TAMIL NADU

Baalu to inaugurate conveyor system

Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: Union Minister of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways T.R. Baalu will inaugurate on February 7 a semi-mechanised closed conveyor system for moving coal to stockyard, according to Chennai Port Trust (ChPT) Chairman K. Suresh.

Talking to newsmen here on Wednesday after signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Port of Halifax, he said inter-carting of coal by trailers from wharf to stockyard would be stopped once the Rs.42-crore conveyor system was inaugurated.

The coal would be transported by the conveyor from the wharf (Jawahar Dock), to the stockyard near INS Adyar.

The second container terminal will become operational by May.

Pre-qualifiers have been asked to submit Request For Proposal for the mega terminal container, he said.

The ChPT entered into a sister-port relationship agreement with the Canada-based Port of Halifax for cooperation in maritime transportation, port development and mutual promotion of the ports.

The ChPT planned to draw on the expertise of the Port of Halifax in the field of containers, car carriers and cruise vessels.

The agreement would cover exchange of experts, technical cooperation in port management covering operations of container terminals, knowledge, tourism development and development of trade between two ports,

Karen Oldfield, president and CEO, Port of Halifax, said currently, of the 1.5 million container traffic handled at Port of Halifax, 35 per cent came from South East Asia and one-third from India.

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