Adani Ports and
Special Economic Zone Ltd (APSEZ) has acquired a second-hand trailing suction
hopper dredger (TSHD) from Chellaram Shipping Pvt Ltd for about $8 million.
China-built dredger Darya Manthan has hopper capacity of 4,500 cubic
dredger named ‘Darya Manthan’ was built in China in 2007 and has a hopper
capacity of 4,500 cubic metres.
The deal was
finalised recently according to reliable sources.
The acquisition of
the TSHD will help APSEZ carry out the three-year dredging contract it won in
March from Centre-run Deendayal Port Trust in Kandla, Gujarat, valued at Rs310
APSEZ currently runs a fleet of 23 dredgers
runs a fleet of 23 dredgers comprising 12 cutter suction dredgers (CSD), 3
trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD), 1 grab dredger, 4 inland cutter suction
dredgers (CSD), 1 water injection dredger, 1 specialized dredger for
under-berth dredging, 7 split hopper barges, 2 jack- up barges and 3 floating
dredgers are used to deepen the port channel while trailing suction hopper
dredgers are used to maintain the channel.
contract at Deendayal Port involve deepening the channel from 9 to 10 metres
during the first year and maintaining that depth for two years.
While APSEZ has a
large cutter suction fleet, it is short of trailing suction hopper dredgers to
undertake works such as the one in Deendayal Port, an industry source said.
The firm’s fleet of dredgers young and modern excepting one CSD and
The firm’s fleet of
dredgers are young and modern (of European make), except for one CSD and one
TSHD that were built in China.