Visakhapatnam: Visakhapatnam Port Trust (VPT) is planning to modernize two of its oil refinery berths – OR 1 and 2 – to handle bigger vessels in the coming days. According to VPT sources, the major port will be undertaking the modernisation of the two berths at an estimated cost of around Rs 200 crore. Once done, it will increase the two berths’s capacity from the existing 2.8 million tonnes to around 5 million tonnes.
VPT sources said IIT Chennai would be providing the detailed engineering designs for the modernization of the two berths following which the major port will undertake the civil works. The proposed project is expected to be placed before the VPT board soon.
“As of now, the berths have a draft of around 9.5 metres and they are very old. We want to increase the draft to around 14.5 metres once the modernization is completed,” said a senior VPT official adding that as part of the modernisation process, a jetty will be constructed to fill up the gap between the fertiliser berths and OR 1 berth.
“IIT Chennai team is expected to take around three months to give us the scheme of the project and thereafter modernization of each berth will take around one year each. Overall, the project is expected to take around three years as it involves deepening of the channel and dismantling of the existing berths before construction of the new one,” the official said.
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