TUTICORIN: The state owned V.O. Chidambaranar Port, Tuticorin situated near the land’s end has achieved yet another milestone by handling the vessel ‘M.V. Venus History’ with 38 metres across the Beam. The Port’s entrance channel has become so wide that it could accommodate the vessel with such huge breadth. Normal vessels have thirty meters across the beam (breadth of the vessel)
The vessel ‘M.V. Venus History’ with Length Over All (LOA) of 235m, Dead weight Tonnage (DWT) of 95,692 MT, Net Registered Tonnage (NRT) of 50,647 MT and 38 metres across the Beam called on the port on April 25.
The vessel has commenced its journey from the Port of Saldanha Bay, South Africa en route Mormugoa Port arrived at V.O. Chidambaranar Port. The vessel was berthed immediately.
It discharged 45,000 Tonnes of iron ore lumps using the three harbor Mobile Cranes. Charge operations started within an hour of the ship berthing at the port. After completing the discharge within a day the vessel sailed out of the port on April 26th
The arrival of iron ore consignment for Sree Rengaraj Ispat Industries Pvt. Ltd., Perundurai is a new cargo for the Port. It is expected that the Consignor would handle around two lakh tons per Annum initially. The Ship Agents for the vessel ‘M.V. Venus History’ are Admiral Shipping, Tuticorin and the Stevedores are SICAL Logistics Tuticorin. With the handling of larger ship at Tuticorin port, India Cements have proposed to shift Cement slag handling from Visakhapatnam to VOC Port Tuticicorin. The port is expected to secure additional cargo to tune of four lakh Tonnes per annum on this account..
“With the arrival of the first vessel over 38 metres across the beam, V.O.Chidambaranar Port is taking part in the next stage in international shipping along the East Coast of India. I would like to recognize the hard work of Ship Agents, Stevedores, Harbour Mobile Crane Operators, Officers and Staff of V.O. Chidambaranar Port and especially the Deputy Conservator and his team of Pilots for effectively handling the vessel of this size.” Said Chairman of the Port I. Jeyakumar.