Sunday, November 13, 2011
Karwar port is one of the main ports of Karnataka, serving the hinterland of northern Karnataka, Goa and southern Maharastra, with a total length of 355 meters. The quay has two berths with a draft capacity of 9.25 meters each for berthing of deep ocean going ships. It is maintained and operated by the Government of Karnataka with all necessary facilities. The Government of Karnataka has a proposal to develop Karwar port on Public Private Partnership (PPP) basis for 6 additional berths, a container port terminal, and a rail link from Karwar port to Shirwad railway station for transport of cargo by railway wagons. The port has been declared by Government of India as handling all types of commodities, including "B" and "C" classes of petroleum products.
Karwar port also has arrangements for berthing of coastal vessels. A fishing jetty is attached to the port which is used to berth fishing boats. Karwar port plays a major role in the sea trade, fishing and maritime services of the nation.
Karwar Port is also the headquarters for the Department of Ports & Inland Waterways, Government of Karnataka. This department is headed by a Principal Director who is in charge for all maritime and inland waterway activities of Karnataka state (excluding New Mangalore Port - being a major port, it is under Central Government control).