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Singapore's PSA opens new $1.23bn container terminal in Mumbai, India

LBR Staff Writer Published 20 February 2018

PSA International, a Singapore-based port and marine services provider, has opened a Fourth Container Terminal (FCT) at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) in Mumbai, India.

With an investment of around Rs79.15bn ($1.23bn), the new port terminal has been developed by PSA’s subsidiary Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals (BMCTPL) on design, built, fund, operate and transfer (DBFOT) basis under a concession agreement signed in May 2014.

The deal allows BMCTPL to operate the new terminal for 30 years.

The new terminal can handle a capacity of 24 lakh containers per year in phase-1, while it will be increased to 100 lakh containers per year after the completion of phase-II in 2022.

JNPT’s new terminal includes deepest berths to handle biggest container ships from a quay length of 1km and cranes that can reach 22 rows wide or greater.

The facility can also handle three container ships at one go with sufficient yard space.

The terminal, which will be connected to the rail freight corridor, can receive around 350 containers per rake.

With the only on-dock dedicated freight corridor (DFC) compliant facility in India, the rail facilities can handle 1.5km long and 360 Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit (TEU) container trains.

The new terminal also provides space for storing 600 reefer (refrigerated) containers to handle agricultural and horticulture produce.

The foundation stone for the project was laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in October 2015, and the first phase has been completed in record time.

India Minister of Shipping, Road Transport & Highway and Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Nitin Gadkari said: “As committed by Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, the first Phase of the terminal is ready in a record time.

“Logistics play a key role in the development of the economy and the government is committed to provide world class logistics and infrastructure facilities so that trade flourishes.”

Image: PSA’s subsidiary Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals ahs developed new terminal at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust in Mumbai. Photo: courtesy of National Informatics Centre.