Oct 31, 2014: Following a directive to the major ports from the Union Ministry of Shipping to give priority for coastal shipping activities, New Mangalore Port handled first coastal cargo to Lakshadweep Island on Thursday. A vessel, mv PFS Prosperity, left for Lakshadweep on Thursday with building materials. A press release from the New Mangalore Port Trust (NMPT) said this was the first coastal movement of cargo to Minicoy in Lakshadweep Island from New Mangalore Port. Earlier, these cargoes were going through Old Mangalore Port and other neighbouring ports.
MK Shipping is the stevedores and clearing and forwarding agent for the cargo, it said. Export Marine Services of Mangalore is the exporter of the entire consignment. The release said that the Union Ministry of Shipping has issued new guidelines under which ports will have to give priority berthing to dry bulk and general cargo coastal vessels, irrespective of the origin and final destination of the cargo, in order to save on fuel cost, and to de-congest railways and road transport, and to promote water transport.