Indian Ports Register Positive Growth of 3.27% in H1
The major ports in India have recorded a growth of 3.27% during the period April to September, 2017 and together handled 383 Million Tonnes of cargo as against 371 Million Tonnes handled during the corresponding period of previous year. The Eight Ports i.e. Kolkata, Paradip, Chennai, Cochin, New Mangalore, Mumbai, JNPT and Kandla registered positive growth in traffic during the period April to October, 2017. The highest growth was registered by Cochin Port (17.66%), followed by Kolkata [incl. Haldia], New Mangalore, Paradip with growth of about 12%.
India's Largest Port Damaged By Quake
Operations at India's busiest port, Kandla, have been affected by the powerful earthquake which devastated western India on Friday, but small ports nearby survived the impact and are operating normally, according to shipping industry sources and government officials. M Pinto, secretary of the Shipping Ministry, said some godowns, or warehouses, at the Kandla port were badly damaged. A signal station at the port was also damaged but had resumed operating by late Friday. Normal operations at Kandla port could resume by Saturday or early Sunday after ensuring that the shipping channel serving the port is clear, he said. Kandla handles 17 percent of the cargo passing through India's 12 largest ports, according to shipping industry data.
Exemption from priority berth hire charges at Kandla
Kandla Port Trust has acceded to the request of the Fertlizer Companies/Fertilizer Association of India to exempt vessels arriving in Kandla carrying fertilizer cargo from the payment of priority berth hire charges specified at Note No.(7) of General Notes relating to Schedules 3.1 to 3.5 of the current Scale of Rates. This is with a view to arrest the declining trend of fertilizer traffic, attraxct additional fertilizer traffic and bring down the cost of fertilizer handling at the port. This exemption shall be valid until 31 March 2015 and is effective from 23 May 2014. GAC India
Adani Kandla Terminal Hits 3.5 MT Volume
Adani Kandla Bulk Terminal Pvt. Ltd. Adani Kandla Bulk Terminal Pvt. Ltd. (AKBTPL) under the concession agreement with Kandla Port Trust (KPT) has successfully over shot the MGT in its 1st year of operations itself. “We at Adani Group share our Chairman’s vision of achieving 200 Million Metric Tons cargo by 2020. This milestone will take us one more step closer to our vision” said Mr. Ennarasu Karunesan, CEO APSEZ Mundra & Tuna Ports. AKBTPL was inaugurated by Hon'ble Minister of Road Transport and Highways and Shipping…
Indian Ports to Go Green
The Indian Ministry of Shipping, as a part of its ‘Green Port Initiative’ has been emphasizing on use of renewable sources of energy to power Major Ports across the nation. The Ministry aims to set up 91.50 MW of solar energy capacity at the twelve Major Ports and 45 MW of wind energy capacity by the two Major Ports of Kandla and V. O. Chidambaranar. Major Ports have started the process of setting-up renewable energy projects by investing Rs.704.52 crores ($ 104 million) in these projects.
P&O Buys Stake In Indian Container Terminal
South Asia Ports Ltd., a subsidiary of British Shipping group P&0 has reportedly bought a 96 percent stake in the container terminal at India's Kandla port for $30 million. P&O plans a total investment of $80 million to upgrade facilities and set up a container yard in return for a 30-year operating lease.
Adani Ports to Commission Tuna Tekra Terminal by Dec 2014
Adani Ports & SEZ Ltd, India’s largest port developer and part of Adani Group, will commission its dry bulk cargo handling terminal at Tuna Tekra in a record time by December 2014. The group shared this development with prospective clients during a trade meeting, last week. The meet, organized by Adani Ports & SEZ Ltd to make this announcement and showcase the salient features of the project, received unprecedented response, and was attended by more than 60-65 representatives from almost every major shipping agencies/lines as well as custom house agents operating in the region.
Adani Hazira Port Handles Record Rock Phosphate
Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ) today said its Hazira port had recently handled a record quantity of rock phosphate of 188,684 metric tonnes, highest amongst any commercial port in single calendar month. With this feat, Adani Hazira Port surpassed Kandla Port’s all time best of handling the similar cargo of 182,748 metric tonnes in June 2012. With this, Adani Hazira port has established a unique position in the handling of rock phosphate on the west coast of India. Rock Phosphate is the key raw material for manufacturing of Phosphoric acid, and Single Super Phosphate fertilizer. This milestone has been achieved due to sustained patronage of the SSP manufacturers and persistence support of the suppliers and traders of rock phosphate and the transporter fraternity.
