Jawaharlal Nehru Port trust (JNPT), India’s largest port, is expected to receive larger vessels with the dredging of the harbour completed recently. As of dredging, the depth of the busiest Indian port now stands at 50 meters.
The port authorities said that JNPT can now receive new generation vessels. The deepening of the port would help in handling vessels having a capacity of 12,500 TEU. Now vessels having a capacity of about 6000 TEU dock at the port and that too with the help of tides.
They said that the new depth would help in increasing the handling capacity of the port. With the increase of depth, it would also bring in economic benefit and also saving as transhipment could be avoided. The dredging was done with public investment of about Rs 2,000 crore. It was in 2017 that the dredging was contracted to a consortium of Jan Del Nul and Royal Boskalis Westerminister. As per the project, the main access channel was to be widened from 370 m to 450 m and also extending it 35.5 km from 33.5 km.
Moreover, the deepening of the approach channels is also a positive sign of growth for the Port as this would help in easy docking and also other facility. Moreover, it also helps in saving much time for the containers.
The Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust handles majority of container trade in India. The dredging was fixed at 15 metre as a study had shown that the port cannot withstand 16 metre dredging.