“The terminal has a capacity to handle 1.5 million TEUs”

CHENNAI: Arrival of the vessel St.John George Grace from Colombo on June 4 will officially mark the opening of the second private container terminal of the Chennai Port Trust (ChPT).

Though the second container terminal was to be inaugurated by April-end, it was deferred by more than a month due to delay in getting confirmation about the arrival of vessels along with contractors’ delay in finishing the work, said a Chennai International Terminals Pvt Ltd (CITPL) official.

K.Suresh, ChPT chairman, told The Hindu on Thursday that the second container terminal would commence operations by June 4 or 5. “The terminal has a capacity to handle 1.5 million TEUs (twenty foot equivalent units). Initially, it will start operations with a quay length of 400 metres.”

Built at a cost of Rs.495 crore, the Chennai International Terminals Pvt Ltd (CITPL) is a joint venture between Port of Singapore Authority and Sical Logistics. The new terminal at East Quay and South Quay III will have a quay length of 832 metres and 15.5 metres alongside berth.

There will be a back-up area of 35 hectares, including 7.8 hectares to be reclaimed by the ChPT.

New cranes

About 10 new RTGs (rubber tyred gantry) cranes from ZPMC, China, have already been imported and installed at the new terminal.

The cranes are capable of stacking 5+1 high containers and have a span of 6+1 containers. The terminal is designed to accommodate deep-draft vessels of 8,000 TEUs. Its connectivity to Inland Container Depot destination has been enhanced through seamless railway connection of two rail lines that will be ready by mid-June. St. John George Grace vessel has capacity to accommodate 1,200 TEUs and has a length of 164 metres, the official added.