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Old December 27th, 2008, 06:08 AM   #1
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Chennai, Ennore & Kattupalli Ports - Projects Updates

Of the 12 major ports in India, two are in Chennai - the Chennai Port and the Ennore Port. While Chennai port is all set for a major expansion (starting off with the Port-Madhuravoyil elevated corridor), the Ennore Port too is in an equal mode of expansion - the development of both ports being guaranteed by highly promising hinterland. A dedicated thread could better focus on the developments of these two hub ports of Chennai.

Please post all projects related to Chennai and Ennore ports (and all port-related activities) in this thread.
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Old December 27th, 2008, 06:10 AM   #2
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Mitsui arm to operate car carriers from Chennai, Ennore ports

Both ports set to become hub for car exports.


A file picture of Hyundai cars being loaded for exports on to a car carrier at Chennai port.

Chennai, Dec. 26 Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd (MOL), the Japanese multi-modal transport group, has formed a new company in India to transport cars from Ennore and Chennai ports. Called MOL Auto Logistics (India) Pvt Ltd, the Chennai-based company will operate car carriers from the two major ports to nearby Asian countries from next year, according to an official.

Exclusive carriers

“We will run exclusive car carriers for Nissan to Ennore port and for Hyundai to Chennai port,”from the 2009 end and for Hyundai from Chennai from 2009 first quarter,” the official said. Mitsui will transport cars from Nissan’s upcoming plant in Oragadam (near Chennai) to Ennore, and Hyundai’s vehicles from Sriperumbudur plant to the Chennai port, he said.

MOL arm

Mr Satoshi Katada, Resident Officer of Mitsui O.S.K. Bulk Shipping (Asia Oceania) Pte Ltd, will be the representative of the new company, which will be a wholly-owned subsidiary of MOL. The new company will have an initial paid-up capital of ¥40 million (Rs 2 crore).

It will be handling inland transport service by car trailer in India and port services for completed export cars, according to information available in the company’s Web site.

The move — to start a new company — is a response to rising production capacity of completed cars for India’s domestic market and export trades.

Export volume

Since export volume of completed cars from India is expected to increase, MOL established this company in Chennai to provide inland transport and export-related port services.

Transport services

Utilising the know-how, inland transport of completed cars accumulated in Thailand, China and Indonesia, the new company will provide a range of safe and reliable transport services, the company said.

Eyeing other car makers

Both Chennai and Ennore ports are set to become hub for car exports from South India. After Hyundai, the two ports are looking at other manufacturers.

French car-maker Renault SA and its affiliate Nissan Motor of Japan has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Tamil Nadu Government for setting up a manufacturing facility near Chennai. It plans to export around two lakh cars every year through Ennore port.

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The ChPT is considering a multi-level parking yard on a build, own and transfer basis at a cost of Rs 24.90 crore. Hyundai exported around 1.15 lakh cars during 2006-07 from the Chennai port and had plans to increase to two lakh cars annually by 2009.

On its part, the Ennore port plans to construct an exclusive terminal for cars at a cost of Rs 140 crore.

The berth’s depth of 12 metres would enable loading of 5,000 cars at a time, according to sources.

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Of the 12 major ports in India, two are in Chennai - the Chennai Port and the Ennore Port. While Chennai port is all set for a major expansion (starting off with the Port-Madhuravoyil elevated corridor), the Ennore Port too is in an equal mode of expansion - the development of both ports being guaranteed by highly promising hinterland. A dedicated thread could better focus on the developments of these two hub ports of Chennai.

Please post all projects related to Chennai and Ennore ports (and all port-related activities) in this thread.
Nice Thinking Rasnaboy.

Dedicated thread is a required for Chennai Port developments and activities.
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Old December 27th, 2008, 07:36 AM   #5
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Of the 12 major ports in India, two are in Chennai - the Chennai Port and the Ennore Port. While Chennai port is all set for a major expansion (starting off with the Port-Madhuravoyil elevated corridor), the Ennore Port too is in an equal mode of expansion - the development of both ports being guaranteed by highly promising hinterland. A dedicated thread could better focus on the developments of these two hub ports of Chennai.

