Cochin Port, India, has submitted a request for qualification (RFQ) in order to modernise its coal-handling facility.
According to details on the Cochin Port Trust website, development of the coal-handling facility will cost around US$33 million.
An assessment carried out by the port authority said that the facility can be developed at minimal cost in order to handle 14.5m-draft, fully-loaded Panamax vessels.
In a bid to improve operations, construction of a multi-user liquid terminal on Puthuvype has been proposed.
The work undertaken will include capital dredging for the berth, shore protection, and construction of the terminal’s approach road. The Port Trust has recently put forward bids to start the project.
The proposed new facility will have a 300m berth for mechanised coal handling.
Its modernisation will be on a design, finance, build, operate and transfer basis for a license period of 30 years.
The project capacity is 4.23 million tonnes/year.