all-out efforts being under way to elevate its ranking to third position among
major ports after Kandla and Paradip, the Visakhapatnam Port Trust has set in
motion an exercise to emerge as a transhipment hub.
The VPT witnessed the highest growth
rate among major ports in the country during 2018-19
The VPT, which ranked fourth by handling a cargo of
65.30 million tonne during 2018-19, has already received 3.8 million tonne more
than the corresponding period last year witnessing the highest growth rate
among major ports in the country. “We are expecting to handle a throughput of
70 million tonne to take over third position during the current fiscal,” VPT
Chairman K. Ramamohan Rao has said.
Simulation studies at FORCE Technology,
Singapore, proved the scope for handling bigger size vessels technically viable
preparation to become transhipment hub to handle mainland vessels with an
overall length (LOA) of 397 metres to carry 15,000 to 16,000 containers from
the present 320 LOA containing 6,000 to 7,000 containers, the VPT conducted
simulation studies at FORCE Technology, Singapore, sometime ago which proved
the scope for handling bigger size vessels technically viable.
is closer to Singapore by 30 km than Chennai. It has regular service to
Singapore, Dubai, Jebel Ali and Colombo. Efforts are being made to connect it
directly with Dhaka by month-end so as to send containers laden with cotton and
other material to Pangaon and other river ports of Bangladesh.
is also set to emerge as EXIM gateway for Nepal with the Himalayan country
signing agreement with India in February.