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FIRST CONSIGNMENT OF LADEN DWARF CONTAINERS FROM JNPT PORT

FIRST CONSIGNMENT OF LADEN DWARF CONTAINERS FROM JNPT PORT

Context:

On September 20, 2021, the Union Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways, Sarbananda Sonowal virtually flagged off the dwarf container train service from Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT).

About the Consignment:

  • It is the 1st consignment of laden dwarf containers from Mumbai-based JNPT port, the biggest container port in India.
  • It was moved by train to Inland Container Depot (ICD) Kanpur.
  • The benefit of dwarf containers is that they are shorter in size due to which they can be double-stacked, as well as easily run on electrified tracks.
  • This will allow the railways to undertake double-stack movement of cargo, leading to a reduction in logistics cost.

Jawaharlal Nehru Port:

  • It is also known as Nhava Sheva Port, the name derives from the names of Nhava and Sheva villages that are situated here.
  • It is also the terminal of the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor (under construction).
  • It is the largest container port in India.
  • It is located in Navi Mumbai's Raigad district, this port on the Arabian Sea is accessed via Thane Creek.
  • It was established on 26 May 1989.
  • It is handling around 55% of the country’s containerized cargo, crossing the historic landmark of 4 million TEUs.

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