Visakhapatnam, Aug4: Visakhapatnam Port Trust (VPT) attained 3rd position among Major Ports in cargo traffic during April to July 2019 in the current financial year.
VPT scaled up to 3rd position during current year, from 4th position during last financial year 2018-19. VPT handled cargo traffic of 23.70 million tonnes during April to July 2019 as compared to 21.52 million tonnes of corresponding period of previous year, an incremental volume of 2.18 million tonnes is achieved.
The growth of more than 10 per cent achieved by VPT is the highest among major ports, the Port said in a statement here on Saturday.
VPT Chairman Shri Rinkesh Roy congratulated the VPT team, PPP operators, Stevedores, shipping Agents and the stakeholders for the achievement.
He expressed confidence that the port will continue the buoyancy and retain the 3rd rank by the end of the year and also expressed hope that the port will be able to reach 70 million tonne mark. Increase in volumes of Iron ore and pellets, Coking coal, Crude oil and petroleum products and Container cargo have contributed to the growth in traffic at VPT.
Cargo traffic handled at Port of Visakhapatnam is continuing to be on growth trajectory for the 4th consecutive year. Major developmental projects undertaken by the port during the last 1-2 years are -Commissioned three berths in the inner harbour with Panamax capability (WQ-7, WQ-8 and EQ-2 to 5); work on development of additional oil handling facility OR-3 along with OR-1 and OR-2 is progressing ; One Harbour Mobile Crane of 100 T capacity is being installed on license basis ; RFID Gate management system is implemented and regular liaison with Railways for allotment of adequate rakes for faster clearance.
The Port has constituted a Business Development Team and adopting innovative marketing strategies. It has also taken up providing end-to-end logistics solutions to its customers. An MoU was signed on Saturday with TANGEDCO for undertaking end-to-end service of transportation of coal from mines to the power plant in Tamil Nadu.
The logistic solution include undertaking services outside VPT’s boundary by monitoring wagon loading at mine heads, liaising with Railways for transportation to the port besides providing port services like unloading from rakes, storage of cargo and loading into ships.
Similar end-to- end service is offered for coal transportation to the Nagarnar steel plant of NMDC which is actively pursued. These measures are yielding positive results. UNI