PARADIP: 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. The giant sized vessel was manoeuvred into the artificial lagoon type of harbour of the Port by Capt A K Mohapatra, Harbour Master of the Port along with Capt 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 Port’s 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.
Paradip 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.