With the handling
over the Port of Karachi to Pakistan, North-West
India lost an outlet to the sea. On January 20,
1952, the then Prime Minister, Late Shri
Jawaharlal Nehru laid the foundation stone for
the new Port. Ever since Kandla has looked
forward towards progress and was declared Major
Port in 1995. Consistent, enlightened policies
have ensured that the port stood up to the
challenge of the surging flood of trade created
by a hinterland that covers over a million sq.
km. from the north and North-West of India.
Kandla today has become the hub of India's
foodgrains and oil imports.
Kandla is a self
sufficient, self enhancing Port. It is also among
the highest revenue earning Port of India. The
Port is the nearest, most economical and most
convenient for handling imports and exports of
the highly productive granary and industrial belt
stretching across Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab,
Himachal Pardesh, Haryana, Rajasthan and Gujarat.
Kandla Port is the
most economical major port in terms of tariff and
operational expenditure. The efficiency and all
rrequisite user facilities neverthkless confirm
to international standards. The Port emphasis on
being up to date with the latest technological
relations and economical handling of
heterogeneous cargo is considered the key element
to the sucess of the Port of Kandla.
contour depth along the shipping channel is around 10 meters. The
total approach channel is 23 km. The width of the channel varies
between 200 to 1000 meters. The Port is well sheltered from the
South West Monsoon and is therefore navigable in all weather.
Necessary naigational aids are provided to facilitate day and right
navigation restricted to vessels of LOA 189 meters and draft upto
8.23 meters. Tankers for oil jetties handled during daylight hours
only. Ships having speed of less than 9 Knots will not be provided
in & out of port during hours of darkness.
can anchor 1 mile South West of the position given under "Pilotage".
Inside the harbour, Port Authorities allot anchorage. Vessels can
however anchor more than 2 miles from Fairway Buoy but must pick up
the Pilot, within 2 miles of Outer Tuna Buoy.
pilot boards vessel at tuna buoy at the mouth of Kandla creek about
22 km from the signal station at the Kandla Port Tower. Lattitude
22 55'7" North, Longitude 70 07'1" East. Pilot station
lattitude 22 49'5" N, longitude 70 7"E. Loaded vessels
can cross bar only during high water. Vessel to report at Pilot
station 2.5 hrs. before high water. Vessel should contat Kandla
Tower through VHF channel 16.