ALBA Asia to open coal terminal at VO Chidambaranar port
ALBA Asia Pvt Ltd, an equal joint venture between Mumbai-listed Starlog Enterprises and French shipping firm Louis Dreyfus Armateurs S.A., will open a new coal terminal at VO Chidambaranar Port Trust (VOCPT) in Tamil Nadu’s Thoothukudi district on Friday.
The 10-million-tonne (mt) terminal will help the Central Government-owned port raise its coal handling capacity to 24 mt by 2019.
In 2010, ALBA Asia Pvt Ltd won the contract in a public tender to build and operate a coal-loading facility at VOCPT for 30 years by placing the highest revenue share price bid of 52.17 per cent.
Tuticorin Coal Terminal Pvt Ltd (TCTPL), the special purpose vehicle (SPV) set up to implement the project, invested ₹640 crore to construct the facility. The total project cost overshot the original estimates of ₹465 crore mainly due to a two-year delay in dredging the berth by VOCPT to accommodate Panamax-size ships at the facility, a spokesman for TCTPL said.
262-metre long container vessel berthed at VOC Port in Tuticorin
V O Chidambaranar Port in Tuticorin on Thursday handled a 262-metre long container vessel at its Dakshin Bharat Gateway Terminal. This is for the second time that the VOC Port is handling such a long vessel.
The container vessel S C I Mumbai, which has a capacity to carry 4395 TEUs (Twenty foot Equivalent Unit) of containers, was berthed at the terminal 6.45am in the presence of Port Trust chairman I Jayakumar, deputy chairman S Nataraan, Dakshin Bharat Gateway Terminal CEO Eric Lavenu and others.
Jayakumar stated that earlier vessels with overall length of 230 metres with container carrying capacity of 2500 TEUs were calling at the port. “The humble start of this trial run with container carrying capacity of 4395 TEUs and length over all of 262 metre would pave way for attracting more international and coastal volumes and would also induce the main line operators offering services from the Far East, the Red Sea and East Africa to call VOC Port”, he said.
VO Chidambaranar Port in Tuticorin has become the first port to provide shore power facility for berthed vessels.
The shore power or shore supply facility provides a plug-and-play solution to vessels and eliminates the need to operate diesel generators. It also eliminates carbon emission and reduces about six tonnes of carbon emission daily and around 1,500 tonnes annually. This is 5 per cent of total CO2 emission at the port, says a press release from VOC Port Trust said.
Shore power facility will benefit port users as they will save ₹74,000 daily on fuel cost. This facility is in line with ‘Project Green Ports’ of the Shipping Ministry.
Source: The Hindu Business Line
Tuticorin port plans to provide cold storage facility and LNG terminal
In a move to encourage exporters of perishable cargo, the V O Chidambaranar Port in Tuticorin is planning to start a cold storage facility where exporters could safely store their perishable cargo before shipping them. At present, exporters especially those of seafood use reefer (refrigerated) containers to transport perishable cargo.
VOC port accounted for nearly 42,203 tonnes of seafood exports during the financial year 2014-15. According to port sources, approximately Rs 2,328.27 crore worth frozen marine food products like shrimp, fish, cuttle fish and squid are being exported from here. The port accounts for 4.01% share in terms of quantity and 6.18% share in terms of value in export of marine food products. The representatives gave their inputs for the proposal, port officials said. VOC port is planning to establish a LNG (liquefied natural gas) terminal in the port. The participants are interested about using the stranded cold energy from the proposed LNG terminal at the port. “LNG terminal would have lot of chillness to maintain the liquefied gas which could be used for the warehouse too. Both the LNG terminal and cold storage facility are at initial stages and port trust is exploring the possibilities of establishing them in coming years,” said a port official.
Cargo ship connecting Goa to Tuticorin starts ops on Jan 27
Samsara Group, a shipping logistic company headquartered in Mumbai, would commence handling container cargo ship on GMT service connecting Goa to Tuticorin via Colombo from January 27 onwards.
“This is the only direct service from Goa and New Mangalore to Colombo and Tuticorin,” said Captain Tarun Gupta, General Manager, Samsara Group.
The ship named MV MOUNT BOKOR has the capacity to carry about 1,100 TU (Twenty Equivalent Unit) of cargo every time it leaves from Goa, he said.
The company already has slot agreement on another ship MV TIGER GOMAN on GMT service, which regularly plies between Goa to New Mangalore and then to Colombo with about 1250 TEUs.
The ships would depart from Marmagao Port Trust (MPT), a harbour based in Goa.
