Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ), India’s largest port developer, has inaugurated the Phase II expansion of Dhamra Port in Odisha. The official launch ceremony took place in the presence of the Chief Minister of Odisha, Shri Naveen Patnaik, as well as Shri Nrusingha Charan Sahoo, Minister for Commerce & Transport, and Gautam Adani, chairman of the Adani group.
Speaking at the inauguration, Sri Naveen Patnaik said, “Dhamra Port is a model of modern maritime trade in Odisha and a successful example of the PPP model. The industrial park being set up by Adani will unleash large scale industrialisation in the area and create employment opportunities.”
The Phase II expansion of Dhamra Port will make it India’s largest port, enabling it to serve as a major gateway for trade with South East Asia in particular. The expansion of Dhamra Port is being initiated ahead of schedule, and will increase the cargo handling capacity of the port to over 100 million tonnes a year, from 25 million tonnes annually now.
Located between Haldia in West Bengal and Paradip in Odisha, the port serves as a gateway to Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar and the rest of the ASEAN region. Dhamra is one of the deepest ports in India with a draft of 18m, and it can accommodate vessels up to 180,000 dwt. It is an all-weather, multi-user, multi-cargo port with the ablility to handle dry bulk, liquid bulk, break bulk, containerised and general cargo.
The Dhamra Port Company Limited (DPCL), a 100% subsidiary of Adani Ports, has been awarded a concession by Government of Odisha to build and operate the port on a BOOST (Build, Own, Operate, Share and Transfer) basis for a total period of 34 years.
APSEZ is the country’s largest port company with operations along the Indian coastline with presence in ten locations. These include Mundra, Hazira, Tuna Tekra (Kandla) and Dahej, in Gujarat, Dhamra in Odisha, Katupalli and Ennore in Tamil Nadu, Mormugao in Goa and Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh. It is also setting up a container transhipment hub at Vizinjham in Kerala.