Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT), also known as Nhava Sheva, is the largest container port in India, located south of Mumbai in Maharashtra.
According to a Trade Notice issued by the Chief Manager Traffic of JNPT, JNPT is replacing the existing three old Rail Mounted Quay Cranes (RMQCs) with new three Super Post Panamax RMQCs at the Main Container Berth, and shifting the old RMQCs from the Main Container Berth to the Shallow Draft Berth at JNPCT.
During the current installation / commissioning of these new RMQCs alongside the Main Container Berth and the further mechanization of the Shallow Draft Berth, the normal operation alongside the Main Container Berth is likely to be hampered through to 16th December 2014.
Similarly, operations at the Shallow Draft Berth are likely to be hampered through to 12th December 2014.
The shallow draught berth will be available for normal operations equipped with two old RMQCs from 10th November to 30th November 2014, while third old RMQC is expected to be available for operations by 12th December 2014.
While JNPT is making appropriate arrangements to handle the maximum number of vessels within the constraints due to non-availability of adequate operational berth length in accordance with the LOA of the vessels calling the Port, it will not be in a position to handle at least 22 vessels during the current period to 16th December 2014.
According to the trade notice, JNPT has requested both Nhava Sheva International Container Terminal (NSICT) and Gateway Terminals India (GTI) to handle 22 vessels which JNPCT cannot handle during the commissioning period of the new RMQCs.
During this time, further congestion and delays are expected to be experienced by vessels using the port of Nhava Sheva.
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