Mangaluru: Sagarmala is a flagship programme of the Ministry of Port’s, Shipping & Waterways to promote port-led development in the Nation. On Sagarmala’s completion of successful 07 years New Mangalore Port Authority is commemorating the day. A media briefing programme in view of the same was held on 04th April 2022 at Business Development Centre Auditorium at 3:30 PM. Dr A. V. Ramana, Chairperson, NMPA presided over the celebration and K. G. Nath, Dy Chairperson, NMPA was guest of honour. Traffic Manager, Y. R. Belagal welcomed the gathering on this occasion.
The concept of Sagarmala was approved by the Union Cabinet on 25th March 2015. As part of the program, a National Perspective Plan (NPP) for the comprehensive development of India’s 7,500 km coastline, 14,500 km of potentially navigable waterways and maritime sector was prepared & released by the Hon’ble Prime Minister, on 14th April, 2016 at the Maritime India Summit 2016. The ambitious Sagarmala Program aims to promote port-led development in the country, with the goal of reducing logistics costs for EXIM and domestic trade. Sagarmala had identified nearly 802 projects worth Rs 5.48 lakh Crore to be executed by 2035 out of which 194 projects worth Rs 99,000 Crore have been completed. A total of 29 projects worth Rs 45,000 Crore have been successfully implemented under PPP model, thus, reducing the financial burden on the exchequer. Further, there are 218 projects worth Rs 2.12 lakh Crore under construction and expected to be completed in 2 years time. This apart, 390 projects worth Rs 2.37 Lakh Crore are under development pipeline.
The Ministry of Ports, Shipping & Waterways through Sagarmala had identified 10 projects for New Mangalore Port Authority of worth Rs 1336 crores across the areas of Port connectivity, Port Modernization, Port-led Industrialization and Coastal Community Development. Among ten projects Port has completed 7 projects in the last seven years of total cost Rs 641 crores, rightly marking the successful years of Sagarmala.
The completed projects under Sagarmala programme are:
1. Up gradation of platform no.2 and 3 in the Port Marshalling Yard at NMPA, completed in the year 2018 at a total cost of Rs 5.00 crores
2. In view of improving the traffic inflow to the port, Railway line 1 & 2 in the Port Marshalling yard was upgraded at a total cost of Rs 5.00 crores and completed in the year 2018
3. As there was demand for a deep draft berth from the trade, Port undertook Construction of berth 18 in western dock Arm NMPA now called as Berth no.16 at a total cost of Rs 94.00 crores and was completed in year 2018.
4. The Port had envisaged a project “Supply, Installation, Commissioning, Operation and Maintenance of RFID System at NMPT” at a cost of Rs 6 crores which was one of the requirement under ease of doing business of Ministry which was completed during March 2017.
5. Stack Yard and ancillary roads for parking of Ro-Ro cargoes and cars of 30 acres behind proposed Berth No.17 was developed by the Port at cost of Rs 22.00 crores in the year 2019.
6. NMPA purchased Mobile X-Ray Container Scanner on parameters and specifications given by the Revenue Department. The procurement cost of the scanner was Rs 11.38 crores and total cost of the project including installation, civil work of the scanning area, electrical work and AMC amounted to Rs 40 crores. The Scanner was commissioned in March 2021 and was put to operation by 01.05.2021. The container scanner can inspect up to 4 containers & can be carried out in single cycle within 10 minutes. This ensures hassle free and fast clearance of cargo upon arrival.
7. After the work completion of Construction of Berth No. 16 formerly berth no.18, Port took up the work of Mechanization of Berth No. 16 for providing equipments for handling Bulk Cargo through Public-Private Partnership mode on Design, Build, Finance, operate and Transfer basis for an capacity of 6.73 MMTPA for a concession period of 30 years with M/s Chettinad Mangalore Coal Terminal Pvt. Ltd. The estimated project cost was Rs 469 Crores. The concession agreement was awarded on 01.02.2017 and the work was completed on 22.05.2019.
Acting as a catalyst to development of Blue economy in the Nation, Sagarmala has contributed in many ways for the development of Ports and its infrastructure & Coastal Communities. In view of this New Mangalore Port Authority commemorates successful seven years of Sagarmala.
Port Performance – 2021-22
New Mangalore Port in the last fiscal 2021-22 has handled 39.30 Million tonnes of cargo as against 36.50 million tonnes handled in the previous year 2020-21 registering a growth of 7.66% over last year as against the All Indian growth rate of 6.94%. Out of the total throughput of 39.30 million tons, 28.70 million tons is the captive cargo handled by MRPL, UPCL, KIOCL& JSW and balance 10.59 million tons is non-captive cargo. The increase in cargo traffic is mainly due to the increased handling of Crude, POL products, Coal, edible oil, containers, etc.
Key achievements of the Port in FY 2021-22:
i. 1,52,484 TEUs of container handled in 2021-22 as against 1,50,445 TEUs handled in 2020-21.
ii. Record sugar import of 2,56,057 metric tonnes in 2021-22 surpassing the earlier record of 36,947 metric tonnes in 2019-20.
iii. Record qty of 2.99 lakhs tonnes of bitumen handled in 2021-22 surpassing the earlier record of 2.06 million tonnes handled in 2020-21.
iv. New cargo – 69,500 MT of Bulk Industrial salt was handled at the Port in April 2021 – M.V. Aqua Lady which arrived on 22nd and sailed out on 28th April 2021.
v. Highest parcel size of 1,13,642 metric tonnes of steam coal handled at B.16 for Mangalore Coal Terminal Pvt. Ltd.(JSW) -M.V. Great Qin which berthed at B.16 on 10-5–2021 . This is the highest parcel ever handled at the berths of the port surpassing the earlier record of 1,07,102 tonnes handled in April 2013.
vi. During May 2021 the Port has handled 5 Naval vessels carrying 370 MT of Liquid Medical Oxygen in containers as donation from Kingdom of Bahrain/ Kuwait and Indian Community from Kuwait to Indian Red Cross Society under Operation Samudrasetu-II launched by Indian Navy
vii. As part of the fight against the second wave of Covid, NMPT donated 30 Nos. of Oxygen Dura Cylinders (Jumbo cylinders) to the District Administration,
viii. Container vessel -M.V. SSL Brahmaputra-V.084 with an LOA of 260 Mtrs called at the port on 15-6-2021 and unloaded 1521 TEUs (25,864 tonnes) of raw cashew from Africa and loaded 300 TEUs of export containeRs This is the highest parcel size of containers ever handled at the Port.
ix. Record container traffic of 17,258 TEUS handled in June 2021 surpassing the earlier record of 16,066 TEUs handled in March 2020 of containers ever handled at the Port.
During the event all Department Heads, Senior Officers, Port users and stake holders were present and participated in high enthusiasm.