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7 firms keen on setting up 2nd container berth at Vizag port
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Sunday, 18 Nov 2012

Business Standard reported that Gangavaram port is among the 7 companies that have expressed interest in setting up a second container berth at Visakhapatnam port.

The new berth would be set up in a public-private partnership mode and would involve an investment of INR 300 crore to INR 400 crore, including infrastructure cost.

A senior port official said that “We have received seven bids and it will take another two weeks to shortlist the firms. The port will then call for finance bids for qualified companies to set up the second berth.”

Visakhapatnam port already has a container berth, which is being operated by Visakha Container Terminal Private Limited. In view of the future demand, the port has decided to set up a second container berth at the existing terminal and invited request for qualification 2 months ago.

Gangavaram port already operates a deepwater port near Visakhapatnam Steel Plant.

Apart from Gangavaram port, Navayuga Engineering Company, which operates Krishnapatnam port in Nellore district, has also submitted the bid. Other companies include Welspun Projects Limited, Gammon Infrastructure Projects Limited, Adani Ports and SEZ Limited, Simplex Infrastructures Limited and Visakha Container.

However, Visakha Container has the first right of rejection. The company last fiscal handled 4.2 million tonne container cargo at Vizag port as against 2.5 million tonne in the preceding year. During the current year's first 6 months, it handled 2.3 million tonne.

Source - Business Standard


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