Maritime Gateway - - Session Three -

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

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