The New Mangalore Port (NMP) received and unloaded six giant machineries on Tuesday, according to a press release from the New Mangalore Port Trust on Thursday.
The release also said that the over-dimensional cargo (ODC) received from Hazira in Gujarat was unloaded in four hours and 30 minutes. It is being transported to the MRPL site through the recently laid ODC road near KIOCL by a Mumbai-based firm using a 48-axle trailer.
A boiler pot among the machinery received on Tuesday is 15 metres in diameter and 14 metres high and weighs 250 tonnes.
The Silver Jubilee Gate (Tannirbhavi side) of the port, which is presently 8 metres wide, will have to be widened to facilitate movement of the cargo out of the NMPT premises. The gate will be reconstructed after the cargo is taken away. It may take up to a week to move the cargo out of the NMP. Two smaller boiler pots have already been taken to the MRPL premises, the sources said. The NMP is poised for a big leap in handling diversified cargo, as mega projects such as expansion of MRPL, and Suzlon, Udupi Power Corporation, Bharati Shipyard and Tebma Shipyard are coming up in the vicinity of the NMPT. The number of foreign vessels carrying cargo calling at the port has increased while many of the consignments are coming in containers.
The press release quoted NMPT Chairman P. Tamilvanan as saying that the port was fully equipped to handle any type of cargo because of infrastructure additions made during the past few years.