Visakhapatnam: For the first time, a 38 meters beam and 229.20 meters long vessel, MT Oslo, was berthed at Visakhapatnam Port on Monday. The vessel was piloted by Captain Vijay Prakash and Captain R.C. Sama and it discharged South African steam coal on account of Sharda Metals and Alloys of 27,029 MT and Sharda Energy and Minerals of 60,500 MT, totaling 87,529 MT, in the inner harbour at berth EQ-7. The vessel's last call of port was Richard Bay, South Africa.
An official release said Visakhapatnam Port has handled only 32.5 meters beam vessels to date. Now, due to a simulation study in October 2019 held in Singapore, VPT improved its handling capacity of bigger size vessels up to 45 meters beam into the inner harbour
Chairman of Visakhapatnam Port Trust K. Rama Mohana Rao expressed his happiness and commended all those concerned in berthing the vessel at EQ-7. He desired that in the future VPT will continue to make efforts to handle bigger size vessels into the inner harbour.