Week ending February 11, 2001


News on Ports

Jawaharlal Nehru Port has crossed one million TEU mark on February 9, 2001 and became the first Indian port to cross the mark. In the previous year  JNPT container terminal handled about 0.9 million TEUs.

Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved revised cost estimates for the construction of a new port at Ennore at an estimated cost of Rs. 10.59 billion. The project was earlier approved by the CCEA in 1993 at a cost of Rs. 5.94 billion. The increase in cost has taken place due to expansion of work, foreign exchange variation and escalation in prices of labour and material. The project includes creating two coal berths with a handling capacity of 16 million tonnes and conversion of the 197 km Cuddalore - Vridachalam - Salem line.

The contract for operation and maintenance of the general cargo terminal at Indira Dock in Mumbai port on a Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) basis has been bagged by the consortium United Liner Agencies -Shipping Corporation of India-Novolog Inc., Odessa. The consortium has guaranteed an annual throughput of 7.5 lakh tonnes in the first two years , eight lakh tonnes in the next two years , nine lakh tonnes in the next six years and 10 lakh tonnes from the 11th year onwards.

Kandla port, which was severely damaged by the earthquake, is functioning partially. The port is planning to receive more vessels as soon as the condition at port gets normal. At present, due to shortage of labour and equipment, the load rate has reduced to 2,000 tonnes from around 5,000 tonnes a day before the earthquake.

Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB)  has appointed KCT as the handling agent
for the loading of thermal coal at Paradip port. KCT has been appointed for the five months from February, 2001 in place of SICAL, a part of A. C. Muthiah group.

Economic Advisory Council (EAC)
to Prime Minister has recommended that the tariff policy for ports should be used as an instrument of rationing port capacity and all cross subsidations should be phased out from the pricing aspects. Further, EAC suggested that higher tariffs for the most congested facilities or during peak periods and differential pricing policy for discouraging old vessels can be used for the optimum utilisation of port capacity.  

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News on Shipping

Petronet LNG Limited (PLL) will set up an onshore trust account from which gas suppliers, shipowners and lenders will be paid their respective charges for the 7.5 million tonnes per annum of LNG purchased from Qatar's Ras Gas on free-on-board basis. The proposed account will have two subheads retating to fuel charges (variable costs) and fixed charges (capital costs). The money accruing from the sale of gas will be deposited by PLL's marketing agents (IOC, BPCL and GAIL) into the onshore trust trust account for discharging the payments to various links in the LNG chain.

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Calcutta Port Trust has invited offers for 

Tender for: Capital dredging & shore disposal at Jiggerkhali Flat in the Batari region including construction of Dykes & trimming of Western face of Nayachara Islands along navigational channel opposite Haldia Dock Complex & disposal of dredged spoils under River Regulatory Measures in Hooghly estuary of Calcutta Port, in two cover system i:e, Cover I commercial and technical bid, and Cover II price bid.
Pre-qualification criteria:
(1) Experience of carrying out similar work like construction of Dykes/Groynes using Geotubes and Geotextiles under tidal conditions of Rs. 10 crore or equivalent during last five years under single contract. (2) Experience of carrying out single capital dredging work, including shore disposal of Rs. 100 crore or equivalent in any year during last five years. (3) Owning of at least one cutter suction dredger capable of dredging 2,500 cu meters of solid per hour for discharging at a distance of at least three km through floating and shore pipelines (4) Company must have yearly turnover of Rs. 500 crore or equivalent. 
Address for communication
: The Director, Marine Department, Calcutta Port Trust, 15, Strand Road, Calcutta 700001.
Last date for submission:  March 16, 2001, 15.00 hours

