Haldia Port is a major seaport and industrial city approximately 120km south of Kolkata in West Bengal, India. The port lies near the mouth of one of the tributaries of the Ganges River, known as the Hugli River. Haldia Port contains 15 berths, including four for coking coal and one for coal. Main imports include coking coal, petroleum and metallurgical coke, soda ash, iron and steel, limestone, machinery, scrap, vegetables, and general cargoes.
The port's mechanized coal processing operations have been disrupted indefinitely since October 2012, when Haldia Bulk Terminals (HBT) - the company in charge of unloading cargo at Haldia Port's mechanized berths 2 and 8 - abandoned the port, citing unsafe working conditions.
- Operator: Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT)
- Annual Capacity (Tons): N/A
- Status: Coal imports indefinitely suspended October 2012
February 2015 Update
Mechanized coal operations at Haldia Port remain indefinitely suspended as of February 2015. The work disruption dates back to October 2012, when Haldia Bulk Terminals (KBT), the company in charge of unloading cargo at Haldia Port's mechanized berths 2 and 8, dismissed all of its employees and announced its intention to leave the port due to unsafe working conditions. In late 2014, after unsuccessful attempts to lure HBT back to the port or find a new cargo handler to replace HBT, the Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT), operator of Haldia Port, has resumed its search for a new cargo handler. In the interim, large vessels carrying imported coal bound for Farakka power station and Kahalgaon Super Thermal Power Plant have begun transloading their cargoes to smaller ships and barges at Sandheads and Kanika Sands in the Bay of Bengal for delivery via National Waterway I to the power plants.
Articles and Resources
- "Port of Haldia" World Port Source, accessed October 17, 2011.
- "Haldia Bulk Terminals sacks 348 more employees" NDTV, November 3, 2012.
- "KoPT mulls re-tendering to find a replacement for HBT in Haldia" Business Standard, March 4, 2013.
- "Centre moves to end Haldia Bulk Terminals-Kolkata Port row" LiveMint, September 17, 2014.
- "Port plan to end Haldia imbroglio" The Telegraph, December 23, 2014.
- "Haldia dock crisis: NTPC starts transloading coal" The Times of India, October 16, 2012.
- "Kolkata Port Trust begins operations at Kanika Sands" The Times of India, October 17, 2014.
- "New transloading system makes coal transport easy" The Hindu, October 20, 2014.