Week ending February 04, 2001

   

News on Ports

Ennore Port, India's first corporatised major port, was dedicated to the nation by the Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on February 1, 2001. In the first phase, the port will operate through two captive berths of Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB) built at a cost of Rs.10.58 billion for handling of 16 million tonnes of thermal coal annually. The wharf area of the port is designed to accommodate two 77,000 DWT coal carriers at a time. The second phase of the port project will include construction of three coal berths, one LNG terminal, two POL berths and a chemical berth at an estimated cost of Rs.40 billion and is expected to get completed by March 2004. Being a corporate entity, the Ennore port will not come under the Major Port Trust Act, 1963 and the Tariff Authority for Major Ports (TAMP). Thus the services rendered by the port would be negotiable between the port and the service providers at the port.

Kandla Port Trust authorities
have taken decision to resume commercial operations at the cargo jetties six to nine, which were temporarily suspended due to  the severe earthquake in Gujarat. However, the port would not to take any responsibility in event of any damage to the users property. It is expected that other jetties would soon become operational, of which jetties 2 and 5 are having problems with their fire fighting pumps while jetty 4 has damaged pipeline which will take some time to become operational. 

Gujarat Adani Port Limited and Gujarat Maritime Board have geared up their facilities at Mundra, Porbandar and other minor ports in Gujarat to handle additional traffic being diverted from the ports of Kandla and Navlakhi, damaged due to earthquake.

Meanwhile Mundra Port, promoted by Gujarat Adani Port Limited has completed its first year of operations on January 23, 2001. The port has handled 3 million tonnes of cargo in the first year of the operation and expected to handle 119 MT cargo a year from a berthing length of 4000 metre in the next 25 years.

Cargo handled by 11 major ports of India has increased by 3.3 per cent to 183.6 million tonnes during the first eight months of the current fiscal year (April-November), as against 177.7 million tonnes handled during the corresponding period of the previous year. However, this is lower than the targeted throughput of 189.8 million tonnes fixed for April-November 2000-01 period owing to less POL and fertiliser traffic.

Visakhapatnam Port Trust (VPT) recorded an all-time-high cargo throughput of 44.51 lakh tonnes in January 2001, the highest handled by any major port in a month so far. It is better than its previous best of 44.36 lakh tonnes, handled in May 2000. Further, the VPT proposal to set up a full-fledged container terminal on BOT basis at an estimated cost of Rs.1.5 billion has generated considerable interest among major foreign port operators.

Indo Gulf Corporation Limited has planned to convert its existing 1.0 million tonnes capacity captive jetty at Dahej (recently transferred into a 100 per cent subsidiary, Dahej Harbour and Infrastructure, DHIL) into a port with a capacity of 6 to 7 million tonnes per annum. The company is exploring the possibility of either having a collaboration with Petronet LNG or forming a joint venture with a port management company, since it lacks the necessary expertise to develop the port infrastructure. 

Dahej Chemical Port, India's first chemical port and terminal built by Gujarat Chemical Port Terminal Company at a cost of Rs.8.50 billion, was dedicated to the nation by the Union Minister of Law, Justice, Company Affairs and Water Transport, Arun Jaitley on January 26, 2001.

Petronet LNG terminal at Kochi has received environmental clearance after the Gas Authority of India Limited entered into a Gasco-opereration agreement with KSIDC to develop a gas pipeline network between Kochi to Kasaragod and Kochi to Kanyamkulam. The terminal is expected to be commissioned by June 2004. 

Calcutta Dock Labour Board has incurred a loss of Rs.20 million due to wage revision of the board employees and the delay on its part to revise the realisation charges from the stevedores.

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News on Shipping

The Shipping Corporation of India has recorded a massive growth in net profit amounting to Rs.1291.8 million during the third quarter of 2000-01 as against Rs. 98.7 million in the corresponding quarter of the previous fiscal. The high growth rate is due to boom in the tanker market. The total revenue for the quarter grew by 44 per cent amounting to Rs.8,421.5 million from Rs.5,836.6 million in the corresponding quarter of the previous year.

The Great Eastern Shipping Company
has posted a growth in net profit by 123.3 per cent to Rs.415.4 million in the third quarter ended December 31, 2000 against Rs.186.0 million in the same quarter of the previous year. The total income of the company has decreased to Rs. 2516.4 million from Rs.2730.3 million on account of less marine construction activities during the quarter under consideration.

Essar Shipping Limited
has recorded a net profit of Rs.200.3 million in the quarter ended December 31, 2000 against Rs.35.6 million in the same quarter of the previous year. The total income of the company has gone upto Rs. 1172.3 million from Rs.1045.4 million in the corresponding quarter of the previous year.

Varun Shipping Company Limited
has posted a net profit of Rs.30 million in the quarter ended December 31, 2000 against Rs.18.4 million in the same quarter of the previous year. The total income of the company has gone upto Rs. 510.4 million from Rs.426.7 million.

Shahi Shipping Limited
has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Capstan Shipping to float a joint venture company namely "Royal Bengal Containers Limited" for the movement of containers between Calcutta Dock System and Haldia Dock Complex. The new company is expected to start operation by the end of February, 2001. Shahi Shipping has planned to deploy two of its vessels namely Royal Yamuna and Royal Shravati for undertaking operations along the Hooghly river.

