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With Dredging Incomplete, New Coal Berth at NMPT Idling - KCCI

Coal News - Published on Wed, 21 Aug 2019

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The Hindu Business Line, citing the Kanara Chamber of Commerce and Industry, reported that new berth for mechanised handling for coal at the New Mangalore Port has been lying idle for over two months since its inauguration as it was commissioned before completion of capital dredging and providing adequate draft.

In a memorandum to the Union Minister of State for Shipping independent charge, Mr Mansukh L Mandaviya, during his visit to Mangaluru recently, PB Abdul Hameed, president of KCCI, said the newly constructed berth 16 for mechanised handling of coal was inaugurated in May. Quoting the operators of the berth, he said the 325-metre-long berth has the capacity to handle vessels up to 1 lakh DWT with maximum permissible depth of 15.1 metres. However, Hameed said the berth has been commissioned with a declared draft of 11.90 m and LOA (length overall) of 190 m.

Mr Mandaviya said that “The public at large is unable to understand the reason why the berth was commissioned without completion of capital dredging and providing assured draft as per the tender document. It is a shame the new facility is lying idle after handling couple of inaugural shipments. It is reliably learnt that the port authority is now contemplating to allot berth 14 for lighterage operations, and subsequently shift the vessel to berth 16 for handling balance cargo.”

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Posted By : Sanju Moirangthem on Wed, 21 Aug 2019
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