APMT Mumbai temporarily closes berth for crane upgrade program

APM Terminals Mumbai, also known as Gateway Terminals India (GTI), at the Port of Nhava Sheva/JNPT has temporarily closed one of its container berths for a major landside infrastructure upgrade.

As part of a $115 million investment program announced last year, the private operator is adding six ship-to-shore cranes and three rail-mounted gantry cranes (RMQCs).

The company expects the equipment upgrade to increase handling capacity by 10% to 2.18 million TEUs per year.

“The terminal is now beginning the most critical part of its sustainable project with the ongoing dismantling of existing infrastructure and the arrival of new cranes,” APMT Mumbai said in a trade release.

The company stated, “During the transition period, which is expected to last six months, APMM Berth 1 will remain closed to vessel operations.”

It continues: “The scheduled completion in early September will mean that the terminal will not only increase the capacity to handle larger ships, but also increase efficiency, enabling faster turnaround times of ships and creating added value for end customers.”

For a quay length of 2,336 feet and 128 acres of shipyard space, APMT Mumbai currently has 10 double-hoist quay cranes, 40 rubber-tired gantry cranes and three RMQCs.

“The massive infrastructure upgrades will mean the terminal — India’s busiest — will have the reach to handle the largest ships calling at Nhava Sheva’s Jawaharlal Nehru port with the arrival of 23-container outreach cranes,” it said .

According to Sunay Mukerjee, COO of APMT Mumbai, “We are making our terminal safer, better and bigger. We are able to achieve this in large part due to the dedication of our employees, who demonstrate an exemplary work culture to serve our customers and keep safety at the core of our operations.”

Industry sources believe the protracted closure could cause some berthing problems for airlines that offer regular/weekly calls at the port.

Citing berth congestion, Indamex Service (India-US East Coast) latest vessel “Bea Schult” has skipped Nhava Sheva and instead dumped affected imports at Mundra port.

“Customers are asked to plan deliveries accordingly,” CMA CGM (India) stated in a note to customers.

APMT/GTI handled 1.73 million TEU with a total of 511 vessel calls from April 2022 to February 2023, up 2% year-on-year, according to the latest port data from Container News.

In addition to APMT/GTI, Nhava Sheva/JNPT has four container terminals – two from DP World, one from PSA International and one from a consortium of JM Baxi Group/CMA Terminals.

The port is a key gateway for India’s export/import shipments and as such any disruption will have a major impact on the country’s supply chain ecosystem.

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