Port in­fra­struc­ture: Gear­ing up for big ves­sels

By 2025, trade in ASEAN will grow to $200 bil­lion and the ports need to gear up ac­cord­ingly to en­sure ef­fi­cient move­ment of cargo among coun­tries in the Bay of Ben­gal

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Port and ter­mi­nals op­er­a­tors from In­dia, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka came to­gether to de­lib­er­ate on im­prov­ing ca­pac­ity util­i­sa­tion of ports, lo­cat­ing the cargo and fos­ter­ing holis­tic de­vel­op­ment in the in­dus­try.

On the out­set, Vinita Venkatesh, Di­rec­tor, Kr­ish­na­p­at­nam Port Con­tainer Ter­mi­nal voiced the need to im­prove ca­pac­ity util­i­sa­tion on the east coast. The east coast has a ca­pac­ity of 600 mil­lion teu while the cur­rent ca­pac­ity util­i­sa­tion is only

300 mil­lion teu. The need of the hour is to bring the port sec­tor as a whole into per­spec­tive rather than talk­ing in­di­vid­u­ally about pub­lic and pri­vate ports, she said. Ship­pers need to iden­tify the cargo cen­tres and move the cargo through ports that are both cost and time ef­fi­cient.

Tak­ing the dis­cus­sion for­ward on holis­tic de­vel­op­ment of ports, Upul Jay­atissa, Chief Man­ager, Mar­ket­ing and Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment, Sri

Lanka Port Au­thor­ity, brought to the fore the de­vel­op­ments at Colombo Port. The port has boosted its in­fra­struc­ture to ser­vice 22,000 teu ships. Grow­ing at the rate of six per cent it has recorded busi­ness of $6 mil­lion this year. The port is fur­ther ex­pand­ing ca­pac­ity with the de­vel­op­ment of the East Con­tainer Ter­mi­nal. “We need to look at the ports as in­dus­try ir­re­spec­tive of own­er­ship and bring out the ar­eas where pub­lic and pri­vate ports can col­lab­o­rate,” averred Atul C Kulka­rni, Ad­vi­sor, In­dian Ports As­so­ci­a­tion. The gov­ern­ment needs to chalk out the ar­eas where it can help pri­vate ports, such as by im­prov­ing last mile con­nec­tiv­ity. All de­ci­sions should be port cen­tric and not pub­lic or pri­vate port re­lated. In­dian port de­vel­op­ers should also iden­tify op­por­tu­ni­ties abroad such as the Kal­adan project.

Mike For­moso, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, PSA In­ter­na­tional Pvt

Ltd In­dia, re­ferred to grow­ing size of ves­sels that is putting pres­sure on port in­fra­struc­ture. Cop­ing up with this trend, Bharat Mumbai Con­tainer Ter­mi­nal (BMCT) will in­crease its ca­pac­ity from 1mil­lion to 4.8 mil­lion teu by 2022. It has 1km con­tin­u­ous berth and all cranes are 22 rows wide. He gave a clar­ion call for dereg­u­la­tion of tar­iffs, cre­ation of level play­ing field and abo­li­tion of TAMP.

The ses­sion mod­er­a­tor, SN Srikanth, Founder & Sr Part­ner, Hauer As­so­ciates Mar­itime & Port Con­sul­tants, in­vited the views of Romesh David, CEO, South Asia Gate­way Ter­mi­nal, on whether Colombo can rely on In­dia for tran­ship­ment if TAMP is abol­ished? To which Romesh replied, “Colombo will de­velop on the back of In­dia’s growth and not lack of In­dia’s growth.” The cargo will al­ways choose the eas­i­est and op­ti­mal route. By 2025, trade in ASEAN will grow to $200 bil­lion and the ports need to gear up ac­cord­ingly.

Ahamedul Karim Chowd­hury, Ter­mi­nal Man­ager, Chit­tagong Port Au­thor­ity, sug­gested for pro­mot­ing di­rect con­tainer trade with east coast of In­dia. In­dian NVOCCS car­ry­ing emp­ties form Pan­gaon to Kolkata is in­creas­ing the cost for ship­pers. Freight rate ra­tio­nal­i­sa­tion by main­lines is re­quired.

Tissa Wick­ra­mas­inghe, Chief Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Of­fi­cer, Colombo In­ter­na­tional Con­tainer Ter­mi­nal, an­nounced that his port is get­ting ready to ser­vice ul­tra large car­ri­ers. The port de­vel­op­ment was com­pleted in 28 months and in the first year it recorded busi­ness of more than 1mil­lion teu, most of which came from In­dia.

(L to R) Upul Jay­atissa, Chief Man­ager - Mar­ket­ing & Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment, Sri Lanka Port Au­thor­ity; Mike For­moso, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, PSA In­ter­na­tional Pte Ltd In­dia; Tissa Wick­ra­masimghe, Chief Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Of­fi­cer, Colombo In­ter­na­tional...

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