Port Wings News Network:
V.O. Chidambaranar Port (VOCPT) on 19 January 2020 created a new record for handling a vessel with highest parcel size.
According to a media statement from the port authority, the Panama-flagged vessel ‘MV ELETTRA’ with Length of 254.52 metres, Beam of 43 metres and draft of 12.23 metres arrived from the Port of Mina Saqr, United Arab Emirates, with 93,353 Tonnes of limestone consigned for India Cements Limited and Eastern Bulk Trading & Shipping Private Limited.
The vessel berthed at Berth No.IX commenced its discharge using three Harbour Mobile cranes capable of discharging 50,000 Tonnes per day. The entire consignment is expected to be completed by 1800 Hrs on 21 January 2020. The Shipping Agents for the vessel is M/s. Seaport Shipping Private Limited, Tuticorin and Stevedore is M/s. Seaport Logistics Pvt Ltd, Tuticorin.
Previously, the highest parcel size vessel ‘MV NBA VERMEER’ with 89,777 Tonnes of Coal was handled at the Port on 16 September 2019.
It is pertinent that during this financial year upto December 2019, the port has handled 9.55 Lakhs Tonnes of Limestone as against 7.22 Lakhs Tonnes handled during the corresponding period of previous year.
Commenting on the achievement, Shri T.K. Ramachandran, IAS, Chairman, V.O. Chidambaranar Port Trust, said, “Underpinned with deep draft berths, operational efficiency, excellent cargo evacuation infrastructure and enhanced asset utilisation, the Port will continue to deliver the best and safest port services in the region. On this occasion of achieving this significant milestone, I would like to recognize the hard work and commitment of Ship Agents, Stevedores, Harbour Mobile Crane Operator, officers and staff of V.O. Chidambaranar Port.”