The Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) is reportedly looking at several avenues to earn revenue for the Port after ABG-LDA's Haldia Bulk Terminals (HBT) quit the Haldia Dock Complex (HDC) recently, Exim News Service reports.
One of them is a proposal to install a floating crane for transloading by private parties. Though the plan is still in an initial stage, the crane, once deployed, could generate revenue of Rs 70 a tonne, official sources said.
Cargo operations have been severely hit since HBT withdrew from the mechanised berths, adversely affecting the Port's revenue flow.
It is also reported that the Port has urged National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) to send a substantial share of its cargo to HDC, besides transloading. NTPC is currently implementing a transloading project to ship over three million tonnes of coal through the Hooghly, bypassing the Port.
If NTPC accepts the request, it would help Haldia port get additional cargo. The Port authority is also ready to forego the transloading fee of Rs 15 a tonne or give other concessions, official sources said.