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NEW DELHI, June 27

THE Shipping Ministry has sought the Petroleum Ministry's assistance to sort out the workers' boycott threat emanating from the proposal of Kochi Refineries Ltd to set up a single buoy mooring (SBM) facility outside the port limits.

"We have requested the Petroleum Ministry to hear out the views of the port authorities'', a Shipping Ministry official said.

"The setting up of SBM will affect the revenues of Kochi port and the existing infrastructure'', the official said, adding that the Shipping Secretary had taken up the issue with his counterpart in the Petroleum Ministry.

The workers at Kochi port have decided to boycott tankers bringing crude oil to KRL from July 1. The proposed strike is aimed at pressing the company to abandon its plan to set up the SBM facility.

KRL apprehends that the strike would affect pumping of crude to the refinery from the port, impacting refining process and production of petroleum products.

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