Please post all projects related to Chennai and Ennore ports (and all port-related activities) in this thread.

Rasnaboy,
a very good initiative!! would'nt it make sense to also post news regarding
The L&T Port/shipyard project at Kattuppalli and the Cheiyyur port projects, as they both come under greater Chennai area?
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Chennai Port losing importance?



CHENNAI: The 125-year-old Chennai Port, which is the second largest port in the country after the one in Mumbai, is slowly losing its importance due to the ongoing truckers strike, according to industrial analysts in the city.

Chennai Port was a major travel port before becoming a major container port a few years ago. Its container traffic crossed one million twenty-foot equivalent (TEUs) for the first time in 2008. According to the exim fraternity, the port was the main reason for the booming industry in Chennai and contributed to the city’s development.

From handling a meager volume of cargo in the early years, consisting chiefly of imports of oil and motors and the export of groundnuts, granite and ores, it has established itself as one of the major ports in the country. In the current fiscal, the cargo handled is expected to cross 50 million tonnes here.

Car exports from this port are expected to touch 300,000 by next year.

Chennai Port handles a variety of cargo, including iron ore, coal, granite, fertilizers, petroleum products, containers, automobiles and several other types of general cargo items.

Due to the increase in container traffic, another mega container terminal is being planned here.

At present, the Chennai Container Terminal Limited of the UAE-based Dubai Port World handles the first container terminal inside the port. Each day, it handles nearly 2,500 (TEUs) containers, 1,500 of which are imported and the rest exported. About 3,000 trailers and 500 tippers are used for transporting the containers, coal, fertilizers and ores from Chennai Port.

Though there was no response from the officials on the ongoing truckers’ strike, which started on December 20, demanding good roads in North Chennai, it has forced traders to think about the alternative options.

The strike also forced automobile and manufacturing industries to think over the safe and undisturbed trade in future, possibly through other nearest ports, including the fast developing Ennore Port. In August, the Nissan-Renault joint venture has selected the Ennore Port over the Chennai Port to export cars to be produced at its upcoming plant in Oragadam, some 50 km from Chennai.

The plant, which is to start production in two years, aims to export four lakh cars annually. It is being developed with an investment of Rs 4,500 crore. According to industry experts, the fast emerging Ennore Port would cut into the revenues of the Chennai Port in the near future, if the government fails to upgrade infrastructure.

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Thanks for the response guys!

Nice Pics, Arul! Btw, do you have pics on Ennore Port?
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a very good initiative!! would'nt it make sense to also post news regarding
The L&T Port/shipyard project at Kattuppalli and the Cheiyyur port projects, as they both come under greater Chennai area?
Thanks KV Sir! Will try to find more on that!
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Cabinet panel approves new road to Chennai port

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) today approved the construction of a 18.3-kilometre four-lane elevated road from Chennai Port to Maduravoyal in Tamil Nadu under the seventh phase of the National Highway Development Programme (NHDP).

The project is expected to provide an all-time road without any traffic regulatory obstacle so that the port can be approached directly from the outskirts of Chennai without disturbing the city traffic.

The project, to cost Rs 1,530 crore, involves construction of standalone ring roads, bypasses, grid separators, flyovers, elevated roads, tunnels, road over-bridges, underpasses, service roads, among others, through public-private partnership (PPP). The project is expected to be completed within three years. The project is part of the Chennai port modernisation scheme where major upgrade and expansion of the road and railway network within the port will be executed in a phased manner to facilitate the smooth handling of the increased volume of traffic inside the port.

The state government has agreed to the alignment of this elevated road and also to carry out the land acquisition, rehabilitation and resettlement on a 50:50 cost basis between the Chennai Port Trust and the Tamil Nadu government.

