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Port of Visakhapatnam is one of the leading major ports of India. It is located almost midway between Kolkata on the North and Chennai towards the South on the East Coast. The ideal position of the port provides it with the advantage of facilitating “Act East Policy”. The port contributes significantly to the maritime trade with the economies in the Asia and the Asia Pacific regions at economic cost besides economies in the Persian Gulf, Europe, Americas, and Africa. The Port of Visakhapatnam is notified as a Gateway port for the EXIM cargo of Nepal.

The port started in 1933 transformed itself into a  Major Port. With a capacity to handle more than 125 million tonnes per annum, it is capable of handling all types of cargoes including iron ore, coal, crude oil, petroleum products, LPG, fertilizers, dry cargoes, liquid cargoes, and containers.

Port of Visakhapatnam has super cape handling  capacity with  the deepest container terminal among major ports. The port has fully mechanized facilities for handling coal, iron ore, and Alumina besides liquid and container cargoes.

The Port plays a catalytic role for the economic growth by catering to the key industries in the petroleum, steel, power, and fertilizer sectors besides other manufacturing industries in its hinterland. 

Efficient cargo evacuation infrastructure is developed by the port for the transportation of cargo by rail and road. The Port owns and operates a Railway network of about 185 km., which is linked to the South Central Railway and East Coast Railway of the Indian Railways. Nearly 52% of the cargo handled at the port is moved by rail.

The Port is well connected to the Chennai-Howrah NH-16 by a 4 lane connectivity road for the movement of cargo towards the North and South.

The port has won many accolades in recognition of its services.

Port of Visakhapatnam is placed in the top slot “Good” category in Port Performance by Dun & Bradstreet as part of a study instituted by NITI Aayog engaging 700 respondents pan India, on qualitative and quantitative aspects of business transactions at ports.

Port of Visakhapatnam is declared as 2nd cleanest port for the third year in succession by the Ministry of Ports, Shipping & Waterways during a survey done by the Quality Council of India under Swachh Bharat Mission.

The port has emerged as the winner in the port service sector for outstanding achievements in Environment Management in July 2019. The GreenTech Foundation has presented the “Gold” award to the port for outstanding achievements in Safety Management in the services sector in November 2018.

Port of Visakhapatnam  is the 1st. Major Port  to  become self-sufficient by generating the required electricity for its use. The port has installed a 10 MW Photo Voltaic Solar Energy Project and also utilizes its rooftop spaces for the generation of solar power. In recognition of its efforts, Port of Visakhapatnam has been adjudged as the winner in “Outstanding Renewable Energy User” under the service sector in India as part of “Green Energy Awards, 2018”

Port of Visakhapatnam is the only Major Port in India to have three international accreditations for quality environment and occupational health and safety management systems – ISO – 9001, 14001, and OHSAS 18001. The Port is also ISPS compliant.

The port enjoys excellent synergies with the  PPP operators, shipping agents, stevedores, Customs, Railways, CONCOR, CFSs, and other stakeholders in developing an ideal ecosystem enabling cost-effective services to the customers.

I welcome you once again to the Port of Visakhapatnam for fruitful surfing of our website. Suggestions for improvement of the content are welcome to serve you better.

Shri K Rama Mohana Rao, IAS

Chairman, Visakhapatnam Port Trust