This is to update the current situation at Nhava Sheva port:
• All three terminal at Nhava Sheva are congested. GTI and NSICT are worst affected terminals. The yard inventories at NSICT and GTI have exceeded normal working limits and has put severe constraints on productivity and terminal operations. The import evacuation from terminals to hinterland destinations is facing restrictions due to congested ICD destinations and the volume being surpassing the evacuation capacities of train operators. The large move counts by shipping lines is also the reason as the volume is exceeding the yard capacity of these terminals.
• Indian ports saw container traffic increase 21% year-on-year in the two-month period. at Nhava Sheva volume increased by almost 17% year-on-year during the April-May period, to hit 751,000teu. However the infrastructure and resources remain limited .
• The shifting of export containers arrived by rail from hinterland locations to Nhava Sheva are discharged by rail operators at any one of the terminal depending on the availability of the vacant rail sidings . The shifting of such containers from discharge head to correct terminal for connecting on main line vessel is not taking place due to heavy congestion, causing rollovers of the export containers.
• With the onset of strong monsoon the terminal productivity levels will deteriorate further and situation will get more worse. This will eventually cause heavy rollovers of exports and will further add to the terminal congestion .
• Severe berthing delays , cost of rollovers and additional cost due to operation delays is having severe financial impact on us.
• Comparatively gate way port of Mundra is not congested and in a better position to cater in this difficult situation . All MSC services are calling Mundra ( MPSEZ terminal) and to mitigate the situation and ensure connection of exports to mainline vessel, MSC proposes further measures :
1. All exports containers that can be routed via Mundra, to use only Mundra option and not Nhava Sheva.
2. To recover the additional cost incurred by shipping line at Nhava Sheva, for all containers originating from Ahmedabad, Ludhiana and Delhi NCR (i.e . TKD, Dadri, Loni, Patli, ACTL , GDL) and routed via Nhava Sheva, MSC will implement a port congestion surcharge of USD 50 per teu. This will be effective for all bookings issued from 18th June , 2010.
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