Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port, Kolkata begins ship-to-ship operations for LPG cargo to Bangladesh

Kolkata, March 20 Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port, Kolkata (SMPK – formerly Kolkata Port Trust) commences Ship-to-Ship (STS) operations for LPG cargo to Bangladesh.

Aside from marking a fresh start in India-Bangladesh relations, it will also open the connection between Kolkata Port and Mongla Port in Bangladesh, where the LPG cargo is destined, SMPK said in a press release .

First port to adopt STS operations

STS operator Pace Marine Solutions Pvt Ltd approached SMPK with an offer in October/November 2021 following the start of successful operations of STS for LPG and other liquefied cargo for Haldia. Aside from SMPK, Calcutta Customs played a proactive role by allowing such an operation on a time basis.

STS operations involving floater and LPG vessels have previously been conducted in Indonesia, and SMP, Kolkata is the first major port in the country to conduct such operations within its borders, said Vinit Kumar, chairman of SMP, Kolkata in the explanation.

The port will receive ship and cargo related fees from this process. A start-up venture port has provided its tugboat to tow and place Yokohama fenders to safely dock ships at sea. The tug also acts as a fire float.

Ship-to-ship transfer of liquid bulk cargo involves the transfer of LPG, CBFS (Carbon Black Feed Stock), crude oil, LNG and other forms of liquid cargo from a mother ship to a daughter ship of similar size or smaller size but same technical specifications . This operation will significantly reduce the dead cargo of ships in a shallow draft port, the press release said.

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March 20, 2022

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