Sunday, February 17, 2008

Cuddalore Port back into life

Nagarjuna Fertilizer's urea import has brought back life to Cuddalore Port. This has created an direct employment for 2500 people and indirect employment for many more. According to The Hindu 5000 employees are involved in unloading the urea from ships into godowns at the port. The series of pictures below, and the video at end shows how urea from main ships, M.V. Bao Shun and M.V.Ziang An are brought to inner port using barges and then transported to the destination.

The barge in the picture above is used to unload the urea from ships. Though the capacity of the barge is 400 tonne, it is not loaded more than 300-350 tonnes at a time, because of the shallow water at the inner port (guess the dredging work is yet to be completed).

Excavators unload the urea from barge into trucks which are then transported to godowns.

Since, nearly 50,000 tonnes of urea is unloaded in a very short period of time, existing storage facility could not accommodate the entire bulk. The picture above shows how urea is stored in huge heaps inside the port campus.

Urea is then packed into sacks and loaded on to trucks which take them to the destination.

Trucks queuing up inside the port campus - waiting to be loaded.

Related links:
Historic Return - Cuddalore Online

Possibility of Cuddalore - Chennai shipping service (Maritime varsity to get Cabinet nod - The New Indian Express)

Opportunities in front of us - Cuddalore Online

Cuddalore Port to be deepened - Cuddalore Online

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Good to see marumalarchi!