In a significant development Visakhapatnam Port Trust and M/s. Force Technologies, Singapore had recently conducted Simulation Studies in Singapore with a view to explore the possibility of handling of bigger size container vessels at Outer Harbour and baby cape/ cape vessels at Inner Harbour. A team headed by Mr P.L Haranadh, IRTS, Deputy Chairman attended the Simulation Study at Singapore.
At present the container terminal, VCTPL at Outer Harbour is capable of handling vessels upto 320 meters length. The Simulation Study successfully demonstrated capability of handling bigger container vessels of 366 meters length/ 51 meters Beam and 397 meters length/57 meters beam with higher tug power.
Currently the Inner Harbour is capable of handling vessels of length upto 230 meters and 32.5 beam. With the knowhow acquired through simulation studies vessels with 260 meters length/45 meters beam and 290 meters length/45 meters beam with 15.20 meters draft can be handled on high tide. This enables the port to handle larger baby cape/cape vessels also in the inner harbour thereby providing opportunity to attract cargoes like bauxite, pet coke, gypsum, etc. said an official release from the port trust.
Mr Haranadh expressed satisfaction on the outcome of the Simulation Studies carried out at Singapore. He opined that the Simulation Study will be a game changer by enabling VPT handle bigger Container Vessels in Outer Harbour and cape, baby cape vessels in the Inner Harbour and stated that the entire scenario of cargo operations at VPT would change in the near future paving way for VPT to become a potential Container Transhipment Hub on the East Coast. The Deputy Chairman further informed that Medium size Container vessels from the feeder ports like Haldia, Paradeep, Kolkata would be arriving at Visakhapatnam Port for transhipment of containers through VPT to various countries by the Mainline Vessels.
VPT is envisaging implementing the results of the study after imparting required training to the Pilots and increasing the capacity of Tug Power he added.
VPT will now be able to handle bigger Container Vessels in Outer Harbour and become a potential Container Transhipment Hub on the East Coast. Mr PL Harnadh, IRTS, Dy. Chairman VPT