COORDINATES

APPROACH / ENTRANCE CHANNEL

LENGTH: 2.5 km DRAFT: 14.8 Meters, WIDTH: 153 Meters

TURNING BASIN

DIA: 488 Meters, WIDTH: 153 Meters

BREAK WATERS

VOC Port is an artificial deep sea harbour formed with rouble mound type parallel break waters projecting into the sea about 4 kms, Length of North break water is 4098.66 m and south break water 3873.37 m with a width between breakwaters of 1275 mtrs.

ANCHORAGES

For Tankers from FWB NE 3.5 miles - 8deg46.9 N, 78 Deg 16.1 E, 8 Deg 46.9 N, 78 Deg 17.2 E, 8 Deg 46.1 N,78 deg 17.2 E, 8 Deg 46.2 N, 78 Deg 15.9 E,For Bulk cargo from FWB SE 6 miles - 8Deg42.1 N , 78 Deg 19.5 E, 8Deg 42.1 N, 78 Deg 21.5 E, 8Deg39.8N,78Deg21.9 E, 8Deg39.8N,78Deg18.6 E

GENERAL BERTH RESTRICTION

Not Applicable

PILOTAGE & NIGHT NAVIGATION


Pilot available for 24 hrs except during the shift change over time. however, berthing/unberthing of vessels from/to deep draft berths (draft more than 9.3 meters) are carried out only during calm weather.

NAVIGATION CHART

BA Chart 576, Admiralty Chart IN2075

WATER DENSITY

Specific gravity of water - 1.023/Sea water

UNDER KEEL CLEARANCE

1 meter

DETAILS OF BUOYS

Not Applicable

INFRASTRUCTURE & COMMUNICATION

ROAD: well connected to various trading centres in Tamilnadu and neighbouring states Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh by NH-138, NH45B and various state Highways.

RAIL: Port’s well connected with national rail network.

 

AIR: Nearest international airport is THIRUVANANTHAPURAM (TRIVANDRUM -TRV) situated about 270 kilo meters away from Tuticorin. If booked via TRV airport drop can be arranged. It takes about 5-6 hrs by road from/to TUTICORIN/TRIVANDRUM.

Another Nearest Intl airport is CHENNAI (MAA) about 600 kilo meters away from Tuticorin. There are many flights being operated from CHENNAI to nearest domestic/ Intl airport MADURAI (IXM) about 140 kilo meters away from Tuticorin. By road it takes about 2 hrs from TUTICORIN (TCR) to Madurai. There are also few Intl flights being operated directly to/from Madurai.

 

There are also few flights daily being operated from CHENNAI (MAA) to TUTICORIN (TCR)/back and Tuticorin Domestic Airport which is situated about 23KM away from Tuticorin Harbour

Port radio and Info service: Radio VHF channel 12 & 16, INMARSAT 00873-762483289, Toll Free No. 18002587599, Board No.+91-461-2352232, Email info@vocport.gov.in, Website: www.vocport.gov.in

WEATHER CONDITIONS

NE Monsoon may be active in East Coast during October to February during which sometimes port operations s are affected. However, heavy rain experienced at Tuticorin only on rare occasions. Max spell occurs during the month of October/November.

PORT REGULATIONS

Not Applicable

TIDAL DATA

Not Applicable

PORT WORKING HOURS

Cargo operation: Port working 24 hrs / 7 days with no holidays.

Except on port closed/festival holidays Port work 24 hrs a day/7 days. During festival holidays port/stevedores work on overtime basis. As the cargo normally being discharged on 'FIOS" by the appointed stevedores by cargo receivers, working of overtime is subject to agreement of stevedores.

