March 23, 2015 12:27 pm Published by

The government has taken several initiatives to improve the business at Major Ports, the Minister of State for Shipping, Mr Pon Radhakrishnan, said.

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha, the Minister said that new berths and terminals would be constructed to enhance port capacity for minimising pre-berthing detention time and reducing the turnaround time of vessels.

He added that berths would be modernised with state-of-the-art loading/unloading equipment to improve operational efficiency.

Deepening of channels and berths would be undertaken so that ports could accommodate larger capacity vessels, Mr Radhakrishnan added.

He further said that for the speedy evacuation of cargo from the terminals, rail and road connectivity to the ports would be improved.

Steps would also be taken to implement Enterprise Resource Programme (ERP) for internal automation and EDI-PCS for paperless interaction with stakeholders, he added.

VTMS would be installed to monitor vessel traffic and navigation support and processes simplified to reduce transaction time at ports.

Necessary modifications in the tariff guidelines have been made from time to time to promote the development of Major Ports, keeping in mind the interest of the various stakeholders, he explained.

In order to allow the competitive market forces to play a greater role in determining tariff at Major Port Trusts, the government had issued two new sets of tariff guidelines, namely, Guidelines for Determination of Tariff for Projects at Major Ports, 2013 and Guidelines for Port Charges, 2015.

These guidelines impart flexibility to the PPP operators as well as Major Port-owned terminals in determining their tariff, the Minister told the Lower House of Parliament.


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