HYDERABAD 05-11-2014: Krishnapatnam Port has inaugurated Mechanised Coal Handling system in the presence of Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Shipping and Transport. This move increases effiency of port operations. The two TRF ship-unloaders, each with a capacity of 1500 tonnes capacity per hour have been added. This mechanised system would facilitate quick unloading of coal through the ship unloaders and conveyed through a conveyor system which has a capacity of 3,000 tonnes per hour that can directly transport cargo to its destination.
According to the port, this would enhance the berth productivity to 12 million tonnes per annum, eliminating all intermediary supply chain/ logistics costs ensuring quality, zero handling loss and faster evacuation of cargo. This automation is slated to phase out all the existing multi-handling and manual operation system. Mr Anil Yendluri, Director & CEO, Krishnapatnam Port Company Limited, said \"We look forward to commissioning a few more ship unloaders making the cargo handling at our port completely mechanized.\"
Krishnapatnam Port handles various types of coal from coking coal, met coke, pet coke and thermal coal. It is expecting a 50 per cent revenue growth for this fiscal year. During, FY 2013-14, the total cargo handled was 25 million tons out of which 20 million tons was the coal import contribution. KPCL forecasts its volumes to cross 40 million tons in the current financial year. The port has witnessed a total investment of nearly $ 1 billion till date, meeting the global standards in providing world-class service and facilities.