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V.O. Chidambaranar Port handled 36.58 Million Tons of Cargo and 6.97 lakh TEUs during the financial year 2017-18

V.O. Chidambaranar Port situated near the landís end at Tuticorin handled cargo traffic of 36,58 Million tons against  the previous year's achievement of 38.46 million tons,  registering a negative growth of  4.89  per cent. The Imports have accounted for 26.17 million tons while Exports accounted for 10.41 million tons during  the financial year that ended on March 31st.

The Port has registered a record throughput of 6,97,631 Twenty Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) of Containers in the year 2017-18 clocking a growth of 8.65 per cent over previous year's container traffic of 6,42,103 TEUs.

The cargoes that have shown considerable increase over the previous year are Containerized cargo 8.65 per cent (55,528 TEUs), Lime stone 22.57 per cent (2.50 lakh Tonnes), Palm oil 65.23 per cent (1.40 lakh Tonnes), Timber logs 45.90 per cent (1.32 lakh Tonnes) and Clinkers134.68 per cent (1.05 lakh Tonnes).

The Port has also seen a phenomenal growth of 33.11 per cent in Coastal Cargo traffic during the financial year 2017-18 by handling 99.72 lakh Tonners over
74.92 Lakh Tonnes during the Financial year 2016-17.

The Port has seen an improvised performance in terms of operational performance. The average pre-berthing time has decreased to 1.27 days during the last financial year from
1.98 days during the FY 2016-17. 

Average turn-around of ships has also come down to 2.69 days during the year 2017-18 from 4.40 days during the FY 2016-17.

Average Ship berth day output has also increased from 10,456 Tonnes during the FY 2016-17 to 11,961 Tonnes during the year 2017-18.

In 2017-18, there were 1482 ship calls in the port, down by 10.83 percent from the 1662 ship calls during the financial year 2016-17. The fewer vessel calls illustrate that much of the cargo coming into the port is arriving in larger ships.

            V.O.Chidambaranar Portís operating income amounted to Rs₹ 622.75 crores during 2017-18 as against Rs₹ 597.93 crores the previous year and the operating surplus Rs₹ 372.56 crores as against Rs₹ 350.02 crores in 2016-17. The net surplus after tax was RS₹ 117.88 crores during the last financial year as against ₹Rs 117.72 crores in the previous year. The operating ratio of 40.17 per cent is one the best among the Indian Major Ports.

The Port has awarded the project for dredging in-front of Coastal berth at a cost of Rs.96.33 crores and the project was completed on April fourth this year.

The Port has also completed Construction of North Cargo berth-II for handling bulk cargoes ( Capacity : 7 MTPA), Conversion of 8th Berth as Container Terminal on BOT Basis(Capacity :7.2 MTPA), Construction of dedicated berth for handling Coastal Cargo (Capacity :1 MTPA), Deployment of Additional Harbour Mobile Cranes at III & IV berth Under PPP mode (Capacity :4.36 MTPA), Construction and maintenance of Truck Parking terminal at the Port Land opposite to Fisheries College (Sagarmala Project), Road Connectivity to Hare island and procurement of two Mooring Launches totalling 7 key projects at a cost of Rs. 744.93 cores. The resultant capacity addition will be 19.56 Million Tons per Annum.

Some of major projects that are in progress are Up-gradation of CJ - I & II at a cost of Rs.97.76 Crores, (Capacity addition: 18 MTPA), Development of Shallow Draught Berth for handling Construction Materials through PPP mode at a cost of Rs.65.37 Crores.,(Capacity: 2 MTPA) and Construction of NCB III on EPC mode at a cost of Rs.36.52 Crores, (Capacity: 10.22 MTPA)

The Port is also in the process of executing major capacity augmentation project consisting of Capital dredging of the dock basin 16.50 meters and approach Channel up to 17.20 meters depth, widening of the Port entrance channel from 153 meters to 230 meters at an approximate cost of Rs.3090.28 Crores (Capacity: 27.90 MMTPA) and Up gradation of existing VOC berth 3 and 4 at an estimated cost of Rs.97.53 Crores.

The Port has been a frontrunner in lending due care for the Environment protection through various measures like installation of Sprinkler systems and wind barrier at coal yard, Mechanized evacuation of coal, installation of Electronically operated hoppers at bulk cargo berths, deployment of road sweeping machines and providing shore power supply facility to ships. The Port is also in process of installing Ambient Air quality Monitoring stations and Commissioning of truck mounted high pressure water mist fog machines.

Chairman of the Port I. Jeyakumar, told the press conference that the Port has made considerable progress in the last financial year to efficiently handle cargo at the port and we have charted clear plans to move forward to meet the challenges that lay ahead to ensure that we can accommodate larger ships.


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