The Logistics Headlines, New Delhi, 30th March: Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ) is eyeing to take additional cargo at its flagship Mundra Port on the event of completing new projects dedicated to double the container handling capacity. Earlier this week, a trade summit was set up at Shanghai; China to bring capabilities and developments achieved for Mundra at its private harbor, and progress over its rivals in India, to light.
However, Mundra is a bit critical for expanding container handling footprint of APSEZs because of traffic gains causing bottlenecks at direct rival JNPT and its nearness to northern hinterland market.
Mundra’s unique selling points are quick turn times, short waits, dedicated connectivity to rail-highway, and modern infrastructure. Thus, Mundra is a great alternative option as port for Northern India hinterland shipper and ocean carriers who are irked due to long delays at JNPT. It is located 300 nautical miles from JNPT (Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust), which is one of the top’s public container handlers in India for now.
This conference saw an attendance of many representatives from customhouse agencies, cargo sector, freight forwarders, and warehousing services providers. In this meeting, one of the senior staffs of APSEZ displayed operational and cost list advantages that Mundra gives to shippers.
Mundra vs. JNPT- which One Will Hold the Torch to the Port Sector?
Last year, JNPT faced terrible labor issues, which led to delays and congestion at the public harbor, where a large volume of hinterland cargo was transported to Mundra. Its private port saw 17% increase for year-over-year container volumes in the earlier financial year to the March. JNPT just recorded a growth of 0.5% then. The event was held to build relationships with major importers and exporters based in India, who have good trade potential.
In its first global conference, APSEZ also listed its growth in fiscal year of 2016-2017, that rose by 28% when compared to 4% of the same at public ports with a new port and terminal of Ennore close to Chennai (will open shortly).
APSEZ announced that it is conducting 100% of exports from Mundra. They are highly satisfied with the infrastructure, services, and response from Adani Ports, as said by one of the representative from DML Exim Pvt. Ltd. (a leading exporter), to other participants, last year. On the other hand, an official from the company Jaydeep Cotton Fibres told that it would accelerate shipments through Mundra in the next months.
How is Mundra Proving to be a Boon for Adani Ports?
Mundra contributes to about 90% of Adani Port’s container business along with port-owned Adani Mundra Container Terminal, Adani International Container Termination (operated jointly by Mediterranean Shipping Company and APSEZ), DP World-managed Mundra International Container Terminal, and Adani CMA Mundra Terminal (under construction), which is jointly ventured by CMA CGM Group and APSEZ.
Once the expansion is done with, then annually the total capacity of Mundra will touch 6.6 million twenty-foot equivalent units, becoming the largest container port of India. However, such a huge capacity will be a major challenge for JNPT that has declined 0.4% in throughput year after year for its initial 11 financial months, even after significant gains at productivity.