CHENNAI: Chennai Port is all set to exceed the target set by the Shipping Ministry by nearly four million tonnes during the current financial year despite lack of growth in global trade the Port Chairman P Raveendran announced on January 26th.
The cargo volume trend during the current financial year up to December 2017 is 39.44 million tonnes, an overall growth of four percent over the volumes of corresponding period previous year. A volume of 52 million tonnes is projected for 2017-18 as against the Ministry’s target of 48.84 million tonnes. The port handled 1.16 million TEUs during the current year up to December 2017 as against 1.12 million TEUs achieved during the same period previous year. Container traffic in the port also went up by 4.1 per cent.
Mr Ravindran was addressing the port employees and the stakeholders on the Republic day
He said the Chennai Port is on its 137th year of commercial operations and valuable service to the Nation. Aggressive marketing initiatives are being undertaken to retain and improve the cargo throughput.
Physical performance parameters like Pre-Berthing Detention, Turn Round Time and Ship Berth-day Output continue to improve. Nearly eight thousand TEU container vessels have started calling at the Chennai Port in recent months after capital dredging at Dr. Ambedkar Dock and Jawahar Dock Basins, alongside depth at the CTB 4 (container berth in CCTPL) is now 15.50m.This would help the port to increase Container volumes. Further a New multi-lane Gate Complex at Gate No.1 is facilitating the entry and exit of container and other cargo vehicles. Two modern Godowns have been commissioned for catering to the requirements of the Trade for clean cargoes.
Construction of the Coastal berth at the Northern Sheltering Arm will be completed in June 2018 and will add cargo volumes with benefits to the Users as part of the New Coastal Shipping Policy of the Government.
The JD strengthening works are also in progress as also construction of high quality concrete pavement yards at ONB and JD (E) areas.
Road connectivity to the hinterland will improve with the completion of the Chennai Ennore Port Road Connectivity Project in a few months. Work on the Elevated Four Lane Corridor from Chennai Port to Maduravoyal is likely to resume shortly.