Cochin Port handles Chemical Products like Liquid Ammonia, Methanol, Ethylene Dichloride (EDC) etc. , at two berths. One of the berths is called South Coal Berth (SCB), which was commissioned in the year 1953. Till very recently, the berth was used for handling liquid ammonia of Fertilizer & Chemicals Travancore Limited (FACT, a Government of India Undertaking) and their liquid storage tanks near the berth are spread over an area of 1 hectare.
The SCB is in a damaged condition due to ageing and corrosion. As the structure is beyond economical repairs and also outlived its economic life, a Health Check-up Study was got conducted by M/s. National Technological Centre for Ports, Waterways & Coasts (NTCPWC, IIT, Madras), the extended arm of Ministry of Shipping, and they have recommended demolition and reconstruction the SCB to meet the durability and strength requirements. As such, it is proposed to reconstruct SCB to facilitate handling of chemicals.
The proposed Reconstruction of SCB consists of: (i) Jetty Head of 110m length with a Central Platform and Breasting Structures on either side of Central Platform; and (ii) Approach Trestle. The Central Platform is of 30m x 11.5m size with RCC bored cast–in–situ pile foundation and RCC beam and slab. Breasting structure of 40m x 12m size is provided on either side of Central Platform with RCC bored cast–in–situ pile foundation and RCC beam and slab. The Approach Trestle is 33m long with 7m carriageway.
The total estimated cost of the Project works out to about Rs.19.19 Crores. MoS on 13/12/2029 conveyed the in-principle approval of Competent Authority of MoS for funding 50% of Project Cost/ Tendered Cost, which ever is less, under Sagarmala Scheme and the balance 50% by the main user agency viz., M/s. FACT (amount to be adjusted against future wharfage / berth hire charges).
The Project is expected to be implemented within a period of 17 months. As before, the reconstructed SCB will also be operated and maintained by Cochin Port Trust.