New Mangalore Port’s contribution to the West Coast shipping began with a modest beginning of one lakh tonnes in 1975, and reached 36.69 million tonnes. Besides catering to local majors like MRPL, KIOCL, MCF and UPCL, it is also the only major port in Karnataka serving the state’s sustained industrialization, agriculture, business and EXIM trade growth.
To meet the highest standards of international shipping, the port is in possession of ISPS certification ISO 9001: 2008, ISO 14001:2011, 24x7 CCTV surveillance and VTMS for vessel management. The port has also implemented RFID (Bio-metric) attendance for labour bookings.
The Port’s own multi-modal network connecting the Railways, three highways and coastal shipping facilitates the fast movement of cargo. The highest imports of LPG 1.92 million tonnes through NMPT meet the demand of consumers in the region, spread across four states.
The growth story of container traffic is impressive–from 9,000 TEUs in 2005 to 40,000 TEUs in 2011. Amid the saga of decline in iron ore exports, the port authority’s marketing strategy has reaped rich benefits and succeeding in receiving the first ever container rake from Bangalore to Mangalore on December 18, 2011. This trend in container flow is expected to continue aggressively in coming days. The rail traffic of 5 lakh tonnes in 2005 has crossed the mark of 67 lakh tonnes in 2010 and is expected to be incremental with the movement of rakes.
The existing port infrastructure, including the 14-metre-deep draft berth is enabling New Mangalore to handle the 90,000-DWT vessels. Another captive berth with a deep draft of 14 mtrs has been added for handling UPCL Coal and an additional oil berth with 14 metres’ draft (berth No.13) is under active construction and will be completed mid 2012.
The port has also initiated action for the construction of a dedicated container berth with a 14-metre draft and obtained the government’s approval for establishing SPM for handling VLCCs to meet the demand of MRPL.
The New Mangalore port has ventured into paperless transactions with port users, trade and other user agencies by adoption of ERP system to transact electronically in its explicit commitment for transparency and faster communication to render qualitative port services.
All in all, you can count upon NMPT for commitment, quality and cost-effective trade.