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‘Cargo handling capacity of ports to rise to 46 MT’

The Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB),which manages around 41 non-major ports in Gujarat,Sunday said it aims to enhance the cargo handling capacity of a dozen odd non-major ports.

The Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB),which manages around 41 non-major ports in Gujarat,Sunday said it aims to enhance the cargo handling capacity of a dozen odd non-major ports in the state by nearly 46 million tonnes this year.

In 2013-14,we target to add 46 million tonnes (MT) of capacity at the non-major ports,taking the total cargo handling to 412 million tonne per annum (MTPA),a GMB official said.

During 2012-13,non-major ports in Gujarat handled 287.81 MT of cargo compared to 259 MT handled last year,an increase of 11.11%.

The capacity of South Port terminal-III in Mundra is being expanded by 5.5 MT by APSEZ,besides a coal jetty of 5 MT capacity set up at Salaya by the Essar group,a GMB official said.

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“LNG Petronet is setting up a second jetty at Dahej port having 2.5 MT capacity at an investment of around Rs 1,000 crores. It is expected to be operational in 2014,” he said.

Dahej terminal has 10 MT capacity,and efforts are under way to have 15 MT handling capacity there,he added.

“At Akrimoti port in Kutch,ABG group is setting up a 4 MT jetty,” the official said.

Ultratech Cement Limited’s (UTCLs) jetty in Kovaya at Pipavav port is being expanded by 5 MT.

A jetty with one MT capacity by the Indian Navy is almost complete at Porbandar,he said.