Mangalore- 10/DEC/2014: Due to the various incentives extended by the Ministry of Shipping to boost coastal shipping, Mangalore Refinery & Petrochemicals Limited (MRPL) has commenced moving pet coke by the sea route. It earlier used to be transported by road to cement factories in Tamil Nadu. The first ship, SURYA MUKHI, loaded with 3,100 tonnes of pet coke, sailed out of New Mangalore Port on December 7 to Tuticorin.
The consignee, Ramco Cement, has mobilised around 6,200 tonnes of the commodity inside the Port for coastal movement, informed a release. The ship arrived at New Mangalore Port on December 4 with 3,000 tonnes of timber logs. The pet coke was loaded after the logs were discharged, and the vessel sailed out to Tuticorin. Seahasons was the stevedore for the consignment.
New Mangalore Port Trust (NMPT) has taken a number of steps to promote coastal movement of cargo, as a result of which the Port is expected to see more use of this mode of transport in the coming months of the fiscal year, the release pointed out.