Paradip port continues as the largest cargo handling port

Paradip port has retained the numero uno position in the East Coast in terms of cargo volumes handled during the first quarter of the current financial year April July 2020 Port Chairman Rinkesh Roy said. The port has also started handling container vessels for the first time since the inception of the Port

Mr Rinkesh Roy unfurled the National Flag on the occasion of the Independence Day and reviewed the parade in which 3 contingents of CISF participated, said a release.

Addressing the gathering, Mr Roy highlighted that Paradip port first crossed the coveted 100 MMPTA mark in 2017-18 and has now become the No.1 Major Port in the country for the 1st quarter of 2020-21. While this achievement gives immense happiness, the port now has to shoulder even bigger responsibilities to retain this position.

With berthing of MV Damu Bhum new EX-IM service has started

With berthing of MV Damu Bhum, the container vessel from Port Klang in Malaysia, a new EX-IM service has started at the port, to export polymer products from Paradip refinery. This will further help hundreds of small entrepreneurs of Odisha, he said.

Cargo handling operations have commenced at the newly developed iron ore (export) berth of 10 MTPA capacity. Development of new coal berth for the handling of coal imports on BOT basis (PPP), of 10 MTPA capacity at an estimated cost of Rs 655.56 crore, is in progress and is expected to be completed by the end of this year.

Mechanisation of EQ-1, EQ-2 and EQ-3 berths, of 30 MTPA capacity at an estimated cost of Rs 1,437.76 crore, is also in progress and expected to be completed by the year-end. An LPG terminal at South Oil Jetty is being developed by IOCL, of 0.75 MTPA capacity at an estimated cost of Rs 690 crore, which is expected to be completed by March 2021.

MoU for port within a port under process

Besides, the port has taken up the project of ‘deepening and optimisation of inner harbour facilities including development of Western Dock’, of 25 MTPA capacity, on PPP mode to handle Capesize vessels. Having an estimated cost of Rs 3,004.63 crore, it is now in government approval stage. A MoU for a riverine port in the Mahanadi River mouth at Paradip (i.e. port within a port) is under process for signing with the state government.

Second exit road-cum-flyover shall be developed

Paradip Port will segregate its cargo traffic from the passenger traffic, for which a second exit road-cum-flyover shall be developed at a cost of Rs 92 crore as a part of the development of Smart Industrial Port City. This will ensure safety in road movement and clean environment to commuters. Another bridge is also to be constructed adjacent to the old Atharbanki Bridge for congestion-free movement to the Fishery Harbour Road and the port premises, the release said.

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