A new container freight station with a 100,000 twenty foot equivalent unit (TEU) capacity has been opened at the Vishakhapatnam port, India.
Developed by Visakha Container Terminal (VCTPL) with an investment of INR1bn ($15m), the new container freight station covers an area of 34ac.
Along with the new station, 6.25MW out of 10MW solar power plant has also been commissioned at the port.
The power generated from the newly commissioned plant meets the captive consumption of the port, and surplus power is proposed to be sold by third party agreements.
Additionally, a liquid cargo berth, EQ-10, developed by AVR Infra with an investment of INR553.8m ($8m), has also been inaugurated at the Vishakhapatnam port. EQ-10 has a capacity of 1.84 million tonnes per annum.
A multi cargo berth with a 2.08 million tonnes per annum capacity, WQ-6, developed by ABG Infra Logistics at a cost of INR1.14bn ($17m), has also been opened at the port.
Apart from inaugurating these facilities, India’s shipping, road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari also laid the foundation stone for the project ‘reconstruction of old EQ-2,3,4 & 5 berths into two new berths of 530m quay in the inner harbour’ at the port. The project, with a six million tonnes of capacity, will require an investment of INR1.82bn ($27m).
Currently, two berths, WQ-7 and 8, with a 6.39 million tonnes of capacity, are under construction at the port at a cost of INR2.43bn ($36m).
During his visit to the port, Gadkari reviewed the dredging projects executed by the port with an investment of INR4bn ($59m). He suggested installing a sewage treatment plant at the port for treating the city sewage before letting it into the port limits, to avoid water pollution.