Visakhapatnam Port Trust (VPT) is on a mission to increase its capacity from 85 to 125 million tonnes in next couple of years to become a world-class port. A large mordernisation drive has been undertaken to reach this goal. A main part of which is seeking investments from Singapore.
In fact, Visakhapatnam is part of a team of Indian ports that are interacting with the Singapore authorities. The team was led by Indian Ports Association (IPA) Chairman Mr. Sanjay Bhatia along with Mr. P.L. Haranadh, Deputy Chairman – VPT and top officials from the JNPT, Kandla and other ports.
During their recent tour of Singapore, the team studied their facilities for container, bunkering and transhipment. This was done to explore areas of mutual interest for collaboration.
The main point of study was the upgradation of the port connectivity system software in order to ensure seamless connectivity with Customs, railways and other stakeholders.Another important milestone was to seek consultancy on bunkering as Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore was well-known for its expertise in bunkering. Singapore is the leader in bunkering in the world.
All in all, it is a productive collaboration between the two Governments to ensure that ships keep sailing in the open seas!