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News on Logistics

Continental Warehousing Corporation Limited has recently commissioned a Container Freight Station (CFS) at Chennai. The CFS was inaugurated on January 29, 2001 by the Chennai Zone Customs Chief Commissioner, Mr. M. V. Reddy, IRS.

Central Warehousing Corporation's container freight station at Adalaj has registered a growth rate of 18 percent by handling 3143 TEUs during the year 2000 compared to 2670 in the year 1999.

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Tenders

Calcutta Port Trust has invited offers for 

Global Tender for: Capital dredging and shore disposal at Jiggerkhali flat in the Balari region including construction of Dykes and trimming of Western face of Nayachara Islands along the navigational channel opposite the Haldia Dock Complex and disposal of dredging spoils, under the River Regulatory Measures in the Hooghly estuary of Calcutta Port Trust are invited in two cover system i:e cover-I : commercial and technical bid, cover-II : Price bid.
Bid No. MRN/SDDS/CDE/GBL/CD I of 2001
Approximate cost of project: Rs.2.90 billion
Time of completion:14 months [including 10 months for construction of Dyke]
Tenders may be obtained from
: Director, Marine Department, Calcutta Port Trust, 15 Strand Road, Calcutta - 700 001, India . Fax : 033 220-4901. E-mail: cptcal@wb.nic.in and cptedi@giasc101.vsnl.net.in from 12.02.01 to 23.02.01 between 10.30 hrs to 16.00 hrs. on all working days on production of a cash receipt of Rs.10,000 issued by the Financial Adviser and Chief Accounts Officer, Calcutta Port Trust to be paid in cash or by crossed demand draft drawn on any Indian Bank in favour of Calcutta Port Trust.
EMD: Rs. 5 lacs
Last date for submission
:  March 16, 2001, 15.00 hours

Hindustan Copper Limited has invited offers for 

Tender for: stevedoring, clearing, forwarding and other related work at Mumbai or Jawaharlal Nehru port for imported copper concentrate, its transportation and unloading at Khetri copper complex, Khetri Nagar, Rajasthan are invited in two bid system.
Approx. Qty. in wmt
: 10,000 + 10% 
No. of ships load to be handled: One ship load
Contract period: Three months or completion of the tender quantity which ever is earlier.
EMD: Rs.50,000
Tenders may be obtained from: Dy. General Manager (Smelter), Khetri Copper Complex, Camp: Mumbai Regent Chambers, Office No. 7, 4th Floor, Nariman Point, Mumbai-400 021 during working hours from 03-02-2001to 08-02-2001 on payment of Rs.500 by cash or demand draft from a Nationalised bank in favour of Hindustan Copper Limited payable at Kolkata.
Last date for submission
:  08-02-2001 within 2.30 p.m.

Inland Waterways Authority of India has invited offers for 

Global Tender for: supply and delivery of (a) GRP Buoys 544 nos. and steel structure 30 nos. for lighted beacons (b)  light system 574 nos. for installations on buoys to be used for channels marking for night navigation in Ganga (National Waterway No. 1) and the West Coast Canal (National Waterway No. 3) are invited in two cover system i:e cover-I : commercial and technical bid, cover-II : Price bid.
EMD: Rs.1 lakh or US$2320 each for (a) and (b).
Tender No. IWAI/HY.WING/2000-01/5
Correspondence address: Inland Waterways Authority of India (M/o. Surface Transport, Govt. of India), A-13, Sector-1, Noida (U.P.) Pin code -201301
Non transferable tender document may be obtained: by submitting non-refundable demand draft for US$170 (in case of foreign bidders) or Rs.7000 (in case of Indian bidder) in favour of IWAI FUND payable at New Delhi/ Noida from January 30, 2001 to  February 23, 2001 on any working day from Monday to Friday the office of Hydrographic Chief in the above address.
Last date for submission:  February 27, 2001, 1500 hours

Inland Waterways Authority of India has invited offers for 

Tender for: detailed hydrographic survey as per GIHS standards (which includes bathymetric survey with the help of DGPS and Automatic Hydrographic Survey System, topography, tidal observations, preparation of chart and reports) in the following stretches of Sunderbans Waterways (a) International Steamer Route from Namakhana to Raimangal River Confluence (Bangladesh Border), 174 kms (b) Alternative Steamer Route from Netiadhopani to Raimangal river confluence (Bangladesh Border), 91 kms.
Tender No. IWAI/HY/2000/6

Period of completion:125 days
Estimated cost:Rs.51.95 lakhs
EMD
: Rs.1 lakh 
Correspondence address: Inland Waterways Authority of India (M/o. Surface Transport, Govt. of India), A-13, Sector-1, Noida (U.P.) Pin code -201301
Tender document may be obtained: from Hydrographic Chief, IWAI, Noida on payment of Rs.1000 demand draft (non-refundable) in favour of IWAI FUND payable at New Delhi/ Noida from January 30,  2001 to February 21, 2001 on any working day from Monday to Friday.
Last date for submission:  February 23, 2001,  1500 hours.

 

 

 
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