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JNPT calls hit by coronavirus and scrubber retrofits

Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) is feeling the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and vessels being taken out of service for scrubber retrofits.

Some mainline container vessels as well as feeders have skipped calls at JNPT as a fallout of the coronavirus outbreak, as well as a result  of IMO 2020.

Gateway Terminals India (GTI), one of the five terminals operating at JNPT, has reported four “skips” already – vessels that were supposed to come to the terminal, but did not do so.

 “GTI has told us that some more vessels may skip the port in coming months as they undergo scrubber retrofits to comply with the rule on using low-sulphur fuel oil,” JNPT chairman Sanjay Sethi.

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These issues could hurt JNPT’s ability to handle more containers in the financial year due to end on March 31 this year, than it did in fiscal 2018-19. The port handled 4.625m teu between April 2019 and February 2020, compared to 4.673m teu during the same period in FY 2018-19. For the full FY19, JNPT handled 5.133m teu.

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