India’s Kandla Port Trust has issued a request for qualification from interested bidders for the construction and operation of a new container terminal under the public-private partnership model.
“Kandla has emerged as the biggest cargo handler among all major ports of India and to continue holding the same position, it has been at the forefront to take up a series of initiatives for the development of port infrastructure facilities. One such initiative is setting up of a Mega Container Terminal at Tuna-Tekra on build-operate-transfer basis,” the port said.
The project, to be developed in three phases, is estimated to cost Rs. 5,992 crore (about $983 million).
Plans comprise the construction of 2,100 meters (6,890 feet) of quay, dredging of the access channel to widen the turning basin, adequate container storage space, surface transportation connections and modern service equipment, allowing the terminal to handle six mega-ships simultaneously.
The contract will be awarded on a 30-year operating concession, offering an annual throughput capacity of 4.19 million 20-foot-equivalent units when the project becomes fully operational. The first phase is scheduled for completion three years after the award of the concession.
“The project endeavors to handle 15,500-TEU vessels initially, with liberty to the concessionaire for handling 18,000-TEU vessels by additional dredging,” the authority said.
RFQ applications are expected to be submitted on or before Sept. 21. Pre-qualified organizations will be allowed to participate in the second round of the process, in which the successful contractor will be selected.
Kandla handled 30.8 million tons of cargo from April through July, the first four months of fiscal year 2013-14, up 5.28 percent from a year ago.