A new terminal for the mechanised handling of coal was inaugurated at Berth no. 16 at New Mangaluru Port (NMP) on Wednesday.
The terminal, built by Chettinad Mangalore Coal Terminal Private Limited at an estimated cost of Rs. 469.46 crore, will be operational from next month. Union Secretary of Shipping Gopal Krishna and New Mangalore Port Trust in-charge chairperson M. Beena inaugurated the terminal.
The terminal will enhance the port’s cargo handling capacity by nearly 6.73 million tonnes per annum (mmtpa).
Talking to reporters on the occasion, Chandramoleeswaran V., Group President (Technical), Chettinad Mangalore Coal Terminal Private Limited, said the 325m long and 25m wide new terminal has the capacity to handle 10 mmtpa of common user coal. Presently, the port is handling 4 mmtpa of common user coal.
Udupi Power Corporation Limited has a dedicated berth to handle coal. “It can also make use of our facility as we have spare capacity,” he said.
The new terminal in NMP, he said, has the capacity to handle vessels upto 1 lakh deadweight tonnage (DWT) with a maximum permissible depth of 15.1 metres.
There are two ship unloaders that can discharge at the rate of 4,000 tonnes per hour, and two stacker-cum-reclaimer which have a 4,000 tonnes per hour capacity.