Essar Vizag Terminal Ltd (EVTL)’s new 24 million tonnes per annum capacity iron ore handling terminal at the port of Vizag has been officially opened by Shri. Nitin Gadkari, Hon. Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources. Featuring state-of-the-art cargo handling equipment, the iron ore handling complex is expected to offer the fastest vessel turnaround times for iron ore carriers of any Indian port.
After a major upgrade programme, the facility can now berth large Capesize vessels up to 200,000 dwt size, with a depth of 20m within the outer harbour at Vizag port. The expanded bulk terminal has also been designed to improve environmental conditions and features technology to significantly reduce dust emissions and product spillage, thereby reducing the port’s carbon footprint and improving working conditions. EVTL has also strengthened the entire 9.5 km long conveyor network and upgraded it to PLC automation systems, enabling high levels of cargo handling productivity.
Essar‘s Vizag iron ore handling complex is an all-weather facility that is equipped to serve the rapidly growing markets of South East Asia, including China, Japan, and Korea. It has dedicated rail connections to cargo generating centres in the states of Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Jharkhand. Rajiv Agarwal, managing director, Essar Ports says: “The project will help exporters on the east coast benefit from shorter turnaround times and reduced freight costs. The facility will support both export and coastal traffic, furthering the vision of the Sagarmala initiative.”