MANGALORE 04/NOV/2014 A press release by the New Mangalore Port Trust (NMPT) said here that this is the first coastal movement of cargo to Minicoy in Lakshadweep Island from New Mangalore port. Hitherto these cargoes were going through Old Mangalore port (a minor port in Karnataka) and other neighbouring ports. It said that MK Shipping is the stevedores and clearing and forwarding agent for the cargo. 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 encourage water transport.
Accordingly, all 12 major ports have been directed to earmark exclusive berths and green channel for coastal cargo to promote the sector, it said.