Kandla Port achieved another landmark earlier this month when it handled the 64,654-GRT, 254-m LOA, 1,15,088.09 SDWT m.v. YU XIANG HAI, one of the largest vessels to call at the facility. Under the agency of GAC Shipping (India) Pvt. Ltd, the vessel was carrying 1,09,705 tonnes of imported non-coking steam coal in bulk for the consignee Shree Cement Ltd.
The stevedore/receiver and handling agent was Shiv Shipping Services.
The vessel arrived from Baltimore, US on May 3, 2015 at 1920 hours. After the requisite survey and Customs boarding formalities, due to the draught restrictions at Berth No. 9, it was decided to lighterage a quantity of 29,163 tonnes at anchorage. Accordingly, cargo discharging operations commenced at anchorage on May 4 at 0035 hours and was completed at 0730 hours on May 6.
This was one of the highest such volumes handled in the history of the Port. The vessel then berthed at No.9 with the balance quantity of 80,542 tonnes and berthing draught of 11.34 metres. Discharging operations recommenced at 1800 hours on May 6, and the entire quantity was completed at 1200 hours on May 9, 2015.
Mr V. Anantharaman and Mr Dharmesh Thacker, Directors of Shiv Shipping Services, and Mr Gopalankutty Nair, Branch Head of GAC Shipping (India) Pvt. Ltd, expressed their gratitude to Shree Cement for facilitating this handling and complimented the Kandla Port management for bringing such a large-size vessel to the Port.
They thanked Mr Ravi M. Parmar, IAS, Chairman of Kandla Port Trust, Mr Mukesh Balani, Traffic Manager, Capt. H. K. Sibal, Deputy Conservator (who initiated the dynamic step), Capt. T. Srinivas, Harbour Master, HODs, the Port Administration, officers, staff, Customs officials, and all other agencies for their support and cooperation.
This “tremendous achievement” will pave the way for bigger vessels calling for discharge at Kandla Port, emphasised a release.
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