On par with global standards, the Container Terminal gets 16 meter deep draft
MUMBAI: Krishnapatnam Port, the Country’s largest all-weather; deep water port on the East-Coast of India, in its quest to become best port globally has increased its draft for Container Terminal to 16 meters. With the new milestone, Krishnapatnam Port Container Terminal now shares the honor of being one of the deepest draft container ports on the East-Coast of India.
Krishnapatnam Port already enjoys the status of having 18.5 meter draft, deepest in India for its Bulk Terminal.
The port has started offering transshipment services, with coastal operator Shreyas Shipping running feeder services between Krishnapatnam Port and Kolkata/Haldia port. There is a special coastal berthing facility at Krishnapatnam that has been made available for transshipment cargo and coastal transshipment vessels.
With the new achievement, Krishnapatnam Port has not only surpassed other ports in terms of the deepest draft but has also been able to match the global standards. The port will now be able to accommodate Ultra Large Container Vessels, leading to a spurt in the cargo volumes handled.
On the new facility, Ms Vinita Venkatesh, Director, KPCT said, “The deep draft availability is the latest facility we are making available for the shipping lines in keeping with our customer centric approach to provide infrastructure ahead of demand. This will enable liner companies to increase vessel size and gain higher market share at KPCT.”
“With the new deepened draft and availability of coastal berth facility for transshipment cargo, we are now offering a 360 degree holistic wharf side of products for our customers. The large vessels can now make calls to Krishnapatnam Port to load or discharge hinterland as well as transshipment Speedily. Our terminal also offers high load and discharge rates that facilitate speedy turnaround of the vessels,” she further added.