Carries 1,800 tonnes of wheat from Gujarat

After a gap of several months, a merchant vessel has anchored in the Beypore port. The ship that reached the port on Friday with 1,800 tonnes of wheat from Gujarat will be unloaded on Monday.

Port officials said the ship was anchored in the Beypore coast as part of the ongoing coastal shipping promotion programmes of the State government. The department had held negotiations with the ship owners urging them to utilise the facilities at the port for inter-State shipment. Some of the companies had already started cooperating with us, they said.

Port Officer Abraham V. Kuriakose said discussions were continuing to ensure continuity in the anchoring of mercantile vessels in the Beypore port. “We have held discussions with potential investors in the sector and the number of ships anchoring in the port is set to witness a rise in the coming months,” he said.

Mr. Kuriakose said that several developmental works were progressing on the port premises to improve the facilities for big cargo ships. The work on deepening the wharf was now on and with its completion, the port would be able to attract more ships, he said.

Last year, the port authorities had held discussions with ship owners and leading industrialists from various parts of Malabar requesting them to utilise the facilities at the port and cooperate with the attempts of the government to promote the port. Most of them had then agreed to the concept and appealed the department to improve the storage space and other facilities at the port to attract big vessels.