India’s Mumbai Port Trust has issued a request for qualification from interested bidders for the construction of a new “offshore multi-purpose cargo berth.”
“Looking into growth in port traffic and in order to create facility to handle bigger ships carrying multi-purpose cargo (including container), the authority has decided to undertake development, operation and maintenance of an offshore multi-purpose cargo berth at Mumbai Port through public-private partnership,” the port said.
The authority estimates the project, comprising a berth length of 550 meters (1,804 feet), a 13.5-meter (44-foot) depth and adequate service equipment, will require an investment of Rs. 696 crore (approximately $117 million).
Officials said the facility would help expand the port’s cargo-handling capacity by 4.5 million tons a year.
The deadline for submission of RFQ applications is Aug. 2, and the authority plans to hold a pre-application meeting with prospective bidders on July 17. Pre-qualified organizations will be allowed to participate in the second round of the process, in which the successful contractor will be selected.
Mumbai handled a record 58 million tons of cargo in fiscal year 2012-13, which ended March 31, up 3 percent year-over-year.