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Syama Prasad Mookherjee Port organizes ‘Meet Odisha’

Bhubaneswar, 14.09.2022: Syama Prasad Mookherjee Port, Kolkata (SMPK) which includes the Kolkata Dock System (KDS) & Haldia Dock Complex (HDC), by its geographical location, is strategically located at Eastern part of India, which can facilitate the endeavor to the movement of cargo from/to Europe, South-East Asia as well as far-East and Asia Oceania.  Its location along with infrastructure and facilities makes it an ideal choice for export or import under economical logistics costs. The logistics ecosystem at SMPK is ideally suited and experienced in handling and moving bulk, break bulk & containerized cargo. The port has an adequate storage area and a robust rail network which enables smooth handling and dispatch of the same.

In Kolkata Dock System (KDS), we have a Container terminal with 8,00,000 TEUs handling capacity aided by 17,000 TEUs yard stacking capacity equipped with 4 Mobile Harbor Cranes, 4 RTGs, 10 RSTs & 30 Trailers and in addition to that there are thirty transit sheds covering 1,00,000 sqm of covered area, which are available for storage and more hardstand can also be allotted to the interested agencies for the development of covered storage for storage. SMPK although having 36 multipurpose berths inside the impounded dock, 26 berths are generally used for handling clean cargo. In the Container terminal, 6 berths are dedicated to handling container vessels, more than 50 shipping lines are regularly operating and most of the global players like Maersk, MSC, ONE, CMA CGM, COSCO, PIL, Hapag-Lyod, Evergreen, ZIM, etc. handling a large volume of containers ex KDS. MSC, PIL, Samudera, X-Press Feeders, and Transworld also deployed their feeder vessels from SMPK to connect with East, Far East & Bangladesh via Singapore, Colombo, Port Klang, and Chittagong ports. Recently, SMPK has established connectivity with Northeast states using National waterways & Indo Bangladesh protocol routes, and for the first time the ship-to-ship operation started at Sandheads, Sagar & other anchorage points by transferring LPG from VLGC to several smaller daughter vessels to carry the LPG to Mongla port at Bangladesh.

Under the dynamic leadership of Shri Vinit Kumar, Chairman, SMPK; SMPK is also facilitating the trade for the handling of the fully laden ship by deploying Floating Cranes with associated facilities.  These Floating Cranes are backed by a fleet of barges to facilitate Anchorage operations.  Similarly, for facilitating aggregation/evacuation of cargo, SMPK is having several Railway Sidings inside the Port which can facilitate the handling of rakes seamlessly and efficiently. To address the SMPK has steady shipping connections with East, Far East & Bangladesh & regular shipments of cargo are made to these countries. Recently, SMPK has started STS operation to do lighterage operation to send LPG to Bangladesh using small vessels and the largest Cape size vessel M/v Mineral Yang fan with 70,300MT parcel load of SAIL called at Sagar Anchorage to unload coal for Haldia.

At present KDS handles meat, fresh fruits (mainly apples, and pears), dry fruits, shrimps, seafood, and medicines as perishable cargo. KDS, SMPK handled 19,000 TEUs of loaded & 9,500 TEUs of empty refrigerated containers in the last financial year, and commensurate with the growing demand for reefer containers, reefer parks with 408 reefer plugs have been installed recently.

Many countries in the Far East, Europe, the US, Middle East are sourcing perishable cargo from India. Kolkata Dock System (KDS) by its geographical location, is strategically located in the Eastern part of India connected with vast hinterland of West Bengal, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, NE states, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh which can be further harnessed by the shippers to connect Far East, Europe, US, Middle East markets. All our Reefer parks are at strategic locations near Container Berths for quick loading or unloading to or from ships, which will minimize any deviations in temperature, humidity, etc.

SMPK has always extended several benefits, remissions, and facilities to support the Dry Bulk/Containerized Cargo movement and necessary convenience to the trade which significantly reduced the overall logistics cost. We welcome the concerned stakeholders to use the reefer infrastructure of Kolkata Dock System, for which SMPK assures to extend all possible assistance including suitable rebates on cost of port charges if required. In line with it, SMPK is offering to provide 15% rebate on Reefer plug-in chargesas well.

About Editor in chief

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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