Paradip: The Paradip International Cargo Terminal (PICT) was formally opened to traffic at the Paradip Port on Thursday.
The terminal will be fully operational from February next year. The MV FAN ZHOU carrying two container cranes was berthed at the new berth under the guidance of Paradip Port Trust (PPT) Deputy Conservator (I/C), Captain Atulya Kumar Mohapatra. Besides containers, other clean cargo will be handled at the berth.
The PICT has been awarded the contract for development of multipurpose berth to handle clean cargo including containers at the Paradip Port on BOT basis for 30 years. The depth at the berth will be developed to 17.1 meters with a length of 450 meters, which also will facilitate handling of cape-sized vessels up to 1,25,000 DWT.
The rail siding for the berth for loading and unloading of both containers and clean cargo will enhance the last mile connectivity for the end-user by attracting rail-borne cargo.
The berth will be utilised for handling containerised traffic and clean cargo at the Paradip Port. Non-hazardous and dust-free cargoes, including iron and steel products, aluminium ingots, pig iron, finished fertiliser, food grains and sugar (both raw and finished) will be handled effectively and efficiently in the multi-purpose berth.
With the new berth, the port is having total 18 berths, (13 cargo berths, two oil tanker berths and three crude oil tankers and single-point mooring for handling of crude oil tanker).