Essar Ports (EPL) entered FY 2017 with some exciting developments!
EPL’s 30 million tonne (MT) Essar Bulk Terminal Limited (EBTL), Hazira received permission from the Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) for expansion of its berth by 1,100 m. to cater to its growing cargo handling requirements. Works are already underway for expansion.
EBTL Hazira has also received Approval from GMB to handle 15 million tonnes of merchant cargo over three years.
The approval was granted under GMB’s captive port policy where jetties built on captive licenses can handle third-party cargo up to a maximum of 50% of the total cargo handled. This approval stands to benefit the local industry which will now have access to a deep draft and high mechanization, which result in significant cost advantages to our customers. The all-weather terminal also presents opportunity for these customers to utilize port services when nearby Magdalla port closes during monsoon season.
The current permission allows it to handle 15 million tonnes of commercial cargo over three years. The Hazira terminal has already started handling merchant coal cargo under this approval and has handled 0.75 MT until date.
The berthing of MV Bajrang on 30th March, 2016, marked the commissioning of the 20 MT Dry Bulk terminal (EBTSL) at Salaya, Gujarat - the fifth operational port in EPL’s portfolio, taking EPL’s total capacity to 140 MT.
Designed to handle Capesize vessels, of around 150,000 Dead Weight Tonnage (DWT), it is the first deep draft terminal in the region and will benefit the power plants and industries in the hinterland through its capability to handle larger parcel sizes and faster handling times.
Strategically located in a naturally protected harbor between Kalubhar Island and Dhani Bet, EPL’s Salaya facility is poised to be the most preferred deep draft port destination for shipment of dry bulk commodities in the Saurashtra region.
In addition to the newly commissioned 20 MT Salaya Dry Bulk terminal, EPL’s portfolio comprises a 58-MT liquid terminal at Vadinar, a 30-MT dry bulk or general cargo terminal at Hazira, a 16-MT dry bulk terminal at Paradip, in Odisha, and a 16-MT iron ore berth at Vizag, in Andhra Pradesh.
Other projects in the works are a 16-MT iron ore berth at Vizag, an 18-MT coal terminal at Paradip and a 20-MT general cargo terminal at Hazira. Completion of these projects will take its total tonnage capacity up to 194 MT, in the next few years.