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Adani Ports to enhance Haldia Dock’s capacity in Bengal

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HDC Bulk Terminal Ltd (HBTL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Adani Ports and special economic zone limited (APSEZ), India's largest integrated transport utility and part of the Adani Group, has signed the concession agreement with Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port, Kolkata (SMPK) for mechanisation of Berth no. 2 at Haldia Port. This is in continuation to the selection of APSEZ as a successful bidder by SMPK in February.

"The mechanisation and upgradation of Haldia Bulk Terminal provides us the opportunity to firmly establish APSEZ’s footprint in Bengal", said Mr Karan Adani, CEO and Whole Time Director of APSEZ. “We remain committed to further accelerating the ever-growing industry and economy of Bengal. With this fully mechanised facility, we aim to set a higher benchmark in port operations and environmental practices. This terminal, alongside our existing world class ports and terminals along the East coast of India, will synergise APSEZ’s services and enhance customer experience. Our leadership in integrated logistics will significantly enhance HBTL’s efficiency and benefit the shipping industry.”

As per the concession agreement signed between SMPK and HBTL, the special purpose vehicle (SPV) formed to implement the project will get the rights to design, build, finance, operate, maintain and manage the bulk terminal with a capacity of 3.74 million tpy for a concession period of 30 years at Haldia Dock Complex, Haldia.

The Haldia Dock Complex houses various bulk handling facilities at Haldia under SMPK’s purview. Haldia Dock Complex caters to a large hinterland including Bengal, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Assam, Northeastern Hill States and the landlocked neighbouring country of Nepal. This terminal will handle the supply chain of raw materials in the steel plants, power plants, and cement plants located in the hinterland.

The Key USP of this project is the ability to provide bulk cargo handling services, which would be completely mechanised, highly efficient, environment-friendly and pollution-free. The project will not only add efficient port capacity but will also help to reduce the logistics cost of port users by reducing the turnaround time of vessels calling at Haldia Dock.

As per the signed concession agreement, HBTL will undertake the financial closure for the project within six months and commence the construction of the terminal. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 298 Crore. The project has already received the necessary environment clearance.

Read the article online at: https://www.drybulkmagazine.com/dry-bulk/23092022/adani-ports-to-enhance-haldia-docks-capacity-in-bengal/

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