Chennai Port crossed yet another major milestone on December 11 with the berthing of M V CMA CGM Rossini in the DP World managed container terminal at the port.
The vessel landed at the port requiring a draft of 14.3 meters while the permissible draft at the terminal was 13.4 meters. The berthing operations were deftly handled by the Chennai Port‘s marine staff using pilot vessel and tug boats. The vessel was successfully maneuvered from the Port‘s entrance to the berth at the Container terminal.
The achievement gives an added feather to the cap of Chennai Port for having handled vessels in the deepest port among the 12 Major Port in the Country.
The successful berthing at Chennai Container Terminal Private Limited (Managed by DP World) lends credence to the Ports capabilities and customer friendly environment. The said vessel with 5782 TEUs capacity is currently deployed on the NEMO service jointly operated by CMA and Hapag Lloyd.
The Chennai Port authorities in liaison with CCTPL run by PSA Singapore had embarked on a draft deepening exercise for catering to a dynamic shipping and Export—Import trade. In a phased manner, the depth at CCTPL has been increased to accommodate vessels with draft requirement up to 14.5 metres.
Earlier; Chennai Port had increased the depth at CITPL Terminal by carrying out Capital Dredging to 15.5 metres to accommodate vessels with draft requirement upto 15 metres.
The signiﬁcant modernization of the Port facilities aligns with the expansion plans of various shipping lines at Chennai Port upgrading their respective vessels (larger parcel sizes) to achieve improved scale of economies. The upgradation trend is expected to continue in the wake of global consolidation and alliance re—alignment in the shipping industry.