Nhava Sheva, Ganesh Benzoplast liquid cargo handling partner at JNPT

MUMBAI: Nhava Sheva Distribution Terminal Pvt Ltd, a wholly owned entity of JM Baxi Ports & Logistics Ltd, has signed an agreement with Ganesh Benzoplast Ltd for liquid cargo handling at the Shallow Water Berth in Jawaharlal Nehru Port.

Nhava Sheva Distribution Terminal (NSDT) is a multipurpose clean cargo terminal capable of handling containers, cement, breakbulk, liquids, breakbulk and dry bulk.

The agreement between Nhava Sheva Distribution Terminal and Ganesh Benzoplast sees a phased build-up of liquid cargo volumes of up to 2 million tonnes to be transhipped at the shallow water berth operated by NSDT.

Jawaharlal Nehru Port currently handles 6.3 million tons of liquid cargo such as liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), petroleum products, chemicals, edible oils, acids, etc.

“This strategic alliance will provide users who source their liquid cargo through Jawaharlal Nehru Port with a one-stop integrated solution and the synchronized facility will act as a distribution hub for the industrial belts in Maharashtra and South Gujarat,” said Dhruv Kotak, Managing Director. JM Baxi Group.

“This is a very important agreement that will not only ensure better service to our customers by eliminating ship wait times, but will also help increase volume over the long term by providing berth for larger ships and a variety of cargoes,” added Rishi Pilani, Chairman, and Managing Director, Ganesh Benzoplast.

Last year, JM Baxi Ports & Logistics acquired the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Authority’s coastal and shallow water berths as part of the government’s privatization program.

The 4 million tonnes per year (MMTA) shallow water berth (SWB) will be 445 meters in length, of which 125 meters has been developed as a ro-ro terminal. It can accommodate ships up to 30,000 tons.

The coastal berth has the capacity to handle approximately 2.8 million tons per year (MMTA) of coastal cargo such as steel, cement, containers, fertilizer, food grain and some other clean cargoes. The berth has a reserve area of ​​9 hectares for storage and cargo handling.

The shallow water berth is already fitted with piping from Ganesh Benzoplast, one of India’s leading suppliers of liquid storage facilities with a total tank capacity of 3.3 lakh kiloliters across three ports.

Ganesh Benzoplast is the largest liquid logistics service provider in the Mumbai region.

At the JN Port, Ganesh Benzoplast operates 64 liquid storage tanks with a total capacity of 2,40,000 kiloliters, which are 100 percent utilized.

According to a presentation on its website, Ganesh Benzoplast said it has leased 4.5 hectares of land from the JN Port Authority for 25 years to expand capacity and that construction is underway.

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