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VOC Port Tuticorin Container Terminal handles record Parcel Size
VOC Port Tuticorin
Mr.G.Chandrasekar 19-05-2023 Container Terminal News

VOC Port Tuticorin Container Terminal handles record Parcel Size

Dakshin Bharat Gateway Terminal (DBGT), VOC Port, Tuticorin received a MV MSC SAMANTHA, a direct main line vessel, on April 23, on its arrival from Port Louis, Mauritius. The vessel, operated by MSC Agency (India) Pvt. Ltd, has LOA of 274.6 m and beam of 40 m, as per a release. 


It is a sigh of relief for the EXIM trade in South Tamil Nadu that mainline vessels start calling at VOC Port Tuticorin where 95 per cent of the volumes are feeder traffic bound for Colombo port. Sources said it is time that the government improve the infrastructure of the port on par with Colombo so that main line vessels get attracted to call at the port.


The vessel berthed at DBGT on April 23 at 06.05 hours and departed for Colombo the next day at12.05 hours. Its total exchange during the call was 3,883 TEUs, the highest parcel size handled by DBGT since inception. During the port stay of 32 hours, a total of 2,480 units were handled at 32 moves per hour.


The port rotation was Durban – Pointe des Galets – Port Louis - Tuticorin – Colombo - Cochin – Mundra – Karachi – Jebel Ali The earlier record of handling the highest parcel size at DBGT was on MV SCI CHENNAI on November 25, 2018 with a total volume of 3,856 TEUs exchanged. 


The Traffic Manager, VOC Port Authority, lauded all those involved in achieving this record, pointing out that it shows the competitiveness of the port and the need to bring larger vessels directly without any transhipment. 


The DBGT management appreciated and thanked MSC Agency (India) for regularly operating ADHOC calls to DBGT and for also bringing such large direct vessels to the terminal, thereby reducing considerable transshipment cost. The management thanked VOC Port Authority for considering necessary concessions to the vessels calling from distant destinations, with the aim of promoting direct mainline calls.