The New Mangalore Port Trust (NMPT) has taken a giant leap in container handling due to increased movement of cargo from its hinterland, according to Exim News Service.
The current fiscal’s figures till date have already crossed the previous year’s container traffic of 40,158 TEUs, with more than a month remaining. The Port is projected to handle around 45,000 TEUs in 2011-12.
There has been a substantial increase in the handling of cargoes like coffee, reefers, cashew kernels, machinery and chemicals. Coffee exports through the Port have crossed one lakh tonnes, the highest among the Major Ports.
As part of introducing new, safer handling methods, the Port recently commissioned grab operations for timber log handling. The method was used successfully to unload the vessel m.v. Inalco Brave, which had recently called at the Port with 5,621 pieces (3,921 tonnes) of Myanmar teakwood. The entire consignment was unloaded safely with a 50 per cent increase in productivity.
Delta Infralogistics Ltd was the stevedore.
The system has also been recommended by DGFASLI, the official body for safety in cargo handling operations at ports.
Dr P. Tamilvanan, Chairman of NMPT, attributed the growth in container traffic to infrastructure augmentation coupled with proactive marketing.