Paradip Port Trust (PPT) has upstaged all major ports across the country to emerge as the number one port in cargo volumes during the April-June quarter of this fiscal.
Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT and A.K. Bose, Dy. Chairman, PPT have conveyed their gratitude to all employees, Unions, State Government, District Administration, Importers, Exporters, Stevedores, Steamer Agents, Port Users and other stakeholders, with whose regular support, a new chapter could be written in the history of the Port.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik congratulated the PPT authorities for exemplary performance in cargo handling. “Congratulate Paradeep Port for becoming no one port for cargo handling in the country. Biju Babu would have been proud of #Odisha’s gallant strides in maritime trade. A tribute to Odisha’s glorious seafaring history”, he tweeted.
Recently, PPT had ruled out any chance of community spread of Covid-19 after an Indian crew member of cargo vessel MV Alonissos tested positive on Thursday.
The ship had berthed at the mechanised iron ore berth of the port on June 13 for loading of cargo. As per protocol, one of the crew from Tamil Nadu was quarantined at a Government isolation centre. His swab sample was tested and found positive for coronavirus.
Two persons who had come in direct contact with him– the driver of the vehicle and the representative of the shipping agency, were quarantined as a precautionary measure and there is no need to panic, PPT officials said.
The Director-General of Ministry of Shipping has issued detailed standard operating procedure (SOP) and protocol with regard to sign-in and sign-off to be followed for a controlled crew change of Indian seafarers at Indian ports and anchorages, which is being followed not only at PPT but across all ports in the country.