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July port volumes rise 5% to 752,000 TEU despite monsoon

12 August 2017 | New Delhi


India’s major ports in July saw their total container throughput rise 5% year on year to 752,000 Twenty Foot Equivalent Unit (TEU), a growth was led by Mumbai's Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT).

JNPT handled 401,923 TEU in July, up 5.4% compared to the same month a year earlier.

The growth comes despite the disruption from monsoon weather and the Maersk Group cyber attack. Those gains are more impressive since APM Terminals Mumbai handles 40% of JNPT's cargo, and was crippled at the start of July because of the cyber attack.

Officials at APMT Mumbai told IHS Media that terminal operations were back to normal, but trade updates from transportation companies say that congestion and long truck lines remain.

The cyber attack and monsoon weather led to a 2.5% fall in July throughput at the largest terminal in the public harbour, while its rivals, with the exception of DP World's Nhava Sheva International Container Terminal, increased volumes year on year.

Elsewhere in India, throughput at the Chennai port in July rose 6%year on year to 133,000 TEU, reflecting that productivity efforts to regain cargo lost to nearby private rivals are paying off.

July volumes at other major container ports were as follows: Kolkata, flat at 65,000 TEU; Unicorn, or VO Chidambaranar, up 5% to 58,000 TEU; Cochin, or DP World-operated Vallarpadam Terminal, up 8% to 41,000 TEU; and Visakhapatnam, down 6% to 32,000 TEU.

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