Krishnapatnam Port, India’s first private green field all-weather deep-sea port with round the clock operations now claims to have the deepest draft in the country. The port has started accepting vessels with maximum permissible draft of 18 meters. The massive dredging operation undertaken with the port’s own dredgers has helped achieve the phenomenal task considering that originally at the time of its inaugurated on 17th July 2008 its draft was only 10.5 meters. Now the port is geared to accommodate ships of DWT of 180,000 MTs.
All-weather deep-sea Krishnapatnam port now has the distinction of having the deepest draft in the country
Several ports in the country are hectically striving to raise the draft in order to secure the benefits of the economies of scale. This is one way of making the port cost effective and factor in competitiveness. Inordinate delay in completing dredging projects has prevented ports from attaining the potential of a hub port.
Krishnapatnam Port is not only an asset to the nation but is also an infrastructural example for other ports to follow informed a spokesman of the port. “The Krishnapatnam port’s container operations that commenced just 4 months back set a new record by handling its first set of laden containers containing cotton bales on January 29, 2012,” he said. “A total of 1,456 TEUs were exchanged with the vessel MV. Maersk Dalton while on its way to ports in mainland China. With this, Krishnapatnam Port Container Terminal has handled a total of 24,000 TEUs and 10 container vessels. The containers were brought to the port in 124 rakes.”
The unloading of containers from the rakes is done by modern equipment owned completely by the port. Its efficiency has clocked a record time of just 9 minutes to unload 90 containers from CONCOR train no. - TNPK1126 on November 20, 2011. The total time taken from the arrival of the rake to its departure was only 27 minutes. This is a record in itself which the port assures will continue for its other cargoes. It is evident when recently on January 9, 2012; the port loaded 3,960.38 MTs of steam coal in 59 wagons for M/s. Anand Transport Pvt. Ltd. in just 30 minutes creating an internal record in operational management.”
Krishnapatnam Port is in its second stage of growth process and is committed in building a landmark for the Indian maritime trade. This second phase will add 7 new berths, mechanised cargo handling system with 13 cargo-wise dedicated railway sidings inside the port
Thus port is well on its way to becoming the largest automated port for exports and imports in South Asia. Its integrated real time control of cargo handling through Automatic Vehicle Location System (AVLS) and Enterprise Port Management System (EPMS) and the ability to handle all types of cargo – general / container, dry-bulk, heavy lift & project cargo make the port a class apart on the Indian east coast. To ensure higher productivity, the port has integrated the latest Terminal Operating System (NAVIS) and set up a sophisticated container freight station within the port limit