Port Wings News Network:
Essar Projects, which is the principal EPC contractor for India’s first Ro-Ro ferry project that was inaugurated at Bhavnagar on 22 October by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, congratulated the Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) on reaching the milestone.
PROJECT OF NATIONAL SIGNIFICANCE
A GMB project of national significance, the RoRo ferry will bring down the travel time between Gujarat’s Gogha and Dahej ports—which are 340 km apart—from 7 hours to just 2.5 hours (inclusive of the time taken to drive from Bharuch to Dahej port and from Gogha port to Bhavnagar). The Ro-Ro ferry service will be able to carry about 500 passengers and 100-150 vehicles on each trip across the Gulf of Khambhat (also called Gulf of Cambay) over a 30-km (17 nautical miles) navigational channel created on the sea. Once services commence, the ferry is expected to do four round trips every day.
SCOPE OF EPC CONTRACT AWARDED TO ESSAR PROJECTS
GMB awarded the contract for constructing the Ro-Ro terminals and supporting onshore infrastructure at Dahej and Ghogha to Essar Projects following a competitive bidding process. The Essar Projects team has not only designed and constructed the Ro-Ro terminals at both ports, but also built the approach bunds, trestles, pontoons and link spans. The pontoon, which is a floating structure, will facilitate traffic and passenger movement to and from the ferry vessel. At 96 metre, the link span bridge, which connects the pontoon and jetty, is the world’s longest.
Essar Projects’ technical expertise was demonstrated in the reclamation work that needed to be undertaken for constructing the approach bunds. The most unique aspect of the terminal project lies in the fact that it has been executed in waters that are characterised by 10-metre-high tidal variations, which is the highest anywhere in India and the second highest in the world. Essar Projects has invested more than 8 million man hours to the project and executed it with zero LTI (Loss Time Injury).
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Shailesh Sawa, CEO-EPC Constructions India, a subsidiary of Essar Projects Ltd, said: “We are extremely happy and proud to have been able to turn our honourable PM Mr Narendra Modi’s dream into reality. A special thanks to my team for successfully executing a project that will stand up to extreme tidal variations and inhospitable weather conditions, as also enable South Asia’s first truly world-class Ro-Ro ferry service.”
What is a Ro-Ro ferry?
Roll-on, Roll-off (or Ro-Ro) ferries are special vessels that can ply on the sea. Passenger and commercial vehicles can drive onto these ferries and parked at special vehicle decks on the ferry. These ferries, which are commonplace in many parts of the world, can accommodate both passengers and vehicles, like trucks, buses or trailers.