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Mundra overtakes Mumbai's JNPT as India's top container port


MUNDRA Port, India's biggest commercial port by volume and the flagship port of the Adani Group, edged past state-run Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) to emerge the largest container port in the country in the April-June quarter.

In Mundra, container volumes dropped 17.7 per cent to 970,940 TEU during the April-June quarter from 1.18 million TEU during the same period last year, reports Chennai's Hindu Business Line.

In comparison, JNPT handled 847,844 TEU, a drop of about 35 per cent from the 1.307 million TEU handled in the first quarter of FY20.

"Our next goal is making Mundra the largest container port in the world," said Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ) CEO Karan Adani, who heads the port operating unit of the Ahmedabad-based conglomerate.

Aside from this milestone, the operational performance of Indian ports during the first quarter of FY21 was hit by the demand destruction triggered by the pandemic.

Cargo volumes handled at the dozen major ports run by the central government dropped 19.68 per cent to 141.924 million tonnes during the first quarter from 176.699 million tonnes last year.

Except for iron ore, pellets and raw fertiliser cargo, all the other cargo types such as crude oil, products, LPG, LNG, other liquids, finished fertilisers, thermal coal, steam coal, coking coal, containers and other miscellaneous cargo registered volume declines during the first quarter.

APSEZ, with nine ports, handled 41.5 million tonnes during the first quarter, a drop of about 27 per cent from the 57 million tonnes handled last year.

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