VISAKHAPATNAM : Visakhapatnam Port Trust (VPT) has handled 22 million tonnes of cargo during first five months of the current financial year, Mr M V Krishnababu, Chairman of the port said.
Speaking in the port after hoisting the National Flag, he said the port was well on its way to reaching the annual target of 65 million tonnes. The port handled 61.02 million tonnes during the last financial year.
The port was measuring up to the challenge from private ports in the vicinity. The old and shallow berths are being rebuilt, and the old cranes being replaced. Road evacuation is augmented by making the existing two-lane port road into a four-lane one. Railway lines are being upgraded.
The Visakhapatnam general cargo berth which can handle Super Cape vessels with a draft up to 18.1 meters, the fully mechanized coal handling facility, and the refurbished mechanized iron ore handling complex would provide the competitive edge to the port, he said.
Recently a full-fledged rail rake containing ninety rakes had been sent to Nepal from the container terminal making Visakhapatnam second port of call for the Nepalese cargo. Hitherto cargo meant for landlocked Nepal was handled by Haldia and Kolkata Port because of being close to Nepal border. Draft restrictions and delay in cargo handling in the West Bengal Ports forced the Nepal Government to look for other options in Indian. The deep draft with efficient handling facilities Visakhapatnam Port became the natural choice for the Nepal Government notwithstanding the distance.
The Chairman congratulated Concor, the Visakha Container Terminal Private Limited, and the Nepal Government for the achievement.