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NMPT registers high growth in container traffic

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A grab handling timber logs shipped from Myanmar at New Mangalore Port.
A grab handling timber logs shipped from Myanmar at New Mangalore Port.

New Mangalore Port Trust (NMPT) has recorded a leap in container handling owing to increased movement of cargo from the hinterland, according to a press release.

During the current fiscal, the port crossed last year's container traffic of 40,158 TEUs. One more month is left for the closure of current fiscal and the port is expected to handle around 45,000 TEUs. There is substantial increase in handling of cargoes such as coffee, reefer cargo, cashew kernels, machinery and chemicals. The export of coffee through the port has crossed one lakh tonnes, which is the highest quantity among the major ports of India. As part of introduction of new safe handling methods, the port has inducted a grab operation for handling timber logs. This system of handling timber was successfully carried out in vessel m.v. Inalco Brave, which called at the port on February 2 this year, carrying 5,621 pieces of Myanmar teakwood (3921 tonnes). The consignment was unloaded safely with 50 per cent increased productivity. This system has been recommended by the Directorate General, Factory Advice service and Labour Institutes, which is the official body for safety in cargo handling operation in ports. M/s Delta Infralogistics Ltd .are the stevedores of the vessel.

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