Essar Projects congratulates GMB for inauguration of India’s first Ro-Ro ferry project by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi

October 22, 2017

• Project reduces travel time between Bharuch and Bhavnagar by over 60 percent
• Essar Projects constructed Ro-Ro terminals at both Dahej and Gogha ports
• Essar Projects also built approach bunds, trestles, pontoons and link spans
• Link span bridge connecting pontoon and jetty is world's longest

Bhavnagar - 22 October 2017

Essar Projects, which is the principal EPC contractor for India’s first Ro-Ro ferry project that was inaugurated here today by Honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, congratulated the Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) on reaching the milestone.

A GMB project of national significance, the RoRo ferry will bring down the travel time between Gujarat’s Gogha and Dahej ports—which are 340 km apart—from 7 hours to just 2.5 hours (inclusive of the time taken to drive from Bharuch to Dahej port and from Gogha port to Bhavnagar). The Ro-Ro ferry service will be able to carry about 500 passengers and 100-150 vehicles on each trip across the Gulf of Khambhat (also called Gulf of Cambay) over a 30-km (17 nautical miles) navigational channel created on the sea. Once services commence, the ferry is expected to do four round trips every day.

Scope of EPC contract awarded to Essar Projects
GMB awarded the contract for constructing the Ro-Ro terminals and supporting onshore infrastructure at Dahej and Ghogha to Essar Projects following a competitive bidding process. The Essar Projects team has not only designed and constructed the Ro-Ro terminals at both ports, but also built the approach bunds, trestles, pontoons and link spans. The pontoon, which is a floating structure, will facilitate traffic and passenger movement to and from the ferry vessel. At 96 metre, the link span bridge, which connects the pontoon and jetty, is the world's longest.

Essar Projects’ technical expertise was demonstrated in the reclamation work that needed to be undertaken for constructing the approach bunds. The most unique aspect of the terminal project lies in the fact that it has been executed in waters that are characterised by 10-metre-high tidal variations, which is the highest anywhere in India and the second highest in the world. Essar Projects has invested more than 8 million man hours to the project and executed it with zero LTI (Loss Time Injury).

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Shailesh Sawa, CEO-EPC Constructions India, a subsidiary of Essar Projects Ltd, said: “We are extremely happy and proud to have been able to turn our honourable PM Mr Narendra Modi’s dream into reality. A special thanks to my team for successfully executing a project that will stand up to extreme tidal variations and inhospitable weather conditions, as also enable South Asia’s first truly world-class Ro-Ro ferry service.”

Benefits of Ro-Ro Ferry Service
• Reduction in transportation time and cost
• Reduction in fuel consumption and environmental pollution
• Substantial reduction in road congestion and accidents
• Reduction in the retention period of transport vehicle for loading and unloading
• An extension to the road/rail system
• Cutting down on the use of road transport infrastructure
• Lower risk of damage of goods during transport

About Essar Projects India Ltd.
Essar Projects India Limited (EPIL) is a major EPC company of the Essar Group, offering unique collaborative end-to-end project delivery model that is backward integrated into the supply chain and forward integrated into the operator’s mindset through its sister company links.

It has over four decades of experience executing mega projects in Hydrocarbons (Refinery, Petrochemical & Fertiliser Plants); Tankages and Terminals; Pipelines (Oil & Gas, Water, Slurry and Subsea); Offshore (Platforms, SPM & PLEM); Infrastructure (Ports, Jetties, Airports, Railway, Buildings & Townships); Minerals & Metals (Steel Plants, Sinter Feed, Beneficiation & Pelletisation Plants, Material Handling Systems); and Power Plants (Coal, Gas, Multi-fuel and Hydel).

Active participation in initial operations and maintenance through the stabilisation phase of projects executed for its Group companies has sharpened EPIL’s skills, adding the O&M experience in EPC execution of turnkey projects. Unlike other contractors, EPIL is therefore able to extend EPC from concept to commissioning and beyond.

It has an ‘in-house’ multidisciplinary skilled and experienced Engineering & Project Management Division geared to provide end-to-end solutions on a nut & bolt concept. It also has a Procurement division with strong vendor networks. The company owns a state-of-the-art fabrication facility and a large bank of construction equipment.

Essar Group press release