Kandla Port commissions RAS Infraport-operated berth 13
RAS Infraport Pvt. Ltd inaugurated Berth No. 13 at Kandla Port in the presence of Dr (Ms) Nimaben Acharya, Member of Gujarat Legislative Assembly, Dr P. D. Vaghela, IAS, Chairman of Kandla Port Trust (KPT) and Mr Navneet Goel, Commissioner of Customs, Kandla on February 18. Commercial operations have commenced at the facility. This is the first multi-purpose cargo berth developed through public-private partnership (PPP), by RAS Infraport with KPT. Before its commissioning, the Port had 12 berths, of which 10 were dedicated to general dry cargo and two to containers. It presently handles 28 million tonnes of dry bulk cargo. With the commencement of operations at berth 13 (of 5 million tonnes capacity), throughput is expected to increase to 33 million tonnes. RAS Infraport was awarded the concession—of 30 years, including two years for construction—to develop berth 13 on build, operate and transfer (BOT) basis. It completed the project about a month ahead of schedule, a rare feat in these difficult economic times.
The berth is 300 metres long and 55 metres wide with a back-up area of 21.6 hectares, and capable of handling vessels up to 75,000 DWT. It is equipped with two Liebherr mobile harbour cranes LHM 550, each of 140-tonne capacity. The cargo that will be handled at the berth includes coal, food grains, timber, DOC, sugar, salt, steel, minerals, etc. The company plans to achieve a throughput of four million tonnes in the first year of operation. With the berth having discharge capability of up to 40,000 tonnes a day, Kandla Port is all geared up to set new benchmarks in cargo handling and evacuation. Mr Maulin Acharya, Chairman of the group, in the presence of Mr. Kamlesh Patel, MD of RAS Infraport, Mr. Mukesh Acharya, Mr Narendra Sinh Rana and Mr Ashok Dudi, thanked all the individuals and organisations involved in the project for facilitating its completion in record time. He expressed confidence that the commissioning of the new berth would bring more laurels to Kandla Port.
Note: Mv. Yu long ling will be the first vessel which will be berthing today at cj 13 (ras infraport ltd). The scale of rates is not yet finalised. Will keep you updated on the same when it is finalised.