The Chennai Port Trust will initially bear the entire cost and subsequently 50 per cent of the cost reimbursed from the state government.

In another decision, the Cabinet has approved an expenditure of Rs 6,000 crore for repairing, renovating and restoring water bodies during the 11th Plan period. The scheme will cover about 23,000 water bodies with a command area of 1.6 million hectares. On completion, the project will create an additional irrigation potential of 750,000 hectares.

The Cabinet also gave its approval for setting up a National Meat & Poultry Processing Board to be headquartered in New Delhi.

Source: http://www.business-standard.com/ind.../22/06/344457/
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Chennai industries take Rs 4,000 cr hit

Industries in and around Chennai have lost around Rs 4,000 crore due to the ongoing strike by trailer operators at the Chennai port, which entered the ninth day on Sunday. Similarly feeder operators are also reportedly making losses to the tune of $140,000 daily.

The Trailer Owners Association (TOA) decided not to move any container to and from the Chennai port from midnight of December 19, to draw the attention of the Centre and the state government to the poor condition of Ennore-Manali road, which handles over 70 per cent of the cargo. The 10-year-old Ennore-Manalii road connectivity project is yet to see the light of the day.

As on Sunday, over 11,000 import and export containers were stuck inside the port, a senior industry representative said. On an average, 3,000 containers move in and out of the port. These containers carry mainly raw materials, components and machinery, worth Rs 10 lakh to Rs 1 crore.

Of the total 3,000 containers, imports comprise 50 per cent. Sources said raw materials and components meant for industries, including for automobile majors, accounts for 90 per cent valued at around Rs 1,500 crore. If these raw materials and components are converted into finished products the value could be over Rs 4,000 crore.

The value of export, on the other hand, has become nil for the last 10 days and is estimated to be around of Rs 1,500 crore.

Meanwhile, a leading feeder operator said there were about six feeder vessel operators connecting the Chennai port with various international ports including transshipment ports of Singapore and Colombo. These are now operating with zero export containers for the last one week.

Each operator is losing $20,000 per day on an average. In fact, one vessel service has already called off.

Additional Rs 2 crore sanctioned for the project

The trade and industry are hopeful that the strike would be withdrawn on Monday, following a board meeting of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) held here on Saturday.

During the meeting, an additional Rs 2 crore was sanctioned to expedite the road strengthening work that is currently under way on the stretch. Earlier, NHAI had sanctioned Rs 4.5 crore for the work.

The board, which is again planning to meet on January 9, is expected to take a final call on the project. The value of the project, to be implemented through a special purpose vehicle, has increased to over Rs 600 crore now, as compared with Rs 150 crore.

Meanwhile a press release from the Chennai Port Trust on Saturday said of the 9km stretch of the Tiruvottiyur-Ponneri-Panchetti road, 7 km has already been laid with bitumen and work on the remaining 2 km is being executed with the assistance of Chennai Port, Ennore Port Ltd and NHAI through the Tamil Nadu Road Development Corporation.

A total of Rs 13.10 crore has been earmarked for repairing the Manali Oil Refinery Road and the Inner Ring Road, the release said.

Source: http://www.business-standard.com/ind.../21/41/344536/
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Major ports clock 25% rise in surplus

The country’s major ports, excluding Ennore Port, have reported 25 per cent increase in net surplus at Rs 2,809.69 crore in 2007-08, compared with Rs 2,236.90 crore in 2006-07. Their income rose to Rs 7,571.06 crore from Rs 6,867.52 crore a year ago, an increase of 10 per cent.

These ports include Kolkata (including Haldia), Paradip, Visakhapatnam, Chennai, Tuticorin, Cochin, New Mangalore, Mormugao, Mumbai, Jawaharalal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), and Kandla.

