Paradip Port

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Paradip Port is a natural, deep-water port on the east coast of India in the Jagatsinghpur district of Odisha, India. It is administered by the Paradip Port Trust (PPT), an autonomous corporation wholly owned by the Government of India.

Among India's 12 major government-owned ports, Paradip is the largest in terms of thermal coal imports.


The port is situated at the confluence of the Mahanadi river and the Bay of Bengal.

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Paradip Port is a multipurpose port with a total cargo handling capacity of 108.5 million metric tons as of 2014. Its 14 berths have a draft of up to 14.5 meters and can accommodate vessels up to 95,000 dwt (deadweight tonnage).[1]

The fully automated coal handling plant, originally commissioned in 2001, can handle up to 20 million metric tons of coal imports per annum.[2] A 2012 Coal Age survey of Indian coal ports states that "The Port of Paradip’s two coal berths are a total of 520 m long with alongside depth of 15 m. Handling thermal coal, the berths can accommodate vessels to 260 m long and up to 60,000-75,000 DWT."[3]

Coal imports at Paradip have been steadily increasing in recent years. It was reported that coal imports through Paradip Port rose four fold in December 2011 compared to the same period in 2010. Total non-coking coal imports in December 2011 stood at 420,459 tonne against only 93,920 tonne imported in the same month in 2010.[4] Between April and December 2014, Paradip imported more thermal coal (22.45 million tons) and coking coal (5.8 million tons) than any other government-owned port in India. These numbers were up 21% and 7%, respectively, from the same period in 2013.[5] In August 2014, a 16% surge in coal import traffic at Paradip was reported to be causing major congestion, with a backlog of 27 ships waiting for less than half that number of berths. G.P Biswal, deputy conservator of Paradip port, was quoted by Reuters as saying, "We're 100 percent houseful. We're not able to cope with the sudden increase in traffic."[6]


Ambitious expansion plans at Paradip call for the port's overall capacity to increase to 270 million metric tons per annum by 2023. The planned expansion includes construction of a new western dock complex whose six berths will have a combined capacity of 75 mtpa. Draft at the new berths and several existing berths will be increased to 17.1 meters, allowing the port to accommodate capesize vessels of up to 185,000 tons. At least one new coal berth with capacity of either 10 mtpa[7] and 14 mtpa[8] is planned as part of the expansion.

In addition the to the proposed coal berth, the Indian multinational Essar Group was awarded a 30-year concession for the development of a new all-weather, deep draft coal berth at Paradip Port on a BOT (build-operate-transfer) basis. India's Ministry of Environment & Forest (MOEF) approved the new berth in 2012, and Essar reports that it is now only awaiting handover of land for the project from Paradip Port Trust (expected in 2015). According to Essar, the new, mechanized coal berth will be one of the most advanced of its type in India, with a length of 370m and an annual handling capacity of 14 to 18 million tonnes.[9][10] On its website (July 2015), Essar reports that the terminal is 18 mtpa and began operations in March 2015.[11]

Project Details

  • Operator: Paradip Port Trust (PPT)
  • Location: Jagatsinghpur district, Odisha, India
  • Existing Coal Capacity (Tonnes per annum): 38 million (coal handling plant: 20 mtpa, Essar berth: 18 mtpa)
  • Additional Proposed Coal Capacity (Tonnes per annum): 10-14 mtpa (proposed new coal berth)
  • Status: Proposed expansion
  • Type: Coal imports
  • Projected in service:
  • Cost of expansion:
  • Financing for expansion:
  • Coal Source:

Articles and Resources


  1. "Paradip Port Trust" Paradip Port Trust website, accessed February 2015
  2. "Facilities" Paradip Port Trust report, 2013.
  3. "The Coal Terminals of India ", Coal Age, April 30, 2012.
  4. "Thermal coal imports via Paradip rise four fold" Sadananda Mohapatra, Business Standard, January 9, 2011.
  5. "Indian Apr-Dec thermal coal imports via 12 major ports up 18% on year" The Shipping Tribune, January 7, 2015.
  6. "India's coal import rush leads to port congestion" Reuters, September 22, 2014.
  7. "Paradip Port to invest 16,000 cr on capacity expansion" LiveMint, June 7, 2014.
  8. "Paradip Port on a robust expansion mode" MarineLink, June 9, 2014.
  9. "Essar's Paradip Coal Berth receives final Environmental and Forest approval" Essar media release, July 11, 2012.
  10. "Paradip Coal Terminal" Essar Ports website, accessed February 2015.
  11. "New projects," Essar Ports Limited website, accessed July 2015

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