Which is the oldest port of India

Port of Mumbai

As a historic port and trading city, Mumbai is still one of the most important places for Indian foreign trade today. Two of the three main Indian ports are located in the city: the Mumbai Port in Fort and the Jawaharlal Nehru Port / Nava Sheva (operated by Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust) in Navi Mumbai.

Jawaharlal Nehru Port / Nava Sheva

The Jawaharlal Nehru Port, which was founded almost three decades ago, is the largest container port on the subcontinent with a handling volume of 60% of all containerized cargo in India. JNP is also one of the world's 25 most important container terminals.

The port is the only Indian port to have received the four ISO certifications (ISO 9001: 2008 standards for quality management systems; ISO 27001: 2005 standards for information security management systems; ISO 14001: 2004 environmental management systems; OHSAS 18001: 2007 occupational health and safety Management systems).

The Jawaharlal Nehru Trust Port has 3 container terminals and 23 container freight stations:

  • JNPCT (Main terminal): 3 docks, each 680m long, 35ha container area, 36,000 TEU capacity
  • NSICT (Private Terminal - Nhava Sheva International Container Terminal): 2 docks, each 600m longer, 26ha container area, 7.2 million tons of handling per year
  • GTI (Gateway Terminals India): 1 dock

The hinterland logistics are largely carried out via motorway and rail traffic. In order to improve connectivity, investment projects were initiated to expand the motorway to the value of € 43.5 million and to expand the rail system to the value of € 7.3 million.

A handling of 10 million TEU is expected in the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

Mumbai Port

The Mumbai Trust Port is one of the oldest ports in India. It was built under British rule in 1873 and established Mumbai as an important port city and trading center around the world. For many decades, the Mumbai Trust port was India's most important port, as it was an ideal transshipment point for trade with Europe, located on the west coast. Even if many new ports have emerged on the west and east coast of India in recent years, 19% of all POL traffic is still carried out at the Mumbai port.

The Mumbai Trust Harbor, located in the center of South Mumbai (Fort), has a naturally deep water basin that enables year-round shipping and trade.

The Mumbai Port has 2 docks, the Indira Dock and Hughes Dry Dock:

  • Indira Dock: Water surface 24.04ha, 21 berths in the water basin with a depth of 9.14 m, 5 berths on the harbor wall with 7.5 m depth, 2 berths in the southern part of the eastern outlet with a depth of 9.75 m
  • Hughes dry dock: located in the Indira Dock, 304m length

The port also has terminals for handling sea oil and a large number of warehouses.

The Hamburg representative office in Mumbai has close contacts to the Indian ports. If you have any questions, please contact our Business Manager Mr. Lukas Schmitz.


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