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NMPT to up cargo handling capacity by 7 mt - 2012-01-09

The New Mangalore Port Trust (NMPT) will add additional seven million tonnes to its total capacity by 2012-13, according to Mr P. Tamilvanan, Chairman of NMPT.

Speaking at a panel discussion on coastal infrastructure at the Coastal Business Development Summit, organised by the Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FKCCI) here on Wednesday, he said that a berth is being built to handle petroleum products at the port. After its completion in 2012-13, this berth is likely to add additional seven million tonnes to the total capacity at the port.

Currently, the port is capable of handling 50.97 mt cargo with its existing infrastructure. Stating that the port is making all efforts to get variety of cargoes, Mr Tamilvanan said a berth for handling coal cargo was put into use only last month.

Highlighting the growth of container cargo over the past few years, he said the port is expecting to handle around 50,000 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) of containers during the current financial year. The port handled 40,158 TEUs till the end of December, registering a growth of 16.35 per cent.

He said the port is expecting an increase handling of coffee cargo, which contributes a significant share to the container cargo at the port, this fiscal. The port is expecting to handle 1.5 lakh tonnes of coffee cargo during the current fiscal as against 1.28 lakh tonnes in the previous fiscal.

Mr Tamilvanan opined that the improvement in the road connectivity between Bangalore and Mangalore via Shirady ghat section, and Mangalore-Mysore via Sampaje ghat section would help increase the container cargo at the port. Stressing the need for the doubling of railway line on Hassan-Mangalore stretch, he said this would help increase the cargo movement to the New Mangalore Port.

Source: Hindu Business Line