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Cuddalore Port active after three years

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CUDDALORE: After a gap of three years, the Cuddalore Port has become active again owing to arrival of a ship from Yangon, Myanmar, carrying timber cargo. It anchored about a km offshore on Friday night and will remain there for the next four days to unload massive logs.

The consignment meant for a private company in Puducherry will be later transported by trucks. Official sources told The Hindu that the ship, m.v. Yawn Byae, had brought over 1,400 logs, weighing over 2,600 tonnes.

As many as seven private barges were pressed into service on Saturday morning to bring the logs to the shore. While one crane was fixed aboard the ship, another installed on the shore to handle the logs.

Sources said that the arrival of the ship had created job opportunities to not less than 250 persons, including 150 direct and 100 indirect jobs. Besides this, the port would also earn revenue of about Rs 4 lakh to Rs 5 lakh towards berthing and handling charges.

The sources further said that it was in 2008 that the last ship landed at the Cuddalore Port with coal from Indonesia. The sources revealed that hereafter the port would be getting busy as ships would call on the port at regular intervals of two-three months.

Since the Cuddalore port was said to be nearer to the southern destinations than the Chennai port, routing cargo through the former was said to be less expensive. Moreover, all the infrastructure such as barges, cranes, stacking places, and godowns were available in adequate measure at the Cuddalore port.

The port could comfortably handle urea, bulk cargo, packed cargo and timber cargo. However, it could not receive ships carrying containers because it required berthing of the ship closer to the shore and only major ports had put up such a facility.

The sources observed that since each log was weighing about two tonnes, these would be loaded on to the trucks, at the rate of 10 each, for its onward journey to Puducherry.

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