15.10.2018, V.O. Chidambaranar Port, for the first time in Port’s history
handled a vessel with 14 metre draft, says a release from VOC Port Trust.
The vessel ‘MV Zheng Jun’ was docked at the
North Cargo Berth-I at 1600 Hrs. The Panama flagged vessel ‘MV Zheng Jun’ with
Length of 229 metres and beam of 32.26 metres arrived from the Port of
Samarinda, Indonesia with 74,962 Tonnes of coal for Neyveli Thermal Power
Limited (NTPL).The agents for the vessel is GAC Shipping (India), Pvt. Ltd.,
CaptJ. Kingston Neel Durai, Pilot
and CaptN. Venkatesh, Pilot under the guidance of CaptBhabatosh Chand, Deputy
Conservator effectively guided the ship safely to the berth.
Earlier on 20.06.2018, the Port had handled
MV Dionysus, a vessel with draft of 13.20 metre, that discharged 60,500 Tonnes
of Rock Phosphate for Greenstar Fertilizers Limited, Tuticorin.
Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, V.O. Chidambaranar Port thanked the entire team
which brought the first vessel with 14 metre draft to the Port and stated that,
‘With the developmental projects on the horizon, this record-size vessel
calling the Port will be a game changer to the Port to handle more cargo and
the trade to reap the benefit of ‘Economics of Scale’ in handling Coal, Lime
Stone, Rock Phosphate and other Bulk cargo’.