Jaigarh, a tale of two ports
Two private green field ports on Jaigarh river, set to provide greater buoyancy in the trade from South West of India
The Chowgule’s port renamed Angre port and located inside Jaigarh creek, in Ratnagiri was inaugurated in April; this year. Whereas, JSW port situated at the mouth of the river came up rapidly getting commissioned much earlier on 24.August,.2009 to become the first deep water private port in the state of Maharashtra.
Angre port however, is positioned from the beginning to handle merchant cargo which according to M. P. Patwardhan, Managing Director of the port is “The environment friendly with an initial capacity of 16 million tons designed to focus on handling of clean cargo from the fast growing industrial areas of Maharashtra & Karnataka with focus on exports of marine & horticulture products, textiles, food grains, engineering products and chemicals. As the investment for the port being minimum - since the land was already in the possession of Chowgules - the handling and other costs is expected to be much lower according to the company spokesman.
JSW’s port depends mostly on captive cargo required for their power and steel plants. Currently, it handles 80% captive and 20% commercial cargo. But now JSW is aggressively and ambitiously gearing to become the most preferred gateway port to coastal and central Maharashtra and Northern Karnataka. They have now come up with plans for restructuring the port for handling 20% captive and 80% commercial cargo. “Backed by state-of-the-art technology and well-qualified manpower, the ultimate goal of JSW’s port is to emerge as one of the most modern and mechanized ports in India benchmarked to international standards,” says Capt Ram J. Ganesan, Associate Vice President, Business Development of JSW Infrastructure Ltd. “The port’s strength lies in handling both captive as well as commercial cargoes in the most efficient and environment friendly manner.”
Currently the Port has two berths, one being mechanized to handle bulk cargo and the other to handle multipurpose cargo. Together they can handle 20 Million tonnes cargo. The present draft of 14.0 meters makes it the deepest private port in Maharashtra. In 2010-11, port handled a total of 1.26 million tonnes and by 2011-12 port achieved the target of handling 5 million tonnes of cargo. JSW has plans to add 8 more berths, with that it will be able to add 35 million tonnes of handling capacity and on completion there will be total 10 berths with capacity of 50 million tonnes.
After successful handling of bulk, break bulk cargo such as coal, limestone, bauxite, coated pipes, iron ore and liquid cargo such as molasses handling of which commenced in January this year. JSW Jaigarh Port is planning to commence containerized shipping operations soon which will ensure competitiveness for sugar mills, engineering industries, agro and food processing industries, sea food exports and textile and allied machinery in the international markets.
There will also be a dedicated container terminal, Ro-Ro terminal, liquid terminal and multipurpose cargo berths. The draft will be increased to 19.8 meters enabling berthing of cape size vessels.