Port Wings News Network:
New Mangalore Port has handled 42.06 million metric tonnes (MMT) of cargo during the year 2017-18 as against 39.95 MMT during 2016-17 registering a growth of 5.28%.
The port has handled 14.04 MMT during 2018-19 (upto 30th July 2018) as against 13.05 MMT during the same period in the previous year, registering a growth of 7.63%.
During the year 2017-18,a total of 1.155 lakh TEUs i.e. 17.43 lakh tonnes of containerized cargo was handled as against 0.95 lakh TEUs i.e. 14.11 lakh tonnes in the previous year registering 22% growth. During the year 2018-19 (upto 30th July 2018), total 43,973 TEUs i.e. 6.41 lakh tonnes of containerized
cargo was handled as against 30,087 TEUs i.e. 4.54 lakh in the previous year (upto 30th July 2017) registering a growth of 46%.
22 cruise vessels with 24258 passengers visited the Port during the year 2017-18 as against 28 cruise vessels with 30246 passengers which visited the Port during 2016-17. This year 36 vessels with 40000 passengers are expected as per the cruise schedule.
The Chairman of the port further gave an insight into the futuristic plans of the Port including the infrastructure projects underway and the way ahead for NMPT towards greater prosperity in the region and the overall growth of our country. The highlights of these plans and projects are as under:
Mechanization of Berth No.16 for handling bulk cargo through PPP (on DBFOT Model basis) for a capacity of 6.73 MMTPA on a 30 year concession period with M/s Chettinad. The work is under progress and is scheduled to be completed by Jan 2019.
Mechanization of Berth No.14 for handling containers and other cargo is under documentation stage. The project is scheduled to commence in February 2019.
Container Corporation of India (CONCOR) has commenced their operation from ICD Bangalore to NMPT where they have established the railway siding and commissioned on 31.01.2018. This initiative will further boost the connectivity and transportation of container traffic through rail.
Import of river sand started through the Port during the current year which will contribute to the ecological balance and also stop illegal sand mining in the rivers.
The Port has allotted land area of 13.50 acres and one acre of water front on long term lease to MRPL for a period of 30 years.
The Port has successfully reduced under keel clearance from 10% to 08% in January 2018 for handling vessels of 14.20 m draught.
As part of improving the ease of business, In-out vessel clearances, documentation along with services are now carried out online.
NMPT is facilitating the build- up of reserves to the ISPRL facility located in the west coast of the country.
The other notable achievements of the Port include:
- a) New Mangalore Port Trust has been ranked No.1 based on the cleanliness index among 13 major ports of the country by an independent consultant, Quality Council of India (QCI) appointed by the Ministry of Shipping under Swachh Bharat Mission.
- b) A 4 MW Solar Energy Plant on ground and 840 KW Roof Top Solar Energy System which fulfills nearly 95% of the power requirement of the Port.
- c) The Port is self-sufficient in its requirement of Pension Funds is met with 100% subscription.
NMPT will undertake programmes to impart training to the local unemployed youth in handling specialized equipment such as Harbour Mobile Cranes, Fork Lift Trucks and Reach Stackers. The details of this would be announced within a month.
NMPT contributes to the overall development of D.K. District through our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives.
To improve the cruise tourism in the region, NMPT will provide all assistance to the tour operators and the tourism department of the state.
While thanking the members of the Print and Electronic media, the Chairman expressed his gratitude to the good coverage of Port activities and hoped for a similar relationship in the future.