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Pondicherry port (E India)

Pondicherry port (E India)

Characteristics

Description

Pondicherry (Pondicherri), the capital and seat of government of the Union Territory of Pondicherry, lies about 13 miles N of Cuddalore. All cargo is handled by lighters at the anchorage off the town.

Puducherry currently has a small shallow water port used for the import & export of general cargo. Ships anchor offshore and cargo is transferred to a small shallow draft quay by means of barges.

Winds—Weather

During the Northeast Monsoon, which usually prevails from October through January, rough seas are raised, hampering cargo operations. During the rest of the year the prevailing wind is from the W in the morning; a choppy sea is raised by the SE wind in the afternoon.

Depths—Limitations

Depths surrounding the port range from the 20m curve, which lies about 2.5 miles E of the port, to about the 5m curve, which lies about 0.3 mile from the shore.

The new pier is located about 0.7 mile S of Pondicherry Light. The pier is about 287m long and 15.2m wide across the outer face. Cargo is handled by lighters between the anchorage and this pier. About 50 small lighters, with a capacity of 2.5 tons each, are available for cargo handling.

Aspect

The low sandy shore S of the town is marked by trees. The land, from 3 to 5 miles NW and N of the town, is 45 to 73m high and helps to identify the locality.

The Government of India has developed a National Maritime Development programme with a vision to make India a leading player by the year 2025.

Pilotage

Pilotage is not available.

Regulations

Local quarantine and port regulations are in force in Pondicherry. A copy of these regulations can be obtained from the local port authorities.

Signals

A signal station lies at the inner end of the new pier at the S end of the town. Vessels can communicate with the station by using the International Code of Signals by day and Morse code at night.

Storm and weather signals are displayed from the signal station; the General System is used.

Contact Information

The port can be contacted, as follows:

VHF channels 12 and 16
Tel: 91-413-2337114
Mail: port@pon.nic.in

Anchorage

During good weather, anchorage can be taken, in depths of 9.1 to 11m, about 0.8 mile off the coast at Pondicherry. From October to December, when bad weather may be expected, it is advisable to anchor about 1 mile farther offshore, using a good scope of chain. The holding ground is not very good.

Anchorage can also be taken, in depths of 9.1 to 11m, about 0.5 mile E of the head of the new pier. At this anchorage the powerhouse chimney and Rodiar Chimney are in line, bearing 276.5°.

25/03/2012
Update
Jojo

Deep water Port at Puducherry

Puducherry,(formerly known as Pondicherry), ranked as India's best small state,fast emerging as an industrial and technology destination, is an ideallocation for developing a Deep water Port. Upon completion of the development, the port will handle containers, cars, general cargo, edible oil and passenger.

Salient Features:

Design ship size: Container vessels (7000 TEU) with a draft of 14.2 mts and length of 300 mts

Dredge channel: Length - 2.5 Kms | Depth - 16.4 mts | Width - 210 mts Volume of capital dredging - 16.3 million cubic meters Dredged material will be used for land reclamation and beach formation.

Breakwaters: Northern & southern breakwaters totaling 3 Kms in length, oriented to avoid wave penetration and sediment intake & designed for 100 year return period storm.

Liquid cargo terminal: Ships pumps will be used for unloading.

Port infrastructure equipment: 2 Tugs, pilot and survey boats, navigation buoys and lights, port VTS system.
Buildings: 
Port administration building, accommodation block & gate house plus individual administration blocks and offices in each terminal.
Container terminal equipment:
10 quay side post panamax ship to shore container cranes.
3 quay side feeder ship to shore container cranes.
52 rubber tyred gantries 1 over 5.
78 tractor trailer units.
11 empty container handlers.
2 rail mounted gantries.

Quay level: +4.5 m CD
Depth at quay:
-15.5 m CD

Land reclamation: Raising and filling of sea 1200m long and 200m to sea from present shoreline and area on south and north in the basin & treatment of soft marine clays.

Modal split of traffic: Trans-shipment 20%, Rail 10%, Road 70% for containers.General cargo terminal equipment Ships’ gear will be utilized.

Utilities: Government is committed to provide adequate power and water. State-of-the-art waste water and solid waste disposal facilities will be provided.

25/03/2012
Update
Jojo
Pondicherry port (E India)
Port Development: The Port facilities will be commissioned by 2012. The following will be the port facilities upon completion of development by 2017. Container terminal - 1670 m long with annual throughput capacity of 2.25 million TEU General cargo / ro-ro berth - 300 m long with annual throughput capacity of 180000 cars Edible oil berth - One liquid cargo terminal handling 200,000 tonnes per annum Cruise terminal - 300 m long with annual throughput capacity of 23350 passengers Sand bypassing and beach nourishment - Bypass the sand from south of the port to the beach of Puducherry
25/03/2012
Update
Jojo
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