To handle containerised cargo at the Netaji Subhas Dock (NSD) of Kolkata port, eleven companies have shown initial interest to participate in a tender. The 11 firms have participated in a pre-bid techno-commercial conference.
The 11 firms bidding include Orissa Stevedores, ABG Ports, Bharat Mumbai Terminal, PP Roychowdhury and Co and Roadwings International. Last month, Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) authorities invited bids from private companies for a 10-year contract for mechanised container handling at berths No 4, 5 and 8 of NSD.
Of the three berths, two (No 4 and 8) are currently operated by ABG Kolkata Terminal, a joint venture of ABG Infralogistics and PSA, through a 10-year contract that will end in November 2014. According to the port official, the prospective bidders have sought certain clarifications and asked that the last date (December 3) for submission of bids be extended.