Dubai-based DP World has signed a concession agreement with the Deendayal Port Authority to develop, operate and maintain a new 2.19 million TEU per annum container terminal at Kandla in Gujarat on India’s western coast.
The Deendayal Port Authority awarded the concession in January to Hindustan Infralog Private Limited, a joint venture between DP World and India’s National Investment and Infrastructure Fund. The concession is on a Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) basis for a period of 30 years with the option to extend for another 20 years.
Once completed in 2027, the new terminal will have a 1,100 m berth capable of handling vessels carrying more than 18,000 TEU. As part of the concession agreement the berth can be further extended to 1,375 m in length.
DP World currently operates five container terminals in India, two in Mumbai, and one each in Mundra, Cochin and Chennai, with a combined capacity of approximately 6 million TEU. With the addition of Tuna Tekra, DP World will have a combined capacity of 8.19 million TEU in India.