Paradip Port which is emerging as the major coal handling port of the country
has for the first time handled a Cape size vessel carrying imported coal on November
fifth. On that day the giant sized vessel was manoeuvred into the artificial
lagoon type of harbour of the port by Cap A K Mohapatra, Harbour Master of the
port along with Cap A C Sahoo and Capt Sanjam Dash with the Marine staff.
MV URJA, the Capesize 1,04,016 DWT vessel with 291.9 m LOA and 45 m Beam,
berthed at Paradip Portís Central Quay (CQ) - 1 on the morning of November
5. The vessel, owned by the Adani Group,
with the Panama flag, was the longest vessel ever to be berthed in the inner
harbour of Paradip Port, highlighted a release.
MV URJA arrived at Paradip Port to unload one lakh tonnes of imported steam
coal for Adani Enterprises Ltd, which was loaded at the Richards Bay Port in
South Africa. The occasion also saw the Master and crew of the vessel being
felicitated by Paradip Port Authority.
Port is now gearing up to regularly handle Capesize vessels inside the harbour
to enhance cargo throughput, given that it is vying for the coveted top
position among the Major Ports in the country with a slew of infrastructure
development and modernisation projects, the Port release said.