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V.O. Chidambaranar Port creates new record by handling coal ship with highest parcel size

On May 14, 2021, V.O. Chidambaranar Port created a new record for handling a coal vessel with the highest parcel size. The Panama-flagged MV BASTIONS, with 245 metres of length, 43 metres beam, 1,19,503 DWT and draught of 13.04 metres, arrived from the Port of Muara Berau, Indonesia with 92,935 tonnes of coal consigned for Tamilnadu Newsprint and Papers Ltd, thus bettering the previous highest parcel size handling for the vessel MV Star Sirius, loaded with 92,028 tonnes of coal, at the port on April 11, 2021. 

The vessel berthed at Berth No. IX and commenced its discharge using 3 harbour mobile cranes capable of an output of 50,000 tonnes per day. The entire consignment was reportedly completed by the evening of May 16. The vessel and stevedoring agent was Majestic Shipping & Logistics Services, Tuticorin. 

Import of coal through VOC Port has shown an upward trend during financial year 2020-21, registering a throughput of 11.81 lakh tonnes as against 11.05 lakh tonnes in 2019-20, up 6.88%, highlighted an official release.

 “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 recognise the hard work and commitment of ship agents, stevedores, harbour mobile crane operator, officers and staff of V. O. Chidambaranar Port,” said Mr T. K. Ramachandran, IAS, Chairman, V. O. Chidambaranar Port Trust.


Source: Exim News Service: Tuticorin, May 17


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