an attempt to diversify sources of income Chennai port is setting up a
dedicated bunker berth in order to tap the immense potential for bunker fuels
in the East Coast Chairman of the port P Raveendran announced at a news
conference last week.
is proposed to construct a 181 meter long bunker berth at Bharathi Oil docks
near the entrance of the port at an estimated cost of Rs 44 crores. The final
clearance for the project was issued recently he said.
has been demand that the Chennai port taking advantage of the calm seas outside
the port should start supplying bunker fuel to ships to diversify its sources
of income. Singapore port earns substantial revenue by providing bunker fuel to
the container terminals of the port are geared to handle 8000 TEU capacity
container vessels after the completion of capital dredging in Ambedkar docks and
Jawahar dock basins. The alongside depth at the container terminals is now 15
meters after the completion of dredging.
of coastal berth to handle one million tons of additional cargo at the northern
sheltering arm with exclusive road leading to it will be commissioned in the
next two months.
existing cruise terminal has been upgraded and modernized to international
standards through a grant from the tourism ministry as part of the cruise
shipping policy. The spruced up terminal is ready to receive cruise vessels
with all the facilities for the passengers. The first cruise vessel Viking sun
with 845 tourists was handled at the terminal on April one.
on development of a Common railway yard has been completed and it can receive
full length rakes. The port has installed an in motion rail weigh bridge to
facilitate weighing of wagons by the users handling bulk cargo through rail.
Chennai Port and CONCOR has started a new initiative of transporting direct
port delivery of imports and direct port entry of export containers from CONCOR yard at Tondiarpet about fifteen
kilometers ahead of the port. Rail shuttle services will operate between the
yard and the port to reduce road congestion.
port is also poised to set up a Multi Modal Logistics Park at Jolarpet to
handle containers from Coimbatore and Bengaluru. Containers from these areas
aggregate at the Park, cleared by customs and other agencies and sent directly
to the Chennai port by rail.
trial service of coastal movement of containers between Chennai and Puducherry
Ports commenced last month by the vessel MV Chowgule. Full- fledged services between the two ports
will commence shortly after the dredging work at Puducherry port is completed.
Maritime Industrial cluster is coming up at Mappedu near the port which has
potential for steel, petro chemicals, electronics and ship building industry
sluggish growth in global trade, the cargo volume handled at the port was 51.88
million tons during the last financial year. The net surplus is expected to be
about Rs 32 crores during 2017-18 compared to rs 13 crores previous year.