Sub: Report on business openings at Tuticotin Port
I have visited the Port of Tuticorin along with Dr.T.K.n.Kailash during 15th and 16th of December 2000. We met the Public Relations Officer, The Traffic Manager and the Statistical Officer of the Tuticorin Port and gathered the relevant informations about the operations of the Port and the type of cargo handled. Also we met the leading C&F agents and a software company to gain the detailsof cargo handled. We also gathered the information about the possibility of doing business from the tuticorin port. I submit the detailed information in the enclosed report for your perusal and necessary guidance.
REPORT ON THE EXPLORATION OF BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY AT TUTICORIN PORT.
• Port Details
• Types of Import Cargo
• Types of Export Cargo
• Types of Vessels called at this port
• Container Traffic
• Business opportunity at Tuticorin Port
• CFS – Own / Long term lease.
• PORT DETAILS.
Tuticorin port was upgraded to a major port from the erstwhile Anchorage/Minor Port during the year 1974. In 1979 the port was brought under the control of Major Port Trust Act. The Port is divided into two zones. Zone A comprising the new major port and Zone B comprising the old anchorage and minor port.
The Port is equipped with 7 along side berths and two coal jetty and one oil jetty. Out of this one along side berth is licensed to M/s PSA Corporation during the year 1998. The port also having a shallow draught berth to facilitate small vessels with 6 m draft. All other berths are having a draft of 8.24 m to 10.7 m.
The Port is located east coast of India about 540 kms south west of Chennai. This port is sheltered from the fury of stroms and cyclonic winds and strategically located very close to the major international sea routes. The Port is well connected by broad gauge rail and by raod to all major cities and ICDs. Tuticorin is also connected by air service via Madurai and Trivandrum. The commisioning of the newly commissioned airport with regular service is expected soon.
The port is equipped with the following flotila:
1. Tugs 7 Nos
2. Pilot Launches2 Nos
3. Mooring Launches2 nos
4. Other Launches1 no
5. Water barges2 Nos
6. Other barges2 Nos
7. Floating crane1 no.
Apart from the above the port is having the mobile cranes, top lift trucks, wharf cranes , fork lifts, Locomotive, Marshall Demag crane.
The port is having a vast storage facility with 3 ware house of 15550 sq meter and two transit sheds of 10800 sq.meter and an open area of 72000 sq.meters. The Port has allotted the lands to private parties on longterm lease and on licence basis for storage of cargo, Containers, to build office premises in the World Trade Avenue.
The port’s container terminal (berth no.7) is equipped with modern equipments and is having a draft of 35 feet to accommodate main line vessels. Container berths are allotted on arrival of the vessel. The port is having three CFS close to the harbour and two more CFS are in the offing. Private equipments are allowed to handle containers.
On top of the above it is the first ever Indian Port to obtain the ISO 9002 certificate for its service.
• Types of Import Cargo :
The Port is handling import of the following types of cargo and during 1999-2000 it had handled 7.94 million tons import cargo. 1. Liquid cargo like Furnace oil, Naptha, Liquid ammonia, LPG, P.acid and E.D.C. 2. Fertilisers like M.O.P., Urea, D.A.P. and A.Sulpahte
3. Fertiliser Raw material like Sulphur and Rock phosphate
4. Food grains like wheat, maize and Rice
5. Edible oil (Pal oil)
7. Raw bauxite
8. Wooden logs from Malaysia and Thailand.
9. General cargo
The major item of import is coal and closely folowed by liquid cargo and fertilisers.
• Types of export cargo.
The port is handling the following types of export cargo and during the year...