Posted on July 24, 2015
Since it was made operational in 1933, the port received largest-ever Cape vessel generating a lot of interest among port community.
When contacted, VGCBPL CEO D.K. Manral told The Hindu on Saturday The port with its mechanised terminals is equipped to handle fully laden Cape vessels benefiting importers on account of high efficiency leading to fast turnaround of vessel assuring low ocean freight.
Due to mechanisation, there is heavy demand for coal importers to use the facilities at Visakhapatnam Port particularly the Vedanta berth (VGCBPL) from various parties in South Africa, Australia and Chile. “Due to port’s emphasis on handling non-polluting coal, we have restricted imports only to high quality coal,” Mr. Manral said.
VGCBL which commissioned the fully automatic coal terminal in April 2013 received the first Cape vessel without lightening after completion of dredging in the Outer Harbour on March 9, 2014. It has so far handled 13 million tonnes.
The Outer Harbour dredging was undertaken by the port by engaging International Seaport Dredging Ltd at a cost of Rs.139.88 crore. The Inner Harbour dredging is on verge of completion to increase the draft to 14 metres. Soft and rock strata dredging are undertaken separately by