Dhamra Port, being a deep draught, all weather sea port, is capable of handling vessels greater than 160,000 DWT. The 700m long jetty can berth two Capesize vessels at any time wherein discharging and loading operations can be carried out simultaneously. The larger vessel handling capacity at Dhamra Port translates to savings of USD 5 – 7 PMT in sea freight (Capesize vis-à-vis Panamax).
The fully mechanized and efficient cargo handling system at Dhamra Port is capable of discharging vessels at the rate of 60,000 MT/day; loading at 80,000 MT/day. The high handling rates drive faster turnaround of vessels resulting in additional savings of USD 2 PMT. The Rapid Silo Loading system can load rakes within 2 hours and the tippler system can unload the same within 3 hours. The ‘merry-go-round’ system for handling of rakes helps achieve greater efficiencies and better turnaround times for rakes.
Dhamra Port’s strategic location allows it tap into a large hinterland, the most prominent of which is the Chota Nagpur plateau. This region is a store house of minerals like mica, bauxite, copper, limestone, iron ore and coal. The Damodar valley, around the Bengal-Bihar border is rich in coal and it is considered as the prime centre of coking coal in the country. Massive coal deposits are found in the central basin spreading over 2,883 km2. Coal deposits are also spread over central parts of Orissa and northern Chhattisgarh. Dhamra Port is well located to serve for domestic movement of coal from this region.
The region also houses the largest iron ore deposits in the country. Ore rich districts of Keojhar and Mayurbhanj in Orissa and East & West Singhbhum in Jharkhand account for 45% of iron ore exports in India and are well within the hinterland of Dhamra Port.
Figure: Primary Hinterland of Dhamra Port
In addition to the rich mineral deposits, the region is also home to the some of the biggest industrial houses. A number of large Steel Plants dot the hinterland of Dhamra Port with a host of new plants in the pipeline.
The comprehensive design of Dhamra Port allows for great flexibility in terms of evacuation of imported cargo by rail/barges/daughter vessels. The Port offers one composite tariff without any hidden costs and serves as a one stop solution for all handling needs of the customer.
To help Dhamra Port achieve its vision of building a ‘state-of-the art’ port, Accenture was engaged to design and implement a comprehensive IT landscape. Accenture have leveraged their global knowhow of Ports and ‘Port-in-a-box’ asset to automate all aspects of Port Operations, Customer Management & Support and Corporate functions by implementing Oracle eBusiness Suite and Comtrac Port Operating System. This IT enabled port management system helps Dhamra Port differentiate its customer handling & support processes as well as run its Port operations effectively. It enables better management of stackyards resulting in least cargo loss and no pilferage. It streamlines documentation and invoicing making the entire process friendly and error-free.
Finally and most importantly, Dhamra Port is run by a dedicated, competent and customer focused management team that offers a glimpse into the future of professional and efficient port management in India and the world.