Tuticorin has clinched the ‘Port of the Year – 2017’ award in the ‘Public
Sector’ category for excellence in Coastal Shipping in the event organized by
‘India Seatrade’ at Kochi on 22.09.2017.
On behalf of ther Port,
U.Rajendran, Traffic Manager, received the award from Deputy chairman of Rajya
sabhai P.J. Kurien,a Sabha. V.O.Chidambaranar Port has been adjudged as the
‘Port of the Year 2017’ for infrastructure, Port Terminal related tariff, Turnaround time,
Handling charges, Facilities & services and Special initiatives taken to
Promote Coastal cargo by the jury of Industry Experts chaired by former
Shipping Secretar K. Mohandas. .
V.O.Chidambaranar Port has
been the frontrunner among the Major Ports in promotion of Coastal
Shipping. The total volume of Coastal cargo handled during the last
financial year 2016-17 was 74.91 Lakh Tonnes. Coastal Shipping through V.O.
Chidambaranar Port has witnessed a CAGR of 4.14 per cent over the period of
last three years.
Out of the Total traffic of
386.40 Lakh Tonnes handled by the Port during the last financial year, Coastal cargo
constitutes 19.38 per cent. The number of calls made by coastal vessels has
also increased from 335 during the year 2015-16 to 376 during the year 2016-17.
Moreover, in terms of containers, V.O. Chidambaranar Port has handled 1,09,606
TEUs of Coastal Containers during the last financial year.
V.O. Chidambaranar Port is
serving 25 coastal cargo destinations and the major ones include Thermal Coal
from Visakhapatnam and Paradip, Containers carrying raw cotton from Mundra and
cashew from Cochin, Clinkers from Haldia, Kakinada & Porbandar, furnace oil
from Kandla and Haldia, salt from Kandla, Sulphuric Acid to Visakhapatnam,
Kandla, Paradip & New Mangalore and Phosphoric Acid to Visakhapatnam,
Kakinada, Paradip & New Mangalore constitute a major share in Coastal
In order to realize
the Ministry of Shipping’s vision of increasing the share of
coastal / IWT mode of cargoes from 7 to 10 per cent by 2019-20 and to provide
impetus to regional maritime trade, V.O. Chidambaranar Port has taken proactive
measures to promote coastal shipping by exclusively earmarking VOC
–I Berth with LOA 168m and Draft 9.3 m, Eastern Arm with LOA 100m and
draft 7.5 for handling of Coastal cargoes.
Priority berthing is also
provided for the vessels intended for handling Coastal cargoes. Concession of
40 per cent in Cargo related and vessel related charges except RoRo (For RoRo,
the concession offered is 80%) has been extended by the Port for promotion of
construction of an exclusive Coastal Cargo Berth with a capacity of 3 Million
Tonnes Per Annum is nearing completion at an investment of Rs.38.91