Port Wings News Network:
V.O. Chidambaranar Port on 14 May 2021 created a new record for handling a coal vessel with highest parcel size.
The Panama flagged vessel ‘MV BASTIONS’ with 245 metres of Length , 43 metres of Beam, 1,19,503 DWT and draft of 13.04 metres arrived from the Port of Muara Berau, Indonesia, with 92,935 Tonnes of Coal consigned for Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers Ltd., bettering the previous handling of highest parcel size for vessel ‘MV Star Sirius’, with 92,028 Tonnes of Coal handled at the Port on 11 April 2021.
The vessel berthed at Berth No.IX commenced its discharge using 3 Harbour Mobile cranes capable of discharging 50,000 Tonnes per day. The handling of entire consignment completed by the dusk of 16 May 2021. The Vessel and Stevedoring Agent for the vessel is M/s. Majestic Shipping & Logistics Services, Tuticorin
It is mentioned that the import of coal through VOC Port has also shown upward trend during this financial year 2020-21. The Port has handled 11.81 Lakhs Tonnes of Coal, as against 11.05 Lakhs Tonnes handled during 2019-20, registering a growth of 6.88%.
Shri T.K. Ramachandran, IAS, Chairman, V.O. Chidambaranar Port Trust, said: “Despite subdued global trade, contraction in domestic Industrial activity due to lockdown, it is important that Ports operate as efficiently as possible to cleanse off the negative economic impact of the Pandemic. Cargo handling through VOC Port has started to pick up pace and the Port has seen traffic growth of 42% in April 2021, when compared to the cargo traffic handled in April 2020. On the occasion of achievement of 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.”