Leighton Welspun Contractors has upgraded 70% of the Vishakhapatnam port project in India, which involves strengthening existing berth and extending it by 21m towards the sea.

The project also includes construction of the conveyor gallery foundations, conducting stockyard soil improvement, providing stacker / reclaimer foundations, constructing administration and operation ofterminals.

Leighton started work on the project in November 2010 and is expected to complete the project in October next year, reports constructionweekonline.in.

The Visakhapatnam Port Trust (VPT) is also carrying out a project to mechanise the coal handling facilities and upgrade general cargo berth in the outer harbour of Visakhapatnam port, which will accommodate 200,000dwt vessels.

The project includes planning, engineering, designing, financing, construction, development, operation and maintenance of the general cargo berth.

It also involves civil, mechanical and electrical works for installation of a coal unloading system, which will unload 70,000t a day through three ship unloaders.