The port has
initially planned to provide cape size vessel berthing for the iron
ore cargo. Vessels carrying iron ore are said to be ‘Cape Size’ when
they are between 140,000 and 170,000 DWT capacity. Although the berth
is designed to accommodate super cape size (250,000 DWT) vessels, it
is anticipated that cape size vessels will operate initially for
loading. The port is providing an 18.7m channel and harbour depth that
can enable a 170,000 DWT vessel to load at the berth inside the
harbour. A turning circle of 550 m has been provided for. The iron ore
loading systems have been designed for 100,000 – 120,000 tons per day
capability. Storage has been provided for some 1.2 million tons.
In addition, a
coal/ general cargo terminal capable of discharging 60,000 DWT vessels
at berth is being provided. This terminal is rated to discharge 20,000
tons per day of coal.
would be provided once the ore export volumes increase so that super
cape size ore vessel can directly arrive at berth.
estuary at Krishnapatnam Port has substantial dimensions. There is
currently deep draft available within the estuary, which reduces at
the confluence of the Khandaleru River with the Bay of Bengal.
The long river
channel and the breakwaters offers shelter and protection to the
vessels berthed in the port and also provides calm conditions for