Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) has undertaken dredging of its navigational channel from 14 metres to 15 metres, allowing for larger vessels of up to 12,500 TEUs to berth at the port. Apart from increasing the depth of the channel, the dredging project also includes increasing the width from 370 m to 450 m, and increasing the channel length by two kilometres, taking it to 35.5 km. This strategic development has been made keeping in mind the global market trend of deploying larger vessels to carry more consignments at a time.
Sanjay Sethi, Chairman, JNPT, says, “Our focus is reducing the transaction cost and time for the EXIM trade; dredging of the navigational channel is one of the most important initiatives towards it. Trade will benefit through optimal utilisation of capacity, saving on vessel waiting time, faster turnaround of larger vessels, and incremental regional economic development and spin-off economic benefits.”