Port Wings News Network:
Kamarajar Port Limited (KPL) created history on 11 November 2020 when it handled the largest transshipment vessel that has ever called on any East Coast Port.
M.V.MSC Faith having 14,336 TEUs capacity berthed at its Container Terminal with Tembe Port (Ghana), being its last Port of call. This Container Terminal is being run in PPP mode by Adani Ports and SEZ Ltd. When transshipment of most of the container of South Indian Ports is happening at Colombo and Singapore, by receiving this vessel KPL has placed itself on global transshipment map.
As a new generation port, KPL could achieve this feat on account of deep draft, state-of-the-art new generation terminal with latest gantry cranes and sufficient backup yard that can hold upto 17000 TEUs of containers.
The mainline container vessel M.V. MSC Faith has length of 366 meters and would discharge 4155 TEUs of containers at KPL. With a beam width of 48 meters the vessel needs high outer reach gantry cranes for cargo operations. The Container terminal at KPL has Gantry Cranes of 62 meters outer reach ensuring a hassle free cargo operation. KPL is geared to receive many such transshipment calls in near future.
The Traffic and Marine wing of KPL worked overtime with the container terminal operator (AECTPL) for achieving this feat.
As a part of Atma Nirbhar Bharat initiative, Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways has made many policy interventions to attract transshipment vessels from Ports like Colombo, Singapore, Jabel Ali, etc., in order to reduce the overall logistic cost.
Apart from this, trade facilitation by way of preferential commercial offerings are also being made by KPL to attract such transshipment vessels. Transshipment calls such as this are not only in the larger interest of the EXIM trade but will also result in giving fillip to coastal and inland waterways shipping in the country.