Port has increased its draft for container terminal to 16 meters.
With the new milestone, Krishnapatnam Port Container Terminal has now become
one of the deepest draft container ports on the east coast of India. It already
enjoys the status of having 18.5 meter draft, deepest in India for its bulk
The port has started offering
transshipment services, with coastal operator Shreyas Shipping running feeder
services between Krishnapatnam Port and Kolkata/Haldia port. There is a special
coastal berthing facility at Krishnapatnam that has been made available for
transshipment cargo and coastal transshipment vessels.
With the new achievement, the port will
now be able to accommodate Ultra Large Container Vessels, leading to a spurt in
the cargo volumes handled.
On the new facility, Vinita Venkatesh,
Director, KPCT said, “The deep draft availability is the latest facility we are
making available for the shipping lines in keeping with our customer centric
approach to provide infrastructure ahead of demand. This will enable liner
companies to increase vessel size and gain higher market share at KPCT.”
“With the new deepened draft and
availability of coastal berth facility for transshipment cargo, we are now
offering a 360 degree holistic wharf side of products for our customers. The
large vessels can now make calls to Krishnapatnam Port to load or discharge
hinterland as well as transshipment speedily,” she further added.
The terminal also offers high load and
discharge rates that facilitate speedy turnaround of the vessels.