Port Wings News Network:
To improve the port trade, logistic relationship and to attract new cargo/ retain old cargo, as part of business promotion activity, various projects and marketing initiatives viz., interactive sessions, Industrial visits are being carried out regularly, Shri.P.Raveendran, Chairman, Chennai Port Trust, has said.
While addressing the gathering on the occasion of the 70th Republic Day Celebrations on 26 January 2019, Shri Raveendran said, “Based on the study of Ernst & Young, Chennai Port Trust is pursuing with Southern Railways for development of Multi-modal logistic Park / Dry Port at Jolarpettai. It aims at increasing the rail share of container movement thereby reducing the road congestion at Chennai Port.”
Shri Raveendran stated: “CRISIL is studying the feasibility of setting up a Maritime Cluster at Mappedu approximately 50 km away from Chennai Port for augmenting the traffic growth at Chennai Port. Construction of Coastal Berth, which is expected to be completed by Feb 2019, will increase the Effective rated capacity of Chennai Port by 1 MMT from 133.60 MMT. Commercial utilization of the Paved Concrete Storage yard of a total area of 1,10,000 sq. m for handling a variety of cargos like cars and project cargos in a clean manner, has been commenced. The Chennai Ennore Port Road Connectivity project will also be completed shortly, and will improve evacuation of Port cargo through the North Chennai roads to the hinterland. Work on the Elevated Road from Chennai Port to Maduravoyal is set to recommence by early this year. On completion of the project, the Port will see a significant increase in cargo volumes including Container and Cars. In order to reduce the carbon footprint and limit use of fossil fuels, the Port commissioned a 500 KW Solar Power plant at roof tops of Administrative Buildings and the Port Hospital. This will produce 6,75,000 units per annum and reduce use of electrical power.”
“Green Port initiatives at Chennai Port include increase of the green belt inside the Port through systematic tree planting project which will improve the quality of the environment. Since April 2018, 1500 tree saplings have already been planted inside Chennai Port,” he added.
Our Port has achieved a throughput of 43.4 million tonnes till date during the current financial year which is about 8 lakh tones more than the last year. Despite severe competition, our Port’s container traffic is showing growth over 5%. The container cargo handled by Rail from April to December 2018 registered a growth of 9.8% contributing to a greener Port and reduce road congestion. To evacuate containers en masse by rail and to facilitate trade by reducing transit time and offering economical tariff, containers are being handled by CONCOR between Chennai Port & TNPM and vice versa wef 28.03.2018, which also facilitates Direct Port Delivery (DPD) / Direct Port Export (DPE) movement through rail,” the Chairman added.
“We have identified two trailer parking areas inside the port wherein the trailers are regulated whenever necessary to get required documents, etc. Out terminal operators are making use of this area and regulating the traffic thereby avoiding congestion at the terminal gates. We have also introduced the DPE facility managed by the Central Warehousing Corporation at Tiruvotriyur wherein export containers are issued with necessary permission by customs. These two initiatives have drastically improved the mobility of trailers bound to Chennai Port reducing the so called congestion on the roads.
During this year, we have created a milestone by handling a very large Crude Carrier inside the harbor basis. The VLCC MT New Diamond had a length of 333 m beam of 60 m and 2.99 lakh DWT. A year long preparatory efforts by our marine department officers and staff made this achievement possible,” he further added.
Chennai Port has set another Landmark achievement by handling 72,000 Tonnes of crude oil in 19 hours on 02.01.2019. Chennai Port has surpassed many previous records in handling different types of Cargoes like Cement, Paraffin etc.