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JNPT attracts new intra-Asia service    12/01/2018
APM Terminals-operated Gateway Terminals India (GTI) continues to win new calls compared with competitor Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), as the opening of a PSA International terminal provides a “fifth” option for mainline carriers serving India’s busiest container gateway.

Currently, GTI accounts for about 40 percent of JNPT’s total throughput. Photo Credit: APM Terminals Mumbai

GTI is poised to receive the first call from a new intra-Asia service, jointly announced by Cosco Shipping Lines and Wan Hai Lines this week, APM Terminals Mumbai sources told 
The weekly loop — known as the China-India Service VI (CI6) — will hold its maiden sailing from Shanghai, China, on Jan. 24. The port rotation will be as follows: Shanghai, Ningbo, Shekou and Nansha, China; Singapore; Nhava Sheva (JNPT) and Pipavav, India; Penang, Malaysia; and back to Shanghai. 
The service will employ a fleet of five 4,250 TEU vessels, with Cosco contributing four and Wan Hai, one. 
That service addition brings GTI’s total number of weekly sailings to 14, officials said. However, local trade sources told that with PSA’s entry, there could be service profile changes at JNPT in the coming months. GTI officials declined to comment on that possibility. 
Another industry source told that a major, nine-vessel consortium led by Hapag-Lloyd, currently using the port-owned Jawaharlal Nehru Container Terminal (JNCT), is likely to move onto PSA’s Bharat Mumbai Container Terminal upon full-fledged operations. 
GTI currently accounts for about 40 percent of JNPT’s total throughput, having handled 1.5 million TEU in the April-to-December period, a 12.5 percent year-over-year gain, out of 3.6 million TEU shipped through the port.   
Furthermore, the private operator represented nearly half of JNPT’s overall direct port delivery handling in December, processing 23,372 TEU out of 52,013 TEU speedy discharges through the port, statistics show.
In addition, the company outperformed rivals on key productivity metrics in December, with average gross crane rates improving to 43.09 moves per hour from 42.89 moves per hour during December 2016. GTI’s December crane productivity compares with 42.39 moves per hour by DP World’s Nhava Sheva (India) Gateway Terminal; 31.22 moves per hour by DP World’s flagship Nhava Sheva International Container Terminal; and 22.71 moves per hour by JNCT, an analysis of data shows. 
GTI is a joint venture between APM Terminals Group and domestic rail operator Container Corporation of India (Concor). The terminal includes a berth line of 2,336 feet, 128 acres of yard space, and modern service equipment — including 10 twin-lifting quay cranes, 40 rubber-tire gantry cranes, and three rail-mounted quay cranes — enabling it to handle about 2.3 million TEU annually.  

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