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Karaikal Port inaugurates mechanised bulk cargo handling system

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Keeping the commitment to make the port an environment-friendly one, Karaikal Port inaugurated the mechanised bulk cargo handling system built with an investment of Rs 600 Cr, in the presence of Hon’ble Chief Minister of Pondicherry, Shri. V. Narayanasamy on 30 October.

Karaikal Port inaugurates mechanised bulk cargo handling system

Mechanisation will improve the cargo handling efficiency of Karaikal Port. This will enable discharge of cargo with higher discharge rates of up to 40 000 million tpd and will ensure that the gearless ship’s stay at Port is reduced to two and half days. As the cargo is inter carted in closed conveyor systems, environment protection is enhanced to large extend, thus making Karaikal Port a nature-friendly and technology-enabled port in South India.

GRK Reddy Chairman and Promoter Director, said: "Through mechanisation, we offer an improved bulk handling system for bulk shipments at our port. This improved efficiency of port operations through mechanisation helps in faster turnaround of ships arriving at Karaikal and also our cargo dispatch rates will increase significantly by rail or road.”

“This fully automated bulk handling system would help better discharging of cargo from ships through ship unloaders and dispatch the cargo through wagon loading and truck loading stations via conveyors system with a capacity 4000 tph, facilitating faster turnaround of vessels, rakes and trucks,” he added.

The state-of-the-art infrastructure for mechanised bulk cargo handling system at the port includes two stacker-reclaimers and a belt conveyor system of 5.7 km.

The port has handled 55 million t of cargo since operations and has been reaching out to regional and international markets through its world-class service and facilities at economical cost.

Mechanisation is expected to increase the capacity utilisation of the port along with strengthening of the port infrastructure and increasing the berth productivity for handling vessels at the port.

With excellent rail and road connectivity to its industrial belts and markets of Tamil Nadu, the mechanised project will up the volume of cargo handled at the port. The port is also planning to have expansion projects including addition of warehousing facilities and has adequate land availability to make it the prime destination for investments.

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