According to Indian Ports Association (IPA) sources, total expenditure of these ports rose 2 per cent to Rs 4,761.37 crore from Rs 4,630.62 crore in 2006-07. Expenditure on salaries and wages rose 20 per cent to Rs 1,507.83 crore, from Rs 1,250.27 crore in 2006-07. As on March 31, 2008, manpower available at these ports was 61,165, compared with 63,193 in 2006-07.

Expenditure on dredging (capital and maintenance) came down by 7 per cent to Rs 543.86 crore compared with Rs 587.13 crore in the year-ago period, while the per-tonne handling cost came down by 2 per cent to Rs 68.85 compared with Rs 70.11 during the same period last year.

The number of vessels called at the major ports, including Ennore, rose to 21,606 in 2007-08, compared with 20,284 a year ago, an increase of 6 per cent.

Cargo traffic increased by 11 per cent to 519 million tonnes in 2007-08 from 463 million tonnes in 2006-07. Imports registered 10 per cent increase to 277 million tonnes from 250 million tonnes while exports rose to 208 million tonnes from 185 million tonnes, an increase of 12 per cent.

Container traffic rose 21 per cent to six million TEUs in 2007-08 compared with 5 million TEUs in 2006-07. JNPT continued to be number one in container traffic.

The number of containers handled by the port in 2007-08 was four million TEUs. It was followed by Chennai port, which handled 1 million TEUs, compared with 0.8 million TEUs in 2006-07.

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Confident that the present economic downturn will not hit its ambitious Rs2,000 crore shipyard plan near Chennai, Larsen and Toubro (L&T) said that to begin with it they would start building naval ships, particularly frigates and warships.
“Our shipbuilding plans are not focussed on the kind of ships where the demand is low. We are not focussed on shipbuilding as a total specturm. We are not looking at bulk shipping. We are looking at niche areas of shipbuilding,” L&T Board member MV Kotwal said.
“We would start with a lot of naval ships such as warships and frigates. We want to build this yard with the most advanced system. At present, Navy’s demand is unfulfilled,” he said.
In 2008, L&T signed an agreement with the Tamil Nadu government to set up a shipyard in Kattupalli, near Chennai, at a cost of Rs2,000 crore.
Justifying the move to build naval vessels, Kotwal said, “We have got a very good position with regard to naval equipment is concerned. Navy has been quite positive on indigenisation in lot of things.”
If you look at the long term, Navy has definitely got a plan. There will be a large requirement much exceeding the capacity, he said.
“That is where we see a definite potential,” Kotwal said.

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Ennore Port Achieves Target...

Ports fall short of target

Port traffic in the country has nearly doubled since 2000-01 but there has been no commensurate increase in port capacity. As a result, Indian ports are low on efficiency.

Figures released recently by the Indian Ports Association show that in the first nine months of the current fiscal, traffic growth in the country’s major ports was 3.43 per cent, at 391.8 million tonnes (mt), compared to 378.8 mt in the same period last fiscal.

However, the shortfall from the target of 426.3 mt was 8.10 per cent. Except Ennore and Kandla, no other ports achieved the targets set for them for the period, the extent of shortfall ranging from more than 15 per cent (Haldia and Paradip) to less than 1 per cent (Visakhapatnam). An interesting feature is that with a 9.63 per cent growth in traffic, at 44.1 mt during the period under review, Jawaharlal Nehru port (JNPT) climbed to third position, displacing Chennai.

The total traffic handled by major ports in the last quarter (October-December 2008) was 130 mt, compared to 134.6 mt in the same period last year — a drop of 3.42 per cent.

In fact, the iron ore traffic during the period, at 23.5 mt (24.5 mt) recorded a drop of more than 4 per cent. On the east coast, Visakhapatnam and Chennai ports experienced a sharp drop in iron ore throughput — Visakhapatnam 36 per cent at 3.2 mt (5 mt) and Chennai 37 per cent at 1.6 mt (2.5 mt).

