JSW Jaigarh Port crosses another milestone by handling Capesize vessel

April 23, 2015 10:28 am Published by

Depth alongside berth was 19.8 m

JSW Jaigarh Port achieved another significant distinction on April 17, 2015 by becoming the first port on the 720-km western coast of Maharashtra to berth a Capesize vessel, MV Indian Friendship (200,000 DWT), which arrived carrying 168,000 tonnes of steam coal for JSW Energy.

As per an official release, the event was graced by a large number of dignitaries, among them being the Chief Guest Mr Gautam Chatterjee, Additional Chief Secretary, Transport and Ports, government of Maharashtra, Guest of Honour Mr Asheesh Sharma, CEO of Maharashtra Maritime Board, Mr N. K. Jain, Chairman, JSW Infrastructure, the District Collector, Superintendent of Police, Assistant Commissioner of Customs, officials from Konkan Railway, Deputy Commandant of the Coast Guard, Mr Darshan Hiranandani, MD of Hiranandani Group, Mr Sheshagiri Rao, Joint Managing Director of JSW Steel and CFO, JSW Group, Directors of Jaigarh Port, major customers, and local electronic and print media.

The dignitaries appreciated the port’s infrastructure, expressed their confidence in its capabilities and assured of their continued support. Mr Darshan Hiranandani assured the H-Energy Plan in setting up an LNG terminal at Jaigarh.

Mr Gautam Chatterjee congratulated the port management for berthing the maiden Capesize vessel on the coast of Maharashtra and assured of the government’s support in the further development of the port.

Capt. B.V.J.K. Sharma, JMD and CEO, JSW Infrastructure, showcased the Vision 2020 of Jaigarh Port, wherein it would be equipped to cater to Australian Q-Max and Valemax size vessels in the near future. He also presented brief AVs giving an outlook of the port’s facilities.

Emphasised Capt. Sharma: “JSW Jaigarh Port, a modern, mechanised, environment-friendly, deep water port (20 m) in Maharashtra has handled large Capesize vessel (200,000 DWT) and is getting ready for a giant leap from the existing 15 mtpa to 65 mtpa capacity by taking on the largest dry bulk carrier (Valemax), LNG carrier (Q-Max), container vessel (EEE series – 18,000 TEUs) and very large crude carrier (340,000 tonnes) with active government support.”

JSW’s port plans

JSW Infrastructure Ltd has successfully developed and operates two ports in Maharashtra (Jaigarh and Dharamtar) and one terminal at the Major Port in Goa, with total installed capacity of 33 mtpa. Since inception, the group has successfully handled more than 100 million tonnes of various types of cargo. It plans to rapidly boost capacity from the present 33 mtpa to 200 mtpa by 2020, through greenfield and brownfield expansions.

JSW’s Jaigarh Port is a modern, all-weather, mechanised, environment-friendly facility, the state’s only deep water port.

With installed capacity of 15 mtpa, JSW Jaigarh Port currently handles various types of commercial cargo like coal, coke, iron ore, limestone, bauxite, sugar, molasses, fertiliser, etc. The port has undertaken expansion to increase capacity to 65 mtpa (which includes 30 mtpa of bulk cargo, 15 mtpa of container, 10 mtpa of LNG and 10 mtpa of liquid/POL), the release pointed out.

Besides, it recently signed a Shareholders’ Agreement to develop the Jaigarh-Digni rail linkage with KRCL along with MMB under the JV model of the Railways’ participative policy.

It has also signed an agreement with MMB for developing the Jaigarh-Nivali road connectivity, and tied up with a JV partner for the development of a dedicated LNG terminal.

Talks are on with a JV partner/sub-concessionaire for developing a dedicated container terminal, the release disclosed.

There are ambitious expansion plans for the port. Additional berths are under construction, along with robust high-performance material handling systems. The dredged draught of 18.5 metres enables the berthing of Capesize vessels, the release highlighted.

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