JNPT (Jawaharlal Nehru Port), also known as Nhava Sheva, is the largest container port in India. Located east of Mumbai in Maharashtra, the port on the Arabian Sea is accessed via Thane Creek. Its common name derives from the names of Nhava and Sheva villages that were situated here. This port is also the terminal of Western Dedicated Freight Corridor proposed by Indian Railways.
Ever since its inception on May 26, 1989, Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNP) has blazed a new path for itself in the port sector – aiming to set the benchmark for the heights India could reach in technological innovation and administrative skill. Envisioned in a remote location about 10 km across the Bombay Harbour, JN Port rose up from paddy fields, salt-pans and marshlands, in a Herculean effort at construction – the first large-scale industrial development in independent India. The Port is as much a representation of what is best about our country’s capabilities, from project conceptualization to completion, as it is an example of human endeavor against all odds.
It has charted India’s international trade to a glorious course of success and achievements, breaking records and creating new benchmarks. JN Port is the biggest container handling port in India, handling around 44% of the country’s containerized cargo, crossing the historic landmark of 4 million TEUs in container throughput consecutively for the last five years. In its coveted role as the Hub Port on the West Coast of India, JNP is ranked 31st among the top 100 Container Ports in the world.
Having set for itself a long-term goal of achieving 10 million TEUs by the year 2020-21, through addition of two more Terminals, viz. the 330M Stand-alone Container Terminals (DP World) and the 4th Container Terminal (Port of Singapore Authority) and a Satellite Port at Vadhvan Point, JNP throws open an array of worthwhile opportunities for the maritime trade, including the shipping lines and shippers, to ferry their cargo to various sectors across the globe.
Supported by a top of the order, world-class infrastructure with high technological standards, facilities at JNP comprise of a full-fledged Custom House, 30 Container Freight Stations and connectivity to 52 Inland Container Depots across the country. The excellent hinterland connectivity both by rail and road is being further strengthened by ongoing projects like the Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC), which will increase the existing train capacity of 27 to 100 trains per day; Multi-Modal Logistics Park (MMLP) and widening of the Port road connectivity. lts proximity to the Cities of Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Pune; airports; hotels, exhibition centres, etc. gives the Port an extra edge to address the shippers’ needs, efficiently and promptly.
With a strong commitment to provide seamless service to the customers as India’s prime facilitator of international trade and logistics, Jawaharlal Nehru Port strives to be the undisputed leader in the South Asia Region in the years to come.