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No more diversions from Chennai port by shipping lines

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 cent.

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 vessel.

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 through rail.

 


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