Cochin Port have received a request from M/s. Deepak Phenolics Limited for transportation of Propylene (flammable gas of 2.1 hazardous class) through Ro-Ro shipping from Cochin to Dahej (Gujarat) as it will be cost effective & environment friendly. Currently, the cargo is being transported by road. The Ro-Ro ship which the party has identified for the transportation has a stern ramp, for drive-in & drive-out of the tankers. As Cochin Port do not have an ‘L’ shaped berth for handing Ro-Ro vessels with stern ramp, it has become necessary to develop suitable facilities.
CoPT has drawn up a proposal for providing a piled structure in between the existing Q1 and SCB berths of Cochin Port, which would serve the purpose when the Ro-Ro vessel is berthed at Q1 berth. The proposed Ro-Ro handling facility consists of: (i) Construction of a RCC Jetty structure of about 700 sq.m.; (ii) Strengthening of existing road surface upto IG Road; and (iii) Re-construction of existing compound wall and drain.
The total estimated cost of the Project works out to around Rs.10 Crores; 50% of the cost is expected to be funded by Ministry of Shipping under Sagarmala scheme and the balance 50% is to be met from Port’s internal resources.
The Project is expected to be implemented within a period of 14 months from the date of its approval by the competent authority. On completion, the facilities would be operated and maintained by CoPT, for multiple users.