New Delhi, Nov 15 (UNI) Shipping Minister T R Baalu today approved the proposal for construction of a new berth at the Tuticorin Port in Tamil Nadu at an estimated cost of Rs 40 crore, a move to ease the congestion in handling bulk and dusty cargoes in the existing berths.
The construction of the new berth, to be known as North Cargo Berth-1, will add a capacity of 2.93 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) to the port and also enable it to handle coal vessels of 65,000 to 75,000 Dead Weight Tonnage (DWT) with a maximum draft of 12.8 meters.
Mr Baalu expressed the hope that the new berth would help meet the growing demands for handling bulk cargoes in the coming years.
In particular, it would be useful for the cargo meant for the proposed thermal power plant at Tuticorin to be set up by Tamil Nadu Electricity Board and Neyveli Lignite Corporation Ltd.
At present, Tuticorin Port has seven cargo berths, o container terminal, an oil jetty, two coal jetties and two shallow draft beths with a total operating capacity of 20.55 MTPA.