Visakhapatnam port is going ahead with a massive project of mechanization of
three berths at a cost of nearly Rs 450 crores to enable quick handling of
cargo according to Port sources.
Techno-economic feasibility for the project completed
The sources said the
techno-economic feasibility for the project has been completed. The tenders for
the project may be invited in a couple of months once all the clearances are
As part of the
mechanization conveyor belts will be built in the port’s wharfs for the quick
handling of cargo. The project will be implemented on the basis of design, build
operate and transfer basis. Besides improving the turn-over of the vessel, the
measure would also help to reduce pollution in the port area.
Extended berth expected to be commissioned in the next six months
The Port will be
expanding its container handling capacity with the extension of the existing
container terminal at a cost of Rs 650 crores. Work on the project is
proceeding and the extended berth capable of handling 5.6 lakh containers per
annum is expected to be commissioned in the next six months.
A truck parking facility also being commissioned
A truck parking
facility capable of accommodating nearly one thousand vehicles at a time is
also being commissioned in a 30 acre area. The facility is being built on DBOT
basis. The facility will contain the congestion within the port
The additional oil
handling facilities in the inner harbor will be completed by March 2022 with an
investment of Rs.168 crore, facilitating an additional capacity of 5.25 million
ton. Two HMCs (Harbor Mobile Cranes) of 100 ton capacity each in the inner
harbor would be installed in the next three months.
The cargo handling
at the port has dropped to 15.33 million tons during the first quarter of the
current financial year April-June as against about seventeen million tons
handled during the corresponding period last year. The exports have gone up
marginally, but the imports have seen a dip.