Chennai: The V.O.Chidambaranar (VOC) Port in Thoothukudi has created yer another record by handling highest number of imported windmill blades in a single consignment from China.
The record was achieved yesterday, an official release here today said. It said the Port handled 120 number of imported windmill blades, the highest volume in a single consignment, surpassing the previous highest import of 60 windmill blades in a single consignment. The entire consignment was handled diligently with two harbour mobile cranes, with utmost concern for the safety of the cargo and cargo handling workers.
The flatbottomed Vessel ‘MV.Nan Feng Zhi Xing’ with arrival draft of 6.60 metres, loaded with 120 windmill blades (Length:76.8 m), was berthed at the Port on October 25 and the entire consignment was unloaded in a span of 44 hours.
The windmill blades manufactured in China were shipped from the Port of Changshu and imported through VOC Port for the windmill farms functioning across the country.
The Port, with a commendable track record in handling of windmill blades and accessories, had handled 2,906 windmill blades during the financial year 2021-2022 and 1,598 blades during the current financial year up to September, 2022.
The Port provides ample storage area for stacking the windmill blades and accessories, congestion free and easy access to the long retractable Windmill blade trucks, and the hinterland access is seamless through the National Highways network connecting
VOC Port Authority Chairman T.K.Ramachandran congratulated the Vessel Agent M/s. Aasian Shipping Agencies, Tuticorin, the Stevedore and Shore Handling Agent, M/s. NTC Logistics(I) Private Limited, the Harbour Mobile Crane Operator and the Port officials and workers for their well co-ordinated and safe cargo handling operations for this remarkable performance.
He also said “the excellent services offered by Port in handling of windmill blades directly contributes to service mechanism towards sustainable development in the region and helps to enhance renewable energy capacity of India”.