CHENNAI: The much awaited container terminal to be run by the Adani group at Kamarajar Port, Ennore near Chennai is now expected to be commissioned by the end of May or early June with equipment and clearances already in place.
The 0.8 million TEU capacity container terminal is awaiting the customs custodian notification to be issued by the Central Board of Customs and Excise according to Mr R Rajkumar, Deputy General Manager, Adani Katupalli Port Private Limited.
A four hundred meter long single berth with a draft of 16 meters capable of handling vessels up to 6500 TEUs capacity is ready for operation at the Ennore Port. The berth will have four quay cranes and 12 gantry cranes he said.
Adani group has been operating two container berths at the nearby Katupalli Port as a port operator is in agreement with Larsen and Toubro since November 2015. L&T has confined its activities to ship building and the port operations are handled by the Adani group.
Regarding performance of container terminals at Katupalli Port, Mr Rajkumar said since we took over the operations we are handling 30,000 TEUs per month as against 8000 TEUs handled when it was under Larsen and Toubro, growth of two hundred per cent.
The Katupalli terminal has handled nearly three lakh TEUs till January during the current financial year. Container handling is expected to touch 3.60 lakh TEUs when the year closes this month.
He said Maersk Line is operating an exclusive shuttle service from Katupalli Port to Colombo since April last year. Three other services operate from both Chennai and Katupalli Ports.
Our port is away from the city and therefore completely congestion free and has good connectivity to about 30 container freight stations situated in the vicinity. The terminal has good rail and road connectivity as well, he added.