KPCT to set up coastal cargo berth

Cargo Talk - - Report -

In line with its am­bi­tions to emerge as a coastal cargo hub on the east coast of the coun­try, Kr­ish­na­p­at­nam Port Con­tainer Ter­mi­nal (KPCT) has de­cided to set up a ded­i­cated coastal cargo berth by May end to han­dle the grow­ing coastal cargo traf­fic. The con­tainer ter­mi­nal, which han­dled 2,55,000 TEUs (Twenty-foot Equiv­a­lent Units) of cargo in 201617 and is eye­ing around 3,50,000-400,000 TEUs this fis­cal, has also set its sights on pharma cargo com­ing to and originating from Hy­der­abad as well as scrap im­ports, among oth­ers, to pro­pel the next phase of growth. “We al­ready have two berths. We will now be set­ting up a ded­i­cated smaller berth for coastal cargo, which should be ready by May end. We al­ready have a 650 me­tre berth length and just have to move the agri cargo that we were han­dling at one end and put up some equip­ment in­stead to start off,” KPCT di­rec­tor Vinita Venkatesh said, adding that the ter­mi­nal is look­ing at around 5000 TEUs per month of coastal cargo ex­ports and 2000 TEUs per month of im­ports.

KPCT cur­rently has a draft of 13.5-14 me­tres, is now deep­en­ing it to nearly 15-15.5 so that it can han­dle larger sized ves­sels. The ter­mi­nal has its own dredgers and have started the work.

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