INDIA’S NO. 1 CONTAINER PORT, JNPT CELEBRATES ITS SILVER JUBILEE YEAR

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Mumbai, July 9, (Washinton Bangla Radio) : India’s largest container port terminal and a crucial element in the nation’s logistics infrastructure, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) celebrated its Silver jubilee year at Hotel The Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai. Chief guest, Hon'ble Union Cabinet Minister of Shipping, Shri G.K.Vasan, Guest of Honour, Hon'ble Minister of State (Communications, IT and Shipping), Shri Milind Deora, Special Guest, Hon'ble Secretary (Shipping), Dr. Viswapati Trivedi, Additional Secretary, Financial Advisor, Dr T. Kumar, Joint Secretary Ports, Shri N. Muruganandam, Chairman National Shipping Board, Capt. P.V.K Mohan, Chairman, JNPT, Shri N.N. Kumar, Chief Manager (Admn.) & Secy., JNPT, Shri S.K. Kaul and many dignitaries graced the occasion with their presence. A melodious classical rendition was also presented by renowned performing artist Mr Chintoo Singh. The Hon’ble Ministers also felicitated the extraordinary achievers of the Industry today.

JNPT Silver jubilee poster

Shri G.K.Vasan said, “JNPT is entering its Silver Jubilee year and I am happy to state that within a short span of time the port has become the No 1 container port in the country, handling 44% of India’s container trade. The port will continue to expand its capacity, improve its efficiency and cater to the requirements of trade in the years to come. I wish the employees, trustees, port users and all other stakeholders the very best for their endeavour to make the JNPT a premier Port in the world.”

Dr. Viswapati Trivedi said, “JNPT is one of the leading ports in the world. It is emerging as the main facilitator of India's International trade. We want it to be recognized as India’s premier container port providing integrated logistics to the best interest of trade and customers.”

Shri Milind Deora said, “I am proud that JNPT has not only fulfilled the ambitious targets and expectations but also has successfully evolved as the country’s primary gateway for international trade. I extend my heartiest congratulations to all the staff of JNPT for success in all their 
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endeavours and I once again congratulate all the winners for their exemplary work in helping India become a global maritime hub.”

Shri N. N. Kumar said, “As JN Port completes 24 years as a Global Container Port, we must also pause to take stock of the elements that went into making of what has been a successful transition from a young port to a front-ranking developing port of the World. The steps are underway to develop additional capacity to match the demand from trade by developing the 4th Container terminal of 4.8 million TEUs capacity and 330 meter quay extension of 0.8 million TEUs capacity. The estimated cost of the project is Rs. 600 Crores. Additional bulk/break bulk berths with modern facilities, captive berths, logistic parks and green initiatives for nonconventional energy and water conservation are other projects in the pipeline.” 

Ever since its inception on May 26, 1989, JNPT has charted India's international trade to a glorious course of success and achievements, breaking all records and creating new benchmarks, JNPT is the biggest container handling Port in India, handling around 44% of the country's containerized cargo, crossing throughput. Also JNPT is the first to cross the historic landmark of 4 million TEUs in container throughput in 2007-08. In its coveted role as the Hub Port on the Western Coast of India, JNP is ranked 26th among the top 100 Container Ports in the World.

JNPT is the first Major Port of India to lead the way in showing the benefits of Public Private Partnership (PPP) in the Port Sector by commissioning the first private terminal, viz. Nhava Sheva International Container Terminal (NSICT / DP World) in the year 1989 and brought international container handling parameters to India, which has since seen the country’s premier port augmenting infrastructure, becoming more service oriented and in the process of vastly improved efficiencies. JNPT has taken the process forward with the commissioning of a second private container terminal; M/s Gateway Terminals India Pvt. Ltd (GTIPL) consortium of AP Moller & CONCOR in the year 2006 by converting its Bulk Terminal into a Container Terminal.  All of this set the ball rolling towards JNPT becoming the biggest container handling Port in the country. 

JNPT has many feathers to its cap. JNPT won the ‘Sea Port of the Year for Containerized Cargo, Northern India’ award by Northern India Multimodal Logistics, New Delhi in Feb. 2013; has been awarded for the Contribution to the Maharashtra Economy’ by Maharashtra Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture in Jan. 2013; won the prestigious ‘Corporate Social Responsibility Award‘ awarded by Greentech Foundation in Oct. 2012; won the ‘Indira Gandhi Rajbhasha Puraskar of Ministry of Home, GoI, for implementation of Hindi Rajbhasha  in official language on Hindi Day in Sept. 2012; won the ‘Maritime and Logistics Award, 2012 (MALA – 2012) in the category of ‘Container Handling Port of The Year’ and Environment  Protection and Green Initiatives in Sept. 2012. JNPT won the ‘Golden Peacock Environment Award 2012’ by Institute of   Directors (IOD), New Delhi, for Environmental initiatives in July 2012 and also won the ‘Performance Excellence Award’ (Gold) – 2012 by Indian Institute of Industrial Engineering in June 2012 amongst others.

JNPT is committed to meeting the needs and expectations of its customers through: equipping itself with state-of-the-art equipment and technology and efficient, professional and computer integrated terminal operation systems. Conforming to international standards and offering competitive rates. 

List of Awardees:
1. Highest container traffic handled by a Shipping Line at JN Port : M/s. MAERSK Line India Pvt. Ltd. 
2. Highest Container traffic handled by a Shipping Line at JNPCT: M/s. Hyundai Merchant Marine India Pvt. Ltd.
3. Highest import delivery of containers to a CFS from JNPT: M/s. Seabird Marine Services Pvt. Ltd., Container Freight Station
4. Maximum throughput handled at Shallow Draught Berth by a Consignee: M/s. Ultratech Cement Ltd.
5. Maximum containers handled at Shallow Draught Berth by a Shipping Line: M/s. Pacific International Lines Pte. Ltd.
6. Maximum liquid cargo brought to JNPT by a consignee: M/s. Oil & Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (ONGC).
7. Maximum liquid cargo handled by a Vessel Agent: M/s. J. M. Baxi & Co. 
8. Highest Non-PSU liquid cargo stored and handled by a tank farm operator: M/s. Ganesh Benzoplast Limited.
9. A special felicitation for handling ICD traffic of 0.87 million TEUs at JN Port: M/s. Container Corporation of India  Ltd (CONCOR)
10. A special felicitation for handling 1.04 million TEUs of container traffic: M/s. Nhava Sheva International Container Terminal (NSICT) Ltd. (DP World )
11. A special felicitation for handling 2.01 million TEUs of container traffic :M/s. Gateway Terminals India Pvt. Ltd.(GTICT)
12. A special felicitation for handling liquid bulk cargo of 5.88 million tonnes: M/s. Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL).
13. Special Memento to “Daily Shipping Times” for their contribution to Maritime Industry & Trade 
14. A special felicitation for the outstanding contribution of Shri R.K. Singh, Chairman & Mg. Director, Bharat Petroleum Corpn. Ltd. for the overall development of JN Port from time to time.