Mundra Port makes history by handling the largest bulk carrier to call on West Coast of India
Mundra, December 04, 2014: Adani Ports & SEZ Ltd, India’s largest port developer and part of Adani Group, today said its Mundra Port successfully berthed the largest bulk carrier to call at any port on the west coast of India, thereby making history in the Indian maritime sector.
MV Orange Phoenix, a Panama registered vessel, with overall length of 299 meters and draft 16.7 meters, was berthed at Mundra Port’s West Basin Coal Terminal on 2nd December 2014 by the port’s marine team. The vessel has a Dead Weight Tonnage of 207,529 tons and has brought 179,741 MT of Indonesian coal.
Mundra port is designed to handle bulk vessels upto 250,000 dwt. These vessels have not been built as yet but are on the drawing board. However we at Mundra Port have always been proactive and hence have already designed the berth to handle the future coal vessels which will be built and operated by the world wide trading community.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Gautam Adani, Chairman, Adani Group, said, “It is yet another proud moment for everyone at Adani Group as Mundra port, which is the flagship of Adani Ports & SEZ, sets another record in the history of Indian maritime sector. Berthing of MV Orange Phoenix at Mundra Port reaffirms our position as the port of choice on the West Coast of India. It is a testimony to the world-class infrastructure and operational efficiency which has been consistently synonymous with Mundra Port”
In 2014, within 12 years of commissioning, Mundra Port created history by handling 100 million metric tonnes of commercial cargo in a year. This is inarguably the fastest growth in the Indian port sector and one of the best by global standards. Our world-class infrastructure and state-of-the art technology have ensured highest levels of efficiency and productivity. The port today possesses capacity to handle over 200 million tonnes of cargo, with the West Basin Coal Terminal designed to handle vessels of 250,000 DWT and above.
Capt. Generoso T. Gepullano, Master of the MV Orange Phoenix, was welcomed by Mundra Port - Chief Operating Officer (CEO) Capt. Unmesh Abhyankar, Mr. Bala Subramaniam, Sr. Advisor, Mr. Rakshit Shah – Executive Director, Corporate Services and Mr. Raymond Chirva, Head – West Basin by offering memento.