Paradip: Coal coast shipping gateway for western Gencos

As a major hub for coastal shipping, Paradip Port ranks first among Indian ports as it handles most of the coastal shipping cargo in the country.

Currently, Paradip Port handles coastal shipment of thermal coal from Mahanadi Coalfields to Gencos in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. In FY 2022-23, 42.2 MMT of thermal coal was handled on the coast, a phenomenal 50% growth from 28 MMT in the previous FY.

PPA Chairman PL Haranadh on Wednesday detached the MV Mana carrying 52,000 tons of coal from the Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Ltd from the EQ2 berth of the PEQCTPL terminal. The port of destination is PNP Port, Dharamtar in Maharashtra. PPA Deputy Chairman Nilabhra Dasgupta and other officials were present.

In the first phase, 3.5 million tonnes of thermal coal will be shipped over a period of four months on behalf of Gandhar Coals & Mining Pvt Ltd, Logistics & Port Management Service.

Haranadh said, “Considering the logistic services available in the Paradip port, the port is increasingly favored by various gencos as part of coastal shipping. It is very encouraging that West Coast Gencos also plans to use PPA’s services to transport thermal coal to these plants. The current move to Maha Genco is just the beginning and many other Gencos from Gujarat, Rajasthan and NTPC are showing keen interest in coastal shipping of thermal coal via the Port of Paradip. It is a proud moment of the port.”

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