Port Wings News Network:
Shri M T Krishnababu, IAS, Chairman, New Mangalore Port Trust (NMPT) addressed the members of the print and electronic media at the Port Board Room on 22.01.2019. He highlighted the achievements of the Port in the year 2018 (April – December 2018).
Shri M T Krishnababu stated: “Traffic throughput achieved was 31.91 MT against the achievement of 31.01 MT in the same period in 2017, registering a growth of 2.89%. The Port had a Total income of Rs 492.50 Cr as against Rs 408.47 Cr in the same period in 2017, out of which the Operating surplus was Rs 243.35 Cr as against Rs 156.16 Cr, an increase of 55.83 %. Container traffic handled was 99,856 TEUs, as against 81,503 TEUs in the same period in 2017, registering a growth of 23%. Coastal shipping was given a further boost when a new feeder vessel operation from Mundra Port to NMPT and Cochin was commenced by TCI sea ways in July 2018.”
“The Port has seen 14 visits by various Cruise Vessels in this season so far , The total Cruise Vessels expected in this season is 32. NMPT was awarded the Maiden ‘SamudriI Paryavaran Samrakshan’ trophy for 2018, in recognition of the exemplary contribution to protection of Marine Environment. NMPT was awarded the ‘Swachh Sarvekshan’ Award consecutively for the years 2017 and 2018, for being the cleanest amongst the 12 Major Ports in the country. This Award was instituted by the Ministry of Shipping and assessed by an external agency( Quality Council of India),” he added.
The Port is in the process of Major infrastructure augmentation Works:-
Shri M T Krishnababu stated: “Mechanized operations from Berth No: 16 are scheduled to commence from March 2019 by M/s Chettinad Mangalore Coal Terminal Ltd. This will enhance the capacity by 6.73 MMT and incurs an investment of Rs 469.46 Cr. The Request for Proposal (RFP) to Mechanize Berth No 14 will be issued shortly and the proposal would be sent for necessary SFC clearance. This will enhance the capacity by 6.02 MMT and incurs an investment of Rs 280.71Cr (in two phases). NMPT proposes to construct Berth no: 18, a multi-purpose berth to handle Container and multiple Bulk cargo at an investment of Rs 200 Cr.”
“NMPT is planning to take up dredging to maintain a uniform draft of 14.0 Mtrs throughout the year in the channel. IIT Chennai has been entrusted to work out the Economic feasibility of increasing the draft to 16.5 Mtrs, in order to attract bigger Vessels. The Port will install a Container Scanner for which the preparatory Civil Engineering Works will be completed by March 2019 and the equipment will be installed,” he added.