Paradip, however, was an exception. At a throughput of 3.2 mt (2.9 mt), the growth in Paradip was more than 12 per cent. In fact, if we consider the total traffic handled by these three ports during the last quarter of 2008, we will find that except Paradip, the two other ports, namely, Chennai and Visakhapatnam, posted a negative growth — Visakhapatnam 12.4 per cent and Chennai 11.9 per cent. Paradip posted a positive growth, a meagre 0.5 per cent at 10.9 mt (10.8 mt).

On the west coast, Kandla posted 4.95 per cent growth at 17.8 mt (17 mt) during the quarter under review and retained the number one position but two other major ports, namely, Mumbai and JNPT, posted negative growth — Mumbai 17.73 per cent at 12.3 mt (15 mt) and JNPT 4.17 per cent at 13.757 mt (14.3 mt).

Box traffic

The container throughput during the nine-month period ended December 2008 at 51,40,000 TEUs showed a drop of more than 8 per cent from the target and a growth of about 5 per cent over the same period of last year.

However, in the October-December quarter 2008, the container throughput at 15,85,000 TEUs registered a decline of 4.75 per cent as compared to the throughput of 16,64,000 TEUs handled in the same period of the previous year. In fact, the country’s biggest container handling port JNPT posted a negative growth in container throughput during the quarter under review — 9,55,000 TEUs (10,31,000 TEUs).

Till recently, the ports were operating at 90 per cent capacity utilisation (as against the world average of 70 per cent) due to stagnant capacity which, in turn, lowered inefficiency.

Boost efficiency

The port traffic in the country has nearly doubled since 2000-01 (281.mt) but there has been no commensurate increase in port capacity. As a result, Indian ports are low on efficiency. According to one estimate, the time taken for clearing import cargo and shipping export cargo in Indian ports is 21 days and 19 days, respectively.

To tackle the capacity constraint, 76 berth construction projects are proposed to be taken up under the National Maritime Development Programme, to be implemented by 2011-12.

But does the solution lie in creating more berths? Perhaps not. While the construction of a berth will require an estimated Rs 50 crore on an average, the infrastructure needed to support the berth will cost many times more.

What is, therefore, needed is more efficient utilisation of existing berths. For stepping up infrastructure support, improving connectivity to the hinterland is critical.

According to one estimate, in terms of railway costs, Indian shippers incur 7.9 cents per km, compared to 2 cents in Canadian railways. The beyond-port logistics is plagued by poor planning and infrastructure which, in turn, clogs the ports.

Scrapping antiquated equipment and installing new, state-of-the art equipment too is important. Improving the draft should receive greater attention.

Fortunately, the NMDP also provides for projects for channel deepening, equipment acquisition and development of connectivity. How many of them will be actually implemented during the stipulated period is, of course, another matter.

Source: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/...1950180600.htm
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Thiru T.R. Baalu reviews Progress of Projects at Major Ports

The Union Minister of Shipping, Road Transport & Highways Thiru. T.R. Baalu, in a meeting with the Chairmen of all Major Ports, yesterday reviewed the progress of the ongoing projects in all the Major Ports of the country. During the course of the review, the Minister discussed the status of projects vis-à-vis the constraints being faced by the Ports in their implementation.

Some of the important projects where the work is in full swing are the Rs.1,300-crore Offshore Container Terminal at Mumbai Port, Rs.2,118-crore International Container Transshipment Terminal at Cochin Port, Rs.495-crore Second Container Terminal at Chennai Port, Rs.488-crore Iron Ore Terminal, Rs.399-crore Coal Terminal and Rs.249-crore Marine Liquid Terminal at Ennore Port. The other projects that are in pipeline are the Deep Draft Iron Ore and Coal Terminal at Paradip Port, Stand-Alone Container Handling Facility at Jawaharlal Nehru Port, Second Container Terminal at Tuticorin Port, four Multipurpose Berth Projects at Kandla Port, Iron Ore Terminals at New Mangalore and Mormugao Ports and two Berth Development Projects at a cost of over Rs.150 crores at the Visakhapatnam Port. Capital dredging projects at a cost of Rs.90 crores at Ennore Port and at a cost of Rs.253 crores at Paradip Port are also in progress and are expected to be completed in end-January and end-June this year, respectively.

