As part of
promotional campaign to attract Cargo Traffic as well as investment, Paradip
Port Trust organised a Trade Meet on 20.09.2017 at Jajpur Road after a gap of
almost of 3 years to highlight various initiatives undertaken in operational
areas, on-going and up-coming projects and Trade Facilitation measures taken by
PPT to the valued customers.The campaign focused on the incentives offered by
PPT, the upcoming projects within the Port Area and the investment climate,
says a release.
Vaiyapuri, Dy. Chairman, PPT in his keynote address told that PPT has clocked
89 MMT cargo handling last year and this year it is vying for the coveted 100
MMT mark. Till date in this fiscal, it has emerged as the fastest growing Port
among the Major Ports in the country by clocking 12% growth. It is handling the
highest Dry Bulk Cargo of about 59 MMT. The Port has current installed capacity
of 143 MMT per annum which will rise another 45 MMT on completion of 4 on-going
projects by 2020.Bringing fair competition in cargo handling operations, PPT
has enforced 2 cardinal principles i.e. Importers/Exporters are free to appoint
any licensed stevedores for handling cargo at PPT. As well, the stevedores are
free to engage equipment from any source without any restriction. It has
ultimately resulted in reduction of handling cost approximately from Rs. 140/-
to Rs. 100/- per tonne. Port railway haulage charges has been discontinued for
EOL loading and due to removal of Labour levy for steel cargo, additional Steel
Cargo of about 4.5 lakh tonnes was attracted till date in the current fiscal.
After a gap of 2 years, IOHP resumed its operation, which facilitated export of
Iron ore pellets for the first time. Presently average Pre Berthing Detention
is about one day as against 2.5 Days in 2014. In recognition of significant
improvement, in the performance parameters, PPT bagged Best Performance Award
for the year 2015-16 from Ministry of Shipping.
infrastructure front, Inner Harbour will be developed for handling Cape Size
vessel in FY 2021. Western Dock will be developed with 2 Berths of 15 MMTPA
capacity each under captive policy for handling fully laden Cape Size vessels.
On completion of the above projects, PPT will become No. 1 Port in terms of
cargo traffic as well as Port Capacity among the Major Ports. The construction
of Multipurpose Clean Cargo Berth will be operational by March, 2018. Also,
Concor will operate Port side Container Terminal developed inside the Port
shortly. These facilities will fulfill the long felt need of the Container
Trade in Odisha. A Smart Port City is coming up with Multimodal Logistics Park
and Industrial Park. Under Trade Facilitation and Ease of Doing Business, PPT
has taken initiatives like introduction of on-line plot allotment, online
billing, RFID and is on course for setting up of Call Centre for answering to
the Trade Enquiries 24x7.
Patnaik, Asst. Commissioner of Customs, Shri A. Tripathi, DOM, ECoR, S.A.
Rahman, Sr. GM, Concor, Shri B. Mishra, VP, UCCI and Shri U.K. Dubey, TMILL
were among the other dignitaries who addressed the gathering. The Trade Meet
included a presentation by Shri A.K. Sahoo,DTMhighlighted the Port Performance
and the status of the infrastructure projects. There was an interactive session
between the representatives from the industry and the dignitaries present. The
delegates felt that the interaction with the concerned govt. officials present
was immensely helpful to them.Shri S.K. Mishra, TM(I/C), PPT gave the welcome
address and Shri S.K. Sahu, FA & CAO offered the vote of thanks.