Port Trust invites all the container terminal operators for a meeting in Le
Royal Meridien,1 GST Road, St.Thomas Mount, Chennai -16 on 23.04.2018 in
respect of conversion of existing 9th berth as container terminal, Ferry
service & Mechanization of Coastal berth to discuss about the traffic
forecast of mainline vessel, equipment specification & bottle necks which
is described as below, says a release from VOC Port Trust.
OF 9TH BERTH AS CONTAINER TERMINAL The present cargo handling capacity of
V.O.Chidambaranar Port is 65.90 Million Tonnes. The Port handles dry bulk
cargoes, containers, liquid bulk and break bulk cargoes. In this scenario, in
order to improve the cargo handling capacity, it is proposed to increase the
draught from existing 12.80m to 15.20m. This will facilitate handling of fully
laden Panamax vessels and Very Large Container Carriers (VLCC) up to 14000TEUs
capacity, thus aiming for improvement from the feeder container Port to Gateway
mainline Port and further as a transshipment Hub Port. In order to attract the
mainline vessels having capacity of 14000TEUs. Therefore, it is proposed to
upgrade the existing 9th berth of size (334.50m x 30m) as container terminal to
handle 14000TEUs vessel.
OF COASTAL BERTH V.O.Chidambaranar Port Trust has constructed a berth of size
185 x 63.5m with a depth of (-)10m CD m for handling coastal cargoes and it was
designed to handle 15000 DWT vessels with a draft of (-)9m CD. Coastal berth
was designed with the uniform distributed live load of 50 KN/M2 . This berth
can take the maximum corner load of 107.7 T. In order to provide better
handling facility and to increase the productivity of the Coastal berth, it is
proposed to provide two numbers of Harbour Mobile Cranes and two numbers of
Rubber tyred electrically operated Mobile Hoppers on license basis for a period
of ten years under revenue share Model.
SERVICE V.O.C Port proposed to facilitate ferry service between
Tuticorin-Rameshwaram-Kanyakumari-Trivandrum circuit. Facilities available at
Zone-B will be extended for operating the service from Tuticorin. Similarly, ferry
boat jetty available at Kanyakumari and berth facility at Vizhinjam Port may be
considered for operating the ferry boat in these locations. The route
rationalization and scheduling may be decided by the ferry operator depending
upon the market factors.