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Vallarpadam Terminal gets material handling equipment

International Container Transshipment Terminal (ICTT) at Vallarpadam has received 6 rubber tyre mounted gantry cranes. The new generation cranes are imported from TGPC from Dubai will be installed at berths to conserve 30% more energy. They are also fitted with sensors to protect pedestrians and obstacles on track and are capable of lifting 41 tonnes and can handle 20/30/40 ISO containers at 30 box /hour. The connectivity of the port terminal will also improve with the construction of NH highway link.

Kakinada Seaports plans expansion

Kakinada Seaports Ltd (KSPL) is planning to invest Rs. 8000 million to increase its handling capacity to 20 million tonnes. Currently, construction of 3 berths are in progress which will be completed by 2 years, while 6 more will be added over 3-4 years. It also plans to widen and deepen the channel. The company had so far invested Rs. 4250 million to construct 4 berths and related infrastructure. It handles mainly iron ore, coal, phosphoric acid, cement clinker, fertiliser and granite stones.

Colachel Port likely to be developed in TN

Colachel Port, an ideal location near Kanyakumar near to international shipping route with sufficient drafts. Tamil Nadu Maritime Board has initiated a techno feasibility study on the port with Mumbai based iMaritime Consultants. Rites ‘Port Vision : 2020’ has also identified as a container transhipment hub port. However, the project will require a huge investment of around Rs.20,000 million and is looking for an investor.

Gopalpur Port ties up funds for phase I

Gopalpur Port, a seasonal port is now developed into a all-weather port is being developed by three companies comprising Orissa Stevedores Ltd (OSL), Sara International Ltd and the Hong Kong-based Noble Group. It has tied up funds to the tune of Rs.8487 million from a consortium of 11 banks. It plans to construct 3 berths along with material handling equipment and related infrastructure. GPL is already in the process of awarding contracts to develop the port by 2012. However, it is expecting a delay from environmental clearance as wildlife enthusiast fear disruption of olive ridley turtles.

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393.67 acres of land required for the project have been allotted as the project have achieved financial closure to the tune of Rs. 14000 million. In January 2012, Sara International had left the consortium while Jindal Steel & Power has replaced it. Earlier Noble Group has left the consortium in May 2010. The project has received environmental clearance in November 2011 and construction work has begun on the project.

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