Maiden Call of Edible Oil Carrier MT Zao Galaxy on August 17, 2017
MUMBAI: JSW Infrastructure’s flagship Jaigarh Port (Ratnagiri, Maharashtra), inaugurated its Edible oil terminal on August 17, 2017. The occasion also marked the maiden call of Edible Oil carrier MT Zao Galaxy.
The strategic location of Jaigarh Port between two Major Ports of Mumbai and Goa gives it an advantage of servicing the vast hinterland of Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Jaigarh Port has partnered with West India Continental Oil & Fats Pvt. Ltd. (WICOF) and Narendra Forwarders Pvt. Ltd. for handling the first edible oil cargo at Jaigarh Port.
The maiden vessel MT Zao Galaxy, handymax vessel with LOA 159.03 m, beam 27.10m, carried a parcel of 3000 MT onboard from Padang, Indonesia. The vessel was berthed on arrival and cargo discharge operations were completed in 11 hours.
The edible oil terminal has a tankage capacity of over 16,800 KL with a provision of adding more tanks in future. The unloading rate of the terminal is around 400 MT per hour.
The terminal has 3 pumps for tanker loading and 2 nos of booster pumps having a capacity of 400 m3 per hour. The terminal has 4 tanker loading bays for evacuation of cargo to the hinterland.
Speaking on the occasion, Capt. BVJK Sharma, JMD & CEO, JSWIL said: “We are delighted to welcome WICOF’s edible oil vessel to the Jaigarh Port and to inaugurate our new edible oil terminal. The arrival of the MT Zao Galaxy is an indicator of Jaigarh Port’s continuous track record of operational excellence and diversification into liquid cargo space. We are continuously improving our liquid cargo handling facilities at Jaigarh Port and will be creating additional berths for handling Crude, POL and chemical cargos in near future”
Gyan Chordia, Managing Director, West India Continental Oil & Fats Pvt. Ltd. (WICOF) said “We have created brand of WICOF in edible oil trade by giving the uniform quality and best service to customers. Jaigarh Port is a port of priority for WICOF. We chose JSW Jaigarh Port for the maiden visit because of the exceptional operational efficiencies offered here. We’re delighted that the Jaigarh Port team has serviced our edible oil vessel to our satisfaction and thank them for supporting our ambitious plans for servicing the vast hinterland of Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Import at Jaigarh will make the Oil cheaper to end consumer in the form of lower transportation cost and quick delivery.”