India’s Busiest Port Resumes Operations
Kandla, India's busiest port which was damaged in last month's earthquake, resumed operations at all its 10 general cargo berths on Wednesday with load restrictions on some of them, the port chairman said. "We are operating on all 10 cargo berths with load restrictions on berth numbers one to five from today (Wednesday) onwards," Kandla Port Trust Chairman A.K. Joti told Reuters. Operations were halted on January 26 by the huge quake which struck the western state of Gujarat, killing at least 30,000 people. The port resumed partial operations on February 3. "As of now more than 80 percent of the port capacity is being utilized," a shipping ministry statement said. Port authorities have been facing pressure from traders and the government to restore capacity after the quake.
New Indian Container Terminal: Global Bids Invited
India's largest major port, Kandla Port Trust (KPT) invites global bids for setting up a container terminal at nearby Tuna -Tekra. The port authority has invited expression of interests (EOIs) from global majors for setting up the container terminal on build, operate and transfer (BOT) basis for container vessels having capacity up to 18000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) reports the Business Standard. The project will be developed on public private partnership (PPP) basis with 30 years of concession period for the operator. According to official sources, the bidders will be required to prepare a feasibility study report along with a statement of total investment required and expected revenue generation.
United Heavy Lift's Maiden Call to India
United Heavy Lift GmBH& Co. KG, Germany commenced operations on 1st April, this year. Lars Rolner, the former owner and Managing Director of SAL established United Heavy Lift this February in Hamburg. They are agents to a fleet of currently 18 HLVs with a lifting capacity ranging from 300 to 800 mts. The vessels are trading on a worldwide basis, with a main focus on Europe, Middle-East, Far-East as well as Africa & USA. Heavy Lift carrier Mv Lena J called Mumbai and Kandla ports to discharge & load project cargoes respectively.
Cargo traffic at 12 Indian major ports up by 1.78%
Indian Ports Cargo traffic at 12 major ports in the country recorded a marginal increase of 1.78 per cent at 555.50 million tonnes (MT) during 2013-14.The cargo throughput at 12 major ports of India stood at 545.79 MT in 2012-13. Kandla port handled the highest 87 MT traffic during 2013-14, followed by 68 MT cargo by Paradip Port and 62 MT by Jawaharlal Nehru port, as per the data by Indian Ports Association (IPA). Mumbai port recorded 59 MT traffic while Visakhapatnam Port received 58 MT cargo. Chennai Port received 51 MT traffic. These ports had handled 560.13 MT of cargo in 2011-12 while the same was 596.03 MT in 2010-11. The present capacity of major ports is only about 700 MT , while the Maritime Agenda of the Ministry has fixed a target of 3130 MT capacity addition by 2020.
Port Repair Bids To Be Sought
India's Kandla port will invite tenders soon for repairs to jetties, buildings and equipment damaged in last month's earthquake. "We will invite tenders in the next few days to repair the port," A.K. Joti said. He said total damages, including civil structures and mechanical and electrical systems, were estimated at $10.8 million. The port would invite several tenders for each job instead of awarding a comprehensive tender to one group, thus enabling work to begin simultaneously, said Vipul Mittra, port deputy chairman. Operations at the country's busiest port were halted on January 26 by the huge quake that struck the western state of Gujarat, killing at least 30,000 people. Partial operations were resumed on February 3.
Sagarmala – Sailing Towards a Vibrant Gujarat
India's Shipping Minister of State Mansukh Mandaviya inaugurated the state- of -the -art exhibition display of Sagarmala, Ministry of Shipping at Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors Summit, 2017, yesterday (Jan 11). Gujarat has been at the forefront of the maritime development in India. A) Port modernization: Projects have been identified for capacity augmentation at existing ports especially Kandla to meet the future growth in cargo volumes. These include mechanization of cargo handling process, development of multi-purpose berth and setting up of barge and coastal jetty to name a few.
Berthing Delays for Heavy Lift Vessels at Indian Ports
Heavy Lift vessels visiting Indian ports are in for berthing delays at various ports. * In Mumbai Port, berthing delays of approx 10 days for vessel opting for BPS & BPX berths and for Harbour wall berth it is 8 days. For priority vessel it is approx 4 to 5 days. No delays inside Indira docks. * Waiting time in Nhava Sheva shallow water berth is NIL to 1 day and depends further on the performance of ships at berth and cement vessel calling in near future. * Kandla port - berthing delays in normal import is 8 to 9 days & normal export group is approx 2 to 3 days, and in 24 hrs group it is expected to be between 24 hrs to 36 hrs. * Mundra port is presently free from congestion. * Adani Hazira port - situation is normal. * Waiting period at Adani Dahej port is approx min 8 to 10 days.
