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Tuticorin allowed to levy special charges

Raja Simhan T.E.

Users have not been able to clean the general cargo berth after handling dust-generating cargoes to the port's satisfaction because of the vast backup area, especially in berth V, VI and VIII.

Chennai , Feb. 7

THE Tariff Authority for Major Ports (TAMP) has approved the Tuticorin Port Trust's proposal to levy special charges for relieving congestion of dust-generating bulk cargo vessels.

It has approved the proposed cleaning charge at Re 1 per tonne for the dusty cargo discharged from the berths.

According to the port trust, the port has three deep-draught berths and five shallow-draught berths to handle general cargo vessels.

To control air pollution arising out of handling of certain cargoes such as copper concentrate, rock phosphate, industrial coal, sulphur, fertiliser and coke, the port has earmarked deep-draught berths III and IV for these cargoes. There is occasional bunching of deep draught/dust-generating cargo vessels leading to congestion in the port.

The users have not been able to clean the general cargo berth after handling dust-generating cargoes to the port's satisfaction because of the vast back-up area, especially in berth V, VI and VIII.

Since most of the users — Tuticorin Steamer Agents' Association and the Tuticorin Custom House Agents Association — had in principle given their consent to the proposed tariff arrangement and also recognising that it is being implemented as an ad-hoc measure for the last seven months to curb congestion, the proposed provision for levy of shifting charge is approved, said TAMP in its order.

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