Angré Port, Jaigad received its first commercial cargo vessel, MV Fertility, on Sunday, May 31, 2015.
The Tuvalu flag, 21,538 MT deadweight, fully laden vessel arrived from Egypt at a draught of 9.70 metres to discharge 10,160 MT of rock phosphate. This was the first vessel to arrive at Angré Port with import cargo. The Port had earlier received non-commercial and Coast Guard vessels which primarily docked for repairs or for shelter during the monsoon.
Angré Port, at Jaigad – Ratnagiri, is on the west coast of India, approximately 110 nautical miles south of Mumbai and 125 nautical miles north of Goa. A greenfield port constructed by the Chowgule Group of Goa, it has four berths for cargo ships, container vessels and liquid cargo. The Port is located in a bay sheltered by a large headland, which protects it from the effects of rough seas and high swells that are commonplace on the west coast during the monsoon. This enables the Port to remain open to accept vessels throughout the year, informed a communiqué.
The Port has a 350-metre finger jetty with a total 700 metres of quay length and 43-metre width. Its channel has been dredged to 10 metres Chart Datum to ensure the safe navigation of ships in and out.
The Port has facilities to handle dry bulk, break-bulk, RoRo and containerised cargo, besides a modern warehouse of 10,000 sq. metres for storage and safekeeping of sensitive agricultural cargo and hygroscopic minerals. Also, it has open storage yards totalling 100,000 sq. m close to the jetty, with back-up storage area of 150,000 sq. m.
Tank farm and bunkering facilities are planned in the immediate future to facilitate the handling and distribution of a range of liquid cargo products, the release highlighted.
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