APM Terminals Mumbai resumes normal operations
NAVI MUMBAI : A fresh round of discussions on the afternoon of August 11, 2015 chaired by the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Chairman, APM Terminals Mumbai management, RTG operators and their unions and local leaders has resulted in a positive outcome.
The terminal management has confirmed that “the meeting between various stakeholders has concluded on a constructive note and normal operations have resumed from August 12, 2015”.
APM Terminals Mumbai has recently been in the news for labor issues related to its outsourced RTG Operators strike (Rubber Tyre Gantry cranes are used in the container yard) affecting port operations and delaying vessels. The week long stir has impacted the Export Import trade in India.
Mr. Pradip Agrawal, Chief Executive Officer, APM Terminals Mumbai has confirmed that “while RTG operations at the terminal would be under contractual arrangement, any concerns of the RTG operators will be addressed through mutual dialogue and discussions. The terminal has resumed normal operations from 12th August 2015”.
Given the productivity and efficiency of the terminal on normal working days, the vessels are expected to be back on schedule by the end of the week.
“I would like to thank the JN Port Chairman, Mr. Neeraj Bansal for his timely intervention in mediating between the various stakeholders and his support in resolving the issue. Our Customers are our priority and our teams shall assist them in every possible way”, said Mr. Ravi Gaitonde, Chief Operating Officer at APM Terminals Mumbai.
The terminal’s management has also appreciated the support provided by the Navi Mumbai police and the Port Security (CISF) for maintaining the law and order situation at the terminal and safeguarding the interests of all stakeholders involved.
A joint venture between APM Terminals B.V. and the Container Corporation of India (CONCOR), APM Terminals Mumbai is one of India’s leading private container terminal operating at the JN Port, Nhava Sheva. The terminal is a major contributor to India’s trade, handling almost 45% of the containerized throughput of JN Port, which is almost 20% of India’ export import trade.
In FY 2014-15, JN Port recorded its highest volumes at 4.46 million TEUs, with APM Terminals Mumbai contributing 2.01 million TEUs.
Source : dailyshippingtimes.com