Kandla Port has retained its top position among the Major Ports for the sixth consecutive year after reaching the 92.5-million tonne (mt) mark in FY15 (2014-15), with a 6.3 per cent increase in cargo throughput. It thus utilised 87 per cent of its cargo handling capacity of 106.32 mt during the year.
Concerted efforts and a series of initiatives started under the leadership of Mr Ravi M. Parmar, IAS, Chairman of Kandla Port Trust (KPT), were responsible for this growth, emphasised an official release.
The Port’s performance in the just-concluded fiscal was elaborated upon at a function held here last week, which saw the participation of representatives from the trade and media, besides all KPT HoDs, Trustees and Port officers. The welcome address was given by Mr Sanjay Bhaty, TP&PRO, and the keynote address by Capt. H. K. Sibal, Deputy Conservator, in which he briefed about the importance of the 52nd National Maritime Day and its “Make in India” theme.
Some of the achievements of KPT during the fiscal are as follows –
Number of ships called at the Port:
Kandla : 1,721
Vadinar : 514
Total : 2,235
The Port handled record dry cargo traffic (excluding containers) volumes to the tune of 29.843 mt, surpassing the previous highest of 29.835 mt handled in FY13. A total of 26.919 mt dry cargo traffic (excluding containers) was handled in FY14. This indicates an increase of around 2.9 mt year-on-year in dry cargo traffic in the current fiscal.
Five floating cranes were commissioned at OTB and two on temporary basis till the final LoI is issued. A total of 41,08,593 tonnes was handled by these cranes during the last fiscal year, generating Rs 8.40 crore revenue towards royalty. About 22 vessels, carrying 33,73,602 tonnes of cargo, which were unable to call at the Port due to length and draught restrictions, were serviced by the cranes.
The crude oil throughput at Vadinar reached 403.99 lakh tonnes during FY15, up from 375.95 lakh tonnes in the previous year. POL (product) traffic reached 131.41 lakh tonnes (130.87 lakh tonnes) while crude oil transhipment throughput was recorded at 1.82 lakh tonnes.
KPT created a number of records in cargo handling; some of them are listed below –
* Cargo handling operations were started at Tuna-Tekra by Adani Kandla Bulk Terminal Pvt. Ltd (AKBTPL) this February. Sheng Ming was the first vessel handled to discharge 71,200 t of thermal coal. AKBTPL serviced two cargo vessels during the fiscal
* KPT recorded the second-highest throughput in its history after handling 93.62 mt in FY13
* The Port handled a total of 2,235 vessels, including tankers, at Vadinar during FY15
* A record throughput was achieved in coal with the Port handling 9.97 mt
With substantial capacity additions underway, it is expected that KPT will cross the 100-mt mark in FY16. In this context, the following measures have been/are being taken –
* The Port is conducting business and investor meets, and is taking steps to re-commission the container terminal at Kandla in 2015
* Land is being auctioned as per the Land Policy Guidelines, 2014
* Discussions are being held with the Ministry of Fertilisers and Food Corporation of India for nomination of respective cargoes through Kandla Port
* Single Point Mooring (SPM) and allied facilities are being set up off Veera in Gulf of Kutch on BOT basis
* A container terminal is being set up at Tuna-Tekra, Kandla Port, on BOT basis.
* Rail connectivity is being developed between Gandhidham and the existing Tuna Port
* Construction of a bulk storage shed inside cargo jetty area is being undertaken
* An Expression of Interest (EoI) was invited by KPT for laying one more SPM, and for development of one more liquid bulk handling facility at Vadinar. Further, Essar Oil Ltd was commissioned to develop two more product jetties and one additional SBM capable of handling 24.5 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) at OOT Vadinar.
The Port won a number of awards in the last fiscal, with the one for “Corporate Social Responsibility” being among the most prestigious. Other awards which Kandla Port received during the last year are as follows –
* “Best Major Port of the Year”; won the MALA Award for FY14, FY13, FY12, FY11and FY10 in a row
* “Best Major Port of the Year – Non Containerised Cargo”, Northern India Multimodal Logistics Award from FY12 till date
* “Best Port Award” at Gujarat Junction from FY12 onwards
* Received the Indira Gandhi Rajyabhasha Award from the President of India in 2012 and 2013
* “Kutch Business Excellence Award” by FOKIA (Federation of Kutch Industries Associations)
* “Major Port of the Year-2014 Award” by India Seatrade
* “Quality Mark Award 2014”, organised by Quality Mark Trust
Corporate Social Responsibility
* Kandla Port has been running two schools at Gopalpuri, in Gandhidham and one school at Vadinar that provide free education
* The Port also runs two hospitals (at Gopalpuri and Kandla) and a health centre at Vadinar. A dispensary is being run at Adipur, offering health services to employees, their families, retired employees, CISF personnel and their dependents, and migrant workers
* KPT also maintains a very good indoor multi-purpose sports hall, oval ground, Shyamji Krishna Verma Pavilion, and other sports facilities. A modern gymnasium is also available
The KPT management thanked all those involved in making last fiscal a success, and will continue to strive towards fulfilling its vision of providing quality services at reasonable cost and in a professional manner, it said in a release.
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