Reports suggest that Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) is evaluating the applications submitted by three bidders for the mechanised dry bulk cargo operations at berths 2 and 8 at the Haldia port.
The three bidders are TM International Logistics (TMILL), Boxtrans Logistics (India) Services, and a consortium of Singapore-based Ocean Connection and Seapol Group of India.
TMILL is a joint venture of Tata Steel, NYK Holding (Europe) BV and IQ Martrade, Germany. Presently, it handles cargo at berth No 12 at Haldia port. Tata Steel holds majority stake in the joint venture.
The successful bidder will have to supply, install, operate and maintain different cargo handling equipment as well as undertake all required onboard and onshore cargo handling operations for seven years.
Installation of multi-harbour cranes and providing end-to-end dry bulk cargo handling solutions are also part of the responsibility of the successful contractor.
The berths were previously operated by the ABG-LDA run Haldia Bulk Terminals (HBT). KoPT invited fresh bids to operate the berths following the exit of HBT in October 2012. January 11 was the last date for submission of bids.
HBT sent a letter to KoPT seeking termination of the 10 years’ contract mid-way (in the third year) citing law and order issues. The company had also demanded higher cargo offering to berths 2 and 8.