Odisha’s Gopalpur Port sets national record by achieving highest-ever iron ore lumps cargo loading

Setting a new record, the Gopalpur Port in Odisha’s Ganjam district has achieved the highest-ever iron ore lumps cargo loading of 59,150 metric tons on vessel MV Reachy Spring nominated by JSW Steel in 24 hours on July 13 to 14.

Continuing its record setting streak, the port in mere 40 hours loaded 86,700 MT of iron ore lumps on the vessel on July 15 with an average loading of 2,167MT per hour, a statement issued by the port said.

As per officials, the port managed by Shapoorji Pallonji Group, has been awarded with a certification of appreciation by the master of the vessel for setting this record.

This is the fastest loading of iron ore lumps done at the port manually since its inception, an official informed.

The Gopalpur port, is the deepest all-weather port in the state with round-the-clock operations. It is positioned uniquely between Paradip and Visakhapatnam ports, and is utilized for imports as well as coastal transportation of cargo on the east coast of India.

The record-breaking achievement at Gopalpur port has demonstrated the port’s cargo management efficiency and capacity to handle large volumes of cargo.

Amit Saboo, managing director of Shapoorji Pallonji port maintenance

The achievement was due to proper planning. The best rail and road connected port in the state was consistently setting newer records for cargo handling. The port had discharged more than 32,000 MT coal cargo in 24 hours from vessel MV New Prestige recently. The port has a capacity to handle more than 20 rakes a day and this record-breaking performance on marine operations reinforces its position as a reliable and competitive maritime gateway. Gopalpur is poised to be the next super port in east India.

V. Janardhana Rao, the chief executive officer of Gopalpur port,

Gopalpur Port, managed by Shapoorji Pallonji Group since 2017 has provided requisite marine infrastructure to handle cape vessels up to a deep-draft of 14.5 metres. It has open and closed storage space to store about 2.5 MT of cargo. And, has eight operational rail yard sidings for efficient and seamless handling of multiple cargos.

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