Adani secures dredging project at Kandla port

Adani secures dredging project at Kandla port

Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd (APSEZ) has bagged a dredging contract worth Rs 310 crore from government-run Deendayal Port Trust in Kandla, Gujarat.

APZEZ emerged as the lowest bidder on a tender floated by Deendayal Port Trust by placing a price bid of Rs 310 crore for the three-year deal. APSEZ was awarded the work contract on March 10.

The port major's price quotation was 21% lower than the Rs 393 crore estimated by Deendayal Port Trust for the work.

Dredging Corporation of India Ltd (DCI), owned by four major port trusts, including Deendayal Port Trust, quoted Rs 387.89 crore for the work, just 1% lower than the port trust's estimates.

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Ports located on India's western coast, such as Deendayal, are prone to silting and need annual maintenance dredging to help in the smooth movement of ships.

In July last year, the tender was issued to finalise a new three-year dredging contract, mostly for maintaining the port's channel at the prevailing water depth, when the term of the existing three-year deal given to Van Oord India Pvt Ltd ended.

The security clearance for the key requirements of the bidders before awarding dredging works in ports was delayed by several months and was finally granted in early March.

The previous three-year dredging work was carried out by Van Oord India Pvt Ltd, the Indian unit of Dutch dredging firm Van Oord Dredging and Marine Contracting Co, for Rs 347 crore.

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