Govt nod for MbPT’s Multipurpose Offshore berths
After the offshore container terminal which is still to get completed, Mumbai port will embark on the construction of the second offshore terminal for handling multipurpose cargo
The proposed Offshore Multipurpose Cargo Berth of the Mumbai Port (MbPT) to be built on public–private partnership basis (PPP) basis has received the approval of the Ministry of Shipping, Government of India. When constructed the two berths will be 550 mtrs long and 100 mtrs wide. They will come up at the south of the Offshore Container Terminal which is now under construction. The US $ 116 million project is expected to add 4.5 million tons to the port’s capacity.
According to an official of the MbPT, the two berths will be connected to the shore by a single trestle of 18 mtrs width and extend one km into the sea. The berths will cater to the general cargo and auto-carriers and offer a draft of 12 mtrs. A backup open storage area of 35,000 sq. mtr will be made available at the Gamadia complex. The responsibility for undertaking capital dredging in the maneuvering area will lie with the successful bidder / operator. However the maintenance dredging will be undertaken by the port trust.
P. Mohana Chandran, the spokesman of the Mumbai Port trust informed, “We had invited Request for Qualification (RFQ) and the response was good. We shortlisted three companies and will now be taking things forwards. The three who have been shortlisted are i) M/s TM International Logistics Co Ltd; ii) M/s Gammon Infrastructure Projects Ltd.; and iii) M/s Concast Infratech Ltd., jointly with Hyundai Engineers & Construction Co Ltd. The three have been asked to submit Request for Proposal (RFP). In order to expedite the implementation of the project, it has been decided to simultaneously process other activities such as RFP, Draft Concession Agreement (DCA), PPPAC Memo, etc.”
Giving details of the salient features of the draft Concession Agreement, Mohana Chandran explained that the concession period will be for 30 years commencing from the Date of Award of Concession. The concessionaire will have to complete the work within 30 months from the date of commencement of the concession period. The successful bidder will have to unconditionally guarantee the concessioning authority annual cargo handling level fixed.
Basically no handling of containers, coal and cruise vessels will be allowed at the Offshore Multipurpose cargo berth. For the purpose of evacuation of the cargo the use of the newly built Eastern Freeway will be permitted. However no heavy lift or out of gauge cargo will be permitted on this Freeway.
The Detailed Project Report for the development of the Multipurpose Cargo Berths was prepared by Mott Macdonald. They also framed the manner for implementing the project on the PPP mode. This project has gained importance since it will provide the facility to handle bigger ships carrying multipurpose cargo,