The recent collapse of a container crane at Jawaharlal Nehru Container Terminal (Nhava Sheva Port), India’s largest container facility, is causing major disruptions to berthing schedules, according to a senior OOCL India official.
“The terminal is running behind schedule by more than five days,” the official told the JOC.
Hong-Kong based OOCL, which operates the Indamex Service connecting the Port of Nhava Sheva with ports on the US East Coast, said that ships operating under the fixed-day berthing window scheme are the worst affected due to low levels of productivity and extended stays.
The Indamex service is a vessel-sharing agreement among five major carriers, including Hapag-Lloyd, CMA CGM, APL and NYK Line.
“The consortium members have been in touch with port officials to know their actions aimed at restoring normalcy at the terminal. There is, however, no positive outcome yet,” added the official.
According to the JOC, a number of vessels remain anchored in the port’s harbor with many more expected to follow suit in the coming days.
The Jawaharlal Nehru Container Terminal is one of three box terminals in Nhava Sheva Port, responsible for the movement of nearly 60 percent of India’s containerized trade.
Nehru handled a record 4.32 million TEU during FY2012, up 1.5 percent from the 4.27 million TEU handled the previous year.
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