Dhamra port receives first cape size vessel

Bhubaneswar: Dhamra Port, which became commercially operational in May, received the first cape size vessel with the arrival of a Chinese ship from Australia.

The ship named "China Steel Responsibility" carried around 1.5 lakh tonne of coal from Australia for Tata Steel.

The ship has a capacity of 1,80,000 DWT (dead weight tonnage) and its length is around 290 meters, port sources said.

This is the largest vessel, Orissa as well as its neighbouring West Bengal had received so far, they claimed.

The ship which berthed at the Dhamra Port jetty last evening has 19 Chinese crew members on board.

Dhamra Port, located in Bhadrak district, has two berths of 350 meter each and has presently a handling capacity of 25 MTPA (millon tones per annum) and the 18 km channel of the port has a depth of 18 meters capable to handle vessels upto 1,80,000 DWT.

The first cargo ship had berthed at?Dhamra?Port?jetty on September 18, 2010. The ship named "YIN PU" had carried around 23,000 tonnes of coal from?Australia. So far 20 ships have berthed the Dhamra?Port?including the cape-size vessel.

Since the commencement of commercial operation of the port, transportation of cargo through rail has started from Dhamra port. Till date 94 full rakes (each rake consists of 59 wagons) of cargo have been sent from the port to various locations. The 62 km Dhamra-Bhadrak rail link is connected to the main Howrah-Chennai line.