public ports and roughly 40 percent of the nation’s overall containerized ocean trade.
Amid increasing volumes and limited connectivity infrastructure, JNPT has been battling congestion and delays at its terminals. With no significant letup in the bottlenecks, shippers have been diverting some of their cargo through nearby privately operated minor ports, particularly Mundra, equipped with sufficient spare capacity and dedicated hinterland connectivity.
In an attempt to deal with shipper intense complaints over gate delays, JNPT, in coordination with its private terminal operators, has introduced paperless documentation for the gate-in of export containers and inter-terminal truck transfers in the past couple of months.
In addition, a shipping line representative in Nhava Sheva said JNCT last week began operating two of the three new super-post-Panamax rail-mounted quay cranes that suffered an accident in March during the installation.
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