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...