On 11.02.2019, V.O. Chidambaranar Port, for the first
time in Port’s history handled a vessel with 14.20Metre draft, after declaring
of such draft at Berth-8 (Dakshin Bharat Gateway Terminal) and Berth- No.9 by
the Port on 31.12.2018.
The vessel ‘MV SFAKIA WAVE’ was docked at the Berth No-9
at 1650 Hrs. The Cyprus flagged vessel ‘MV SFAKIA WAVE’ with Length of 229
metres and beam of 36.80metres arrived from the Port of Mina Saqr, United Arab
Emirates (UAE) with 84,502 Tonnes of Lime Stone destined for Eastern Bulk
The Shipping Agents for the vessel is Seaport Shipping,
Tuticorin and Stevedore Agent is Seaport Logistics, Tuticorin.
Earlier on 28.11.2018, the Port had handled MV BOTTIGLIERI
GIOGIO AVINO, with parcel size of 82,170 Tonnes and draft of 14.00 metres.
Shri T.K. Ramachandran, IAS., Chairman, V.O. Chidambaranar Port thanked the
entire team as well as M/s. Seaport Shipping, Tuticorin which brought the first
vessel with 14.20metre draft to the Port and stated that, ‘With the
developmental projects on the horizon, this record parcel size vessel calling
the Port will be a game changer to the Port to handle more cargo and the trade
to reap the benefit of ‘Economics of Scale’ in handling Coal, Lime Stone, Rock
Phosphate and other Bulk cargo’. He further added that handling of 14.20 metre
draft vessels at VOC Port would give Fillip to the prospective stakeholders
involved in dry bulk and Containers vessels. He also stated
that VOC Port’s ability to handle ships of higher draft will help it to become
a transshipment hub in the near future.