Paradip Port is the only major Port in the state of Odisha, which is situated 210 nautical miles south of Kolkata and 260 nautical miles north of Visakhapatnam.
Founded by late Sri Biju Patnaik, the then Chief Minister of Odisha, the port is managed by the Government of India. Paradip Port has been declared as the eight major port of the country by the Indian government, making it the first major port in the east coast commissioned after Independence.
Paradip Port handles various cargoes such as iron ore, thermal coal, coking coal, project cargo and containers. It is equipped with 14 berths, one single point mooring, one Ro-Ro Jetty, one turning circle commonly known as turning basin with 250 metres diameter, and approach channel and entrance channel having draught of 15 and 13 metres respectively.
Paradip Port has its own railway system with a route length of about 10 kilometres and track length of 82 kilometres with 25 full length railway sidings to handle rail-borne traffic efficiently.
Paradip Port: Premier Maritime Gateways on the East Coast of India
|2009||Signs the concession agreement for the development of a new deep draught iron ore berth to handle 10 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) of iron ore for export|
|2008||Commences the work of ‘Deepening of Channel’ at a cost of Rs 253.36 crore (US$ 42.46 million) to increase the depth of the entrance channel and approach channel to 17.00 metres and 18.70 metres respectively|
|1966||Port is opened to traffic|
|1965||Government of India takes over the management of the Port from the Government of Odisha|
|1962||Foundation stone for the Port is laid by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the then Prime Minister of India|