Two Multipurpose berths inaugurated @ Kandla Port

NEW DELHI | KANDLA-GANDHIDHAM | RAJKOT – The Union Minister for Shipping, Road Transport and Highways, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Nitin Gadkari inaugurated two multi purpose berths – No.14 & No.16 at Deendayal Port at Kandla through video conferencing, on Friday.

He also laid the foundation stone for the Central Inland & Coastal Maritime Technology- IIT Kharagpur. In addition to this he also inaugurated a Multi Skill Development Centres (MSDC) in Maritime Logistics under the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendra (PMKK) programme of MSDE at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust.

Speaking on the occasion Shri Gadkari said that all three developments are very significant for the maritime sector and the socio-economic development of the country.

He said the two shipping berths at Kandla will increase the port’s capacity by over 115 lakh tonnes.

Larger ships will be able to anchor at the port, enabling handling of larger volumes of cargo.

This will help lower logistics costs and bring prices down.

Further, the Minister said that the Deendayal Port has been making very good progress, and along with Chabahar Port, it will play a very important role in the country’s maritime trade, giving a boost to the country’s economy.

The two multi purpose berths have been constructed at a cost of Rs 280 Crore.

The Optimal Capacity of each berth is 4.50 MMTPA and they are designed for vessels of size 75000 DWT Each berth has a draught of 13.0 m.

The project consisted of construction of construction of a wharf of 300 Mts. x 55 Mts and development of back up area of 21.0 Ha at each berth.

Both projects were completed in 22 months, that is two months ahead of the scheduled completion time of 24 months.

These Multi-purpose Cargo Berths will not only add to the port capacity, but will also help in reducing the congestion in the port to a great extent.

The Multi-purpose Cargo Berths No. 14 & 16 will allow the port to handle bigger ships and larger volumes of cargo.

This will result in direct & indirect employment opportunities and economic prosperity in the region.