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
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.
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
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