The Visakhapatnam port will develop a dedicated berth for coastal shipping within six months. The berth with a draft of 14 metres would come up at West Quay-10 return end in an area of 300 metres between East Quay-10 and West Quay-8. Due to Cabotage law, foreign vessels were prohibited from lift cargo for discharge between two Indian ports.
This would be useful for thermal coal loaded at Visakhapatnam for discharge at Chennai and cargo meant for Essar for unloading at Hazira. Coastal ships, which moved from one Indian port to another, would also sometimes act as feeder vessels for shifting cargo to mother vessels carrying large volumes to global destinations.