Paradip Port Trust
Paradip Port Trust is one of the premier maritime gateways on the East Coast of India based on its core strengths: deep draft, proximity to rich mineral reserves, vicinity to the large hinterland and land-locked regions. The Port is all set to become a hub of East Coast and economic thrust engine for Eastern India by offering world class cost effective marine and operational services and by leveraging on highly mechanized and dedicated handling facilities, superior supply chain connectivity and strategic partnerships with private investors.
The Port commenced as a mono-commodity port on 12th March, 1966 having only one berth to handle Iron ore vessel of 60,000 DWT size. Over the years, the Port has flourished into a multi-commodity port and presently the Port has fourteen berths, one Single Point Mooring and one Ro Ro Jetty equipped with state of art cargo handling equipment. The Port has made an unprecedented growth of traffic from 0.067 Million tonnes in the year 1966-67 to 54.25 Million tonnes in 2011-12. During the last eight years, the port has expanded its scale and scope of operation to double its traffic.
The Port has handled 54.25 million tonnes of cargo during the FY 2011-12 in spite of global economic slowdown and shrinkage of export. The shortfall of 1.78 million tonnes of cargo handled during the year is mainly due to slump in iron ore exports to the tune of 7.30 million tonnes. I am happy to inform that all other cargos have exhibited upward surge upsetting the impact of downfall of iron ore traffic. In fact, this is a testimony of our commitment towards diversifying the cargo profile of the Port. The performance parameters on which efficiency of a Port is measured have improved significantly during the year. The average pre-berthing waiting time, average turn-round time, and average berthday output have improved by 53%, 4% and 12% respectively over the corresponding figures of the previous year. We have reduced the wharfage charges to the tune of 32%. The Port has been providing the efficient and cost effective services to EXIM trade.
Induced by the exponential growth in demand on existing facilities of the Port, the Management is undertaking various projects to augment the capacity and diversify operations further to sustain its competitive advantages over all other Ports. The Port is committed to enhance its capacity from 80 million metric tonnes at present to 143 million metric tonne by the year 2015 and to 252 million metric tonnes by 2020 through a host of capacity expansion projects like ‘Deepening of Channel and berths’ to handle Cape size vessels (i.e. up to 1, 25,000 DWT size), Development of a new deep draught Iron ore terminal and a new deep draught Coal Terminal on BOT basis through PPP mode to handle 10 MTPA each of Iron Ore and coal respectively, Construction of one multipurpose berth on BOT basis through PPP Mode to handle containers and other clean cargoes of 5 MTPA, construction on southern oil jetty of 10 MTPA, installation of 2nd and 3rd Single Point Mooring each of 11 MTPA, development of Western Dock System of 75 MTPA, mechanization and modernization of the existing Berths etc.
I look forward to unstinting co-operation & involvement of each and every stakeholder.
I am also open to new ideas / suggestions for improving the productivity of the Port and quality of our life & environment.