Chennai Port will be able to attract larger cellular container vessels once the capital dredging work at Ambedkar Dock is completed, and the depth at the second container terminal increased to 15.5 metres, the Chennai Port Trust (ChPT) said in a release.
The fresh Request for Qualification (RFQ) for the Outer Harbour project was being formulated after discussions with prospective bidders. The project will cater to a cargo mix comprising containers, dry bulk, break-bulk and liquid cargo over the long term. When commissioned, the port’s capacity would exceed by 100 million tonnes (mt) per annum.
Work on the barge handling facility at Bharathi Dock would also start soon as environmental clearance for the project has been received. Bids for the multi-cargo terminal at JD (East) were expected shortly, the release said.
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