Odisha Sun Times Business Bureau
Dhamra, Mar 27:
Dhamra Port has become first among the Indian ports to berth a parcel size vessel of 207785 DWT (dead weight tonnage), which has added another feather to the cap of this deep sea modern port in the eastern coast of the country.
The vessel named ‘Macau Mineral’ is carrying 194073 tonnes of coal from Richards Bay in South Africa. The South Korean made ship is 312-meter long and about 50 meters in breadth. The ship bearing IMO No – 8716021 was built in 1989.
According to DPCL sources, the vessel had berthed at the Dhamra Port jetty around 6 pm on March 26 and it is likely to depart after unloading the cargo on March 29. It has 21 Chinese Crew headed by Captain Wang Yongan. Macau Mineral is a Panama registered super cape size vessel. The Harbour Master of Dhamra Port Capt Mirza Baig, along with senior officials of DPCL, was present during berthing of the biggest parcel size vessel.
Dhamra Port had started commercial operations in May 2011. Till date, the port has berthed 424 cargo ships, including over 100 cape size vessels.
With fully mechanized loading and unloading facilities, the port has a channel of 18 km which has 18 meter depth for berthing cape size and super cape size vessels from all parts of the world. Presently, Dhamra Port has two fully mechanized berths of 350 meter each and DPCL has built a rail connectivity of 62 km fully electrified railway line from Dhamra to Bhadrak connecting the main Howrah-Chennai line for transportation of cargo.