This is the largest LPG vessel ever handled at the port. So far, the maximum was 27,000 tonnes in a gas carrier.

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Mangalore, Jan. 2

New Mangalore Port handled a large LPG vessel on January 1. A press release by Mr S. Gopalakrishna, Traffic Manager of New Mangalore Port Trust (NMPT), said here on Saturday that a large gas carrier (LGC) — m.t. Maharshi Vamadeva — carrying 33,000 tonnes of LPG was berthed at number 12 at the port on January 1.

This is the largest LPG vessel ever handled at the port. So far, the maximum was 27,000 tonnes in a gas carrier.

Meant for distribution in Karnataka, the entire consignment has been brought as coastal movement from Sikka Port in Gujarat for Total Oil India. The port handled 1.38 million tonnes of LPG during the first nine months of this fiscal as against 1.22 million tonnes in the corresponding period of the previous fiscal.

Quoting Mr P. Tamilvanan, Chairman of NMPT, the release said the port could achieve this landmark by permitting Total Oil India to install LPG handling facilities at berth number12 from January 25, 2009.

Henceforth large parcel size of LGCs will be handled at this berth, and even very large gas carriers with a carrying capacity of more than 40,000 tonnes are expected to be handled at the port in the coming days, he added.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated January 3, 2011)
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