Stevedoring row deepens, Seaways Shipping forms new body

Bhubaneswar/Paradip: Stevedoring logjam at Paradip Port which continued for a week refuses to die down with Seaways Shipping and Logistics Private Limited (SSPL) forming of a new body to undertake cargo handling activities today.

SSPL formed Utkal Stevedores Association by taking five more associations into its fold.

Port sources said, members of union will be involved in cargoloading and unloading activities of the port.

“All the members will be assigned port clearance activities on a rotation basis,” a member of the union said.

Though the weeklong impasse over cargo handling in the port came to an end on Tuesday with the Jagatsinghpur district administration asking all the port unions to abide by the port rules and work in tandem with others, sources said the logjam would continue in the coming days.

As per the decision taken at a meeting presided over by the district collector Bijay Ketan Upadhyay at the collectorate on Tuesday, cargo handling in the port began this morning.

Yesterday Odisha head of SSPL, Debendra Nayak had said, “We would supply raw materials required by the plants. The Dumper Owners’ Association has agreed to provide dumpers for cargo loading and unloading”.

“Besides, the stevedores associations also agreed to abide by the rules and regulations of the Port,” he added.
Paradip Stevedores’ Association president Mahimananda Mishra said SSPL, which was assigned the cargo handling work by the Jindal Power and Steel Ltd (JSPL), would sublet the work to a panel of stevedores on rotation basis while 10/12 stakeholders presently working in the Port would cooperate in the work so that the system which was earlier prevalent, would continue.