The berths will be equipped to handle cargo specific needs such as bulk (coal, iron ore, fertilizer, cement) break bulk (steel coils, pellets, timber, project cargo etc), containers, automobiles or liquid based on regional requirements. The project components will include:
The private developer shall be responsible for development, financing, construction, operations and maintenance of for the project at the landlord port.
The locations for the projects are proposed anywhere alongside the long coastline of India. Although the major port locations, where, coastal movements would be preferable to support existing deepsea movements are :
In India, coastal shipping moves approx 15% of the local freight despite a coastline of 7,517 km. The share is low compared with the European Union, where coastal shipping has a 43% share of the cargo traffic.
The major ports have handled 556 MT of cargo in 2013-14, roughly 19% of which is coastal traffic. The commodities carried by coastal shipping have mainly been bulk and break bulk commodities. The cargo mix has not changed over the years.See RFEOI:http://infrapppworld.com/wp-content/uploads/Coastal-Berths--Expression-of-Interest-modified.pdf