The Kandla Port Trust (KPT) created history for itself when it recently handled a cargo ship weighing over 95,000 DWT (dead weight tonnage),the largest merchant vessel to be handled by the country’s largest port in 60 years of its existence.
However,some of the private ports in Gujarat like Hazira,Mundra and Pipavav that are direct competitors of Kandla and have posted better growth in terms of cargo volumes have handled bigger cargo ships in the recent past.
On April 29,MV Double Prestige,carrying 59,000
million metric tonne of imported coal,berthed at the Kandla port. The vessel was 770 feet in length.
The port,which has a draft of 12.5 meters,normally handles Panamax cargo ships that typically have a DWT of 65,000-80,000 tonnes. This was the biggest vessel ever to be handled at the port, said Deputy Conservator Captain H K Sibal of KPT.