Karaikal Port turns Greener and Technology-enabled,Inaugurates Mechanized Bulk Cargo Handling System

Karaikal, October 30th 2018: Keeping the commitment to make the Port an environment friendly one, Karaikal Port inaugurated “Mechanized 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 today.

Mechanization will improve the cargo handling efficiency of Karaikal Port. This will enable discharge of cargo with higher discharge rates of up to 40,000 MT per day 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.

Mr. GRK Reddy Chairman and Promoter Director, said "Through Mechanization, we offer an improved bulk handling system for bulk shipments at our port. This improved efficiency of port operations through mechanization 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 4,000 TPH, facilitating faster turnaround of vessels, rakes and trucks.” he added.

The state-of-the-art infrastructure for Mechanized Bulk Cargo Handling system at the port includes 2 Stacker-Reclaimers and belt conveyor system of 5.7 km.

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

Mechanization is expected to increase the capacity utilization 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 mechanized 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


Karaikal Port, an important port along the East Coast of India, handles diverse cargo. Since inception, 53 MMT of cumulative cargo has been handled at the port.

Karaikal Port has initiated Mechanization of Bulk Cargo handling system to improve the efficiency of the port. The project has reached its advanced stage of completion is expected to be commissioned by 15th September 2018.

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.