Tenders have been invited by the Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) for mechanised handling of containerised cargo at three out of the 12 berths in the Netaji Subhas Dock (NSD) of the Kolkata port. The port authorities have called for a pre-bid techno-commercial conference on November 15. The last date for submission of the bids is December 3.
Two berths, out of the three, are operated by ABG Kolkata Terminal— a joint venture of ABG Infralogistics and PSA — through a 10-year contract that is scheduled to end in November 2014. The bids have been invited for mechanised container handling at berths No 4, 5 and 8 of NSD at the Kolkata Dock System.
Though the existing contract (with ABG) has a clause for renewal, apparently KoPT is interested in entering into a fresh contract.