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MARG-Karaikal Port

Awarded under BOT basis by the Government of Puducherry in 2006, MARG Karaikal Port is a strategically located premier, hi-tech, all weather port on the South East coast of India (Keezha Vanjore Village, Karaikal) with a sizable primary hinterland. It is the only all weather, deep water, multi- commodity port between the Chennai port & Tuticorin ports on this 680 km coastline having the unique advantage of being served by 4 national highways and rail connectivity through 6 private railway sidings. Notably, MARG Karaikal Port is the only port in India to have in-house logistic solutions & dredging facility.

With the region around the port envisaged to attract more than USD 10 billion of investments in the next decade, MARG Karaikal Port has fast emerged as the trade gateway of Central Tamil Nadu & Puducherry. The Port has completed Phase 1 & II development with 5 berths to handle capacity of 21 MMTPA including 2 cape size berths for handling bulk cargo, 2 pananmax size berths for general cargo & container and 1 berth dedicated for handling smaller vessels upto 25000 DWT. Phase 3 completion work which will lead to a total of 9 berths capable of handling 47 MMTPA is underway. Over 500 major vessels were berthed since commissioning of the Port.


Best-in-class operation metrics • 24 x 7 cargo evacuation • Blue-chip client base • Strategic location - only port between Chennai & Tuticorin along the 600 km east coast • Well connected to national highways and rail networks • Servicing an ever growing hinterland with diverse industrial hubs & multiple cargoes • Higher efficiencies through advanced mechanized operations • 4 PE investors • Single window clearance • Paper free "e port" with hassle-free transactions

Diversified cargo mix

MARG Karaikal port is a multi-cargo port and currently handles all types of dry cargo, in bulk and break bulk form, as well as containers and liquid cargo.

Bulk: Coal, fertilizer, sugar, gypsum, agricultural products
Break bulk: Bagged cement, bagged sugar, stell plates & pipes, project cargo
Liquid bulk: Crude oil, Edible oil, petroleum, oils & lubricants
Containers: All types

MARG Karaikal Port has earned a number of prestigious & dedicated customers across cargo types like HOEC & Reliance in OSV/PSV. Krishna & Co. and Madras Cements for general cargo. Madras Cements, Chettinad Cements, India Cements, Bhatia International, Coal & Oil, Devendran Coal, JSW, MALCO, TNPL, Seshasayee Paper Boards Limited (SPBL), Dalmia Cements, Adani Enterprises for coal. Thiru Aaroon Sugars for raw sugar. South India Edible Oil for copra cake. Coromandel Fertilizers, Nagarjuna Fertilizers, Zuari for fertilizers. Nagarjuna Oil Corporation, ENI, BHEL for project cargo.

Existing cargoes are expected to increase at 5% p.a. continuously. TNEB Mettur and Nagai Power are in final stages of completion and expected to add significant volumes with certainty. Further increase in potential is expected through terminalization & setting up of industries near the port. Other non coal cargoes like fertilizers, sugar, liquid cargo, containers, iron ore, limestone, wheat, maize, edible oil, fire clay, sugar, wheat , scrap have been added and have a potential to contribute significantly to the traffic

Storage Facilities

MARG Karaikal Port has an open storage area of 6,00,000 m2 with storage capacity of 3 million tons of coal, iron ore, gypsum and general cargo. The Port is poised to handle consistent volumes of liquid cargo through 4 oil tanks with a combined capacity of 19,000 KL of which 3800X2 is earmarked for edible oil and 5650X2 for CPO.

The port has 12 closed warehouses (total area of 85,000 m2) with storage capacity of 2.25 lac tons of fertilizer, food grains, sugar, cement and other clean cargo.Also, it has a dedicated storage yard of 800 plus ground slots for containers with a capacity of 5000 TEU's.

TERMINALISATION – exploring strategic partnerships for synergy in cargo operations.

To bring about synergy in cargo operations and thus enhance the volumes, MARG Karaikal Port is looking to enter into strategic tie-ups/ partnerships with various cargo owners, ship owners, traders & other interested operators.

Terminalisation will involve demarcating individual berths to dedicated operators, delegated to handle specific commodities. The mode of operation could be a joint venture, part ownership or a landlord basis, depending on operational intricacies & other business related nuances.

In order to optimize the port infrastructure and to enhance cargo volumes, MARG Karaikal Port is keen to venture into ‘terminalisation’ with prospective clients by inviting them to utilize the available infrastructure or to develop new infrastructure. It is planned to lease out the terminals through tailor made customized models.

ADVANTAGE Terminalisation

  • Ensures minimum guaranteed cargo, mitigates risk of slowdown
  • Better returns for investors – higher volumes/ higher berth utilization
  • Rapidly increases utilization levels – enhances cargo traffic to match the immediate capacity of 28 MTPA
  • Ease in Port Management – from operational & technical stand-point
  • Opportunity – neighboring ports, Chennai and Tuticorin operating at peak levels
  • Scope for developing new terminals for further capacity expansion
  • Manifests an overall efficiency in the supply chain

Companies dealing in Coal, Fertilisers, Agri- Products, Liquid cargoes, Containers & LNG are keen to collaborate with MARG Karaikal Port.

Terminalisation opportunities are being explored for coal terminal, liquid cum cargo terminal, LNG terminal and container terminal. An in-depth study on terminalisation modalities & possibilities is being undertaken by leading consultants.

Seamless connectivity

MARG Karaikal Port has the unique advantage of being served by 4 national highways - NH 45, NH 67, NH 45A & NH 45C. The network of National & State highways further enhances connectivity to other industrial hubs in Tamil Nadu. The Port has developed 6 private railways sidings within a short period. Rail link connects the port to major manufacturing hubs of cement, steel, chemical, aluminum & textile in Ariyalur, Trichy and Salem districts, thus ensuring heavy but smooth freight movement on the route. So far, over 3100 rakes of cargo were handled.

Potential for port based industries

MARG Karaikal Port's strategic location close to the economically vibrant Central Tamil Nadu region and the ready availability of vital resources such as ample land and manpower provides a compelling combination for the development of an industrial hub and keeping this in mind, the port has taken on an active role in promoting and facilitating investments by port based industries in and around Karaikal. As part of these efforts, MARG Karaikal Port assists potential investors in selection of plant location, development of support facilities and transport links to the port.

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MARG Logistics Private Limited (MLPL)

A forward integration for efficient 'MARG Karaikal Port' operations, MARG Logistics is a fully owned subsidiary of MARG Ltd offering total integrated logistics services to EXIM customers of the Port and is committed to achieve customer satisfaction by maximizing operational efficiency and providing precise and time sensitive services.

It presently offers stevedoring, transportation services & container feeder services for customers of MARG Karaikal Port.

MARG International Dredging Pte Ltd (MIDPL)

MARG ventured into dredging and established a dredging division through incorporation of its Singapore based subsidiary 'MARG International Dredging Pte Ltd', in 2009, which is an asset owning company. A backward integration to 'MARG Karaikal Port' operations, presently MIDPL has two dredgers – Cutter Suction Dredger, 'MARG Cauvery' and Trailer Suction Hopper Dredger, 'MARG Vaigai'.


MARG Group is developing a Greenfield shipyard cum minor port near Mugaiyur in Kancheepuram district of Tamil Nadu. The project is conceptualized as an integrated facility offering a multi-commodity clean cargo port and a ship repair yard at a single location. Situated along the east coast of India- south of Chennai, the port offers a unique mix of strategic location, access to virgin markets and excellent growth prospects.