Kandla Port achieved a significant landmark last week when it successfully berthed a Mini Capesize vessel of 254.49 m in length overall (LOA), m.v. Amazing Salute, at Cargo Jetty No. 7.
In a statement, Kandla Port Trust (KPT) said that the vessel arrived on April 8, 2015 with a Bill of Lading (B/L) quantity of 1,03,151 tonnes of coal in bulk and, after carrying out lighterage, berthed the next day.
The decision to berth the vessel on trial basis at southern dry cargo berths of Kandla Port was taken at a senior management level meeting of KPT, presided over by the Chairman, Mr Ravi M. Parmar, in consultation with the Deputy Conservator, Capt. H. K. Sibal.
The navigation and berthing movement of the vessel was piloted by the Harbour Master, Capt. T. Srinivas, with two senior pilots of KPT.
With the successful berthing of this vessel, Kandla Port is poised to leapfrog into the league of facilities attracting substantial volumes of bulk cargo, especially coal and iron ore traded on Mini Capesize vessels due to the inherent reduction in cargo handling costs derived as a result of partial discharge of cargo in stream through barges.
The entire balance cargo is discharged at berth, which hitherto was not possible, necessitating the entire B/L quantity of the vessel to be unloaded at outer anchorage using floating cranes and barges, the statement added.
The successful berthing of the vessel was a landmark achievement in the history of Kandla Port, which was possible under the able and inspiring stewardship of the Chairman, Mr Ravi M. Parmar, supported by Deputy Conservator, Capt. H. K. Sibal, Traffic Manager, Mr M. S. Balani, and Harbour Master, Capt. T. Srinivas and his entire team, said the Kandla Stevedores’ Association, Kandla Port Steamship Agents Association and Kandla Custom House Agents Association in a joint communiqué to the KPT Chairman.
The communiqué stressed that this was a path-breaking decision and an achievement for the Port.
It added that, incidentally, the name of the vessel, M.V. Amazing Salute, was appropriate. The associations congratulated Kandla Port for the “Amazing” feat, and said that they “Salute” the Chairman, the Deputy Conservator, Traffic Manager, Harbour Master, the Marine Department and the entire KPT administration for this achievement.
The Traffic Manager, Deputy Conservator and Chairman congratulated the shipper, X-Coal-USA, the consignee, Consol Energy-Hyderabad, the cargo handling agent, Maheshwari Handling Agency Pvt. Ltd, and the vessel agent, Interocean Shipping India Pvt. Ltd, and expressed the hope that this would pave the way for many more Mini Capesize vessels calling at the Port on regular basis.
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