Port to resume full scale operations by December-end.
The trial operations of the Dhamara port have kicked off with the first ship from Australia carrying 45,000 tonnes of coking coal for Tata Steel's Jamshedpur plant landing at the port on Saturday at 9:30 am.
“An Australian vessel carrying 45,000 tonnes of coking coal for Tata Steel's Jamshedpur plant landed at the Dhamara port. Our trial operations will continue for 2-3 months and the port expects to resume full scale operations by the end of December when the 62-km railway link to Bhadrak will be ready,” Santosh Mohapatra, chief operating officer of Dhamara Port Company Limited (DPCL) told Business Standard.
The port project is being implemented by DPCL which is a 50:50 joint venture between Tata Steel and Larsen & Toubro (L&T).
Mohapatra said that Rs 2,700 crore has already been invested into the port operations.
Initially, the port will start operations with two berths with a capacity of handling 27 million tonnes of cargo which would be eventually scaled up to 100 million tonnes in five years.
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