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Old March 20th, 2011, 11:55 AM   #141
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Old March 21st, 2011, 05:52 AM   #142
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Manorama print edition of today

Two motherships visited ICCT Vallarpadom. 30453 dwt Marie Delmas and 23,596 dwt Conti Asia.
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ICTT operations back on track

With initial apprehensions regarding strikes and rates almost cleared, the operations of the International Container Transshipment Terminal (ICTT) seem to be falling in line.
Mediumsized mainline vessels have started calling in at the ICTT. DP World, operators of the terminal, are expecting more vessels by the end of this month.
MV Conti Asia, a mainline vessel conducting port rotation service in the DurbanKochiKarachiMundraNhava ShevaJebel Ali sector, called at the new terminal on Sunday. The vessel left for Karachi in the afternoon after loading over 100 containers from the ICTT. Another mainliner Marie Delmas had called at the ICTT two days ago.
Following the strike launched by the workers, there was an uncertainty right from the inauguration of the terminal. There was also a confusion regarding where the ships should be berthed and handled.
"Companies have started showing interest in sending ships to Kochi. We are building a good relation with the companies," DP World Kochi CEO K K Krishnadas said.
"We offer the best rates at ICTT, which is compatible with Colombo. Come April, we can see more mainliners coming to Vallarpadam. The cashew season begins in April. We expect more and more vessels from Africa," DP World Kochi commercial manager Elvis said.
However, largesized mother vessels can come to ICTT only after the draft of 14.5 metres is achieved for which dredging work is in progress. Once it is achieved, even the biggest mother vessel in the world can berth at ICTT, DPW authorities said..
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Old March 25th, 2011, 12:00 PM   #144
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Willingdon Island in new robes

There's good news yet for Kochi's Willingdon Island, the location of Kochi Port, even as it fears losing its importance after container operations recently shifted to the newly commissioned Vallarpadam International Container Transshipment Terminal (ICTT). The port's new Chairman, Mr Paul Antony, has asserted that Willingdon Island will remain a vibrant hub of maritime trade.

A senior Kerala cadre IAS officer, Mr Antony is thinking of ways to “rejuvenate” the port and ensure business grows with renewed vigour. The top priority is to attract bulk cargo in order to sustain the port and make it more competitive, he says.

He told Business Line that the port is working with various stakeholders, government departments, trade unions as well as port users to ensure optimum utilisation of facilities for all port-related activities to help attract business. “We have to reinvent ourselves to regain the past glory of Willingdon Island, for the future of the port,” Mr Antony says.

Upcoming projects

“However, my immediate priority is to carry forward the assurances given to terminal operator DP World, as per the contractual agreement, in making available draught of 14.5 metres in the ICTT berth basin to handle large-size container vessels and also alleviate the concerns of the trade due to the initial confusion at the terminal.

The port, on the other hand, has a handful of projects such as LNG Terminal, Multi User Liquid Terminal, cruise terminal etc., and my intention is to ensure these projects are commissioned in a time-bound manner.”

According to him, Willingdon Island has potential for many port-related activities besides the bulk cargo business. The Ernakulam wharf — with 12.5 metre draught and adequate backup space with covered area and rail lines — can attract bulk cargoes such as food grains, scrap, timber, sand, coal and so on from the hinterland. However, bulk cargo-related development activities have been hampered after the Navy objected to the erection of tall cranes. Following recent discussions with naval authorities, the two sides have mutually agreed to set up a hotline facility to inform each other on the requirement of lowering and rising of cranes in the wharf, he said. The opening of tenders for the proposed Multi User Liquid Terminal project has been postponed by a month after bidders requested clarity on the issue of Minimum Alternate Tax.

The terminal will enable the port to provide bunkering services to ocean-going ships at rates that are competitive to foreign ports, especially with the Kerala Government's decision to allow 0.5 per cent VAT rates on bunker charges.

POWER PLANT

The port is also in discussion with the Government for allotment of 56 acres to the LNG Terminal to set up a 1,200 MW power plant at Puthuvypeen. Likewise, the IOC is working on its LPG import facility at Puthuvypeen, which will be commissioned within a year. The port's finances are expected to improve after these projects are commissioned, over the next 2-3 years.

Meanwhile, the Kerala Tourism Department has agreed to collaborate with the port to set up a terminal for cruise ships and turn Kochi into a “home porting port”. The port has submitted to the Government a cost estimate for the creation of facilities at the BTP jetty for Customs inspection and other formalities.

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Under the Master Plan for Willingdon Island, an initiative of the Shipping Ministry, the northern side of Willingdon Island will be developed for port-related activities and the southern side for business districts. There are plans to lease out 56 acres opposite the Vallarpadam terminal as three separate plots for setting up CFS and Logistics parks. The port has made a presentation before the Ministry and shortlisted the consultants.

There is a need to increase the number of container freight stations — currently there are just 3-4 — within the ICTT to ensure smooth conduct of business at the terminal.

