Chennai port is no longer a victim of diversion of major shipping lines to
nearby ports citing issues like congestion and higher cargo handling rates a
top official of the port indicated to Sagar Sandesh.
There has been no diversion of vessels during the past few months to nearby
ports, an indication of the satisfaction level of the facilities provided by
the port administration to the exim trade.
For the first time, port administration had announced rebates in vessel
related charges for feeder vessels in the range of 17 to 30 per cent. The
feeder vessels operated from the port to Colombo and Singapore ports carrying
transhipment cargo. The main line vessels received rebates up to fifty five per
The port handled 7, 39,000 Teus from April to September 18, a 5.5 per cent
increase in containers handled compared to the corresponding period previous
year, Mr B Vimal Traffic Manager of the port said. It handled 24.4 million tons
of cargo during the same period, a marginal increase of one per cent over the
corresponding period previous year.
The cargo handled by the port includes limestone, dolemite, molasses, raw
sugar and foodgrains. The port is expected to handle major quantities of wheat
contracted from Baltic ports in the next two months.
Asked why the Chennai port figured 6 or 7 position among major ports in
cargo handling Mr Vimal said ports like Paradip handled coal in a big way while
Chennai port faced severe competition from the ports in the vicinity.
Replying to another question Mr Vimal said according to our reports the
Adani terminal which was commissioned by the shipping minister Nitin Gakari at
Kamarajar port Ennore two months ago is yet to receive the first container
Besides the external projects to improve the evacuation of cargo from the
port, the administration is toning up infrastructure within the port for the
seamless movement of cargo carrying vehicles.
A separate gate has been commissioned exclusively for the entry of empty
trailers coming into the port to pick up import cargo. Another exclusive road
has also been opened for the PSA container terminal.
Two more common railway sidings will be commissioned by the Indian Port
Railway Corporation in the next few months. With this Chennai port will have as
many as ten common railway sidings which will help smooth movement of cargo