Shift Timings Recess hours
1st Shift 0600 - 1400 0800 - 0830
2nd Shift 1400 - 2200 1800 - 1830
3rd Shift 2200 - 0600 0200 - 0230

PORT HEALTH OFFICE

Port Health Office available at Tuticorin

MAIN CARGOES

Containers , LPG , Ammonia , Naphtha , Sulphur , Project and machinery , Sulphuric acid , Project and equipment cargo , Coal , Limestone , Fertilizer , Logs , Phosphoric acid , Wind mill tower , Hsd , Palm oil , Chemical , Furnace oil , Caustic soda lye , Vinyl chloro monomer , Mop , Dap , Garnet sand , Coke , Raw sugar , Industrial salt , Cement clinkers , Wheat , Rock phosphate , Wind mill blade ,

REPATRIATION

Joining crew should have valid Transit visa with endorsement as

FRESH WATER

Available

STORE / PROVISIONS :

WORKSHOP

Available

BUNKERS

Available

GARBAGE DISPOSAL

Available

SLOP DISCHARGE

No Facility

CASH TO MASTER

Available

BERTHING POLICY/PRIORITY

Berthing of vessel is basis first come first serve. Various windows available basis type of cargo, vessel's specifications, berth restrictions etc

PORT NORMS

CARGOS PERFORMANCE-DAY
Containers 0 MT day
LPG 4100 MT day
Ammonia 5000 MT day
Naphtha 5500 MT day
Sulphur 7000 MT day
Project and machinery 900 MT day
Sulphuric acid 3140 MT day
Project and equipment cargo 900 MT day
Coal 10000 MT day
Limestone 8000 MT day
Fertilizer 8000 MT day
Logs 3000 MT day
Phosphoric acid 7900 MT day
Wind mill tower 900 MT day
Hsd 5500 MT day
Palm oil 3740 MT day
Chemical 3600 MT day
Furnace oil 4900 MT day
Caustic soda lye 4000 MT day
Vinyl chloro monomer 2980 MT day
Mop 8000 MT day
Dap 8000 MT day
Garnet sand 6000 MT day
Coke 8000 MT day
Raw sugar 7000 MT day
Industrial salt 7000 MT day
Cement clinkers 7000 MT day
Wheat 4000 MT day
Rock phosphate 8000 MT day
Wind mill blade 500 MT day

BERTH INFORMATION & RESTRICTIONS

 At berth No.3 & 4 Vessels drawing draft upto 11.5 m could be accommodated during high tide.

(1) Subject to availability of space. There should be at least 15m clearance from forward and after end of the vessel for berthing and unberthing.

Maximum permissible draft @ 14.2 meters - Such vessels shall be handled only during day light hours and utilizing the tide of at least 0.65 meters and in rising tide only.

 

Max permissible draft at berth no. NCB-1 & NCB-2 - Such vessels shall be handled only during day light hours and utilizing the tide of at least 0.65 meters and in rising tide only.

Max beam - 38 meters

Channel draft - 14.8 meters.

No air draft restrictions.

Coal Jetty 1 & 2 are dedicated berths for vessels discharging coal consigned to TTPS (TuticorinThermal Power Station) & TNEB

 

Vessels arriving with thermal coal consigned to TTPS/TNEB are berthed at dedicated berths COAL JETTY 1 & 2 discharging cargo using ship's cranes where restrictions are as follows :-

coal Jetty-1

Max LOA - Length of main jetty 185 M,

Distance between dolphins at extreme ends - 300 m

Max size of vessel accommodated 225 meter/DWT displacement 60000 

Max Draft - 13 m

Max Beam - 38 m

No air draft restriction

coal Jetty-2

Max LOA - Max LOA - Length of main jetty 200 M, Distance between dolphins at extreme ends - 300 m Max size of vessel accommodated 225 mtr/DWT displacement 60000

Max Draft - 13 m

Max Beam - 38 m

No air draft restriction

 No shore crane facilities available at above berths.

At dedicated Coal Jetty 1 & 2 average discharge rate of 12000 -15000 MT/ Day could be achieved basis average 4/5 gangs /shift basis cargo discharge using ship's crane and grabs. ** Berth No. 1 to 6 & 9 is allotted for all types of vessels including break-bulk, bulk and tankers. However, SB (shallow berth is dedicated for coast guard vessels only and for VCM tankers.

All bulk cargoes are handled at berth no. VOC3 , 4, 2, 5, 6 & 9.

As per recent port circular, any bulk cargo vessels intent to berth at No-9 should undertake to deploy 2x120 harbour mobile cranes, If the private mobile cranes are engaged approx 24000/28000 metric Tonnes per day could be achieved (using 2 x 120 Metric Ton x 3 shifts) subject to cargo receivers make suitable arrangements for clearance of hook points/speedy evacuation of cargo from wharf. Crane hire charges extra which normally being undertaken by cargo receivers.

