Transshipment of wind mill blades through New Mangalore Port to boost coastal cargo


In what comes as a feat for Mangalore, leading renewable energy solutions provider Suzlon Energy Ltd, Padubidri on Saturday shipped 46 wind mill blades weighing 675 tonnes through new Mangalore port, as per a tweet posted by the New Mangalore Port Trust.

This coastal cargo shipment of blades is bound for Tuticorin and was loaded on cargo vessel “Malcolm”.This is the first large domestic transhipment of this cargo.

Akkaraju Venkata Ramana, Chairman, New Mangalore Port Trust shared that while wind mill blades are routinely exported through ports, NMP included, it is for the first time that such a large consignment of these blades is being transhipped domestically.

“The thrust for domestic cargo is something that the newly rechristened ministry of ports, shipping and waterways is keen about and we are ready to fulfil that role.”

~Akkaraju Venkata Ramana, Chairman, New Mangalore Port Trust

Coastal shipping of cargo is a cheaper logistical alternative for any company compared to rail or road and Suzlon Energy has gone for it this time, stated Y R Belagal, Traffic manager, NMP.

“The company earlier used to export these wind bill blades. This is for the first time that they have done so domestically,” he said.

The chairman also added that the new cargo provide impetus to the state’s only major port in achieving its traffic target for the fiscal.

Mr Ramana said that the New Mangalore Port is also aggressively pursuing other sources of domestic coastal cargo apart from the wind mill blades. “Adani Ports and Logistics has taken up our offer to transport boulders from New Mangalore to their deep-water Vizhinjam trans-shipment port in Kerala,” he said. The boulders in all probability will be taken on barges rather than on rail as the company was planning earlier, Ramana said.

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