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VOC Port achieves new national record in hard wood timber handling

THE V. O. Chi-dambaranar Port (formerly Tuticorin Port) set a new national record in handling hard wood logs on December 5 by discharging 10,867 tonnes of the cargo from the vessel MV Tharinee Naree. St. John Freight Systems was the stevedore and clearing agent.

The previous discharge record for hard wood logs in a single day stood at 8,859 tonnes, achieved in early October.

According to an official release, the record was made possible due to the high level of mechanisation introduced at the Port for handling such cargo. These include 4 custom-designed log grapple attachments imported from Germany and 4 Volvo trucks for shore handling.

The Port registered a throughput of 184.7 lakh tonnes till the end of November, up 1.99 per cent over the 181.1 lakh tonnes recorded during the same period last year.

Export traffic volumes have also picked up considerably, with the Port handling more of dry bulk cargoes like ilmenite sand, garnet sand, sugar, raw sugar, machinery, construction material, liquid cargoes like sulphuric acid, along with other containerised cargo.

Similarly, import cargo volumes were higher due to increased handling of coal (thermal and industrial), copper concentrate, timber logs, pulses, gypsum, liquid cargo like naphtha, LPG, diesel, and VCM. Handling of containerised cargo, fertilisers like urea and DAP, and fertiliser raw materials like rock phosphate too increased.

Mr S. Natarajan, Chairman of V. O. Chidambaranar Port Trust, thanked stakeholders, officers and all Port employees who contributed towards achieving this record.

Source : Exim News Service - TUTICORIN, Dec. 9

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