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Kolkata Port handles 12 pc more cargo during current financial year

The Kolkata port had registered a 12 per cent cargo growth during the first six months of the current financial year 2017-18 over the corresponding period last year as against the average cargo growth rate of 3.24 per cent achieved by the major ports of the country during the same period according to Chairman of Kolkata port Vinit Kumar.

Mr Vinit kumar who assumed charge as Chairman of the Port recently was addressing a news conference on the Port's achievements during the last six months at a media interaction held last week.

He said the the Kolkata port handled 27.565 million tonnes of traffic in April to September 2017 as against 24.623 million tones handled during the same period last year. The Port notched up the sixth position among the major ports during last year

The Haldia Dock Complex (HDC) handled 19.124 mt of traffic in April to September 2017-18, recording a growth of 17.74 per cent over corresponding period last year. Kolkata Dock System (KDS) handled cargo throughput of 8.441 mt in April to September 2017-18..

On Container handling front the Kolkata port handled 3,87,552 TEUs in April to September 2017-18 against 3,81,653 TEUs in April to September 2016-17—registering 1.55 per cent growth. KoPT ranked 2nd amongst all Indian Major Ports in terms of coking coal, other coal and  liquid cargo during the period under review.

In April to September 2017-18, KoPT handled 1,785 ships—the highest among the Indian Major Port.

FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE:

The financial position for KoPT during 2016-17 improved as compared to 2015-16. The Operating Income (excluding Dredging Subsidy) increased to Rs 1,778.26 crore during 2016-17 as against Rs 1,586.06 crore in 2015-16—a rise of 12.12 per cent.

Operating Surplus (excluding Dredging) increased to Rs 659.27 crore in 2016-17 as against Rs 560.35 crore in 2015-16—a rise of 17.65 per cent. Operating Margin (excluding Dredging) increased to 37.07 per cent in 2016-17 as against 35.33 per cent in 2015-16.

The Kolkata port achieved a breakthrough in cruise shipping when after eight long years, cruise ship MV Silver Discoverer (103 m-long), called at KoPT from Phuket via Bangladesh on 25.2.17 with 93 passengers and 98 crew members on board.

The first container ship Shonartori Nou Kalyan one moved from Kolkata port and reached Dhaka Panagon river port on Feburary 17 this year paving the way for direct cargo vessel movement between India and Bangladesh

 The Coastal container vessel MV SSL Visakhapatnam, longest ever container vessel to have arrived at Haldia dock complex (LOA-193.03 m) was handled in February 2017.

All time record monthly container throughput of 56,848 TEUs was acheived by KoPT in May 2016.

Inland Waterways Authority of India vessels have been carrying cement consignments from Haldia to Patna on a regular basis through National Waterway-1 since 03.04.2017.

KDS is giving concession in wharfage for domestic cars coming by RoRo vessels w.e.f. 7.6.16 to promote coastal shipping.

Historic maiden movement of goods to N-E states using India-Bangladesh river protocol route took place in June 2016. A cargo vessel from Kolkata, with consignment for Tripura, reached Ashuganj Port on Meghna river in Comilla, Bangladesh. Goods thereafter were to be transported by road (32 km) to Agartala. Agreements signed with Bangladesh for use of inland waterway, coastal shipping and Bangladesh ports for short cut transit to N-E states.

Eden channel has become fully operational from 29.02.16 for movement of all ships to/from Haldia: 4,148 vessels (2,075 inward, : 2,073 outward) have passed through the channel during 2016-17 and 2,274 vessels (1,135 inward, : 1139 outward) have passed through the channel during April-September 2017.

Kolkata Port Online Grievance Window for stakeholders/Port users, initially opened for operational departments, extended to all departments from May 8th this year.

Haldia Dock Complex was awarded the First Prize and Kolkata Dock System Fouth in the Inter-Port assessment of Swachch Bharat Abhiyan, 2016-17.

PORT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES/PROJECTS:

The port of Kolkata has made investment decision both for KDS and HDC, keeping in mind the river morphology and traffic that can best be handled at these two locations harnessing the respective potentials of the twin dock systems.

A major challenge for a riverine Major Port like Kolkata has been its inadequate draught standing in the way of vessels of higher dimensions/parcel size to visit the port.

Simaltaneously, being a riverine Port and strategically connected to National Waterway No.1 and National Waterway No. 2, Kolkata Port has huge potential in respect of movement of cargo through Inland Water Transport (IWT) mode.

A well diversified shelf of investment, comprising schemes, aimed at improvement of operational efficiency/capacity augmentation, viz. integrated development of infrastructure, including road/rail connectivity/storage and yard logistics aimed at faster aggregation/dispersal of cargo traffic.

It has also been decided to set up riverine terminals and floating barge jetties outside the impounded docks of HDC to handle barge traffic emanating from/destined to the transhipment anchorages and ease the pressure on the lock systems,

Floating pipeline handling facilities have been set up for unloading edible oils from vessels at berths at HDC, setting up of LNG handling facilities, mechanisation of berths,  and integrated container handling at KDS and HDC, new VTM system along with AIS with interfacing/integration,

installation of RFID at HDC, augmentation of IT & IT-enabled services and various projects aimed at ease of doing business have been/are being taken up.

