KPL is one of the fastest growing Indian Sea Port. Surpassing our own standards of excellence has been a consistently occurring phenomenon in KPL. A humble journey started with a Port Capacity of 12 MMTPA has now grown as 38 MMTPA and projected to be 96 MMTPA by 2020-21 through Development of State of the Art New Cargo Terminal under Public Private Partnership or Captive models
Kamarajar Port Limited (Erstwhile & Ennore Port Limited), the 12th Major Port is situated on the East Coast of India about 20 km north of Chennai Port along the coastline, in the State of Tamil Nadu. Kamarajar Port is the first and presently only Corporatized Major Port under the management control of Kamarajar Port Limited (KPL).
The port was declared as Major Port under the Indian Ports Act, 1908 in March 1999 and incorporated as Ennore Port Limited under the Companies Act, 1956 in October 1999.
Kamarajar Port was originally conceived primarily to handle thermal coal to meet the requirement of Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB) and was endowed with large chunks of land (about 2,000 acres). The scope was expanded taking into account subsequent developments such as the plan of Government of Tamil Nadu to set up a 1,880 MW LNG power project in association with a private consortium, a large petrochemical park and a naphtha cracker plant.
Kamarajar Port designed as a world-class port, with two breakwaters & mdash one in the north measuring 3080m and the other in the south measuring 1070m it has the capacity to develop 20 berths for handling a variety of bulk, liquid, automobile and container cargo. The port is an artificial port with features including all-weather, round-the-clock operations, a large back-up land, eco-friendly environment, state-of-the-art navigational facilities, well-organized logistics systems and transport interface.
The first phase of the port main construction work included two berths for handling coal vessels up to 65,000/70000 DWT, dredging for the approach channel and harbour basin, onshore civil works, navigational aids, and two breakwaters & Kamarajar Port was commissioned by the then Prime Minister of India on 1 February 2001. Commercial operations commenced with Handymax geared vessels for unloading of thermal coal on 22 June 2001.