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
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.
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
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
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
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.