MAJOR PROJECTS AWARDED IN 2016-17:

It has been decided to set up Liquified Natural Gas Handling facility at Haldia dock complex costing Rs two hundred crores. It will handle 20 lakh tons of LNG per annum

Lease offer for the project was issued on March 30 this year. The project is being undertaken by granting lease of land for setting up of the storage facilities with permission to lay pipelines and installation of the unloading arms.

Development of hardstand area of about 1.13 lakh sq. metres inside Dock at HDC (Cost Rs 43.99 crore).  Construction of Hardstand with concrete paver blocks, including drainage facility behind berth No. 9 and berth No. 13 at GC Berth of HDC—order placed on 15.07.2016 (Rs 4,434.24 lakh). Expected Completion: 31.12.2017

Haldia Dock has an existing wooden type fender along the leading jetty. The existing fenders have worn out and damaged due to wear and tear. Accordingly, project has been taken up for replacement of damaged fenders by PMF (Parallel Motion Fender).

Under Phase-I (Section 1), procurement of new fenders has been taken up while under Section II, dismantling of damaged fender and retrofitting of jetty struture/installation of new fenders is to be undertaken.

The railway tracks at KDS, Kolkata port trust is being upgraded and modernised at a cost of nearly Rs ten crores which would lead to improved aggregation and evaluation of rail born cargo to and from the dock system, The upgradation project is expected to be completed in the next six months. The project is being implemented by RITES under Sagar Mala scheme.

The road connectivity to Kidderpore dock system is also being improved at a cost of about Rs 15 crores to assist the trade and port users. The project is expected to be completed in five months.

The projects to be taken up for implementation at the Haldia dock complex include setting up of outer terminal for liquid cargo handling at a cost of Rs 95 crores, setting up of Liquid Cargo Handling Jetty along with associated facilities at Shalukkhali, Haldia Dock Complex.

2nd rail line from Durgachak to HDC Railway System under Sagarmala project (Cost Rs 78.84 crore). South Eastern Railway (SER) has laid 2nd line almost covering the entire route upto Haldia from Panskura which has increased the capacity of rail movement to and from Haldia.

HDC being constrained by a single line connectivity from SER System at Durgachak, has taken up a scheme for laying a 2nd line from the take off point of SER System at Durgachak to HDC Rail System. RVNL was appointed on nomination basis for the entire work in terms of an in-principle approval of the KoPT Board held on 22.01.2016. RVNL has prepared the cost estimate and the DPR. The project inlcudes installation of advance Signalling and Telecommunication (S&T) system at par with the system presently in vogue in South Eastern Railways. The work order has been issued by RVNL on August 30 this year with the approval of the Board of Trustees.

The target date of completetion is August 29, 2019 according to RVNL)

Setting up of 2 MW Solar Power at HDC (Cost Rs 13 crore). The Project is being executed by Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI).

The projects expected to completed this year include Deployment of two Floating Crane facilities at Sagar at a cost of Rs 65.36 crores which will improve cargo handling capacity by nearly two million tons per annum-

Work Order has been placed on 31.03.16 for deployment of Floating Crane facilities at Sagar aimed at bringing additional cargo at matching draft through barge transportation at HDC. Expected Completion : November 2017.

 Setting up of Floating Cargo Handling Facilities at HDC - Cost Rs 73 crore, Estimated Capacity : 2.55. MMTPA: Work Order placed on 9.9.15. Work on shore and marine constructions are in progress. Completion : January 2018.

Other Major Project Initiatives include rail over bridge at Haldia dock complex. Government of India has approved setting up of a flyover-cum-rail over bridge at HDC of KoPT at an investment of Rs 157 crore which will improve road connectivity to Haldia Dock. The said flyover-cum-ROB will be set up on the KoPT land at Haldia which have already been provided to NHAI. LoA has been issued by NHAI by 08.02.2016. Work is in progress and the target date for completion is August next year.

Multimodal IWT Hub. Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) has taken about 61 acres of land from KoPT at Haldia on lease for setting up of multimodal IWT Hub at an investment of about Rs 300 crore. This will give impetus in movement of goods between Haldia and different places through NWI, NW2 and through protocol route to Bangladesh.

Port-Based Infrastructure,KoPT has allotted about 80 acres of land to the different industries for setting up of port-based infrastructure which would bring additional cargo to Haldia Dock Complex. Similarly, major land parcels have/are also being allotted at KDS of KoPT to various port-based industries for setting up of bulk pulses/foodgrain handling system, including processing and storage/setting up of new CFS, etc.

Green Energy Projects. The shipping Ministry has communicated to Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) for setting up of solar project to generate 69 MW of electricity by 2021-22. MoU has been signed between Indian Port Association and Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) to implement the same.

The projects include  Establishment 10 KW solar Power Plant at Navachara Island Haldia, Establishment 2 MW solar P V Plant at Shalukkhali, Haldia, * Establishment of Roof Mounted Solar PV Panel (160 KWp) at KDS:

Use of Bio-diesel: HDC has become the pionear among Indian Major Ports in the ‘Go Green’ initiative in use of eco-friendly bio-diesel by making successful trial run of one of its locomotives on 22.02.15.

The Bio-diesel Dispensing Plant has been commissioned two years ago at HDC. Use of eco-friendly bio-diesel reduces green house gas emission levels and offers operational benefits through increased fuel lubricity.  HDC received the prestigious award by Bio-Diesel Association (Bio Fuel 2015) for becoming India’s 1st Green Port.

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