The Minister also reviewed the progress of port connectivity projects as well as modernisation and upgradation of equipment projects at all the Major Ports. The draft position at Kolkata Port and Haldia Dock Complex was also discussed. The Chairman, Kolkata Port Trust, informed that with the deployment of seven dredgers, the deterioration of draft at Haldia has been arrested.

Thiru T.R. Baalu urged all the Port Chairmen to monitor implementation of all the projects to expedite their completion within the stipulated time frame.

The review meeting was attended by the Chairmen of all Major Ports, Executive Director from the Railways, Secretary, Department of Shipping, besides senior officers of the Ministry of Shipping, Road Transport & Highways.

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Southern Railway projects for Chennai and Ennore Ports

Chennai: Southern Railway has registered a 20 per cent increase in originating earnings till December 2008 as compared to last year. Goods earnings registered an increase of 23 per cent and passenger earnings that of 17 per cent.

Unfurling the national flag at the Southern Railway office here on the occasion of the Republic Day, General Manager Rakesh Chopra said the number of passengers carried by the zone had increased by 11 per cent. It was now carrying additional 90,000 non-suburban and 80,000 suburban passengers daily as compared to last year. To deal with these additional passengers, 1,500 special trains were run and 6,000 extra coaches were added to various trains. Thirty additional passenger reservation centres and unreserved ticketing centres had been opened. Importance was being given to increasing the mobility on the system as it had helped the railway to improve its punctuality. Of the 190 pairs of trains run daily by the railway, 116 pairs of trains run at 110 kmph.

With the ports situated in Southern Railway set for major expansion, the railway was executing various projects to handle more cargo from the ports. Finalisation of plans with the Chennai Port for laying two more lines between Korukupet and the Port is at an advanced stage. For the Ennore Port, the railway would lay an exclusive line connecting Attipattu and Puttur. Doubling between Villupuram and Madurai and electrification up to Tuticorin and Nagercoil would ensure speedier transport of goods from the Tuticorin Port to destinations both in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The General Manager inspected the guard of honour of the Railway Protection Force.

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Chennai Port signs pact with Canadian port

Chennai Port and Canada’s Port of Halifax have signed an agreement for cooperation in port management activities, it was announced here Wednesday. “The MOU (memorandum of understanding) will enable sharing of knowledge in managing ports and terminals,” Chennai Port chairman K. Suresh told reporters.

According to Halifax Port chief executive and president Karen Oldfield, the pact is the first one it had signed with a South East Asian port.

Oldfield said 35 percent of the Canadian port’s traffic is from South East Asia, and nearly a third of that is from India.

Agreeing that the global economic downturn has affected the port business, she said traffic from South East Asian countries has nonetheless gone up.

The container terminal at Halifax Port handles around 1.5 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units) and has the capacity to handle 2.5 million TEUs.

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Baalu to inaugurate conveyor system

CHENNAI: Union Minister of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways T.R. Baalu will inaugurate on February 7 a semi-mechanised closed conveyor system for moving coal to stockyard, according to Chennai Port Trust (ChPT) Chairman K. Suresh.

Talking to newsmen here on Wednesday after signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Port of Halifax, he said inter-carting of coal by trailers from wharf to stockyard would be stopped once the Rs.42-crore conveyor system was inaugurated.

The coal would be transported by the conveyor from the wharf (Jawahar Dock), to the stockyard near INS Adyar.

The second container terminal will become operational by May.

Pre-qualifiers have been asked to submit Request For Proposal for the mega terminal container, he said.

