Problems with land transfer are delaying the implementation of Vizag Agriport Ltd's new mechanised fertilizer berth at the Indian port of Visakhapatnam. The port says that Vizag Agriport is to blame, since it has not taken possession of land, to which the private operator retorts that it is the responsibility of the port to first transfer it the land.

The concession for the six million tonne terminal was awarded in July 2013 to the joint venture, consisting of ALBA (74%) and IL&FS Maritime (26%). ALBA, itself, is a joint venture formed between ABG Ports of Mumbai and France's Louis Dreyfus.

The port has therefore refered the matter to the Ministry of Shipping.

Barry Cross