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
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