KPCL carves a deep draft on the East coast

Cargo Talk - - Report -

Kr­ish­na­p­at­nam Port has in­creased its draft for con­tainer ter­mi­nal to 16 me­ters. The ter­mi­nal now shares the hon­our of be­ing one of the deep­est draft con­tainer ports on the east coast of In­dia. Kr­ish­na­p­at­nam Port al­ready en­joys the sta­tus of hav­ing 18.5 me­ter draft, deep­est in In­dia for its bulk ter­mi­nal. The port has started of­fer­ing trans­ship­ment ser­vices, with coastal op­er­a­tor Shreyas Ship­ping run­ning feeder ser­vices be­tween Kr­ish­na­p­at­nam Port and Kolkata/Hal­dia port. There is a special coastal berthing fa­cil­ity at Kr­ish­na­p­at­nam that has been made avail­able for trans­ship­ment cargo and coastal trans­ship­ment ves­sels. With the new achieve­ment, Kr­ish­na­p­at­nam Port has not only sur­passed Chennai and other ports in terms of the deep­est draft but has also been able to match the global stan­dards. The port will now be able to ac­com­mo­date Ul­tra large con­tainer ves­sels, lead­ing to a spurt in the cargo vol­umes han­dled. On the new fa­cil­ity, Vinita Venkatesh, Di­rec­tor, KPCT, said, “With the new deep­ened draft and avail­abil­ity of coastal berth fa­cil­ity for trans­ship­ment cargo, we are now of­fer­ing a 360-de­gree holis­tic wharf side of prod­ucts for our cus­tomers. The large ves­sels can now make calls to Kr­ish­na­p­at­nam Port to load or dis­charge hin­ter­land as well as trans­ship­ment speed­ily.”

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