The ChPT entered into a sister-port relationship agreement with the Canada-based Port of Halifax for cooperation in maritime transportation, port development and mutual promotion of the ports.

The ChPT planned to draw on the expertise of the Port of Halifax in the field of containers, car carriers and cruise vessels.

The agreement would cover exchange of experts, technical cooperation in port management covering operations of container terminals, knowledge, tourism development and development of trade between two ports,

Karen Oldfield, president and CEO, Port of Halifax, said currently, of the 1.5 million container traffic handled at Port of Halifax, 35 per cent came from South East Asia and one-third from India.

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Old February 1st, 2009, 06:56 AM   #18
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Chennai: Chennai Port is in for a security upgradation, with the authorities initiating a slew of measures including installation of radiation monitors. It has also called for tenders to install 21 metal detectors, 19 door-frame metal detectors and two folding-type metal detectors to be set up in the port premises.
The new measures are being taken to comply with the International Ship and Port Security Code (ISPSC), Chennai Port Trust chairman K Suresh told The Times Of India.
He said the radiation monitors are meant for screening radio activity of materials transported in and out of the port, both by trucks and by visitors. The port trust has called for the tender for price quotations and a final decision would be taken after calculating the expenses.
“We have to see the cost of installation of radiation monitors and will decide whether it is worth going for it. This is not compulsory under ISPSC,” Suresh said.
As per the budgetary offer, the parties should design, supply, install and commission the radiation monitors at various gates of the port. There will be two types of monitors — truck monitors to monitor the gates where trucks move and pole type monitors for the pedestrian’s gate. The budgetary offer is for design, supply, installation and commissioning of six pairs of pole radiation monitors and 12 truck monitors.
Tenders have been called for 19 micro processor-based fixed-type doorframe metal detectors that can detect all ferrous and non-ferrous metals, weapons, conductive metal alloys and ferrites. They should also be capable of detecting metals as small as 25 cubic mm.
Two more folding-type metal detectors with similar specifications will be installed at the gates for extra security.
“The security measures are satisfactory in Chennai port and with the installation of the new equipment, it will be better,” Suresh said.
Following the recent Mumbai terror attacks, coastal towns and ports have been on high alert.

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Any idea, whether it is going to be commissioned or just foundation stone for the project?
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New system for unloading coal at Chennai port to help reduce pollution

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It has been installed at a cost of Rs.43 crore

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Focus on infrastructure: T.R. Baalu, Union Minister of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways, inaugurating the semi-mechanised closed coal conveyor system at the Chennai port on Saturday.

CHENNAI: The Chennai port on Saturday got a semi-mechanised closed coal conveyor system for unloading coal, which will help reduce pollution.

Union Minister of Shipping and Road Transport T.R.Baalu, inaugurating the new system, said coal was the major cargo for the port. Of the 57.15 million tonnes of cargo handled during the last financial year, about 10 million tonnes was coal. As its unloading was causing pollution in and around the port, the administration had decided to shift coal cargo to the new Ennore Port. As it would take at least 5 years to shift the entire coal operation to the new port, the administration was now spraying water on the cargo through sprinkler systems to reduce pollution. To reduce it still further, the port had installed the new system at a cost of Rs.43 crore.

Stating that other improved infrastructure was being provided to the port, he said there was a mismatch between the capacity and the cargo handled by the port.
MoU signed

On the occasion a memorandum of understanding was signed between the Indian Maritime University and the Chennai Port Trust for sharing infrastructure facilities. As per the MoU, the port would provide necessary training to the varsity students on ships and in port activities. Indian Maritime University Vice-Chancellor P.Vijayan said that the university would give preference to wards of Port Trust employees in admission. M.Naganathan, vice-chairman of the State Planning Commission, said that despite recession, industrial growth in the State, especially in the information sector, had not been affected. K.Suresh, chairman of the Chennai Port Trust, also spoke.

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