Mangaluru, Jan 23: The New Mangalore Port has been adjudged the cleanest among 12 major ports in the country said Chairman, M.T. Krishna Babu in a press conference on January 23, 2019. This is the second consecutive year the port has been ranked by the Ministry of Shipping.NMPT was at sixth place when Swath Sarvekshan awards were instituted in 2016. The Award is a credit to various initiatives taken by the port and efforts of its staff said the Chairman.
Evaluated by the Quality Council of India, NMPT scored 851.75 points out of 1,000 while Visakhapatnam got 751.44 points considering all-round cleanliness, environmental parameters, solid and liquid waste disposal, green energy and other factors,
With regard to the developments, the Chairman said that the Port is building a new deep draft berth, Berth No. 17, to handle container and multiple bulk cargo even as it is going ahead with the PPP for Berth No. 14 to exclusively handle container vessels. The new berth would be built at a cost of ₹200 crore to compensate the purported loss of Berth No. 14 for multi-purpose cargo. Both berths would be commissioned within three years, he said.
Mechanisation of Berth No. 14 under PPP will be taken up shortly. It involves introduction of gantry cranes of higher capacity to speedily handle containers. With a proposed investment of ₹280.71 crore, the berth would add 6.02 million capacity to the port, while the containers handled would increase from the present 1.5 lakh TEU to 2 lakh under first phase and 3.5 lakh in the second phase, the Chairman said.
He said the port is planning to take up dredging to maintain a uniform draft of 14 metres in the channel throughout the year. At present, the draft varies depending upon the season while the uniform draft would help the port to attract bulk cargo vessels throughout the year.
The port has entrusted Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, to study the economic feasibility of increasing the draft to 16.5 Metres in order to attract bigger vessels that have an average 1.6 lakh dead weight tonnage.
NMPT is has taken CSR activities in and around the port with the approval of the District administration and MCC. Construction of E-toilets in the city and tourist locations in Mudabidri, Karkala, Pilikkula etc. The port is planning to construct and maintain Drinking water Kiosks in Bus stands, Kadri and Kudroli Temple areas and other locations. The Chairman told that the MCC and the district administration will identify the locations for installation of the water kiosks. “Under the system, a central purification plant will be set up to supply water to all Kiosks.