Karaikal Port, which is a new-generation green field port in Tamil Nadu, handles sensitive cargo of the state-run Bharat Heavy Electricals (BHEL), Tiruchi.
The port first handled BHEL’s shipment of boiler components for two 135-mw Circulating Fluidised Bed Combustion boilers to New Caledonia, a French colony near Australia, in January 2010. BHEL despatched 14,000 tonne of components for every of the two boilers to New Caledonia.
The port, run by Karaikal Port Private Limited (KPPL), gained the distinction of being the only private-run port to export cargo belonging to public sector undertakings. The Food Corporation of India (FCI) has also been exporting wheat through the port.
KPPL, a subsidiary of Chennai-headquartered MARG Group, was selected as the ‘Most admired emerging Infrastructure Company’ under ‘transport’ category at the ‘KPMG-Infrastructure Today Awards 2013.’
Higher discharge rates, absence of pre-berthing delays, faster turnaround times, and savings in the integrated logistics costs have helped the port in attracting major customers. It began handling containers during this year, according to KPPL.
According to the yearly report of BHEL Tiruchi, BHEL Tiruchi continues to derive the utility of the Chennai Port as well. A record 1.1 lakh metric tonne of import consignments were cleared through the Chennai Port through 2012-13.