Karaikal Port Invests 600 Cr in Mechanization

Karaikal, 16th June 2018: Karaikal Port, India’s most Preferred and Responsible maritime gateway has invested 600 Cr in Mechanization for Bulk Material handling system, which will increase productivity, improve economy and vastly improve the protection of environment.

Mechanization will improve and enhance the bulk cargo handling at the port in an automated and efficient manner. This process will offer the most convenient trade and efficient operations for the East Coast of India.

“We have taken steps to enhance the efficiency of the port by integrating the mechanization process for smooth and environment friendly bulk cargo handling. Inspite of a dip in the GDP growth, we have invested 600 cr in Mechanization for improving the port operations. We believe this is our biggest responsibility towards the people especially in Karaikal and Nagapattinam districts.” said Mr. GRK Reddy, Promoter Director of Karaikal Port.

FLSmidth & Co, Rice Lake Weighing Systems India Limited, ABB, Chennai Radha Engineering, ASB Infra and Siemens are involved in the implementation process, supply, and integration and commissioning of the equipments under this project.

The mechanization envisages direct unloading through a ship unloader and handled through a conveyor automatic stacker-cum-re-claimer. The process helps in the auto-loading system into wagons and trucks. The mechanization procedures will ease the bulk cargo handling steps in the port, by ensuring zero handling loss.

Through mechanization, the port is expected to facilitate de-congestion, faster discharge of bulk cargo, strengthening and deepening of berths -3rd and 4th,, faster turnaround of vessels, reducing supply chain and logistics cost of Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry states.

About Karaikal Port:

Karaikal Port is located near the town of Karaikal in the Union Territory of Pondicherry and was commissioned in April 2009. Since operations, the port has handled diverse cargo such as: Agro commodities like Wheat, Sugar; Cement, Fertilizers, Coal, Project cargo, Liquid cargo including Edible Oil; and Containers. Karaikal port enables efficient transportation of goods. This is attained through, the advanced cargo handling equipment, sufficient and damage-free warehousing facilities, faster turnaround of vessels and smooth evacuation of cargo with well evolved competitive logistics support.

Since its inception on 15th April 2009, the port has handled cumulative cargo of 53 MMT and received over 1565 commercial vessels. Amongst other cargoes, the port has handled cumulative of 3.5 MMT of Fertilizer, half a million ton of Edible Oil and wheat; and 0.6 MMT of Sugar from 2009 till date.

KPPL has been providing employment opportunities directly and indirectly for more than 50,000 people in marine operations, truck operations and other important supporting fields for the last 10 years.

A host of support services such as logistics has elevated the port as the efficient port, unleashing the economic potential of central Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry.