At a press meet organised by the Heads of Department of Kandla Port Trust (KPT) in the Board Room, AO Building here on Wednesday, Capt. H. K. Sibal, Head of Marine Department (Deputy Conservator), expressed happiness at the berthing of 2 mini Capesize vessels, having 255 m LOA, at Kandla Port in May, and another vessel of the same type in June. Two-three more mini Capesize vessels are waiting to be berthed, he said. This was a major achievement for KPT, Capt. Sibal stressed. Earlier, only 240 m LOA vessels could berth. Today, agents can bring in approx. 1-lakh tonne vessels due to the facility of part lighterage at OTB.
The interaction saw participation from Mr Bimal Kumar Jha, Port Secretary, as well as the senior officers of all departments.
At Tuna, everything is progressing smoothly, with enough tugs, pilots, pilot launches, etc., it was pointed out.
This fiscal, the throughput up to June 10 was 18.74 million tonnes (mt), up 5.21 per cent compared to the same period of last year. The dry cargo handled was 7 mt till June 10, 2015-16, as against 5.6 mt, it was disclosed.
The Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and General Administration Departments would be completing their projects on time. Essar’s SPM at Vadinar would be soon ready for operations, adding 24.5 mtpa to KPT’s throughput. Tenders have been invited for Oil Jetty No. 7, and the renovation/repair work of Cargo Jetty No. 6 was in full swing. Two parties have qualified for the much-awaited container terminal at Berths 11 and 12, and the further process was on, it was informed.
The initial work on some other projects, like appointing consultant for the proposed Smart City, new RFQ for Berths 14 and 16, converting the leasehold resident lands into freehold, and developing 6 MW solar energy capacity were also progressing the HODs and senior officers said.
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