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NMPT handles record potash

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MANGALORE, Aug. 7

A RECORD quantity of 1,282 tonnes of MOP (muriate of potash) has been discharged in a single shift by a single gang, making this the highest quantity of MOP handled by the port in a single shift so far.

According to an NMPT press release, a `fertiliser vessel' MV Tien-Mu called at the port on August 1 and after discharging 5,094 tonnes of MOP, it sailed out the next day. The vessel achieved an average berthday output of 3,691 tonnes, also a record.

The entire consignment was imported from Israel for Indian Potash Ltd. J.M. Baxi and Co. were the steamer agents and Aspinwal the C&F agents.

The port also said that the introduction of a third shift from June 1 to handle conventional bulk, general and containerised cargoesand the port's efforts to enhance operational efficiency had begun to bear fruit.

Interactive sessions

The New Mangalore Port Trust (NMPT), as part of its business development drive, recently organised a one-day seminar-cum-interactive session at Hubli.

The meeting, in association with the Karnataka Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Hubli, was organised to facilitate interaction with exporters and importers of the Hubli and Gadag regions and encourage them to ship their cargo through the New Mangalore Port. Such interactive meetings will be held in Mysore and Bangalore on August 11 and 12.

According to an NMPT press release issued here, representatives from among the mainline operators, feeder line operators, delegates from Central Warehousing Corporation and other professional bodies attended the interactive session.

The NMPT Deputy Chairman, Mr G.J. Rao, made a presentation highlighting the facilities and infrastructure available at the port. Other speakers included the President of the Karnataka Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Hubli, Mr Madan B. Desai, and the Regional Joint Director-General of Foreign Trade, Bangalore, Mr. M. Balagangadharan.

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