Finance Committee of Ministry of Shipping has cleared a
project for setting up an exclusive, fully mechanized handling facility for
fertilizer cargo at Deendayal Port in Kandla. The
facility will be developed at berth number 14 of the port, which is being
constructed at an approximate cost of Rs.138 crore. The port will further
invest approximately Rs.340 crore for the project from its internal resources.
Initially, the proposed facility will handle 2.60 million tons per annum and
subsequently this will be raised to 4.50 million tons per annum..
In the proposed project all activities, right from unloading of bulk
fertilizer cargo from the ships to loading of the bagged fertilizer onto the
wagons will be fully mechanized. The fertilizer cargo will
be unloaded using Mobile Harbour Cranes onto Mobile Hoppers. The conveyor
system, along with the tipper system, will transfer the cargo to the cargo
storage shed of 38,500 m2. The
storage shed will be equipped with 40 sets of bagging and stitching units which
will feed the bagged cargo directly into wagons to reduce labour, movement and
will optimize time and as such the logistic cost will come
At present, the handling of fertilizer cargo at Deendayal Port
involves multiple movements and agencies.
The mechanized facility will reduce the same and ensure faster delivery
of the cargo to the end users. It will be beneficial to the farmers in
terms of cost and faster delivery.
For the fertilizer importers, the benefits of the
proposed facility will be:efficient operation due to end to end mechanization No contamination of fertilizer cargo due to dedicated
mechanization and closed PEB Shed No internal vehicular movement for transfer
of cargo Less number of labor required due to mechanization and no multiple
handling One time transfer through
equipment and conveyor mechanized Dust
Suppression to avoid dust Lower rake turn-around
time Lower vessel turn-around time and Lower
work for the project is in progress. The facility is expected to be
commissioned by October, 2020.