With a view to attracting more cargo as well as to improve its performance, V.O.Chidambaranar Port, one of the leading major ports in the country and located at Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu, has taken various promotional measures.
According to official sources, for attracting container traffic, the port has offered 50% concession in vessel-related-charges (VRC) for mainline vessels to call at VOC Port. At the request of the Port, Indian Customs has extended DPE facility for Containerized Rail Cargo inside the port. This initiative attracted M/s. Dalmia Cements to divert their shipment in container from neighboring Ports to VoCPT and expected to handle 10,000 TEUs per annum.
Presently, about 30,000 TEUs generated in primary hinterland bound for Far East is handled through mainline vessels calling at west / east coast Ports which is likely to divert to VoCPT after recommencement of mainline service.
Also, the port extended 15 days free storage period for clearance of containers moved by rail (ICD or non-ICD) facilitating the movement of containers by Rail in the Port since 16 August 2018.
RAW COTTON TRAFFIC
To improve the Raw Cotton traffic, the special storage facility for handling raw cotton at Dakshin Bharat Gateway Container Terminal for free trade was inaugurated on 04 August 2017 along with Southern India Mills’ Association (SIMA), Coimbatore.
As a trade facilitation measure to increase ‘ease of doing business,’ scope of Direct Port Delivery was widened to all full laden import containers since 31 May 2018.
PERMISSIBLE DRAFT OF GENERAL CARGO VESSELS
The permissible draft of general Cargo Vessels increased from 12.8m to 13.20m and Beam increased from 32.26m to 38m. Further, the maximum permissible draught is increased from 13.2 meters to 14.0 meters for berths NCB -I and NCB -II from 11 September 2018, taking advantage of tidal condition.
The permissible draft of Container Vessels increased from 11.50m to 12.50m; LOA from 230m to 270m and beam from 32.26m to 38m since 26 October 2017.
Use of HMC made mandatory and labour levy reduced to Rs.1/tonne against the use of HMC with effect from 07 May 2018.
MORE DREDGING ON CARDS
Furthermore, the port management is planning to dredge for spilled cargo and removal of loose materials in the sea bed to create the turning circle and accommodate large-size vessels (Mainline container and larger vessels). Dredging is expected to commence on first week of October 2018.