Thursday, 13 February 2014

Shipping Minister Inaugurates New Facilities at V.O.C. Port, Tuticorin

Union Shipping Minister Shri G.K. Vasan
The Union Shipping Minister Shri G.K. Vasan today inaugurated new facilities at the V.O. Chidambaranar Port, Tuticorin which includes the state of art Vessel Traffic Management System, Modern Green Gate Port Entry Complex and Occupational Health Centre at the Port Hospital. 

The Vessel Traffic Management System installed at a cost of Rs.8.77 crores incorporates state of art equipments like RADAR, AIS, VHF, INMARSAT-C and UHF MODEM with latest Software design for detection, tracking and analysis of all vessels in the harbour waters and beyond port limit with coverage of 48 NM. This facility will enhance security of the port. 

The Modern Green Gate Complex constructed at the cost of Rs.11.02 crores has 4 entry points & 4 exit points for congestion free movement of cargo and container vehicles. Sophisticated Radiological Detectors, Speed Camera, Swipe Card System, Boom Barriers and Weigh Bridges, are also installed in the complex. 

The Occupational Health Centre established in the port hospital is aimed at prevention and management of occupational, environmental illness, injury and disability of workers. The facility shall benefit more than 800 workers. 

In the presence of the minister, the representatives of the V.O. Chidambaranar Port Trust and M/s. Transtroy – OJSC Consortium, Hyderabad today signed a concession agreement for Development of North Cargo Berth-III at an estimated cost of Rs.420 crores for handling Thermal Coal and Rock Phosphate.

 This facility upon completion shall increase the capacity of the port by another 9.15 Million Tonnes per annum. It is also proposed to dredge and deepen the area in front of the berth at an estimated cost of about Rs.448 crores to cater 12.8 metres draught vessels which is part of the Rs.1747 crores Inner Harbour dredging project. 

The present capacity of V.O. Chidambaranar Port Trust at 33.34 Million Tonnes is envisaged to increase to 85 Million Tonnes upon completion of Inner Harbour Development project. 

Recently, the Minister had released the Detailed Project Report of the ambitious Outer Harbour Project. This would augment the port capacity by another 328 Million Tonnes. 

Upon completion of both the Inner Harbour development project currently underway and the proposed Outer Harbour Project, the capacity of V.O. Chidambaranar Port will increase to 413 Million Tonnes. This will enable further economic development of its hinterland in the southern parts of the Country. 

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