India’s deepest and most modern port, Gangavaram Port Limited (GPL), on September 8, 2021, achieved a number of milestones by setting records in various cargo commodities.
The port’s impressive performance is a testament to its state-of-the-art infrastructure facilities, including deep-depth multipurpose cargo berths equipped to handle fast cargo movements. The port has extensive storage facilities and advanced material operating systems, making it possible to import and export cargoes quickly.
Milestones: Using Mobile Harbour Cranes (MHCs), the port discharged 26,885 MT of fertilizer in 24 hours, breaking their previous record of 16,690 MT fertilizer discharge.
The vessel MV Kmax Emperor, with 64,575 MT of urea, berthed at GPL on account of M/s Indian Potash Limited (IPL). This is the fastest urea discharge rate in GPL’s history. The management of IPL, the cargo receivers, expressed their gratitude to the port management and staff who were instrumental in achieving this milestone.
Pig iron loading: The Port reached another milestone in pig iron loading. The GPL broke its own record for loading Pig iron using Vessel Cranes at Berth-7 on September 1, 2021, by loading 23,500 MT of Pig Iron in 24 hours, breaking the old record of 16,600 MT.
The vessel MV AFRICAN JACANA was berthed at GPL Mobile Harbour Cranes, carrying 44,000 tonnes of Pig iron. On August 30, 2021, the vessel berthed, and the entire cargo was loaded in just 46 hours, setting a new loading record on September 1, 2021.
The vessel MV KM HAKATA, which carried 82,500 tonnes of iron ore pellets, was docked at GPL Mobile Harbour Cranes. Upon docking on September 3, 2021, the entire cargo was loaded within 24 hours, setting a new loading record.
Highest monthly coal transfer to RINL: The coal transfer to Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited (RINL) was another significant milestone for Gangavaram Port. GPL transported 6,08,706 MT of coal cargo via conveyors to the RINL plant in August 2021. It is the company’s highest cargo transfer achievement since inception, surpassing its previous record of 5,67,888 MT set in April 2021. Smooth coordination and operational efficiency of RINL and GPL enabled this accomplishment.
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The RINL management expressed its sincere gratitude to the GPL management for this outstanding achievement.
G.J. Rao, Executive Director of GPL, stated on the occasion that they are overjoyed with the team’s accomplishments. The record cargo discharge of various commodities, he claims, is yet another demonstration of their superior port infrastructure and operational efficiency. In his view, Gangavaram provides substantial economic benefits to Indian importers by reducing ocean freight costs, providing an advanced material handling and evacuation system, vast storage capacities for all types of cargo, as well as faster turnaround times.
He noted that they are thrilled to see trade benefit from the modern deepwater infrastructure at Gangavaram Port.
With numerous operational milestones achieved in the past, Gangavaram Port is now redefining the economics of Cape Size Vessel Handling at Indian ports. GPL has handled vessels carrying a wide variety of cargoes, including coking and non-coking coal, iron ore, fertilizers, agriculture products, project cargoes, and industrial raw materials such as aluminum and bauxite.