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Krishnapatnam Port has emerged as largest transhipment port in east coast
Jan 07, 2019

In a departure from the oft-cited scenario of India’s transshipment volumes being grabbed by ports in neighbouring countries like Sri Lanka, the Krishnapatnam port in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh has been thriving on the business, with November’s volumes of 20,600 TEUs turning it into the largest transshipment port on the country’s east coast.
 
Transshipment trade allows freight to be transported between a port and an international hub port when direct mainline connections are not available. The Krishnapatnam port, promoted by the CVR group, is an all-weather deep-water port. Its present draft of 18.5 m can accommodate full-sized cape vessels of 200,000-tonne capacity. To cater to future demand—its transshipment volumes grew 7% y-o-y in November—the port has undertaken an expansion project for its Navayuga Container Terminal (NCT). This entails addition of 250 m of berth-length to the existing 650 m and erection of three more quay cranes (QCs). The project, expected to be complete by the fourth quarter of FY18-19, would increase the terminal’s capacity from 1.2 million TEUs to 2 million TEUs.
    

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