The Cochin Port Trust has earmarked two
berths at Mattancherry and Ernakulam wharfs for priority berthing of vessels
bringing flood relief material to Kerala as part of the initiative to reach
relief materials from various parts of the country to the flood affected Kerala.
Two warehouses have been especially earmarked for storage of relief materials
The relief material from the major ports
at Tuticorin(V.O. Chidambaranar Port), Cochin, New Mangalore, Chennai and
Kamaraj, is being aggregated at VOC Port
in Tuticorin before being sent to Cochin Port via coastal shipping. Relief materials are
also reached through road from Tuticorin port
Naval Ship INS Deepak from Mumbai has
brought in about 800 tonnes of fresh water and 18 tonnes of provisions to
Cochin. Fresh water is being discharged to two barges for supply to the affected
areas. INS Deepak will make another call at Cochin Port with relief material tomorrow.A
coastal crude oil vessel Swarna Godavari from Mumbai with 50000 MT Crude oil by
BPCL has been received at Cochin Port to meet the fuel requirement in the state
.Earlier, five containers of relief materials comprising clothes, eatables, and
other basic requirements werereceived at Cochin Port.
Various port stakeholders have joined
hands to provide help in the relief operations in the state. Tradebodies have
offered special coastal shipping services between Cochin and ports at Hazira,
Mundra, Kattupalli, Tuticorin, Pipavav, Kandla for carrying relief material
from different parts of the country.
A relief camp for a group of affected
people has been set up by Cochin Port at Sir Robert Bristow Memorial School,
Willingdon Island& KV Port Trust School.About 50 people from different
areas near Cochin have been accommodated in the camp. Doctors from Port Trust
hospital are providing medical services. Volunteer teams comprising staff and
family members of Cochin Port, Customs and CISF and medical teamare assisting in
the camp and extending necessary support.
The Union Minister for Shipping, Nitin
Gadkari hailed the role of shipping fraternity in reaching out to the people in
time of the calamity.
The employees from Cochin Port trust have
decided to contribute their one dayís salary amounting to Rs. 31 lakh and an
equal amount from Cochin Port Trust fund to the Chief Ministerís Relief Fund.