ACHIEVEMENTS OF UPA GOVERNMENT
IN PORTS AND SHIPPING SECTOR
(TAMIL NADU AND PONDICHERRY)
DEPARTMENT OF SHIPPING
MINISTRY OF SHIPPING, ROAD TRANSPORT AND HIGHWAYS
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
OCTOBER 1, 2005
I. MARITIME POLICY:
Ø For the first time, a comprehensive policy for the maritime sector is being formulated. Policy expected to be finalized by end of 2005 after inter Ministerial consultations.
II. NATIONAL MARITIME DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
Ø Rs.1,00,000 crores National Maritime Development Programme to be implemented in two phases during the next 10 years. A total of 228 projects identified in Port Sector.
III. CARGO TRAFFIC HANDLED IN MAJOR PORTS
Ø The 12 major ports handled 383.77 million tonnes of cargo during 2004-05, which is 11.14% increase over 2003-04.
Ø From April, 2005 to August, 2005, handled 166.63 million tonnes which is about 14% increase over same period in 2004-05.
IV. SETHUSAMUNDRAM SHIP CHANNEL PROJECT
Ø Total project cost Rs.2427.40 crores.
Ø Total length of the channel 167 kms.
Ø Dredging required in 89 kms. stretch involving 82.5 million cu.mtrs.
Ø Designed depth of the channel - 12 mtrs below chart datum.
Ø To be completed November, 2008.
Ø Saving in navigational distance upto 424 nautical miles (1 Nautical Mile = 1.852 kms.) and in sailing time upto 29.9 hours.
Ø Boost to coastal movement of cargo.
Ø Enhance national security.
Ø Overall economic development of the region.
Ø The total cumulative dredging undertaken from 2.7.2005 till 28.9.2005 = 15,24,723 cu.mtrs.
Ø Tenders for other dredging contract packages invited.
Ø Rs.51 crores contributed by the Central Government and Rs.37 crores by other JV partners so far.
V. INTRODUCTION OF TONNAGE TAX AND GROWTH IN TONNAGE
Ø Introduction of Tonnage Tax was announced on 8.7.2004.
Ø Inclusion of dredgers in tonnage tax regime was announced on 28.2.2005.
Ø As a result of tonnage tax, Indian tonnage increased from 6.94 million GT as on 1.4.2004 to 8.30 million GT as on 1.9.2005.
Ø 2 VLCCs and 1 LR1 Tanker have been acquired by SCI by investing Rs.796 crores last year.
Ø Government has approved in September 2005, acquisition of 2 more VLCCs for SCI involving an investment of Rs.1136.08 crores.
Ø As a result of tonnage tax regime, Rs.625 crores have been accumulated in tonnage tax reserves in 2004-05. It will lead to an investment of about Rs.2500 crores for acquisition of more ships.
Ø 1,29,000 training mandays have been generated since 1.1.2005 which will benefit the youth looking for jobs in maritime sector.
Ø More than Rs.300 crores of incremental Gross Value Addition(GVA) to the Indian economy has taken place in 18 months by the incremental tonnage growth.
VI. CHENNAI PORT
Ø Handled 43.81 million tonnes of cargo during 2004-05 which is 11.93% increase over 2003-04.
Ø From April, 2005 to August, 2005, handled 19.60 million tonnes which is about 15% increase over same period in 2004-05.
Ø Cruise terminal with facility for cruise passengers and passengers bound for Port Blair at an estimated cost of Rs.56 lakhs inaugurated.
Ø Four new 15 ton wharf cranes at a cost of Rs.13.4 crores procured.
Ø Ambedkar basin deepened to a uniform depth of 12 metres at a cost of Rs.13.96 crores.
Ø THSD Dredger Cauvery for carrying out maintenance dredging at the Port procured at an estimated cost of Rs.55.56 crores.
Ø Wagon handling system has been modernized at a cost of Rs.8.5 crores.
Ø Port – User interface through EDI commissioned.
VII. ENNORE PORT
Ø Handled 9.48 million tonnes of cargo during 2004-05.
Ø From April, 2005 to August, 2005, handled 4.36 million tonnes which is about 17% increase over same period in 2004-05.
Ø Constructed additional temporary facilities to handle 0.5 MTPA of POL and 2 MTPA of Iron Ore.
VIII. TUTICORIN PORT
Ø Handled 15.81 million tonnes of cargo during 2004-05 which is about 15.5% increase over 2003-04.
Ø From April, 2005 to August, 2005, handled 7.25 million tonnes which is about 14% increase over same period in 2004-05.
Ø Obtained ISO – 14001 Certification for Environmental Management System.
IX. MARITIME TRAINING FACILITIES IN TAMIL NADU
Ø 18 Training Institutes recognized by DG Shipping exist in Tamil Nadu imparting quality training in both pre-sea and post-sea courses.
Ø 187 batches of courses are run in these Training Institutes with an annual output of 1,92,000 students. These students get jobs on Indian as well as foreign flag vessels.
X. AIDS OF NAVIGATION IN THE STATE OF TAMIL NADU
Ø 16 Lighthouses, 4 Racons and 3 DGPS Stations exist in Tamil Nadu.
Ø Out of these, 4 lighthouses at Manmelkudi, Passipatnam, Pamban and Rameshwaram; 3 Racons at Madras LH, Pandiyan Thivu LH., Pulicat and one DGPS Station at Pulicat have been established after assumption of office of the new Government.
XI. NEW INITIATIVES IN OFFING
- National Maritime Complex in Chennai.
Ø A National Maritime Complex is proposed to be set up in Chennai.
Ø It is to be a center of excellence spread over approximately 400 acres and covering all sub-sectors of maritime field.
Ø It would comprise of the following:-
i. Maritime Academy
ii. Mercantile Marine Department
iii. Maritime Law/Ship Management/Transport and Logistics/Environmental Studies Institutes.
iv. Research Centre
v. Convention Centre
vi. Project Office for NW-4(Kakinada-Pondichery Canal System)
vii. Maritime Acquarium
viii. Maritime Museum/Art Gallery
ix. Maritime Food Court
- Declaration of New National Waterway No.4
Ø Deptt. of Shipping is in the process of declaring a new National Waterway(NW-4) covering Kakinada-Pondicherry Canal System integrated with Krishna and Godwari Rivers.
Ø Total length of this new Waterway is 1095 kms. including 443 kms. of Buckingham Canal.
Ø Estimated cost of development of this new Waterway is Rs.540 crores.
- Chennai Port
Ø Second container terminal at an estimated cost of Rs.495 crores to be developed in Chennai Port. Bidding process is in progress.
Ø Improvement in port connectivity by bridging gap in EMRIP Project.
- Ennore Port
Ø Bid processes for award of license for development of 12 MTPA Iron ore Terminal is under finalisation. The investment proposed is around Rs.350 crores.
Ø Bid processes for award of license for development of a 8 MTPA Coal Terminal is under finalisation. The investment proposed is Rs.300 crores.
Ø Based on the Detailed Project Report, the proposal for the Capital Dredging (Phase-I) at an estimated cost of Rs.90 crores is under the consideration of the Government.
Ø Government conveyed approval for setting up an LNG Terminal of 2.50 MTPA capacity at an estimated cost of Rs.200 crores.
- Tuticorin Port
Ø Development of second container terminal at an estimated cost of Rs.150 crores.
Ø Inner harbour development including construction of a new berth accompanied by dredging at a proposed cost of Rs.450 crores.
Ø A new dry bulk cargo handling berth at an estimated cost of Rs.40 crores planned.
Ø Widening and strengthening of internal road network.
Ø Steps for development of liquid cargo terminal.
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