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Mangalore handles wheat cargo after six years

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Mangalore , Aug. 29

The New Mangalore port handled an imported consignment of wheat cargo on Tuesday, almost after a gap of six years.

Sources in shipping industry told Business Line here that m.v. Maritime Cuate was berthed at the multi-purpose deep-draught berth to unload nearly 14,000 tonnes of wheat cargo imported from the Russian port Kerch. It is for the first time that the deep-draught berth is being used for handling wheat cargo, they said.

It may be mentioned here that the port handled 3.14 lakh tonnes of wheat cargo during 1999-2000. After that, there was no wheat cargo at the port for almost six years. Sources attribute the latest handling of wheat cargo to the improvement in infrastructure facilities. According to them, the commissioning of Mangalore-Hassan railway line for freight traffic and the commissioning of multi-purpose deep-draught berth at the port have helped it to attract major cargoes.

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