Adani Ports and SEZ Ltd, India’s largest port developer and part of Adani Group, announced that Minister for Transport and Rural Development, Nitin Gadkari, 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.
Once complete, it will be a 730 metres 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, Gautam Adani, Chairman, Adani Group, said, “We are very pleased to have Nitin Gadkari to lay 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, and 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 tyre container gantry cranes, which will accommodate seven rows of containers, with nine more cranes to be added in the second phase.