On the issue of dredging, Mr Antony said the port has approached the Ministry for funds to maintain dredging operations on the lines of Kolkata Port, which is entirely Government funded. This year, the port has decided to go for a three-year maintenance dredging arrangement to help reduce costs, he said

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Old March 26th, 2011, 06:06 PM   #145
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Motherships? They are having draft of only 11M and 10.5M respectively. Its either older generation vessels or Manorama doesn't know the classification of ships

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These are in fact feedermaxes. Can't really call them motherships.
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Concor to move Vallarpadam cargo to CFS at Kochi
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To ease the problems being faced by the trade in evacuating containers from the newly commissioned Vallarpadam Terminal, Container Corporation of India (Concor) is coming up with a new service to move cargo from the ICTT to Kochi port's CFS at Willingdon Island by rail.

The service will be connected from the ICTT at Vallarpadam to Edappally and from there to Willingdon Island where the port's CFS is located. The officials at DP World said that the service will commence shortly as the parties are working the movement plan with respective lines.

Around 90 TEUs can be evacuated from the terminal in a single move, which is an additional way of evacuating boxes, and, thereby, reducing the congestion on roads.

A decision to this effect was taken following the request from Kochi Port and the DP World for the benefit of the trade in order to reduce the logistical cost. The rates for moving containers will be fixed at Rs 3,850 for TEUs and Rs 6,000 for FEUs, He pointed out that the commencement of this service would be an additional benefit to the trade in the evacuation of containers, as it would help the trade to move the cargo to the southern part of Kerala from Willingdon Island faster.

Earlier, there was no such provision to move cargo from Vallarpadam to Willingdon Island by rail and the trade had to depend the congested roads in the city, which has resulted in high cost and time delay. Besides, the shortage of drivers for container trailers had also added to the woes of trailer operators in clearing the cargo.

The DP World official said that the terminal is also exploring various options for evacuation of containers once the operations comes in full swing. The potential usage of inland water transportation mode can also be utilised fully in evacuating containers from the terminal to various destinations in the State.

The port management had also augmented its CFS and pre-stage facility to support the ICTT operations. To control processing time for export containers before shipment through the ICTT, the port had commenced pre-processing facility (the pre-stage) in its Ernakulam Wharf, providing single window processing for facilitating customs clearance for export containers from the domestic area. The pre-stage also provides clearance for the containers imported through ICTT.
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Old April 6th, 2011, 01:44 AM   #148
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Kochi port invites fresh bids for logistics park

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7.5 hectares close to Vallarpadam terminal to be leased for the park.

KOCHI: The Cochin Port Trust has invited fresh bids for leasing of 7.5 hectares close to the International Container Transshipment Terminal on Vallarpadam Island. The land is being leased out for 30 years for the development of a cargo and logistics park.

The cargo and logistics complex will go to serve the international container terminal, which has no adequate container freight station (CFS) space right now.

Lack of CFS space has led to relatively slow movement of boxes landing the export-import community in some trouble.

At a meeting of stakeholders regarding the operations of the new container terminal early last month, the port authority assured that more space would be made available on Vallarpadam Island for handling export-import containers.

The port trust has already augmented its CFS and pre-stage facilities on Willingdon Island. A pre-stage facility to control the processing time for export containers has also been launched at the Ernakulam wharf, which acts as a single-window processing facility for customs clearance.

Through rail

To solve the problem of Container Freight Station space on Vallarpadam Island, the port authorities had also mooted the idea of movement of containers to and from Willingdon Island using the rail line.

The Container Corporation of India (Concor) has already agreed to the proposal. The service is likely to be announced any time now.

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Container operations pick up speed at Vallarpadam
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After some teething troubles, there are welcome signs that container operations are gathering momentum at the newly commissioned Vallarpadam International Container Transhipment Terminal (ICTT).

According to official sources in ICTT, the reduction in the vessel related charges offered by the Kochi port management for mainline container vessels on par with Colombo port has resulted in the increased arrival of such vessels for transhipment.

Mainlines from West Africa such as Zim/CMA have also started calling at Kochi and companies such as Delmas, PIL and Maersk are planning transhipment of raw cashew consignment to Mangalore and Tuticorin by utilising the ICTT facility.
Global lines

The high productivity and quick turnaround have reduced the berth stay cost, which is an added advantage to the mainliners, and enquiries are also pouring in from various international shipping lines. The 12.5 metre draught presently available in the berth has helped mainline vessels to anchor with cargo. The terminal productivity has also moved up from an average of 15-16 moves per hour per crane at RGCT to about 25 moves and hour per crane resulting in faster turnaround of vessels and reduced berth cost for vessel operators.

However, the lack of sufficient number of CFS in the vicinity of the terminal is hindering free flow of containers to and from the terminal for various Customs procedures. The officials hoped that the connectivity to the hinterland will improve further with the opening of two more CFS by Gateway Distriparks and Kerala State Industrial Enterprises by June.
Handling charges

Asked about the controversy over the high terminal handling charges, the sources said that DP World has effected only an actual increase of Rs 732 for 20 ft containers and Rs 1,150 for 40 ft containers after getting the nod from TAMP. The rates at present are Rs 4,200 for 20 ft and Rs 6,400 for 40 ft.

