Chennai to revitalise coal berth in bid to solve container capacity issues

  • Chennai Port Trust opens bidding for new 800,000 TEU capacity terminal

Chennai Port Trust (CPT) has announced that it plans to convert its existing Jawahar Dock (East) berth into a new container terminal.

The proposed terminal, which will boast an annual capacity of an estimated 800,000 TEU, will be offered on a build-operate-transfer basis to terminal developers and a concessional period of 30 years, according to the Hindu Business Line.

The bidding process will begin immediately with bids expected to be received on or before October 1st, report the JOC.

Jawahar Dock (East) berth had been used until recently to handle coal. However, the facility has remained dormant since coal handling was shifted to neighbouring Ennore Port. The revitalised berth will compete with Chennai’s existing container terminals owned by DP World (DP World Chennai) and PSA International (Chennai International Terminals).

Last month, Chennai Port decided to pull the plug on its ambitious Rs 4,200-crore mega terminal after failing to attract a positive response from prospective bidders. A port official at the time told the JOC that the CPT board would look to restructure the project to make it more attractive to private operators. However, with the news that New Delhi is planning to spend big in developing its own port facilities, it now seems that Chennai has decided to scale down its own expansion plans.

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