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Kochi Port plans to issue more stevedoring licences - 2012-01-31

With a view to attracting general cargo to the port after container operations were shifted to Vallarpadam, the Kochi Port plans to issue more stevedoring licences. A communication issued by the port said that Quay 8 and 9 of the Ernakulam wharf offered up to 12.5 metre draft and full rake loading facility. These facilities can be leveraged to attract more cargo by companies capable of utilising them. At present there are nine stevedoring companies, which have obtained licence from the Port Trust. However, only five of these companies are now active in the field. Under these circumstances, the Port plans to issue more licences to companies capable of using the port’s facilities. Those interested in obtaining new licences may contact the Traffic Department of the Port Trust, the communication said. The firms should undertake to provide minimum equipment or gear either owned or hired and should undertake to employ the minimum specified supervising personnel with experience in cargo handling/stowage.

Source: Hindu Business Line