Earlier, the steamer agents were charging separate rates of lashing and unlashing of containers, which were fixed at Rs 345 /container. Currently, the ICTT rates are inclusive of these charges.

Besides, DP World had stopped the collection of pre-stage charges which were in the range of Rs 500 per 20 ft containers and Rs 600 for 40 ft earlier. The trade has now an option to choose the pre-stage facility either at the Willingdon Island or at any CFS. Customs has also given facility of the printing of shipping bills at Ernakulam Wharf absolutely free.

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Old May 11th, 2011, 02:35 PM   #150
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Operations in full swing at ICTT
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After teething troubles, operations are in full swing at the Vallarpadam International Container Transshipment Terminal. At least six mainline vessels call at the terminal on an average every month.
The ICTT started functioning amid apprehensions from many quarters. Strike by labourers and court orders on petitions related to the strike had caused apprehensions among the trading community.
With productivity increasing every day, we are now able to reduce vessel berth stay by more than 50 percent. We need only six hours to handle a vessel with 600 to 700 TEUs of containers,” DP World sources said. The raw cashew season, involving import from West Africa, kicked off in Kochi with the arrival of a mainline vessel CMA CGM’s mv Letavia last week. Letavia’s cargo was handled in six hours. Usually, it takes 12 hours to complete the same job. The season lasts for around four months starting from May.
“This is a mainline service from Africa to China, touching at Colombo on its normal route. During the next four months of the service, Letavia will avoid Colombo and come to Kochi. During this season, the cargo bound for Colombo will get transshipped through ICTT. The service has 11 vessels with a capacity of 3500 TEUs and an LOA (length over all) of over 220 metres,” said DP World sources. “CMA CGM, a leading company in container shipping which owns mv Letavia, has been using Rajiv Gandhi Container Terminal of the Cochin Port for the past two years. This time, at the ICTT, the company has even bigger plans,” they said.
Currently, two mainline vessels call at ICTT every week with raw cashew.
An average of 25000 TEUs of cashew passes through Cochin Port during the season.
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Dredging works resume at VICTT

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* Capital dredging works at the Vallarpadam basin has resumed.
* The Port Trust appointed Visakhapatnam-based Mercator Lines to undertake the job of removing 2 million cubic metres of material to make ICTT basin capable of receiving huge mother vessels.
* The basin will be dredged to 14.5m depth
* The work is expected to be completed in four months.
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That's good news. Hope it'll be completed without any delay.

BTW, where exactly is the outer harbor being planned? Vypeen?
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That's good news. Hope it'll be completed without any delay.

BTW, where exactly is the outer harbor being planned? Vypeen?
Yea, western coast of Puthu-Vypin.
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Longest container berths at Kochi

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Maiden journey:Spring R., the longest container vessel to call at the Kochi port, berthed at the International Container Terminal at Vallarpadam on Wednesday. The vessel is 247 metres long and has the capacity to carry 3,500 containers.
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KOCHI: Soon passengers to Lakshadweep bound vessels will have a dedicated terminal facility in Kochi. Going by the pace, the new Lakshadweep Passenger Terminal facility to come up at the Cochin Port will be operational by January 2012.The facility is being set up by the Lakshadweep Port Department at a cost of `40 crore. Though the new terminal is being established at the area given by the Cochin Port Trust, the new facility will be managed by the Lakshadweep Port Department. It will have a host of facilities, including the security checking area, passenger waiting zone and other related facilities. "The construction has already begun for the terminal which will be coming up between the BTP Berth and Mattanchery Warf. The canal cleaning, dredging and other related activities for ships to arrive and to carry out its service will be available here. The terminal will be exclusively for the Lakshadweepbound vessels," Cochin Port Trust Traffic Manager Unnikrishnan Nair said. With the monsoon fast approaching the demand for a dedicated terminal facility for Lakshadweepbound passengers has been active for some time. It is in this backdrop, the Port Trust along with the Lakshadweep Port Department took the initiative to set up a terminal.Currently, passengers to Lakshadweep islands have been facing problems of not having a dedicated terminal. There are no facilities for security checking at the existing berth. The passengers would get stranded at various places when ships were suddenly cancelled or delayed due to monsoonrelated reasons. They were forced to wait in front of various offices at different parts of the city when ships get delayed. "It causes trouble as they have to travel from one end to another for security check and cargo loading. Similarly, the cargo was transported through lorries from one place to another. The new terminal will have facilities for cargo loading of passengers," the officials said. In addition to passenger vessels, cargo vessels will operate from here.
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വല്ലാര്*പാടത്തിന്റെ വളര്*ച്ച തടയാന്* ഗൂഢശ

കൊച്ചി തുറമുഖത്തെ പല പണിമുടക്കുകളും ആര്*ക്കോ വേണ്ടി ആസൂത്രണം ചെയ്യപ്പെടുന്നവയാണെന്ന് സംശയിക്കേണ്ടിയിരിക്കുന്നു.


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The report states there is some hidden agenda behind the recent strikes @
Vallarpadom. Mr. Ramachandran, who was a former Cochin Port Trust chairman raised this during a press meet. He's claiming there are forces out there to curb the growth of Vallarpadom.
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