In order to ease the prevailing congestion of liquid cargo tankers at Kandla Port, the Port Trust (KPT) has taken certain decisions in line with the consensus arrived at during the recent discussions with the trade on the berthing policy for oil tankers at the Port.
According to a KPT circular, liquid cargo will be divided into two categories:
Edible oil (palm oils, vegetable oil, palm fatty acids, etc.) and
Non-edible liquids (including castor oil, POL, chemicals, crude oil, etc.).
Of the five oil jetties available, other than the IOC Jetty No. 6, a maximum two tankers of the first category, i.e. edible oil tankers, at a time will be berthed subject to them being senior to second category tankers.
Two jetties will be allocated to the second category, i.e. non-edible liquid tankers, and the 5th jetty, in the absence of IFFCO/coastal tanker, will be allocated to the seniormost vessel irrespective of the category of tankers.
These changes have come into force with immediate effect and will remain valid till further notification, the circular stressed, according to Exim News Service.