Indian Railways conducts trial run of Double Stacked Dwarf Container Train from Mehsana (Gujarat) to JN Port

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Railways undertook a successful trial run of double stacked dwarf container train from Mehsana (Gujarat) to JN Port on 3rd March, 2021. The train with five wagons of double stacked dwarf containers arrived at 11:30 hours and departed at 13:00 hours.

  • The ‘dwarf’ containers provide 67% increase in volume when double-stacked and can carry a weight of 71 tons, against 40 tons by an ISO container. 
  • Indian Railways has given 17% discount on haulage cost for double stack dwarf container trains compared to double stack ISO container trains coupled with additional volume benefit. 
  • JN Port is in the process of finalizing an Operator for “Management, Maintenance and Operation of Dedicated Dwarf Container Depot (D-Depot) inside the Port area at JNPT”. 
  • Inside the D-Depot ISO EXIM containers will be destuffed/restuffed and then re-stuffed in Dwarf Containers for further movement on rail to and from JN Port.
  • The concept of Dwarf containers would be a game changer as the rail movement of EXIM cargo through double stacked dwarf containers would significantly provide cost advantage to the customers and enhance rail traffic at JN Port. 

About JNPT:

The Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) at Navi Mumbai is the biggest container handling Port in India accounting for around 52% of the total containerised cargo volume, across the major ports of India. Commissioned on 26th May 1989, in less than three decades of its operations, JNPT has transformed from a bulk-cargo terminal to become the premier container port in the country. 

Currently JNPT operates five container terminals: 

  • The Jawaharlal Nehru Port Container Terminal (JNPCT). 
  • The Nhava Sheva International Container Terminal (NSICT).
  • The Gateway Terminals India Pvt. Ltd. (GTIPL).
  • Nhava Sheva International Gateway Terminal (NSIGT). 
  • The newly commissioned Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals Private Limited (BMCTPL). 

The Port also has a Shallow Water Berth for general cargo and another Liquid Cargo Terminal which is managed by BPCL-IOCL consortium.

Source: JNPT-Press Release

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