The Andhra Pradesh Maritime Board is dedicated to completing the Ramayapatnam Port Project in 36 months and welcoming the first ship by early 2024, thus the work at the Ramayapatnam port is moving very quickly.
Ramayapatnam port is one of the three greenfield small seaports the Andhra Pradesh government is building.
Ramayapatnam Port Development Corporation Limited (RPDCL) is carrying out the construction of the breakwaters and associated civil works. RPDCL is a joint venture between Navayuga Engineering Company Limited (NECL) and Aurobindo Realty & Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd (AR & IPL).
According to APMB CEO S. Shan Mohan, the required environmental clearance and consent for the establishment have been obtained. RITES Limited developed the DPR and then it was reviewed by the project management specialist AECOM India.
The port is expected to handle 138 million tonnes of cargo, up from its initial capacity of around 25 million tonnes per year.
The building of four docks, including one for coal handling and a multi-purpose berth, will be carried out in stages once the breakwaters are finished in two to three months. The southern breakwater will be the longest at 3.7 km and the northern will be at 1.35 km.
A lighthouse and other navigational aids, such as leading lights, will also be installed.
IIT-Madras and the Royal Haskoning DHV engineering consulting firm from the Netherlands is being used for the designs.
Even though the designs were for a total of 15 berths, if larger carriers like cape-size and Panamax boats enter, the port can accept ships weighing up to 80,000 DWT in Phase-I.
The anticipated 23,560 crore project cost includes a debt-to-equity ratio of 58:42 and a strong internal rate of return of 18.99%.