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Chennai port plans new barge facility for bunkering - 2012-01-18

A new barge facility is planned inside the Chennai port to meet the increase in demand for bunkering - fuel oil used aboard ships. The Chennai Port Trust plans to develop a barge handling facility at a cost of Rs 26 crore in Bharathi Dock through public-private partnership. This will be on a design, build, finance, operate and transfer basis and the developer will be selected based on the highest revenue share. The port handled about 61 million tonnes of cargo in the year 2010-11.

The vessel traffic has been growing steadily over the past five years – from a handling of 2059 in 2006-07 to 2,181 vessels last year. The need for barge facility is also due to the increasing vessel movements and vessel size. Bunkering at the port is currently carried out through the barge jetty in the extreme northern end of Bharathi Dock. This is a 30 metre temporary facility with a draft of 2.5- 3.0 metre. This jetty is used exclusively by Indian Oil Corporation Ltd for bunkering of Navy, Coast Guard, bulk carriers and container ships - both coastal and foreign ships.

This has necessitated the need to augmenting the bunkering capacity. The proposed length of the jetty will be three times the length of the present facility. Indian Oil Corporation Ltd and its subsidiary the Chennai Petroleum Corporation Ltd are seen as major contributors to the traffic for the proposed barge handling facility. In addition to bunkering fuel and edible oil, other cargoes that are envisaged to be handled at the proposed facility include vegetable oil (crude and refined), furnace oil and molasses

Source: Hindu Business Line