Chennai trade which expected a fierce price war when the Adani terminal was
commissioned seven months ago has been disappointed when hardly six vessels
were handled at the terminal commissioned at a cost of nearly Rs eight hundred
are reluctant to call at the terminal since the vessel related charges are high
at Kamarajar port (where the Adani terminal is situated) compared to the nearby
Chennai Port sharing the same hinterland. In a bid to attract more containers
Chennai port has given forty per cent rebate in vessel related charges over and
above the 15 per cent cut in base tariff. With the result the difference in
rates in berthing vessels between the two adjacent ports of Chennai and
Kamarajar is around 25,000 US dollars (Rs 16 lakhs)
Adani terminal at Kamarajar port Ennore which can handle 1.4 million twenty
foot Teus sees virtually no activity since most shipping lines chose to give it
a miss but call at both Chennai and Kattupalli ports where the tariffs are
Adani groupís efforts to seek similar concessions at Kamarajar port has not met
with any success so far. Even the fifteen per cent promotional tariff the
Kamarajar port is offering is about to
end soon. The Adani group has represented to the Shipping Ministry for a level
playing field in tariff between Chennai and Kamarajar ports.
port which has two terminals and demand for cargo is never an issue. The Port
is situated hardly thirty kilometers away from Kamarajar port at Ennore
northern suburb of the city.
group operates another container terminal at Katupalli port situated between
Chennai and Kamarajar ports. Tha adanis are able to match Chennai portís
tariffs. Ships call at this port without any problem. The container terminal at
Katupalli is doing well since unlike Chennai the port has no evacuation issues.
port has been in the news for over a year for all wrong reasons. Though a
corporate port different from other major ports, there was a move to privatize
the port last year. The disinvestment committee headed by cabinet secretary has
cleared the proposal.
former Shipping Ministers,T R Baalu and Mr G K Vasan have reprimanded the
government for its move to privatize profit earning Kamarajar port. Since then the
government has put the issue on backburner with Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari
stating that government has no intention to privatize the port.