Dredging Corporation of India Limited has invited offers for 

Tender for: Construction of steel pile trestle for support of shore disposal dredge pipe and installation of dredge pipe on the trestle, proposed to be undertaken during March/April, 2001 and to be completed in a period of six months.
Pre-qualification criteria:
Tenderers who possess experience in construction of trestles, jetties etc., in marine environment either with steel or concrete piles and  (a) should have executed successfully at least a single work of this type of value more than Rs. 3 crores during the past 2 years. (b) Should have a turnover of more than Rs. 3 crores in each financial year during the past five years. The application for the prequalification should provide following information along with the supporting documents: (1) Profile of company- constitution of company, nature of works being undertaken, registration with Government/Public Sector Undertaking (2) List of works completed of value more than Rs. 3 crores during the past five years (3) List of works on hand of value more than Rs. 3 crores (4) List of equipment owned by the company (5) Details of the personnel with the company (6) Audited Balance Sheets of the Company during past five financial years (7) Latest Income Tax Clearance Certificate (8) Sales Tax Registration (9) Registration of the Company with Provident Fund Authorities (10) Bankers Certificate regarding creditworthiness of the company from a Nationalised Bank.
Address for communication:
Dy. General Manager (Proj), Dredging Corporation of India Limited, Dredge House, Port Area, Visakhapatnam - 530035 on or before 23.02.200. The application should be accompanied with a demand draft of Rs. 5000 drawn in favour of "Dredging Corporation of India Limited, Visakhapatnam" . 
Last date for submission:  23.02.2001

Gujarat Alumina & Bauxite Limited has invited offers for 

Tender for: Oceanography survey, soil investigations, tidal zone ground survey ( over approx area of 2km x 1 km) for setting setting up all weather jetty and other marine facilities in coastal area of Gulf of Kutch, 25 km east of Mandvi Town.
Period of contract: Three months 
Address for communication
: The Chairman-cum-Managing Director, Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation Limited, 'Khanij Bhavan', Opposite Nehru Bridge, Ashram Road, Ahmedabad - 380009
Plant location: Villages Gundiali & Tragdi, Taluka Mandvi, Dt. Kutch
Last date for submission:  February 20, 2001, 15.00 hours

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.
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.

National Highways Authority of India  has invited offers for 

Global tender for (Addendum): 4-Laning of National Highway Project(s) on BOT (Annuity) basis for (1) Rajahmundry (km 200) to Dharmavaram (km 254), NH No. 5, Length: 54 km, State: Andhra Pradesh (2) Dharmavaram (km 254) to Tuni (km 300) NH No. 5, Length: 46 km, State: Andhra Pradesh (3) Tuni (km 300) to Anakapalli (km 358.947), NH No. 5, Length: 58.9, State: Andhra Pradesh (4) Dharwad (km 433) to Belgaum (km 495), NH No. 4, Length: 62 km, State: Karnataka (5) Belgaum (km 515) to Maharashtra Border (km 592) NH No. 4, Length: 77 km, State: Karnataka (6) Chennai (Tambaram)-Tindivanam, NH No. 45, Length: 93 km, State: Tamil Nadu.
Address for communication
: Chief General Manager (Private Investment), National Highways Authority of India, 1, Eastern Avenue, Maharani Bagh, New Delhi-110065   Phone:91-116841290, Fax: 91-11-6924383, email: ramshanker@nhai.org
Last date for submission:  February 23, 2001, 1700 hours IST.

Central Warehousing Corporation  has invited offers for 

Tender for : Supply of equipments for handling of containers and cargo as well as transportation of loaded /empty ISO containers from (1) ICD-Singanallur, Coimbatore: For transportationof loaded /empty ISO containers to Chennai, Kochi, Tuticorin, Mumbai ports and vice versa for destuffing/stuffing/carting/delivery operation within the inland clearance depot complex and all other allied services. Number of TEUs likely to be handled annually: 8000 TEUs (2) CFS-Virugambakkam, Chennai: For carrying out destuffing/stuffing/carting/delivery operation with in CFS complex and all other allied services.Number of TEUs likely to be handled annually: 12000 TEUs
Pre-qualification criteria:
Parties with minimum annual gross turnover of Rs. 40 lakh or more for the last three years and having proven experience of serving container trade are eligible to tender.
Period of contract: Two years and may be extendable up to one year on mutually agreed terms.
Address for communication
: The Regional Manager, Central Warehousing Corporation, 4 North Avenue, Srinagar Colony, Saidapet, Chennai 600015
Last date for submission:  February 24, 2001, 1500 hours. 


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