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Visakhapatnam Port to become green port with green tugs, shore to ship projects

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The Visakhapatnam Port plans to become an eco-friendly port through the augmentation of 15 MW solar power projects and introduction of Shore to Ship project and Green Tugs, M Angamuthu, Chairperson of Visakhapatnam Port Authority said.

“We intend to improve our cargo handling following best available Key Port Perfomance Indicators,” he said.

These green port initiatives are similar to European ports such as Rotterdam and Hamburg.

Tugs, used to pull and push big cargo ships, and guide them into and out of a port, are operated by bunker oil but the port plans to introduce electricity operated green tugboats. Tugboats are also used as standby vessels for safety and emergency requirements.

“This will take upto two years,” Angamuthu said, adding that the port authority also intends to to replace all diesel and petrol-run vehicles with CNG.

He said that the authority also plans to do credit rating for the port, which handled an all-time record cargo of 73.75 million MT in 2022-23.These initiatives are synchronous with the Centre’s Green Port Guidelines, aimed to achieve zero carbon emissions by promoting eco-friendly practices in port development, operation, and maintenance.

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