 In view of the conveyor at berth no. 9 for the coal handling, the outreach of ship's cranes may not be sufficient to discharge the cargo other than coal using ship's cranes and dumping at wharf for subsequent evacuation. Therefore unless it is feasible to discharge cargo through conveyor and move to storage yard and consignee’s readiness in all respects basis above, port may not allot berth no.9 for discharging bulk cargo other than coal at berth no.9.  In case the cargo to be discharged by dumping at wharf, port may insist deployment of shore cranes and cargo receivers/ stevedores should give undertaking to port that the shore cranes will be deployed basis which only port will be considering allotment of berth no.9

NCB 1 is dedicated berth for coal handling account NLC

NCB 2 being operated by Private Company Tuticorin Coal Terminal (presently (as on 09/05/19) non-operational.

 Maximum permissible draft shown above is all seasons as declared by port.

 

 

OTHER RESTRICTIONS

In view of the recently installed conveyor /hoppers at berth no. 9  for discharging coal, outreach of ship's cranes may not be sufficient to handle cargoes other than coal at berth no. 9 . Therefore if any vessels other than coal discharge is allotted at berth no. 9, port will be insisting for deployment of shore cranes.

OTHER FACILITIES

Railway siding available upto the coal storage yard within port security wall

CARGO HANDLING EQUIPMENTS

PORT 3 x 20’ TONS TRF grab fitted cranes at VOC 3 & 4 (GRAB CAP Between 6 to 12 CBM). 3 x 120 TONS HMC at berth No. 9 .

MAIN CARGO HANDLING

Coal, Thermal coal, Gannet Sand, Gypsum, Ilemenite, Iron ore, Lime stone, Rock phosphate, Petcoke, copper concentrate, MOP,SOP, fertilizer, sulphur, sugar, salt, clinker, wheat, diamonium phosphate, peas, Urea, maize, Stone, aggregate, oil cake, cattle feed, granite,furnace oil, Naptha, diesel oil LPg,Liquid amonia, caustic soda lye, Palm oil, sulphuric acid, phosphoric acid, vim, cement, logs, cashew nuts, windmill blades, machinery, project cargo

WAREHOUSE AND STORAGE

OPEN : 553000 sq meters open storage area.

SHELTERED: 2 x 10,800 sq meters transit sheds. x 19600 sq meters warehouse.

 

CLOSED: There are 13 x 3000 Metric Tonnes capacity closed warehouse available outside port security wall within port area for hire owned/operated by port.

LOAD / DISCHARGE FACILITY SPECIFICATION

At berth no. 1,2,3,4,5,6 usually cargo being handled using ship's cranes/ grabs. At berth no.3/4 bulk cargo also may be discharged using 3 x 20' grab fitted shore cranes. At berth no.9 coal discharged using ship's crane/grabs to conveyor.

At coal jetty 1 & 2 cargo being discharged using ship's cranes/ grabs to the conveyor

 

At NCB cargo being discharged using shore unloaders directly onto conveyor

Average discharge/load rates of various cargoes per day are : - 1 Coal (IX) Geared 25,000 2 Coal other than IX Berth 9,000 3 Garnet Sand (Bulk) 6,000 4 Gypsum In Bulk 10,000 5 Ilmenite 8,000 6 Iron Ore 13,000 7 Lime Stones 10,000 8 Rock Phosphate 8,000 9 Petroleum Coke 8,000 10 Copper Concentrate 7,000 11 Potassium Sulphate (Mop,Sop) 9,000 12 Sulphur 8,000 13 Sugar(Raw) 7,000 14 Salt In Bulk 7,000 15 Clinkers 7,000 16 Wheat 4,000 17 Diammoniam 6,000 18 Peas (Yellow) 4,000 19 Urea 6,000 20 Maize (Bulk) 4,000 21 Stone(Rough) 1,320 22 Stone Dust 1,500 23 Stone Aggregate 1,500 24 Oil Cake 2,500 25 Cattle Feed 4,000 26 Ilmenite (Import) 6,000 27 Lime Stone (Small vessels) 3,000 28 Marble Lumps 3,000.

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