Dear Valued Employees, Stakeholders and Trade Partners,
The ongoing pandemic led to a turbulent year which made us constantly look for solutions to a list of new questions. COVID-19 had a major and wide-ranging impact on the port and other allied sectors, compelling us to constantly switch gear. Throughout the last financial year, our primary concern was the safety of everyone at the port and of all the stakeholders. Working with a large community of stakeholders, we successfully kept the port operational and I would like to thank all the employees, their families, trade and stakeholders who were always willing to walk the extra mile to ensure the continuity of business and to ensure that our customers are satisfied. Though the changes faced were sudden and dramatic, everyone responded well to the enforced new normal and demonstrated resilience. This was shown by the suitable results as the entire port put their shoulders to the wheel together, and are well equipped to do the work in such times and help one another. All through the pandemic, we have been completely focused on being a support system and worked with the Government and contributed our part to support the nation. As we move past this financial year, we are continuing to comply with the strict COVID-19 guidelines laid down by the Government authorities.
Despite the pandemic, JNPT along with its stakeholders played an important role and contributed to the nation’s economy by delivering its duties as an important part of the supply chain. We registered a throughput of over 4.7 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in container handling and the total traffic handled during the Financial Year 2020-21 was 64.81 Million Tons. As a display of team effort, we witnessed a major improvement in average Turn-round Time of all vessels over FY 2019-2020 by 2.62% i.e from 29.42 hrs to 28.64 hrs. The turnaround time specifically for container vessels was also lower by 2.01% i.e. from 25.82 hrs to 25.30 hrs in FY 2020-21 in comparison with FY 2019-20.
Under the guidance of Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, Union Minister of State for Ports, Shipping and Waterways, the Maritime India Summit-2021 kicked off with an objective to empower and strengthen Maritime India Vision-2030.The 2nd edition of Maritime India Summit (MIS) 2021 was held virtually from March 2 to March 4, 2021 which was inaugurated by our Hon’ Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi. The MIS 2021 provided a unique platform which had presence of prominent dignitaries of Maritime fraternity from across the world. During the summit we signed over 30 MOUs with potential investors for port projects, technology transfer and development of plots in JNPT SEZ during the summit which should borne successful outcome with our dedicated and focused efforts.
Amidst COVID-19 and other challenges, during the financial year JNPT took a major step by facilitating a new Centralized Parking plaza. The port also received the operational status for India’s First Port-based Special Economic Zone, JNPT SEZ. Also, JNPT completed the construction of a coastal berth with the capacity to handle 2.5 million tons of coastal cargo including liquid cargo. JNPT also inaugurated Internal Terminal Route which will help in smoothening the overall trade cycle and further enhance our efficiency.
We are committed to ensuring efficient and reliable logistics chains for contributing to the goal of nation-building and creating value for the trade.
Take Care, Stay Safe
SANJAY SETHI, IAS