The Chennai Port is all set to create
another record in its 137 years of service to the Maritime Trade of the Country
when it berths a VLCC ( Very Large Crude Carrier) vessel on 31st
August 2018in its continuous endeavor to provide efficient service to meet the
requirements of the Port Users and the trade says a release.
The berthing of a big ship like VLCC in
an alongside berth inside an enclosed harbour will be the first ever of its
kind in an Indian Port and by berthing
the vessel, the Chennai Port will be the
first among the Ports of India to have such remarkable achievement.
Vessel, m.t. New Diamond of 1,60,079 GRT, chartered by M/S Indian Oil
Corporation Limited on account of M/S Chennai Petroleum Corporation Limited which
left the BASRA Oil Terminal on 19th August with 1,33,719 metric
tonnes of Basra light Crude oil is likely to arrive at Chennai Port at 2130 hrs
on 30th August, 2018 and will be berthed along side in the Oil Docks
of the Chennai Port on 31st August.
of such a bigger vessel inside the break waters is a challenging task and requires
professional acumen and sufficient towage support. The Marine Department of
Chennai Port has made all arrangements for berthing the vessel with high
powered tugs and professionally trained Pilots of the Port will be engaged for
safe navigation and berthing of the vessel.
The Chennai Port is presently handling Suezmax
oil tankers upto 1,50,000 DWT and the berthing of the VLCC at Chennai Port will facilitate CPCL in improving the Economies
of scale by optimization of expenditure. The officials of Chennai Port and CPCL
are in close co-ordination for planning various operational requirements for
the successful berthing of the VLCC at Chennai Port.