Date: 12/04/2024

Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port giving major thrust to PPP projects 

After its all-time high throughput of 66.4 million tonnes in 2023-24, combining Haldia Dock Complex (HDC) and Kolkata Dock System (KDS), and robust financial performance by achieving a net surplus of Rs 501.73 crore, Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port, Kolkata (SMP Kolkata) is stressing on PPP projects in a big way to further augment its capacity.
A port release highlighted some of the key projects that are part of the major PPP push:
* Concession awarded by SMPK for 2 PPP projects costing Rs 480 crore  for rejuvenation of KPD-I West (cost Rs 181.81 crore) and mechanisation of Berth no. 2 at HDC (cost Rs 298.28 crore) which could lead to incremental capacity addition of 6.78 MMT (approx.)
*Three more projects (Berth No. 5 for HDC, strengthening & mechanisation of Berth No. 7 & 8 NSD and floating crane at Diamond Harbour at a cost of Rs 1,160 crore - incremental capacity of 4.5 MMT) are likely to reach Award stage by 2024-25.
Major projects awarded during FY 2023-24:
* Development of drainage network (Phase-II A) on eastern side of dock basin at Haldia Dock Complex, Haldia under master drainage plan (cost Rs 26.79 crore).
* Implementation of energy efficient/smart fittings and outdoor purpose along with rooftop solar power plant at KDS; Lol issued for smart light.
Major projects costing Rs 201.23 crore completed during FY 2023-24: 
* Procurement of 1 40-tonne Rail Mounted Quay Crane (RMQC) at HDC, (cost Rs 52.82 crore and 0.25 MMTPA capacity addition).
* Augmentation of fire-fighting system at HOJ-I&II including 2 barge jetties including O&M for 10 years (cost Rs 107.49 crore).
* Development of GCD Yard (cost Rs 5.87 crore).
* Procurement, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of 1 Drive- Through X-Ray Container Scanning System with 2 year on-site warranty and 8 year CAMC with spares/consumables for KDS (cost Rs 35.05 crore) - trial run completed and expected to commence shortly.
HDC registered growth in POL, Other Liquids, Vegetable Oil, Iron Ore, Other Coal Coke, Finished Fertiliser, Container TEUs, etc. while KDS registered growth in Finished Fertiliser, Timber, Other Coal/Coke, Pulses & Peas, Container (both TEUs and tonnage) etc. during 2023-24 vis-à-vis 2022-23, the release added.
Source: Exim News Service: Kolkata, April 11