Gopalpur Port Reopens to Berth Cargo Vessels

The port was damaged during cyclone Phailin and had remained closed since then

Published: 13th December 2015 03:23 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th December 2015 03:23 AM   |  A+A-

BERHAMPUR:  The Gopalpur Port was re-commissioned and opened for cargo traffic after Commerce and Transport Minister Ramesh Chandra Majhi formally ushered in the maiden shipment on Saturday.

A vessel from Sri Lanka reached with a shipment of Odisha Sands Complex, a unit of the Indian Rare Earths Ltd, at the all weather direct berthing port, State’s third.

Majhi said the re-commissioning of the port will boost the local economy and thousands of people will benefit from it directly and indirectly. Majhi said the State Government is contemplating construction of 13 ports on public private partnership (PPP) mode and MoUs for two ports have already been signed.

Speaking on the occasion, Managing Director of Gopalpur Ports Ltd Mahimananda Mishra said the port will cater to Odisha, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh. “The charges of cargo handling here will be lower in comparison to other ports in the country. Semi-mechanised cargo handling facilities and a multi-purpose berth have been constructed in the port, which will be a gateway to the Eastern coast,” he said.

Earlier, vessels used to anchor two km away from the port and loading and unloading of cargo was done through barges. Now the ships can reach the berths directly. With a draught of 12.5 metre, a 225-metre berth has been reconstructed to load and unload cargo. The 1,730-metre brake wall too has been repaired. The port was damaged during cyclone Phailin and had remained closed since then.

Among others, Berhampur MP Sidhant Mahapatra, MLAs RC Choupatnaik, Priyansu Pradhan, Taraprasad Bahinipati, BeMC Mayor K Madhavi, BDA Chairman Subash Moharana and Gopalpur Port Director Manmohan Maharana were present.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp