The fastest growing private port on the east coast of India, Krishnapatnam Port has bagged the ‘Bulk Port of the Year’ award for the second consecutive year. So what has enabled this largest port on the horizon to continuously raise the performance bar higher? And the answer is in the throughput the port has recorded in FY-201718: 34.83 million tonnes of dry bulk, 1.28 million tonnes of break bulk and 1.63 million tonnes of liquid cargo has been handled by the port during the assessment period, which brings the port far ahead of the competition. With an installed capacity of 67.5 million metric tonnes the port has recorded a growth rate of 25.37 per cent in FY2017-18 over FY2016-17. With a capacity utilisation of 52.48 per cent, Krishnapatnam Port has recorded performance indicators which prove it to be better than the best. Disposal of bulk cargo is often a time consuming process, but the port has managed to maintain its lead with average turnaround time of 4 days and average pre-berthing detention time of 2 days. This has been made possible with the highly automated and mechanised processes implemented at the port for both loading and unloading of bulk cargo, which has also enabled the port to expedite the average output per ship berth day that stood at 30,000 metric tonnes during the assessment period. The port has recorded 20 per cent growth in average output per ship berth day in FY2017-18 over FY 2016-17 in million tonnes.
The port has installed 3800 metres of new belt conveyor system to expedite the unloading of bulk cargo with zero wastage. New stacker reclaimer and reclaimers have been installed at the port to expedite disposal of cargo. Another infrastructure addition that adds speed to movement of bulk cargo is installation of two rapid wagon loading stations. An automated fertiliser handling system is another attraction that makes unloading and bagging of imported fertilizer quick and easy. With growing business the port has been conscious to expand its connectivity with the addition of a new railway line to Obulavaripalle which is on the verge of completion and due to be commissioned in early 2018-19.
(L to R) Capt Sunil Thapar, CEO - Shipping Services,Allcargo Logistics Ltd; Sanjay Bandopadhyaya,Addl Secretary, Ministry of Shipping Govt of India,Anil Yendluri, Director & CEO, Krishnapatnam Port Company Ltd