Hyderabad, Sept 13 (INN): Chennai Port is pollution-free and emphasizes on clean cargo. The all-weather port, functioning 24/7 round the year, is main gateway port in the east coast and is also more affordable compared to the competition, said the Chairman, Chennai Port Trust, Atulya Mishra in a press meet jointly held by Chennai Port Trust and Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FAPCCI), today in Hyderabad. Mishra welcomed potential importers and exporters to use the port for competitive and efficient services for all types of cargoes, esp. value addition cargo such as assembling, washing, packing etc.
The port is number one in car handling for a couple of years and is second largest Container Port. Despite handling so much of traffic, the berth occupancy is just 50 per cent. The port is equipped not only with modern equipment but also has eight full-rake railway sliding to handle wide range of cargo especially container rakes.
Chennai Port is currently offering concession of 20 per cent to 50 per cent on vessel related charges (VRC) for mainline container vessels. Direct delivery of cargo and use of private crane is also allowed without any restriction.
Chennai Port is developing Mega Container Terminal, Dry Port and Marine Highway for improving its throughput. In order to double the capacity several other projects are in advanced stage of bidding under PPP mode and plans are in the offing for the smooth functioning of the port thereby reducing hitches related to reaching the hinterland.
Also present in the press meet were Capt. P.V.K. Mohan, Chairman, National Shipping Board, P.C. Parida, Dy. Chairman, Chennai Port Trust, Srinivas Ayyadevara, President FAPCCI, C.S. Narendra, President, CHA Hyderabad.