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Chennai port all to exceed the target set by shipping ministry

Chennai port is all set to exceed the target set by the shipping ministry by nearly four million tons during the current financial year despite lack of growth in global trade the Port chairman P Raveendran announced on January 26th.

The cargo volume trend during the current financial year up to December 2017 is 39.44 million tons, an overall growth of four percent over the volumes of corresponding period previous year. A volume of 52 million tons is projected for 2017-18 as against the ministry’s target of 48.84 million tons. The port handled 1.16 million TEUs during the current year up to December 2017 as against 1.12 million TEUs achieved during the same period previous year. Container traffic in the port also went up by 4.1 per cent.

Mr Ravindran was addressing the port employees and the stakeholders on the Republic day

 He said the Chennai Port is on its 137th year of commercial operations and valuable service to the Nation. Aggressive marketing initiatives are being undertaken to retain and improve the cargo throughput.

Several new records have been set in handling cargoes during the year. The finance of the Port is also set to improve and a net surplus of Rs. 15.52 crores is projected for the year. The operating surplus is expected to be Rs.204.87 crores for the year 2017-18.

Physical performance parameters like Pre-Berthing Detention, Turn Round Time and Ship Berth-day Output continue to improve.

 Eight thousand TEU container vessels have started calling at the Chennai port in recent months after Capital dredging at Dr. Ambedkar Dock and Jawahar Dock Basins, alongside depth at the CTB 4 (container berth in CCTPL) is now 15.50m.This would help the port to increase Container volumes

A New multi-lane Gate Complex at Gate No.1 is facilitating entry and exit of container and other cargo vehicles. Two modern Godowns have been commissioned for catering to the requirements of the EXIM Trade for clean cargoes. 

Construction of the Coastal berth at the Northern Sheltering Arm will be completed in June 2018 and will add cargo volumes with benefits to the Users as part of the New Coastal Shipping Policy of the Government. The JD strengthening works are also in progress as also construction of high quality concrete pavement yards at ONB and JD (E) areas.

The existing Cruise terminal has been upgraded to International Standards through a grant from the Ministry of Tourism as a part of the Cruise Shipping Policy.

To harness clean energy, 500 KW solar panels on roof top of Port buildings have been commissioned towards green initiative

Road connectivity to the hinterland will improve with the completion of the Chennai Ennore Port Road Connectivity Project in a few months. Work on the Elevated Four Lane Corridor from Chennai Port to Maduravoyal is likely to resume with the revised alignment approved in May 2017 by Tamil nadu Government. The revised DPR which is under finalisation through NHAI will be completed in April 2018 and the Revenue Model will also be finalized. 

The Road Network inside the Port is being augmented through widening of existing roads to improve the internal flow of traffic and ease congestion. With focus on evacuation of Containers, a Dedicated Corridor is proposed inside the Port under the Sagarmala Programme.

Rail connectivity will improve on completion of works on the 3rd and 4th Railway Lines for which land has been transferred to Southern Railway and shifting of the Port’s compound wall completed. Work on development of a common railway yard is nearing completion. This will improve Port Railway Systems and add efficiency to rail evacuation of cargo for enhancing cargo volumes and revenue to the Port. Discussions are also underway with CONCOR for developing a shuttle Container service for increasing the rail share of containers.

The port is also poised to improve Multi-modal Logistics by setting up parks at Mappedu and Jolarpet for which Ministry of Shipping is commissioning DPRs.

Two Maritime clusters have been idenfied Under the Sagarmala programme, - one in Tamil Nadu and the other in Gujarat. In Tamil Nadu, the cluster is close to Chennai, Ennore and Kattupalli Ports with potential for steel, petrochemicals, electronics and ship building. The cluster proposed near Chennai will attract business for the maritime industry,improve the economics for the cluster participants and also generate employment.

In order to monitor the environmental parameters especially the ambient air quality levels 3 state – of – art continuous monitoring station have been commissioned inside the Port and are continuously feeding data to the electronic display boards installed at 4 key locations outside the Port for the information of the public. After implementation of strict dust suppression measures inside the Port the ambient air quality level especially the PM10 and PM2.5 levels have reduced significantly to well below the permissible value.  I would like to mention that these facilities are available in very few of the Indian Ports. 

Green Port Initiatives of the Port include acquisition of equipments for continuous monitoring of environmental parameters, dust suppression system, plantation, energy generation from renewal energy sources etc. MoS sanctioned Rs. 600 lakhs as grant for 2017-18

Schemes under CSR including Medical Camps are also being organized.

The Port is regularly participating in joint exercises with the Navy, Coast Guard and State Police Department to test our coastal security preparedness.

Based on the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)  signed with Puducherry Port on 15.03.2017 to augment Container and other break-bulk cargo volumes without road congestion.Dredging work at   Puducherry Port is nearing  completion and Shipping Operation will commence shortly.

The Port sector is poised for an upswing with the Union Government’s commitment on comprehensive growth of the Indian Ports on par with International Ports through Sagarmala Scheme and various Hinterland connectivity initiatives.

 

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