Essar Vizag Terminal Ltd (EVTL) has installed and commissioned a new 8,000tph (tonnes per hour) shiploader.
Iron ore handling capacity at the outer terminal installation at the Port of Vizag is being upgraded at a cost of $13 million. This will allow the terminal to boost tonnage from 12.5mtpa (million tonnes per annum) to 23 mtpa.
As part of the revamp, a new reclaimer and a mechanical conveyor system were also commissioned.
EVTL is now targeting a cargo handling rate of 120,000 tonnes per day, thereby boosting turnaround times and allowing freight costs for exporters on the east coast to be more competitive. According to CEO CH.
Satyanand, during the shutdown, there was no disruption to exporters’ shipments.
The new shiploader replaced a 41-year old incumbent.
Essar Vizag Terminal began the port expansion project in May 2015 as part of a 30-year design-build- finance-operate-transfer concession. Since taking over, it has increased iron ore loading capacity at the terminal from 25,000 tonnes per day to 70,000 tonnes.
Once all improvements are in place, loading capacity should increase to 120,000 tonnes per day, while the terminal will be able to berth vessels up to 200,000dwt, thanks to a draught of 18 metres in the outer harbour.