The Phase II expansion of India’s Dhamra Port at Odisha has been inaugurated, with plans to increase the port’s cargo-handling capacity four-fold to more than 100 million tonnes per annum by 2020.
India’s largest port developer, Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ), said further expansion would enable the all-weather port to handle up to 500 million tonnes of dry bulk, liquid bulk, break bulk, containerised and general cargo by 2025.
Located between Haldia and Paradeep at the mouth of the River Dhamra, the port’s 18-metre draught allows it to accommodate super cape-size vessels up to 180,000DWT.
The port serves as a gateway to Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar and the entire geopolitical region including the ASEAN region.
The Dhamra Port Company (DPCL) is a 100 per cent-owned subsidiary of Adani Ports and SEZ.
DPCL has been awarded a concession by the Odisha government to build and operate a port north of the mouth of river Dhamra in Bhadrak district on a BOOST (build, own, operate, share and transfer) basis for a total period of 34 years, including four years for construction.