India’s largest port, Nhava Sheva, will be experiencing a nearly six-week partial shutdown of the container terminal from the beginning of March through part of April. During the slowdown, the port will be installing new harbor cranes which will impact normal operating conditions alongside the main container berth as well as the shallow draft berth. Normal operations are expected to resume in early May.
Also known as Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JN Port), the port handled approximately 3 million TEUs in 2013—amounting to more than half of India’s total containerized ocean traffic. The port authority said they will not be in a position to handle their full capacity, but they are making arrangements with the affected vessel operators to find alternate solutions. Ocean carriers have been asked to consider rerouting ships to other west coast ports, such as Mundra, Pipavav, or Hazira.