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Vizag port’s capacity enhanced to 120 million tonnes
The capacity of the Visakhapatnam port capacity has now risen to 120 million tonnes with 27 berths and several projects are in progress in the port to further enhance the capacity and improve the services to customers, according to Chairman M.T Krishnababu. The port was established in 1933 by the British, with hardly two lakh tonnes capacity. He was reviewing the progress of the port here on Thursday at a media conference on the occasion of the formation day to be celebrated soon. He said the port had handled 63.5 million tonnes of cargo last year (2017-18) and for the current financial year the target had been set at 67 million tonnes. “We are sure we will achieve, and even surpass, the target,” he added.
Coal Stockpiles Clog Up Indian Ports Amid Rail-Car Shortage
India’s harbors have become clogged up with coal as imports to power an expanding economy outpace railroad capacity to transfer the fuel to consumers. Stockpiles rose by 15 percent in seven weeks to 19.2 million metric tons, according to data from 18 ports compiled by CoalMint in a July 30 report. Inventory at Vishakhapatnam Port Trust in the eastern state of Andhra Pradesh is near the limit because a rail-car shortage is slowing distribution, Deputy Chairman P.L. Haranadh said in a phone interview. The stockpile of 1.2 million metric tons is “pretty much all we can hold,” Haranadh said. His port gets about 10 of the wagon clusters known as rakes each day to send coal to consumers, against a requirement of 16. A rake comprises about 60 open-top wagons with total capacity of some 4,000 tons.
Old berths at Vizag port to be made Panamax compatible
Catching up with the changing time, Visakhapatnam Port Trust is in the process of converting east quay two to five berths built in 1933 into multi-cargo berths by increasing the draft to handle fully-laden Panamax vessels with a deadweight tonnage of two lakh by October. As part of modernisation, the port authorities realised that the berths have turned too old to handle cargo and have completed dismantling them. Now work is at apace to raise the draft from 11 metres to 14.5 metres. “By mobilising resources from internal accruals, we want to develop two Panamax compatible berths at cost of Rs. 190.5 crore,” VPT Deputy Chairman P.L. Haranadh has told The Hindu. The new berths will have a capacity to handle 6.45 million tonne per annum. Ships with overall length of 230 metres can be navigated easily overcoming the restrictions due to the channel. Cargoes like steel, granite, foodgrains and project equipment and material are expected. After completion, according to sources, the port may entrust the job of managing the berths on operation and management contract or tonnage basis by floating tenders. One of the old berths has the glorious history of receiving passenger ship S.S. Jaladurga.Upload News