The Dhamra Port Company Limited (DPCL) has been entrusted, by way of a concession granted by Government of Orissa to build and operate a deep draught, all weather, multi user port at Dhamra in Bhadrak district on BOOST (Build, Own, Operate, Share and Transfer) basis. The concession period is for 34 years including a period of 4 years for construction and can be renewed or extended for two additional periods of 10 years.
Situated between Haldia and Paradeep, Dhamra Port is well sheltered between the mainland and Kanika Sands Island on the mouth of the river Dhamra. The location of Dhamra is in close proximity to the mineral belt of Orissa, Jharkhand and West Bengal and its dedicated connectivity will help serve this hinterland with the greatest efficiency.
Company achieved Financial Closure for Phase-I of the project in February'07 with signing of a loan agreement with the consortium of lenders led by Industrial Development Bank of India (IDBI). The construction of Phase-I commenced in March'07 and the Port began commercial operations on May 06th, 2011.
For Phase-I, DPCL has constructed two fully mechanized berths of 350 meters each along with backup facilities for handling imports of coking coal, steam/thermal coal, limestone and export of iron ore. Phase-I also includes a 62 kilometers rail link from Dhamra to Bhadrak/Ranital Link Cabin. The master plan of the Port envisages 15 berths, capable of handling more than 100 million MT per annum of dry bulk, liquid bulk, break bulk, containerized and general cargo.
Equipped with state-of-the-art technology and a conducive business environment, Dhamra Port is poised to become the biggest and most efficient Port in the East Coast of India.