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    Chennai Port

  • Description: Chennai Port formerly known as Madras Port, is the second largest port of India, behind the Mumbai Port. It is over 125 years old. This was a major travel port before becoming a major container port. It is a substantial reason for the economic growth of Tamil Nadu, especially for the manufacturing boom in South India. Its container traffic crossed 1 million TEUs for the first time in 2008. It is currently ranked the 91st largest container port and is expanding in the coming years.

    Chennai Port has 24 alongside berths in the 3 Docks viz., Dr.Ambedkar Dock, satabt Jawahar Dock, Bharathi Dock and Container Terminal. Chennai Port handles a variety of cargo including iron ore, coal, granite, fertilizers, petroleum products, containers, automobiles and several other types of general cargo items. Due to the increase in container traffic, a second container terminal was planned and tender works given to PSASical. It has asked for support for a mega container terminal. The terminal would be the first deep-water terminal of its kind in India and would be able to handle ultra-large container ships of 13,000-15,000 TEUs capacity and length exceeding 400 m[3]. The management of the container terminal was taken over by P&O Ports of Australia. This has a volume growth of 20 per cent per year and has 59 per cent of the market share of South India. It has services to Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Korea, China, Mediterranean, Europe, Australia and the United States.

    The port has a current depth of 17 m and is capable of handling fourth-generation vessels. It is going through an expansion and will have a depth of 18-22 m, a continuous quay length of 2 km and back-up area of around 100 hectares. Two new breakwaters for a total length of 4 km will be constructed - one as extension of the existing outer arm and the other extending from the fishing harbor breakwater. The consequent silting will reclaim about 300 hectares of land. The mega terminal will be built on a 100-hectare portion of this land. This will help it handle the latest generation vessels. Though the port is largely a container port, it has strategic importance as 3 service berths are allotted to the Indian Navy.
  • Port Local Name: சென்னைத் துறைமுகம்
  • Country: India.htmlIndia

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