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First Capesize vessel  arrives at Sagar Anchorage,  SMP Kolkata

A historical milestone was achieved on June 8, 2021 when M.V. LAKE D, the first Capesize vessel, under Panama flag, arrived at Sagar Anchorage which is 80 miles away from Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port, Kolkata (SMP, Kolkata) and 25 miles away from Haldia Dock Complex (HDC), highlighted a release.

M.V. LAKE  D, one of the largest Cape vessels of its kind, with 66,000 MT of steam coal cargo bound for Nepal, built in 2011 and manned by 20 Filipino crew, was anchored at Sagar.  The vessel had sailed from Abbot Point, Australia on May 10 and en route took fuel at Singapore. After discharging about 95,810 MT of cargo at Vishakhapatnam, it sailed for Sagar anchorage. 

SMP, Kolkata has draught constraint in the channel and lock gate operation in the docks. By doing lighterage operation with this vessel, which has a very wide beam and can carry higher parcel load in draught of 9.2 metres, it can go directly to a floating jetty, thus avoiding lock gate operation. Barges can go full at any time and discharge at Haldia floating terminal. An investment of Rs170 crore has been made in floating crane and floating jetty. It has been an endeavour of the port to encourage trade to mobilise full load vessels, especially Capes, for bringing cargo to Haldia Dock.

Mr Vinit Kumar, Chairman, SMP, Kolkata, said that the arrival of M.V. LAKE  D is significant, not only for being the first Cape vessel at Sagar, but also for carrying 66,000 MT of cargo which otherwise would have been carried in 2-3 separate vessels. Alternatively, this quantity could have been carried in one vessel, which would have had to discharge half cargo at Vizag Port and carry the remainder to SMP.

Because of substantial growth in lighterage operation, coupled with the multi-dimensional user-friendly measures like better service, improved facilities, cost-effective customer-friendly charges and effective co-ordination among other relevant agencies, Kolkata Port Trust as a whole will be able to handle more than 65 million tonnes of cargo during 2021-22, highlighted a release.


Source: Exim News Service: Kolkata, June 9


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