Stevedores’ stir: Efforts on to end deadlock, says Transport minister

Bhubaneswar/Paradip: The situation arising out of stand- off between stevedores’ association and Paradip port authorities has been reviewed by the chief secretary. Efforts are on to end the deadlock, Odisha transport minister Ramesh Majhi said today.

The Ministry of Shipping should intervene into the matter, he added.

The port authorities engaged Seaways Shipping and Logistics Private Limited (SSPL) for transportation of cargo since Saturday amid tight security. But, the logjam continues as the stevedores association are yet to join the work.

SSPL engaged 25 highway dumpers on Saturday morning and another 35 including some from local owners and Nirakar dumper owners’ association in the afternoon for cargo transportation.

The work resumed at only one berth while others have remained closed due to ongoing stevedores’ stir. The port authorities slapped show cause notice on some of the transportation units.

SSPL DGM Mahendra Swain said, “We had work contracts from JSPL. To transport the materials we requested for dumpers, but they are asking us not to take the contract of JSPL. We cannot do this.”

On the other hand, Paradip Stevedores’ Association president Mahimananda Mishra alleged, “Authorities of Paradip Port Trust, Seaways Shipping and JSPL are jointly hatched aconspiracy to defame port internationally.”