Indian Ports Are Maxed Out

The abrupt halt at APM Terminals Pipavav for the last two weeks put added pressure on the whole supply chain on top of Nhava Sheva (JNPT) decommissioned port for equipment upgrades. This upgrade project started in February and is ongoing till August. Mundra Port became the main port, but recently had to reroute ships cause there was just too much for it to handle. Train turnarounds have be causing havoc because of limited space and delaying the gate in/out flows.

“It has been noticed and observed that due to the increased backlog, the port authority is not able to follow FIFO [first-in, first-out] pattern while loading of import containers on trains, resulting in high dwell times at Mundra,” Maersk (India) said in a customer advisory. “Moreover, export train movements to Mundra are also getting impacted due to the en route congestion in rail divisions.”

This comes on the heels of Cyclone Biparjoy predicted to make landfall on Thursday- forcing all ports on the Gujarat coastline to shut, including Mundra, Pipavav and Hazira. Maersk has already said four scheduled calls this week at Mundra will be impacted.

Large scale vessel bunching and volumes of containers already in port is making reopening a very big hassle.

- Source JOC


Featured News at a Glance

Panama Canal Pileup due to Drought Conditions

Panama officials enacted water conservation measures in July due to drought that's causing major pileup in the Panama Canal global shipping route.

Read More

Tentative deal reached between ILWU and US West Coast Ports Employers

Late Wednesday, ILWU and Maritime employers reached a tentative agreement on a 6-year long contract covering all 29 US West coast ports

Read More

Indian Ports Are Maxed Out

Due to equipment upgrades in port and cyclones hitting the coast, India's ports are experiencing a bottle neck at limited open ports. Carriers calling on the west coast of India are dealing with major service reliability challenges amid a severe port capacity strain in the busy trade corridor.

Read More

Slowdowns and delays this week

Seattle port shutdown due to low productivity/ crane failure. Los Angeles and Long Beach Port terminal labor strike are causing delays and vessel backup.

Read More