New Mangalore Port Trust (NMPT) has added a new facility for mechanised handling of coal at the port. Chettinad Mangalore Coal Terminal Pvt Ltd has executed the mechanised common user coal terminal project at a cost of Rs. 469.46 crore at New Mangalore Port.
Addressing mediapersons at the inauguration of the newly constructed terminal for mechanised handling of coal at berth no. 16 on Wednesday, V Chandramoleeswaran, Director of Chettinad group, said the capacity of the fully automated coal terminal is 10 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) of common user coal. Now the port is handling around 4 MTPA of common user coal.
The facility has two ship unloaders with designed discharge rate of 4,000 tonnes per hour (TPH). Two stacker-cum-reclaimers with capacity of 4,000 TPH for stacking and 4,000 TPH for reclaiming are part of the coal terminal.
He said the coal would be transported from storage yard to wagon yard in fully enclosed conveyor belt system.
The wagon loading system can load seven rakes per day. A rake includes 59 wagons. He said a wagon can be loaded in a minute.
The 325-metre-long and 25-metre-wide berth at the port has the capacity to handle vessels up to 1 lakh DWT (deadweight tonnage) with maximum permissible depth of 15.1 metres. The terminal will become fully operational next month, he said.
Shipping Secretary Gopal Krishna inaugurated the new terminal facility in the presence of M Beena, Chairperson of NMPT.
Source: The Hindu Business LinePrevious Next