VISAKHAPATNAM: Visakhapatnam Port Trust is all set to increase its handling capacity from the present 2.5 million tonnes to 4.5 million tonnes with the modernisation of its three cargo berths, for which tendering process will commence in two months.
According to port chairman K Ramamohana Rao, the port achieved nine per cent growth in cargo operations till August this year compared to previous year despite the pandemic. He said a significant growth was registered in thermal coal (125 per cent), steam coal (65 per cent), containers (8 per cent) and coking coal (6 per cent). The VPT got 4th rank among major ports in terms of cargo handling this year. “We are also exploring alternative cargo such as rice, coking coal, etc, to see there is no shortfall in volume.’’
Modernisation of west quay berths 7 and 8 will be taken up under PPP mode at a cost of Rs 288.47 crore to facilitate handling of multi-cargo such as manganese, coking coal, gypsum, bauxite and cargos other than iron ore. East quay berth 7 will also be fully mechanised at a cost of Rs 190 crore and it will handle fertiliser and multi cargo. Rs 1,000-crore port modernisation and infra projects, including construction of roads, drains and cover sheds, are underway.
A 50-acre staking yard facility will be developed to store the cargo which will be shifted from ship for which stacker cum reclaimer machines are installed. Cargo will be loaded onto a full length rail rake. This will help them offer handling charges lesser...
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