In India the foundation stone on the Port of Paradips oil terminal was laid on 29 November and celebrated the inauguration of a 250 metre jetty to accommodate both Indian Oil Company and Coastguard vessels.
Port of Paradip is the primary seaport in the east Indian state of Orissa. The Paradip Port Trust is on target to develop the terminal, stating that by March 2010 the port would be capable of a throughput of 100 million tonnes, rising to 134 million tonnes when all works are completed. Bulk cargoes will include oil, coal and iron ore.
The jetty can be used as two independent berths and has RoRo capability.
Deepening of the channel at Paradip to over 17m means that vessels up to 125,000 DWT can be accommodated. The port has commissioned a single mooring point to enable discharge of crude oil through the pipeline to the refinery at Haldia. There are further plans to develop more downstream facilities in the region.