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Liner vessels call at VOC Port Tuticorin during West African cashew season
Mr.G.Chandrasekar Mar 17 2023 Container Terminal News

Liner vessels call at VOC Port Tuticorin during West African cashew season

With the VOC Port Tuticorin reduced to the status of a feeder port, one of its container terminals has started receiving liner vessels carrying raw cashew from the West African state of Ghana on a regular basis to save the local industry from paying transshipment charges at Colombo port.

The assiduous efforts the liner vessel MSC and the Dakshin Bharat Gateway terminal operating out of VOC Port Tuticorin, to attract direct call to Tuticorin Port during the West Africa cashew season has come to fruition when a liner vessel  MV MSC Vidhi came calling at the port on March 15th. The call by the liner vessel is considered a boon for the raw cashew importers since they could save the transshipment which they would shelling out at Colombo port otherwise.

Dakshin Bharat Gateway Terminal once again splendidly accommodated MV. MSC VIDHI with LOA 277m arrived from Tema / Ghana according to a terminal press release

As usual, MSC takes the lead in deploying adhoc calls at DBGT to fulfil the customer needs. Incidentally, this was the second call for MSC VIDHI at DBGT during the last one year. The vessel had called at the port on March 20th last year during the last cashew season Raw cashew is imported from the west African countries by the processing industry based in Tuticorin.

The VOC Port administration Tuticorin and the terminal operator DBGT always try to promote Raw Cashew imports as it is one of the Major import cargos for Tuticorin Trade fraternity. The prevailing Vessel Related Charges incentive scheme offered by the VOC Port administration is one of the major factors which has persuaded liner vessels like the MSC to make such ad hoc calls at the port

To commemorate the occasion, a low-key ceremony was organized by DBGT onboard the vessel, during which the Master of the vessel was presented with a Memento. The Terminal Management thanked MSC for their valuable and aggressive support for the Raw Cashew Trade by deploying bigger vessels directly from the Port of Origin.

MV. MSC VIDHI is having capacity of 5770 TEU’s, arrived directly from Tema / Ghana, with total throughput of 615 Crane Moves at Tuticorin and is bound  for Abu Dhabhi (UAE) as next port. The vessel arrived and berthed at DBGT on March 15th

DBGT Management thanked the efforts of VOC Port Authority, MSC Agency (India) Pvt. Ltd., and DBGT Team for this achievement.