Overview | Essar Ports

Gateway of Growth

Strategically Located
Capacity in India
Enabling Economies
of Scale
Dry Bulk, Liquid
Break Bulk, Project
and Unit Cargo
End to End Logistics
Leveraging Technology
and Digitization

Essar Ports specialises in the development and operations of ports and terminals. They handle liquid, dry bulk, break bulk and general cargo. The Ports business of Essar Global Fund is consolidated under Essar Ports. It is one of the largest private sector port and terminal developers & operators in India by capacity and throughput. It has four operational terminals in India across Hazira and Salaya (in the state of Gujarat) on the west coast, and one each in Visakhapatnam and Paradip on the east coast. Current operational port terminal capacity in India is 44 MTPA. 

Efficient Handling and Environment Friendly Systems

Essar Ports has been a pioneer in investing in technologies and developing environment friendly and efficient handling systems. Some of them include:

  • Integrated mechanised systems comprising of wagon tipplers, stackers and Reclaimers, ship loaders and unloaders, eliminating non-mechanised handling for customers
  • Deeper drafts leading to economies of scale and bigger parcels, reducing carbon footprint of shipping
  • Covered & Closed Conveyors to avoid dust pollution
  • Cold-fog system is an advanced technology which uses ruby-orifice nozzles that create extremely fine water droplets, i.e., 1-15 microns, unlike in typical water sprinkling, with droplet size of 100-250 microns
  • Dust separation and water sprinkling systems in transport corridors and stockyards
  • Investing in systems to eliminate spillages along conveyor corridors
  • Minimal human intervention enhancing safety and security of facility
  • VFD technology reducing power consumption for movement of cargo through conveyors

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Essar positively impacts the lives of all stakeholders, including its employees, and the communities living close to its facilities. Community initiatives aim to enhance livelihoods through programmes focused on entrepreneurship, education, empowering women, infrastructure, environment and health. It sees involving community leaders as key to success. Essar has transformed the neighbouring areas of its operations by planting thousands of trees and laying water pipelines. It generates direct and indirect employment for thousands of people in the regions in which it operates. Essar Ports adheres to stringent Health, Safety & Environment standards wherever they operate.


Major Milestones

Hazira – Gateway for Industries on the West Coast of India

  • 2021

    • Cumulative cargo handling crosses 175 MMT of cargo since commencement of operations
    • Cumulative ships handled crosses more than 3500 since commissioning
    • Receives Environment & CRZ clearance for setting up LNG Terminal in Hazira
    • Adds new connection to Diu from Hazira Ferry Terminal

  • 2020

    Completed construction of 5th deep draft berth of 200m.

  • 2019

    Commences Hazira Ferry Terminal with inauguration of ferry service between Surat and Bandra in Mumbai

  • 2017

    • Commissions 4th deep draft berth at the terminal
    • Signs license agreement for the construction and use of 1100m deep water captive jetty with GMB

  • 2016

    Commissions 3rd deep draft berth at the terminal

  • 2010

    • Signs the license agreement for the construction and use of 550m deep water captive jetty with GMB
    • Commissions deep draft berths in Hazira

  • 2007

    Receives environment clearance for deep draft berth of 550m at Hazira

Salaya – Gateway for Industry & Trade in Saurashtra Region

  • 2021

    Cumulative cargo handling crosses 14.0 MMT as of 31 March 2021

  • 2017

    Commences commercial operations on 07 December 2017

  • 2013

    License Agreement signed with Gujarat Maritime Board

Paradip CQ3 – Gateway for Dry Bulk Exports in Paradip Port

  • 2021

    • As of March 31 2021, cumulative cargo handling crossed 25 MMT since commissioning
    • As of March 31 2021, cumulative ships handled at the terminal crossed 440 since commissioning

  • 2012

    Fully mechanised berth and the project is commissioned

  • 2010

    • Agreement signed between Essar Bulk Terminal Paradip Limited and Paradip Port Trust for license of conversion of CQ 3 berth from conventional to mechanised 
    • Letter of Intent (LOI) for ‘Conversion of Central Quay-III berth into a mechanised berth’ for a period of 10 years, extendable for a further period of 5 years issued by Paradip Port Trust
    • Essar emerges as the successful bidder for the Tender

  • 2009

    Paradip Port Trust (“PPT”) invited bids for conversion of CQ-III berth into mechanised berth at Paradip Port for a period of 10 years, renewable for a period of 5 years through an open tender (“Tender”)

Vizag OB I & II – Gateway for Iron Ore Exports & Coastal Shipping on East Coast of India

  • 2021

    • Cumulative cargo handling crosses ~60 MMTin April since takeover
    • Loads 1,53,000 MT of iron ore on largest cape size vessel MV AQUADIVA (183,000 DWT) in Vizag Port history (LOA 292 m and Beam: 46 M) in March 2021

  • 2018

    Commissions Ore Handling Complex and the project with an upgraded and modern system.

  • 2017

    Undertakes simultaneous project works and Operations with minimal impact to trade and industry.

  • 2016

    Takeover of “Iron-Ore Handling Mechanised Complex” from Visakhapatnam Port Trust by Essar Vizag Terminals Ltd.

  • 2014

    • Signing of Concession Agreement between Visakhapatnam Port Trust & Essar Vizag Terminals Ltd.
    • Award of Letter by Visakhapatnam Port Trust (VPT)
    • Essar emerges as successful bidder for the Public Private Partnership Project to be implemented on Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer (DBFOT) basis

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