Source: Press Trust of India
Shipping ministry for reconsidering security ban on China’s ZPMC cranes
The shipping ministry has asked security agencies to reconsider their decision to deny clearance to Chinese crane maker Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co. Ltd (ZPMC) for supplying cargo handling equipment to India’s 12 state-owned ports. Chinese firms or groups with Chinese links are barred from bidding for Indian port construction contracts. But this is the first time a Chinese equipment maker has been denied security clearance by the Indian government to supply cranes to ports. The development is a big blow to ZPMC—the world’s leading heavy duty equipment maker—as the Indian ports industry is a major market for the state-owned firm. Of the more than 200 Chinese-made cranes operating at Indian ports, as many as 146 were supplied by ZPMC alone, spread across 70 locations. The change in India’s stand on ZPMC cranes first came to light late last year, when security agencies denied clearance to the firm for supplying six quay cranes and 20 rubber-tyred gantry cranes gear to a new private container terminal being built by Gammon Infrastructure Projects Ltd at Mumbai port.
Subsequently, another private container terminal being built by ABG Container Handling Pvt. Ltd at VO Chidambaranar port (formerly Tuticorin port) had also applied for security clearance to buy three ZPMC cranes for which orders had been placed in November last year; but the clearance has not been given by the security agencies. ZPMC could not be reached immediately for comment.
Three ZPMC cranes ordered for Indian terminal at Tuticorin (Chidambaranar)
DBGT purchases three container cranes from Chinese manufacturer
ZPMC has received its first container crane order from the India Dakshin Bharat Gateway Terminal Private Company (DBGT).
DBGT has purchased a total of three units for its VO Chidambaranar Port facility.
The cranes, boasting a lifting capacity of 64 tonnes, a lifting height of 38 metres and an outreach of 47 metres, are scheduled for delivery in 2015.
In a statement DBGT said that it selected ZPMC’s cranes without hesitation as they are the most “cost-effective product in the world”.
VO Chidambaranar Port, formerly Tuticorin, is located on the southern Indian Peninsula and is the second-largest port in Tamil Nadu and the fourth-largest container terminal in the whole of India.
New Cargo Berths Planned at India's Tuticorin Port
India’s Tuticorin Port Authority on Thursday awarded a contract to Hyderabad-based Transstroy-OJSC Consortium for the construction of two new general cargo berths at the southeastern port, JOC reports. The project, to be developed on a build-operate-transfer basis with a 30-year operating concession, is estimated to cost $81 million. “After completion of the project, the capacity of the port will increase from 33.34 million tons to 85.73 million tons to cater to the bulk cargo requirements of hinterland industries,” port officials said. More to read at www.joc.com/port-...
Ferry service from Tuticorin to Colombo to resume after re-tendering
Ferry service between between Tuticorin and Colombo would resume after completing the new tendering process, according to shipping minster GK Vasan. In a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha on Monday, he said a memorandum of understanding on passenger transportation by sea was signed between India and Sri Lanka on January 7, 2011, for developing friendly relations and strengthening cooperation, which would be mutually beneficial to the economic, social and cultural advancement of the two countries. The MoU envisages commencement of passenger ferry services between the ports of Tuticorin and Colombo and between Rameswaram and Thalaimannar in the two countries. The passenger ferry service between Tuticorin and Colombo and vice-versa, which was launched on June 13, 2011, had been suspended since November 18, 2011.
The VO Chidambaranar Port at Tuticorin is initiating the process of selecting a new vessel operator through competitive bidding for resuming the ferry service between Tuticorin and Colombo. The service will resume on completion of the re-tendering process, the minister said.
Port trust decides to convert 8th berth to container terminal
The Board of Trustees of the V.O.Chidambaranar Port Trust (formerly Tuticorin Port Trust) has approved to qualify the RFQ bidders satisfying the qualification criteria for the second stage of bidding process (RFP stage) for the PPP project entailing conversion of the Port’s 8th berth to a container terminal on BOT basis, Dredging today reports. The Port handled about 25.73 million tonnes of cargo, including 4,67,752 TEUs of containers, during the last financial year 2010-11, registering a growth rate of 8.16 per cent. The Port’s Berth No. 8, constructed by the management, is currently being used for handling general and bulk cargo. In order to cater to the ever increasing requirement of containers, the Port management decided to convert the 8th berth to a container terminal, thus facilitating the development of a second container terminal at the Port. The project was estimated at an outlay of Rs 335 crore. More at www.dredgingtoday...