VISAKHAPATNAN: The first of the exclusive coastal berths in the East Coast was declared open at the Visakhapatnan Port on November 28. The Port Chairman MT Krishna Babu inaugurated the domestic cargo shipment from coastal cargo berth, called green channel berth, under the Sagarmala project at a cost of Rs 45.30 crore.
In the green channel berth where the domestic cargo alone are handled the customs and the immigration will have no role.
The ship, mv All Cargo Sushila, was the first to sail out from the coastal cargo berth with building materials. Of the total cost on developing the berth, the Shipping Ministry had funded Rs 30 crore under Sagarmala program.
The green channel berth has a length of 185 metres with a width of 10.45 metres and dredge depth of nine metres and a capacity of 1.66 million tonne a year. The berth meant for movement of petroleum products, iron ore, iron rods, bauxite, fertilizers and liquid raw materials, rice, wheat, sugar and limestone.
The exclusive coastal berths are under construction in both Chennai and Tuticorin Ports. Both are likely to be commissioned by early next year. In Chennai Port the berth is constructed on the Southern side of the port with a separate road for cargo entry and exit. Coastal ship operators have been complaining about the role of customs and immigration in detaining the domestic cargo.