Chennai, November 04, 2014 (News Team): Adani Ports and SEZ Ltd, India’s largest port developer and part of Adani Group today announced that Minister for Transport and Rural Development Mr. Nitin Gadkari had laid the foundation stone for its container terminal at Ennore port. The terminal which will be constructed in two phases is expected to be commissioned in March 2016.
On completion it will be a 730 meter terminal with 31.5 hectares of back area and capable of handling 1.4 million TEUs annually. It will be South India’s first e-terminal and all electric facility, offering paper less operations and direct linkage with CFS and lines through Web Access and Automatic Gates, allowing seamless transit from CFS to the container yard.
Speaking on the occasion Mr. Gautam Adani, Chairman Adani Group, said, “We are very pleased to have Mr Nitin Gadkari laid the foundation stone for Adani Ennore Container Terminal. This new container terminal will be a world-class facility, comprising of the latest technology and equipment with highly motivated workforce. The resultant operational efficiency is sure to provide great value to the southern region of India.”
This world class terminal will initially have four units of 65 tonne capacity Post Panamax Twin Lift Quay Cranes with three units of 65 tonne capacity Super Post Panamax Twin Lift Quay Cranes added in the second phase. The yard equipment will initially include twelve 41 tonne lift rubber tyred container gantry cranes, which will accommodate seven rows of containers with nine more cranes added in the second phase.
"We will increase the depths to 20 m, so that bigger vessels can call at Ennore", said Mr. Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Transport and Rural Development (Road Transport, Highways, and Shipping) in his address yesterday.
Adani Ports and SEZ signed the concession agreement to set up this container terminal in March 2014. By successfully commissioning the terminal in March 2016, the company will reiterate its ability to execute large scale infrastructure projects in record time with world class build quality and exceptional operational efficiency.