Iranian Delegation visits JNPT
An Iranian delegation headed by Dr. Abbas Akhoundi, Hon. Minister of Road and Urban Development visited JN Port (Jawaharlal Nehru Port) to see the Port facilities and know about the future development plans. Dr. Akhoundi and his delegation were received by Shri Anil Diggikar, Chairman, JNPT, Shri Neeraj Bansal, Dy.Chairman, JNPT and senior Port officials. The delegation was taken around the Port operational area to show the Port infrastructure and facilities. In the meeting the delegation was briefed about the Port traffic performance…
Cargo Traffic Handled by Indian Ports Increases by 5.2 % for H1
The Major Ports in India handled 315.4 MT (Million Tonnes) of cargo during the first six months of FY 2016-17 (April-September) and showed a positive growth of 5.1 percent as compared to the same period last year. The cargo traffic handled by the Major Ports during the same period last year was 299.5 MT. This improvement of performance is the result of many measures initiated by the Ministry of Shipping to improve the performance of the ports. These include mechanization of the terminals…
Indian Ports Register 6.79% Growth in Traffic
The twelve major ports under the Ministry of Shipping, India handled a record 647.43 MT of traffic in 2016-17, registering an annual growth rate of 6.79 percent, as against 4.32 percent last year. With this, these ports have out- performed private ports for the second consecutive year. The private ports have registered a traffic growth rate of 4 percent this year. The top position in cargo handling was retained by Kandla Port that handled 105.44 Million Tonnes of cargo, registering a growth of 5.39% over last year.
Adani's Commission Tuna Tekra Bulk Terminal at Kandla
Adani Ports & Special Economic Zone Ltd (APSEZ), India’s largest port developer and part of Adani Group, a global integrated player, today said it had commissioned a bulk terminal at Tuna Tekra, Kanda Port, with an annual handling capacity of over 20 million tonnes, further consolidating its leadership one position on the west coast of India. Nitin Gadkari, the Honourable Minister for Shipping, Road Transport and Highways inaugurated the terminal after the berthing of the project’s first vessel MV Sheng Ming earlier in the day. “The Tuna Tekra terminal is yet another feather in the Adani cap.
Iran's Chabahar Port Signs Pact with India Ports Global
India Ports Global has signed a contract with Aria Banader of Iran to equip and operate two terminals at Chabahar - Shahid -Beheshti Port in Iran for transportation of goods and other purposes. "As per Article 6 of the contract, effort are to be made to commence commercial operations at Chabahar –Shahid- Beheshti Port in Iran within 18 months from the contract activation date or 4 months from the date on which the Lessor hands over the Terminals and the infrastructure facilities to the Lessee in accordance with the terms of the Contract," said a press release from the government.
2nd WISTA India Forum Receives Strong Support
On 23rd January 2015, the Royal Mumbai Yacht Club saw around a hundred dignified members of the shipping fraternity gather for the second WISTA Annual Forum, an event that lived up to the industry’s expectations. The select crowd included long-term supporters of WISTA India and WISTA members, as well as members who flew down from Delhi, Chennai, Cochin and Bengaluru especially for this conference. The program commenced with the traditional lighting of the lamp by key dignitaries – Hon Mr Deepak Shetty…
Kandla Port: Scam and Corporatisation
Anti-Corruption Bureau in the state of Gujarat has ordered by a Kutch court to probe the alleged multi-million rupee scam in Kandla Port Turst (KPT), has filed a revision petition saying the case be handed over to a national agency like CBI instead, reports PTI. “Gandhidham unit of ACB filed a revision plea before the sessions court yesterday and challenged the magistrate’s order to probe the scam. We have demanded that the case should be probed by a national agency, probably CBI…
Hijacking Comes To Peaceful End
Stowaways who hijacked the 15,000 ton MV Med Star, an Italian merchant ship, off the Indian coast were persuaded to give up and the vessel was escorted to Bombay, according to reports from India's Coast Guard. Apparently, 10 Iranians and four Iraqi nationals boarded the vessel in the Iranian port of Bander-e-Abbas Thursday, June 8, and summarily were talked into giving up by negotiators based in Germany. The stowaways had sought political asylum in a European city and had threatened to blow up the vessel if it moved towards India but their claim of being armed with explosives was proven false. The Germany-based ship owners association Protection and Indemnity Club had been negotiating with the stowaways for two days. "In normal stowaway cases, they would have been deported.